Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Cloud Catcher

The Cloud Catcher by julian sawyer
The Cloud Catcher, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.

The Last Hammer

The Last Hammer by julian sawyer
The Last Hammer, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


The hills of the Isle of Purbeck have been shrouded in cloud for most of the day so I wasn't too surprised to find it getting worse this evening. I really like walking in the fog, when visibility is very poor.
The ghost of a shy Roe buck kept appearing and disappearing not too far away and the last of a small flock of Yellowhammers sat in the Hawthorne waiting for me to pass.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Back To The Start

Back To The Start by julian sawyer
Back To The Start, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


I first came here years ago, whilst surveying Devon and Cornwall, and it is one of the other places in the UK that I could happily live.
Start Point, silhouetted against a moody, grey sky looks like something out of a pirate film.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Fruit For Breakfast

Fruit For Breakfast by julian sawyer
Fruit For Breakfast, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


Well, we are in Devon for our annual pilgrimage to the Abbfest beer festival and all is well.
I try to eat plenty of fruit in the hope that it will limit the effects of testing the occasional beer.
Luckily for me, Cider is a fruit.....
Cheers

Monday, 19 September 2011

Spiders, But No Pirates

Spiders, But No Pirates by julian sawyer
Spiders, But No Pirates, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


Today is, of course, International Talk Like A Pirate Day. After a brief tour of the cliffs I am pleased to report that there were no pirates, just lots of spiders.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Red Back

Red Back by julian sawyer
Red Back, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


A bit of a close up of yesterdays Common Darter, which let me get rather close. It was parked on a bale of hay.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Carry On Admiral

Carry On Admiral by julian sawyer
Carry On Admiral, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


Just two Red Admirals around today, which was enough to have me charging around trying to get a shot.
It took a while because both were quite active and I probably got on there nerves a little.

Enter The Dragon

Enter The Dragon by julian sawyer
Enter The Dragon, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


It was quite windy this morning, but a wander was definitely in order. Not too many mini-beasts around, but there was one Common Darter (so not that common) and he spent a while sat on a hay bale.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Distant White Horses

Distant White Horses by julian sawyer
Distant White Horses, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


A perfect antidote for a particularly bad week at work.
The Purbeck cliffs are a superb place for a wander at any time but when there is a very strong wind blowing from the west, all of the weeks woes disappear.

The Purbeck Anteater

The Purbeck Anteater by julian sawyer
The Purbeck Anteater, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


As the Sun was setting tonight I spent half an hour trying to get a decent shot of a rather busy Green Woodpecker. The youngster was hopping from anthill to anthill and seemed to be listening for his dinner.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Flower Power

Flower Power by julian sawyer
Flower Power, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


As the evening start to get shorter I get less time to go for a wander. It was a bit of a rush to get out tonight but it was well worth it. This young Roe Buck was happily taking the tops off of the flowers as the Sun went down and he let me get nice and close.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Big Blue

Big Blue by julian sawyer
Big Blue, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.

After a day of rain and cloud on the Saturday, on Sunday we had enough Sun to show off The Dominion of New Zealand to full effect. Half way up the Corfe Castle hill was a good place to sit and watch the world go by.
This big old blue engine was the star attraction of the Swanage Railway Steam Gala and very nice she was too.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Spiders And Snakes

Spiders And Snakes by julian sawyer
Spiders And Snakes, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.

Portrait Of A Lady

Portrait Of A Lady by julian sawyer
Portrait Of A Lady, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


The day started with plenty of Sun but also a fierce wind that kept the smaller birds deep within the hedges. If you could get out of the wind however the real warmth of the Sun could be felt. Taking full advantage of this was a very beautiful female Adder and she let me get very close.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Rainy Days

Rainy Days by julian sawyer
Rainy Days, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


It seems like ages since I managed to get out with the camera and no amount of rain was going to stop me.

Bells & Whistles

Bells & Whistles by julian sawyer
Bells & Whistles, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


The Swanage Steam Railway is on our doorstep and you can always hear the engines as they make there way through the valley. I don't take many photos of it though and chose a terrible day to change that. Plenty of rain and a very boring, white sky gave me very few views to play with and so I thought I would go all black & white.
I may be doing a few more of these....

The Dominion of New Zealand


We had a bit of a posh visitor to Swanage this week and she was guest of honour at the Swanage Railway Grand Steam Gala. The weather was pretty awful and low cloud scuppered my plans of a photo of the train from the top of the hills. The sky in every picture is that horrible washed out white and there was nothing I could do about it.
Still, she did look impressive and it was good to see so many misty eyed chaps braving the morning rain.
For the steam buffs she is apparently an A4 Pacific, built in the 1930's and took 40 years to restore.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Too Windy To Hover

Too Windy To Hover by julian sawyer
Too Windy To Hover, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


"Staying unsettled and windy, with further rain or showers....."
Now, I quite like the rain and I don't mind windy days at all! The problem lately is that we have had them both, mostly at the same time and that doesn't make it easy to take photographs.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Darting About

Darting About by julian sawyer
Darting About, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


It took a while for the Sun to come out, but when it did we went for a bug hunt. There were dozens of Common Darters but I couldn't get very close until this one sat next to me for a while.

Black Pool

Black Pool  by julian sawyer
Black Pool , a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by trees there used to be a pool filled with very dark, very still water. It took a while to find that pool today, until I realised that the trees that used to surround it had been felled and the water was now crystal clear.
Plenty of darters around, mainly Commons with a few Blacks (I think) and one huge Emperor Dragonfly, the size of a small plane, that made me jump when it hit the camera.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Hanging Out With Your Peers


It is getting towards the end of the Summer and the crowds have already started to go home. Ours is a town that is pretty well dependant on visitors and without them we would live in a much different place. So it was good to see all three of our piers getting plenty of use today and good to see so many people enjoying the sun.

I 2 I With A B

I 2 I With A B by julian sawyer
I 2 I With A B, a photo by julian sawyer on Flickr.


I don't know why, but I really struggle with Bee shots but this one, although busy, seemed to chill out and pose for a while.

A Different Day

The atmosphere up on the cliffs this morning was completely different from yesterday with more sound, more light and more birdsong. The ...