Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Early Morning Kingfisher

Early Morning Kingfisher, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

After a tip-off, an early morning wander was called for. Several Kingfishers flew back and forth in front of me, but the Sun flaring off of the water made life a little difficult. I quite like this one though.

Keeping Watch

Keeping Watch, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Also enjoying the beautiful, sunny morning was this young lady. She brought her youngster with her for a drink and wasn't too happy that we shared the water. There are plenty of Sika deer around here, but they are always a pleasure to see.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Smile and Wave

Smile and Wave, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Gulls are a real favourite of mine, I can spend hours watching them. These Black Headed Gulls seemed more interested in the waves than anything else.

Mr & Mrs

Mr & Mrs, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

A male and female Roe deer enjoying the evening Sun. I'm not sure why, but I focused on the female at the back instead of the male! Still, always a pleasure to see.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Harry's Game

Harry's Game, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

One of my favourite views. Looking across Durlston Bay, past the lookout at Peveril Point and further to the chalk Pinnacles and Old Harry, with Bournemouth in the distance.


Congestion, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Holiday traffic is always a pain, so why not buy a boat? These, lucky chaps and chapesses were off for a day of rest and relaxation in one of the secluded bays along the coast.. I have looked up the word 'secluded' in the dictionary and I'm not sure it means what they they think it means....

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

One Eye Open

One Eye Open, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

I really like seeing Herring Gulls, but then I am not a Herring!. This was taken on the cliffs at Durlston

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Packed Lunch

Packed Lunch, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Another sneaky shot, taken in between showers of rain. Even the dogs started to get fed up with the weather and so hanging around trying to get a few macro shots wasn't really on the cards. Saying that, the cliffs of the Isle of Purbeck are great place to be come rain or shine.

Contented Egret

Contented Egret, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Time really hasn't been on my side lately and I have missed the opportunity to blow the dust of my camera. Nice weather for Egrets though, which is handy!
Still, can't complain, except about my camera which, after 4 years of being abused by clumsy great oaf, is starting to give up the will to live.

Monday, 9 August 2010


Overindulgence, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

After a week of the Swanage Carnival I have just about had enough! Too many late nights, too much wonderful food and maybe the odd pint of beer really takes its toll!
Time to get a little leaner, a little fitter and maybe even give up cut down on the beer.
Oh well, not long til next year.

To Post Or Not To Post

To Post Or Not To Post, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Now, I wasn't sure whether to post this or not, but I really like it. I know it's not fully in focus and I have managed to cut two planes in half (and I should really hate that) but there you go. My last shot of the Red Arrows for this year.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Chicken !!!!

Chicken !!!!, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Just one tiny laps of concentration!
A quick sneeze?
Spotting a bikini clad lady on the beach?
Reaching across the cockpit for your burger and fries?
That's all it takes and the show is over.

Luckily, they all must have eaten before hand because they managed to put on yet another spotless performance.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Missed The Last Day Of Training?

The last day of Swanage Carnival brings the Red Arrows to the bay. The natural amphitheatre provides one of the best places to watch these amazing pilots.
A superb end to one of my favourite weeks of the year.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

The Commoners Castle?

The Commoners Castle?, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

This is what awaited us as we neared the end of one of the most enjoyable walks I have ever done. From Swanage, along the cliffs past Dancing Ledge and Blacker's Hole to The Square & Compass for a pasty and a couple of pints. Then, past Hill Bottom and up the valley to Kingston and the Scott Arms for peanuts and a couple of pints. After this, you follow the view across Corfe Common to The Greyhound for a couple of pints and some peanuts. Three of the finest pubs in the Purbeck with three of the finest beer gardens and three of the finest views. Then, carefully, pop onto the steam train for the trip home. Bliss....hic

Monday, 2 August 2010

Birds & Animals

Birds & Animals, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

One more from yesterdays Carnival Procession. There were several comments on yesterdays shot, that just so happened to be of a rather pretty young lady, so I thought I would stick to what I know best. So, birds and animals it is. Have a good day.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

All Smiles

All Smiles, originally uploaded by julian sawyer.

Today was procession day of the Swanage carnival. Now, I don't normally do people photography but I am always ready to make exceptions. Even though it was a bit cloudy and a little too gloomy, everyone was smiling. Due, perhaps in part, to the beer tent. If you want me, that's where I'll be.

Quiet but never silent.

I missed the Sun this morning, not because I was late but because the early wander was done and dusted by the time the clouds cleared. When...