Friday, May 28, 2010

Recent Pictures

I haven't posted recently due to some computer problems. All sorted out now, so here are a few pictures I've taken recently.
The first five are shots of vegetation growing in a small stream that flows into the sea at Blackpill Beach, Swansea, taken as the sun was setting, and going in and out behind clouds:

Blackpill is a well-known birding spot, as many waders and gulls gather here at high tide, particularly in Winter. However, at this time of year, there are rather fewer birds, and, on this particular evening, this single Whimbrel, passing through on its migration, was one of the few birds of note:

As the sun set, and turned the sea a subtle pinkish hue, this group of Shelducks drifted past on the calm water:

A Great Crested Grebe was also present:

Moving on to the Gower Peninsula, this was the scene at Pennard Cliffs, looking west across the flowering Gorse towards Oxwich Beach in the distance:

I was able to sneak up to this Raven, as it perched on the cliff edge:

Early Purple Orchids were growing in profusion nearby:

Back to Swansea, and I made a visit to Clyne Gardens, a large area accessed from Swansea seafront, which is a mixture of exotic plants and native species. Here, I photographed this Ramson plant:

and this Bluebell:

and these Dandelion 'clocks':

There is a semi-natural Bluebell wood at the top of the park. I took a couple of 'straight' shots of this typically-British Springtime sight:

as well as a couple of more 'abstract' pictures:

On one recent sunny morning, I climbed up a hill to the north of my house. There is a mixture of grassland, woodland, scrub, and farmland, up here, and it affords wonderful views of Swansea Bay:

In the last year, the local farmer has ploughed up one some scrub and created a grassy field from some rough grassland, which has led to a reduction in small birds which were previously here: Yellowhammers, Stonechats, Whitethroats, Linnets, Grasshopper Warblers, etc. However, there does seem to have been an increase in the number of Pheasants, including this dark bird which I was able to sneak close enough to to photograph:

I also spotted a Red-legged Partridge in another ploughed field, although I couldn't get close enough for any decent photos. Instead, I contented myself with a couple of low-perspective, wide-angle views of these Meadow Buttercups:

Here's yet another blur shot of Oxwich Woods:

And here's a shot of a Burnet Rose growing in the nearby sand dunes:


  1. I enjoyed the photo's today Jeremy. I once had a Pheasant that colour visit my patch!

  2. Lovely set Jeremy, some excellent and varied images.

  3. Thanks for your comments. Nice blogs, both. A. J., is it not possible to leave comments on your blog?

  4. It is Jeremy, but you have to click on the title of the post you want to comment on... :) I'm working on it!

  5. Hello again Jeremy.
    I just looked through my comments over the past few days and saw that you were asking about my camera. I use a canon 50D, with a 70-300mm stabilized lens for all my photographs

  6. Jeremy,
    Your flower photos are very soft, pastel-like, and bursting with rich colors. The seagulls are lovely. I enjoyed, thanks.

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