Saturday, 30 April 2011

Norfolk "Cakes & Cameras" Meet

A Norfolk "Cakes & Cameras" Meet at Burnham Overy Staithe, a good number of members turned up for a walk around Staithe and onto the beach.


Bob and Simon in the dunes.


Dodgy looking character in the Dunes.


Ah!! It was Moley now doing a sand dance.


Sheila posing.


Roy.


The Mob finally move off in search of Cake.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

EXHIBITIONS

Just a little reminder of a couple of Exhibitions starting this week.
Saturday 30th April till Monday 2nd May 9am - 3pm.
A CELEBRATION OF ART & CRAFT 2011.
The Assembly Rooms, Swaffham.
Jointly run by swaffham & district Lions and age Concern.
I Have 6 Canvas Wraps on show.


Exhibition at Blickling Hall from 3rd May for one week.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Florrie

Dog sitting for a week, a few photos of the adventure.


A walk to Pocket Park.


Early morning dip in the river.


DAY 2.
Riverside.

Did someone shout "Treats" ?


Well! where are they?


Hmm Very tasty.


DAY 3.

After a hot tiring walk to the Town ime knackered.


Soaking up the sun in the garden.



DAY 4.

Phew!! its cooler in the woods, 23c and getting hotter and its only 8am.


Evening on Cley Beach.

Florrie digging a moat around the sand castle.


Dodging the waves.


Welcome Aboard.


DAY 5.

Its back to my favourite beach for an evening walk.



DAY 6.

Too tired for another evening beach walk.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Sunday, 17 April 2011

BARC National Championships

BARC National Championships at Snetterton race circuit.


Gavin Bennett the European Champion in his 250cc Twin Cylinder 6 speed Superkart. Amazingly these Karts were averageing over 98mph around the Snetterton 300 Circuit which has 12 corners.



Dave Harvey.


Colin Wells
BMW M3.
Kumho BMW Championships.


Paul Hawker.
McMillan Motorsport Caterham Graduate Championship.



Joss Ronchetti.
Talbot Sunbeam Lotus.

Sub Zero Wolf Classic Thunder Championship, Snetterton Race Circuit.


Colin Wells.
BMW M3.
Kumho BMW Championships.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

PENSTHORPE.

Another couple of images from Pensthorpe Reserve.



The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan.
The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.
Specimens frequently escape from collections, and in the 20th century a feral population numbering about 1,000 pairs was established in Great Britain.; more recently small numbers have bred in Ireland. Black Mountain, North Carolina also has a limited population.Although this is of great conservational significance, the birds are not protected in the UK since the species is not native there. There is also a free-flying feral population of several hundred mandarins in Sonoma County, California. This population is the result of several mandarin ducks escaping from captivity, then going on to reproduce in the wild.


The North American grey squirrel was deliberately introduced to Britain and other parts of Europe during the 19th Century. Since then, despite being released merely as a curiosity to satisfy the Victorian penchant for novelty, the adaptable and hardy grey squirrel has thrived in Britain’s parks, gardens and woodlands. Indeed, it has now become so widespread, that it is accepted by many as a natural part of our wildlife, much enjoyed by many people and perhaps one of the most commonly seen British mammals.
However, despite the obvious charm and appeal of the grey squirrel, it is now clear that it’s continuing spread through the British Isles is having at least three major impacts on Britain’s native flora and fauna, which are poorly adapted to withstand its presence. Most significantly, the grey squirrel has contributed to the catastrophic decline of Britain’s native red squirrel ,but they are also responsible for causing significant damage to woodland of both economic and amenity value ,and recent scientific studies have reported that they are having a serious impact on Britain’s already imperilled woodland birds

Monday, 11 April 2011

Weekend Visit

A weekend visit to old haunts saw me in the lovely Chilterns on Saturday and on Sunday a meet up at Dinton Pastures with members of Photo4Me website.


The view from Cobstone Hill overlooking the village of Turville Near Henley on Thames the home of The Vicar of Dibley and many films.


Dinton Pastures Country Park

Wokingham District Council Countryside Service is based at Dinton Pastures Country Park in the Loddon Valley and is committed to promoting the awareness and enjoyment of the countryside and the improvment of its nature conservation value.

