Sunday, 31 July 2011

Who Is Watching Whom?




A couple of weeks ago I had a photo of a hare who often hangs around in this (urban) neighbourhood. (Follow the link to see him.) I then also mentioned that we have wild rabbits as well. This week I managed to “catch” a couple of those with the camera too. With the one above it was quite a challenging “staring game”… I know he saw me. But he did allow me to get closer - one very careful step at a time… But then suddenly I had overstepped the invisible line and he darted away into the shrubs behind…

Today I came upon another one, in the cemetery. He behaved in a similar way but was more wary than the one above, didn’t allow me to get as close. (Using the digital zoom for this picture.)



Friday, 29 July 2011

Friday My Town – Pink


Pink is one of many colours on the beach.


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Little girls tend to like pink.



Some ‘big girls’ do too!
(friend of mine in a scrapbooking shop)



Pink flowers for a loved one



Pink flowers on an old family grave









Pink flowers here, there and everywhere!

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Scrolling back through my photos from the last month,
looking for PINK for Friday My Town, I note that July has had
its share of sunshine and rain, smiles and tears…!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Ducklings on the beach


Being out at my dad’s old place yesterday, I went for a walk down to the lake in the afternoon. Not too far away from the human families enjoying a day at the beach, I found a family of mallards doing the same thing…



They got a little bit nervous as I approached, so made a unanimous decision to go for a swim.



Looking left, looking right… Seems safe enough…


Here we go!




Always do what Mummy does!




Not sure how she does that thing with her foot though!



Getting tired of all this cleaning… I think I’ll go back up on the beach and have a nap. That human doesn’t seem so dangerous after all…



Good idea, I’ll join you…



Hey, the more the cosier!



We’re a family, we stick together!



And Mummy, of course!



This is our spot on the beach!


To also see a video clip of us, go to Beyond the Lone Islands.


Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Watery Wednesday: Red Water Lilies


Photo taken with my new Android mobile (Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc).

For Watery Wednesday # 150

Ruby Tuesday: Go Fish!


It’s been a little wet lately…
Not sure whether to call my neighbour optimist or pessimist though!
(Noticing the fishing rod sticking out from the balcony next door)


See more RED at Ruby Tuesday

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Skywatch Friday: Countryside Panorama


From the countryside near where my dad lived.



You’re All Invited!


A fanfare to celebrate ‘The Grand Re-Opening’!

Did you have trouble accessing this blog yesterday? I’m so sorry. I didn’t notice myself until luckily one of my most faithful followers alerted me to the fact. To me everything looked all right, because I was logged in. However, I had been going over some settings, and in connection with that I must have happened to inadvertently change my permission settings from public to ‘invited readers only’. Since I had not invited anyone, that meant that for a day or so this blog was visible only to myself!

I assure you, even if I have had to cut down a bit on regular posting lately, I had no intention of withdrawing into total seclusion!

If you missed yesterday’s post, it should now be visible here.


PS. Today’s picture is of our official summer street musicians who are playing daily in the streets and squares and shopping malls etc in the summer holiday season.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Watery Wednesday – In the Rain


Young seagulls out for a walk on the pier in the rain :)

Monday, 18 July 2011



I see this hare every now and then around where I live and in the old cemetery close by. Usually it’s hard to get close enough to get a good photo, but today he seemed lost in contemplation for a moment, and I managed to zoom him in.

There are also wild rabbits living in a railway bank nearby, and I saw several of those today as well. But they were more alert and too quick for me.

The hare is much bigger than the rabbits. I think he’s a ‘loner’. In the daytime I’ve often seen him in the cemetery; at night I sometimes see him from my window, grazing on the lawn below, when it’s quiet and no people around. In the winter, I watched him digging into the snow to get at the grass buried beneath.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Thursday, 7 July 2011

I Wish!!!


This is - and at the same time is not - my balcony.
The picture was taken using the panorama view on my camera.
In reality, I’m afraid the balcony has a much less interesting shape.
It is quite straight, four corners, no curves. And it is not huge.

What fascinates me with the panoramas is that they come out “the opposite” of the movement you do with the camera. That’s probably quite logical for someone with a technical mind, but I still can’t quite get my head around it! ;)


▲ Normal view, looking from one end to the other ▼


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Watery Wednesday: Rainbow





No rainbows without the sky shedding a few tears!

Watery Wednesday

Monday, 4 July 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Dianthus



Red Dianthus and Silver Ragwort,
recently bought for two of my balcony boxes
(to replace the tired pansies from spring)


The name Dianthus is from the Greek words
dios ("god") and anthos ("flower")

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The silvery plant seems to have many names in English/Latin:
Dusty Miller, Silver Ragwort, Jacobaea Maritima, Senecio cineraria …
In Swedish we call it “silverek” which translates “silver oak”.

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Ruby Tuesday is hosted by Mary at Work of the Poet

Friday, 1 July 2011

Friday My Town – Simplicity




The FMTSO theme for this Friday, July 1st is Simplicity.

Okay, I went out of town rather than into town for these shots.
But the lake is within the borders of the municipality ;)

It’s also Skywatch Friday.


Welcome to also visit my main blog: Beyond the Lone Islands