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Spring is…well, springing

Greetings All

Before anyone says it, I know it’s summer but please remember that all the pictures I put on here are in retrospect because the SD card in my camera is blooming massive. However, some treats to come on that…even spotted some more noctilucent clouds the other night. Yay!

These are images from the local nature reserve and from the garden, I’m sure you can work out which is which and cover some springing Spring and the increase in decent weather we were getting and are still getting now. In fact, heard on the news that this is the longest period of sun in this area of the UK for 7 years. Nice. If you are not fair-skinned like me, then you pretty much have to hide from it. As well as this, the water in all the streams nearby is almost gone now, so no waterfall pictures for a short while.

Anyway, to the pictures. Firstly, some more of those grumpy, grumpy swans. Quite frequently the sequence of events of me with swans is

1) Ooh hello, aren’t you gorgeous?

2) No, I have no bread

3) Swan then swims away or bites me (that’s only happened once for those who are concerned)

Thankfully, these two were good enough to stick around for five minutes of fame, but didn’t seem to have any youngsters or chicks. Maybe they were early and had gone their own way already. Who knows.

Swans. A bit like seagulls...but prettier

Swans. A bit like seagulls…but prettier

Next is the content of our famous “Pembrokeshire Bank” that supports two massive trees and a myriad of wild flowers once Spring comes around and there is always a good load of Daffs and Snowdrops if the wind isn’t too high as this picture shows. It’s an annoyance from a strimming point of view for Dad, but it does look very good and I suspect you would need a small amount of high explosive or a tank to remove it!

One of the most popular symbols of Wales, with Snowdrops for company

One of the most popular symbols of Wales, with Snowdrops for company

Warming weather (well, kind of back in Spring) means some convection over the Preseli Hills and creates these spots of towering Cumulus clouds on occasion. If you go back there are further examples of these on the blog too but this was the most photogenic I caught. Nothing really comes of them, but I love the puffy shape and this one even seems to have a tail dragging off to the left….

Towering Cumulus doesn't really tower over Wales but I thought it looked nice

Towering Cumulus doesn’t really tower over Wales but I thought it looked nice

Those clearer days also bring on what? Yes, clearer evenings where I can finally get some sunset pictures in! Although technically not a sunset, this was a nice ‘scape as the waves in the Alto Cirrus really came through with the aid of my polariser. You’ll excuse the foreground but the houses of the estate along the way were hard to hide….

Although it was getting milder and clearing on the ground, it was still obviously cold and icy way up in the sky

Although it was getting milder and clearing on the ground, it was still obviously cold and icy way up in the sky

A close view of that intriguing wave in the high cloud now and I must admit that there was a teeny bit of an electronic fiddle here to deepen the blue for you so it would bring out the brush-stroke effect I love in them. I know it’s the wind pushing ice crystals about in reality, but that explanation always seems too scientific to me…where’s your romance?!

A deeper study of the Cirrus mentioned above...see what I mean by the Cosmic Paintbrush?

A deeper study of the Cirrus mentioned above…see what I mean by the Cosmic Paintbrush?

So there we are for a nother post, moe Spring pictures to come next time as well as the effects of a windy night on an area not so far from me that has been changed for good because of it. Thanks for keeping in touch…please feel to comment and/or request.

See you soon!

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It’s been a while, but I return

Hello!

Yup, a little later than predicted, but I am back with another post from my recent download. I have been here there and everywhere of late so apologies for that but, on with the pictures, you don’t want to hear excuses!

Moving on chronologically in my SD card, the next few pictures cover a quick wander down to Port Lion..just a short walk down the road..but there wasn’t the weather to go further as it would have been a waste of time. Mind you, when I was down there, I got some surprise visitors…

Firstly, on the way down, a previously seen little brook crosses under the road, so it’s always worth stopping as the water can be different colours, different volume and such so it’s always worth a look. On this occasion it had been quite dry for a short time so the flow was about normal and the water was clear, so I used a polariser to get some detail of the rocks on the stream bed at the bottom of the picture.

A little water off the hills in sloooow motion

A little water off the hills in sloooow motion

Moving on down, having been down a few times of late I noticed that there was another hulk laid up on the beach in a very sorry state. In comparison to the quite possibly ocean going yachts in the background, it doesn’t give a very good impression sat on the beach! Having said that, I can say I have NEVER seen either of the large yachts that lie in the middle of the estuary move and I have lived here for 6 years. What’s that all about? You need to be rich or dim to waste money like that, surely?

If this was a car park, that boat would have been clamped!

If this was a car park, that boat would have been clamped!

I’m sure someone has bought this with the best of intentions but when it’s in this state, wouldn’t you work on it as often as possible?! I think it can float, but this may be the only thing it would be able to do constantly and maybe not all that well, judging by all the water in it.

No mast and still in some kind of cradle, what a shame

No mast and still in some kind of cradle, what a shame

There was me busy taking pictures of the boat, when I looked round to see a gaggle, or at least a family, of swans rounding on me. I could almost hear them chanting “bread, bread, bread” of which I unfortunately had none, after all, I don’t carry a granary roll in my pocket every time I go out! It was very nice to see that the family was a big one, Mum, Dad and 3 nippers that had grown very well by all accounts. I say this as I have heard of some evil people not so far away breaking swan eggs for fun…I know some people don’t get on with swans, but that’s just wrong.

"He's got no bread! if we stick our heads in the water, maybe he will go away"

“He’s got no bread! if we stick our heads in the water, maybe he will go away”

Once they had figured out that I wasn’t able to feed them, a lot of beak dabbling ensued and I managed to get a nice picture of two of the youngsters giving me the evils after they’d had their heads underwater, water still dripping off their bills which I thought was nice.

The youngsters were very trusting, to a point, this is as close as I dared to get

The youngsters were very trusting, to a point, this is as close as I dared to get

The only thing that would have made things a bit nicer would have been the sun being out, but hey, got to make the best of what you get haven’t you? Things have brightened up of late, but I would hardly call it Summer just yet. as I type, it is once again raining. On the plus side, it fills up the waterfalls for my later pictures!

Anyway, things seemed to have calmed down now, so hopefully I will be able to keep posting every week or 10 days as I did before; keep popping back, I very much appreciate any comments you wish to make and remember, if you REALLY like a picture, I can email it to you 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

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