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Old 29th May 2014
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And Now For Something Completely Different....

from me at least!

I took a trip along the River Glass, just outside Cannich, today to try and take some photos of my daughter and friends who were canoeing along the rivers Glass and Beauly on a 2 day school exped.

I had their route but no timings so it was a case of picking a point and hoping they would arrive. Luckily I didn't have too long to wait and got some pictures for them. However, while I was waiting for them to arrive and once they were past I decided to 'branch out' a bit with my photography and take in some of the local flora and fauna. For those of you used to my normal Foto Fair posts of Scottish Landscapes this was very far removed from my comfort zone.

1. These 3 chaps met me when I first got out of the car. For all they are meant to be cute I thought they looked like quite a sinister welcome committee.



2. I usually hear birds, have someone tell me what they are and then give them a good ignoring. I was strangely drawn to this little fellow and he was happy to pose for this shot.



3. My first indication of the canoes approaching was an almighty kerfuffle under the bridge I was waiting on as these ducklings (?) and their mother took flight. They never actually left the water surface, appearing to run across it and boy they were fast.



4. As I was leaving my vantage point I noticed a carpet of bluebells in the wood along the river's edge. Inspired by the excellent images from other Forum 'togs' over the past few months and NEVER having taken a picture of a bluebell I decided to get out the 50mm and give it a go (not a word Iain! ).
It's a pity that they were starting to show signs of dying off but I think these were blue enough to be native?



5. This one didn't quite work as well as I had hoped as the fungi are not as sharp as I had hoped (slightly out on my hyperfocal distance 'guess') but I thought the variation in colour was stunning.



6. And finally, a little more like my 'usual' efforts. Nice and wide with plenty of DOF to give a better overall view of the wood.



Perhaps almost as amazing as me getting 'up close and personal' with nature was that my route home took me right past FFordes and I didn't even stop for a look!
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Re: And Now For Something Completely Different....

Nice set Steve. The bluebells look very native, nice dark colour, drooping heads and flowers all on one side.
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Re: And Now For Something Completely Different....

Isn't the duck a female Goosander? She has a large brood anyway. Nice shot of unseemly panic.
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Re: And Now For Something Completely Different....

A very nice set. The ducklings and the 'heavy' sheep are the stand outs for me.
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Re: And Now For Something Completely Different....

A very nice set Steve, even if you were "out of your comfort zone".

You've caught the Ewe and her Lambs in a characteristic pose, they are very inquisitive animals. I learnt when I used to fly gliders always to avoid landing in a field of sheep. Most animals will run away from a landing glider but sheep usually run towards you, often with disastrous consequences for all concerned.

The duck and ducklings are Goosanders. The female lays 8-12 eggs so this one with 9 ducklings which have survived to quite a size has done very well.They belong to a group of ducks called "sawbills" because their long bills contain saw like "teeth" which help them to hold the fish which are their main food. Amazingly for such large ducks they nest in holes in trees and the young have to survive a leap to the ground before they can even fly so that the parents can lead them to the water. We only see these birds down here in Winter so it's nice to see them in their breeding habitat.

Nice to see as John says that you have the native bluebells. Ours are over now.

Thanks for sharing.
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Seriously though, I like the Goosander and chicks Steve, nice to see some flower shots from you(!) and you certainly caught the attention of the sheep family.
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Re: And Now For Something Completely Different....

I love the earrings on the ewe!

Re: Gliders - I'm an ex glider pilot too and used to fly for some years at Sackville GC in Bedfordshire. It was basically a farm strip and the family of the guy who ran it used to keep sheep there. We usually pushed them off into an adjacent field when we went flying, but one day we just moved them to the opposite end of the strip. All was OK until one of our members did a long approach along the length of the strip back towards the launch point (nil wind day) and one of the sheep panicked as he went over. It leapt several feet into the air and got hit on the head by the passing tailplane of the glider. The tailplane was ripped off but the sheep after a few moments of being stunned, just got up and ran off looking a bit dazed!
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I love the earrings on the ewe!

Re: Gliders - I'm an ex glider pilot too and used to fly for some years at Sackville GC in Bedfordshire. It was basically a farm strip and the family of the guy who ran it used to keep sheep there. We usually pushed them off into an adjacent field when we went flying, but one day we just moved them to the opposite end of the strip. All was OK until one of our members did a long approach along the length of the strip back towards the launch point (nil wind day) and one of the sheep panicked as he went over. It leapt several feet into the air and got hit on the head by the passing tailplane of the glider. The tailplane was ripped off but the sheep after a few moments of being stunned, just got up and ran off looking a bit dazed!
Sheep have a very hard skull, as I found when one attacked my sandwich box. I thumped it hard on the head but all that did was hurt my hand and the sheep didn't get its head out of the box until all my sarnies were gone!

Even worse, the whole incident was witnessed by my friends and it became a standard joke that John had been mugged by a sheep.
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Re: And Now For Something Completely Different....

Nice to see some variety Steve, but don't give up those gorgeous landscapes!
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Re: And Now For Something Completely Different....

Thanks as always for the comments gents.

John - I was only recently made aware of the Spanish interloper bluebells on other posts. I didn't realise it wasn't only a colour difference - I now know what to look out for . Thanks.

Likewise Gus and Peter. I think I may have heard of Goosanders but had absolutely no idea that was what I had seen yesterday. It did strike me as a rather large brood - hard to believe they are tree dwellers.

Iain and John, fear not. Yesterday was an aberration and normal service will be resumed. Unfortunately it may be a while as I have just found I return to sea for a few weeks on Sunday.

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