The 350 acres of Dinton Pastures is a mosaic of rivers, meadows, lakes, and wooded areas which once formed part of the Great Forest of Windsor. More recently gravel extraction, which took place between 1965 and 1979 for building the M4, has created a series of lakes and islands of importance to local wildlife while the adjacent Lavell's Lake is a designated a Local Nature Reserve. Numerous paths and self-guided trails enable the visitor to explore this exciting area for wildfowl, birds, wildflowers and dragonflies. Otters too are being encouraged to return with the help of artificial holts and suitable habitat.



Loddon Lilly


P4Me Group

Monday, 4 April 2011

Stiffkey Marshes and Fen.

Stiffkey (often pronounced Stewkey) is a village and civil parish on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the A149 coast road, some 6 km (3.7 mi) east of Wells-next-the-Sea, 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Blakeney, and 40 km (25 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich.
The place-name 'Stiffkey' is first evidenced in the Domesday Book of 1086, and means 'stump island, island with stumps of trees'.
The village is remembered as the parish whose rector, Harold Davidson, fought one of the last morality trials of the Church, under the ancient morality laws of the Church, in 1932. The laws were repealed in the wake of it. He was an extremely popular priest in the area and the villagers asked his family to allow him to be buried in Stiffkey when he died, rather than in the family tomb in Scholing, where he was born. (He was killed, rather improbably, by a lion). They have cared for his grave for many years.



Sunday, 3 April 2011

Snow Leopard and Serval.

From my original image this was re-worked by Digital Artist Julie Hoddinott giving it a paint over effect


Snow leopards are smaller than the other big cats but, like them, exhibit a range of sizes, generally weighing between 27 and 55 kilograms (60 and 120 lb). Body length ranges from 75 to 130 centimetres (30 to 50 in), with the tail adding an additional 75 to 90 percent of that length. These cats stand about 60 cm (24 in) at the shoulder.
Snow leopards have long thick fur, and their base colour varies from smoky grey to yellowish tan, with whitish underparts. They have dark grey to black open rosettes on their body with small spots of the same color on their heads and larger spots on their legs and tail. Unusually among cats, their eyes are pale green or grey in colour.
Snow leopards show several adaptations for living in a cold mountainous environment. Their bodies are stocky, their fur is thick, and their ears are small and rounded, all of which help to minimize heat loss. Their paws are wide, which distributes their weight better for walking on snow, and have fur on their undersides to increase their grip on steep and unstable surfaces; it also helps to minimize heat loss. Snow leopards' tails are long and flexible, helping them to maintain their balance, which is very important in the rocky terrain they inhabit. Their tails are also very thick due to storage of fats and are very thickly covered with fur which allows them to be used like a blanket to protect their faces when asleep




The serval is native to Africa, where it widely distributed south of the Sahara. It was once also found in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, but may have been extirpated from Algeria and only remains in Tunisia because of a reintroduction programme.
Its main habitat is the savanna, although melanistic individuals are more usually found in mountainous areas at elevations up to 3,000 metres (9,800 ft). The serval needs watercourses within its territory, so it does not live in semi-deserts or dry steppes. Servals also avoid dense equatorial jungles, although they may be found along forest fringes. They are able to climb and swim, but seldom do so.
Servals have the longest legs of any cat, relative to their body size. Most of this increase in length is due to the greatly elongated metatarsal bones in the feet. The toes are also elongated, and unusually mobile, helping the animal to capture partially concealed prey. Another distinctive feature of the serval is the presence of large ears and auditory bullae in the skull, indicating a particularly acute sense of hearing.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

SNETTERTON

Saturday 2nd April.

Derby Phoenix Bike Championships.

The Derby Phoenix Motorcycle Club becomes the latest organisation to experience the new Snetterton 300 circuit, which continues to receive rave reviews, when it hosts the opening round of its 2011 championships.
The racing is spread over several classes starting with 125cc, 250cc and 400 cc machines. The faster 600cc classes lead on to more powerful 750cc and 1000cc bikes, including Thunderbikes amongst the stock and modified racers.
Also featured are the ever-popular sidecars, with Formula 1 and 2 classes being run.