Sunday, 30 March 2008

On the Beach

Another set of pictures from my resent walk-about on the Flyde Coast of Lancashire.

Cheeky Mallards

Bottoms Up

Apethorn Junction

Horse Power

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Tame Valley View

Tame Valley View

Friday, 28 March 2008

Sky Watch Friday

The Whooper swans seen here is a large white swan. It has a long thin neck, which it usually holds erect, and black legs. It is mainly a winter visitor to the UK from Iceland, although a couple of pairs nest in the north.
Both these pictures are taken on the Fylde Coast of Lancashire near to Blackpool. I find the peace of this beach works wonders for my health. Who could not benefit from all this fresh sea air away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities.

May I wish all Sky Watch Friday visitors a good healthy weekend where ever you may be. I thank you for your visit and your comments. I am filled with gratitude by your kind words about my pictures and I thank you all.


Thursday, 27 March 2008

Defor Enjoying The Beach

Defor Takes Off

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Beach Views 3

I took these for Tom, he likes the way the sand looks when the tide as just gone out. This beach at St Ann's just outside of Blackpool is perfect for this.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Beach Finds 2

Skull of a Dolphin

I was saddened to come across this Common Dolphin skull washed up on the beach, but the sadness was I'm sorry to say over shadowed by the fact I could sell it. A complete skull like this once cleaned can bring well in excess of a £100 to a collector.

I have sold a few skulls in the past, mostly ones found by the roadside on my walks. Rams, Badgers Foxes and Rooks and even an owl skull I once came across. I intended burying this to collect at a later date when the worms and bugs had done their jobs. I left it where it was and carried on my walk and looked for something to carry it away in. By the time I got back someone else had got there, footprints led away to a nearby car park. I made a mental note to be more prepared in the future.

This is a beached Ferry called the 'River Dance'.. not that it will be dancing anymore. It got caught out in a bad storm and a high spring tide.. it was dumped here and a rescue operation was carried out to remove the seamen which was a success. The Ferry is now lost and I think as now been 'Wrote Off'. While I was there it seemed like Blackpool had a new attraction.

Monday, 24 March 2008

Beach Finds No.1

Beach At St. Annes Blackpool

Close up of a Sand Star (Astropecten Irregularis)

Sand Stars live on the Sea-bed in clean sandy areas. It 's flattened arms and pointed tube feet are adapted for burrowing into sand. Sand Starts feed on worms and small mollusc's by swallowing them whole.

Common Startfish ( Asterias Rubens) These can be serious predators on Oyster beds, and so are often collected and dumped on shore to die. At one time the Qyster-men would ripe them in half and throw them back... not knowing that both half's can grow back if at least one-fifth of the central disk is still attached to an arm.

The Masked Crab (Corystes cassivelaunus) Not all crabs walk sideways. The Masked Crab burrows backwards into the sand to hide. The two antennae between its eyes are modified into a tube to inhale sea water for it to breathe.

Tomorrow I'll show you the one that got away....

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Leaf Litter Finds

Sometimes just stopping still and looking and listening to what sounds and sights are about might lead you to notice something that otherwise would not have caught your attention.

Friday, 21 March 2008

Sky Watch

Happy Easter

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Hillside Tree

Derbyshire View

Top Dog

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Peter's Finds

Rose Thorns

Frog Spawn Development

Defor Playing Hide & Seek

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Blue Tit

Peter took these in my back garden last week

We were sat in the kitchen chatting away and drinking coffee. I played the call of a blue tit in distress and this one came right down to check it out.

It came within a matter of feet of Peter

Monday, 17 March 2008

Three Of Diamonds Or....

Or.... as Peter calls this, the Tree Of Diamonds

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Inside Flowers

All these were taken by Peter of a bunch of flowers in a friends house. It is always my pleasure to see what Peter as for me... All we have done with these is either crop or add the B&W filter. Pete as a good eye for macro shots, and his camera seems to excel at them.