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« on: May 11, 2015, 10:54 AM »
Kiersten Rowlands blog is well worth reading. Based in the Alpujarras in Andalucia her images of local wildlife and observations are an inspiring read.

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2015, 10:58 AM »
The Kamchatka Expedition Part 3 – Waiting for a weather window at base camp

A lot of what is written in these Kamchatka Expedition trip reports has been taken from the notes and diary I kept. It appears this blog will be in more than four parts, I have more photos and writing than I thought. Again there are a mixture of photos from Martin Hartley (do go see his work) and our own photos.


Emergency camp and the view after the worst of the weather had past

Emergency camp and the view after the worst of the weather had past



14th April :- Very bad night sleep due to the high winds, man tents are so noisy during high winds. This morning the temperature is -15C … Read the rest


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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2015, 08:08 AM »
The Kamchatka Expedition Part 4 –  Deteriorating weather

Here we are onto part 4 of the expedition. Most of the photos are Martin’s, there were difficult times and photos were not on our minds, but obviously Martin was the expedition photographer, it was his job to capture life in camp. I’m sure you will agree he did a great job.


Richard heading off into the amazing scenery

Richard heading off into the amazing scenery



18th April :- Woke up to a frozen tent and no wind! Richard feeling better. After breakfast Martin did some Berghaus shots of Richard, I went along to take photos and learn from an expert. Crazy landscape everything has turned … Read the rest


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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2015, 19:18 PM »
The Kamchatka Expedition Part 5 – The escape and a very long bus ride

It’s now summer in Andalucia and the heat of August has made me decide it’s time to venture back to the freezer known as Kamchatka to cool myself down and try and get this story finished. Some of the photos in this post are again courtesy of Martin Hartley, who has now returned from his expedition in the Arctic.


Heading across the volcanic landscape

Heading across the volcanic landscape



22nd April :- -22C at 7.30am the day of escape. Everything is frozen solid. Trying to pack the gear away in these temperatures is very difficult. Everything you touch you end up being covered in … Read the rest


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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2015, 10:16 AM »
The Kamchatka Expedition Part 6 – Last few days in Russia

Autumn is arriving here in Spain and another expedition is fast approaching so I thought it’s about time I finished this Kamchatka blog before the Patagonia expedition arrives.


Back to the centre of migration.

Back to the centre of migration.



24th April :- Richard’s birthday today and we have to go back to Petropavlovsk to the Centre of Migration for him to get his finger prints taken which they forgot to do last time. Elena arrives and we all head off for a tourist day in Petropavlovsk. It’s a grey drizzly day. We get the local bus into Yelizovo, then swap buses to get to Petropavlovsk. … Read the rest


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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2015, 08:24 AM »
Macro – Wasp

Someone on Facebook said “I think you should be selling your photos, not giving them to FB”. While I am not sure about selling them, it got me to thinking, yes why am I giving my photos to Facebook when I have a perfectly good blog here that I have neglected for quite sometime. So now I shall be putting my photos, that would normally go on Facebook, to my blog, usually once a day, but at least on here I will be able to put more photos on at a time.


The top view of a wasp, look how delicate his wings are.

The top view of a wasp, look how


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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2015, 10:55 AM »
Macro – February wild flowers

My website has had an overhaul, I hope you like it and if there are any problems do let me know. I will no doubt be adding more stuff to it over time, especially to the galleries.


Today’s post is of some more macro photos but this time of flowers. They are not perfect but I like them. I have named the flowers but if you see I have labelled one incorrect please do tell me so I can correct it.


Giant orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum)

Giant orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum)



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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2015, 10:55 AM »
A trip to Penon de la Mata

We had a recent trip to Penon de la Mata in the Sierra de Huetor north of Granada. From here you get spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada. So while a group of friends went off scrambling, I went off with another friend to see how much Spring had sprung and if I could locate my bogey bird the Ring Ouzel.


Crocus nevadensis

Crocus nevadensis



The Crocus nevadensis can grow above 2000m. It was once thought to be endemic to the Sierra Nevada, but it also grows in the Sierra de Huetor.


Crocus nevadensis

Crocus nevadensis



The 3 highest mountains in the Sierra Nevada. Left to Right Alcazaba, Mulhacen and Veleta

The 3 highest mountains in the Sierra


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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2015, 10:55 AM »
Sunset – the ever changing colours of the sky over Lanjaron

As you know living here in the Alpujarras, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, we are often treated to spectacular sunsets over Lanjaron (the gateway to the Alpujarras). March 8th was one of those evenings that didn’t disappoint. I took so many photos I thought I would share some of the forever changing colours. I have collected photos of the skies here for quite a number of years, you can view them at this link.


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sunset


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sunset


sunset


I even took a short video.


Why not come and see for yourself and maybe take a walk. Spring is the perfect … Read the rest


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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2015, 10:55 AM »
How fragile life is

A poppy seems, to me, a good example of how fragile life is. I photographed these beautiful poppies in the morning, a few hours later they were gone, gone for good.


Poppy


On Wednesday we were out in the eastern Sierra Nevada, as I slogged my way up a very wet and hot scree slope to the top I wondered why on earth I was doing this. I had to take a selfie on the summit of the mountain as Richard and Dexter had gone another route climbing up a snow gully and were not at the top when I got … Read the rest


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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2015, 10:55 AM »
What night time visitors do we get in the garden?

Have you ever wondered what night time visitors you get in your garden? Well I did, I know we have them, they leave evidence behind, some more so than others! So I set up a camera trap that I’m lucky to have and hope never to have stolen.


wild boar


The original idea of having the camera trap was to locate where my Booted Eagle was nesting and attach it near there (obviously before nesting season so as not to disturb them), but that is still work in progress. In the meantime to learn how to use this I set it up … Read the rest


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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2015, 10:56 AM »
I got married!

Actually I’ve been married a month now. Richard and I ran off to Gibraltar and got married on 30th June. Paperwork had to be handed in to the registry office between 8.30am and 10am at least a day before the wedding, so we decided we would drive down on the 28th to get the paperwork sorted on 29th and the wedding was booked for the 30th.


Wedding


Neither of us had been to Gibraltar before and we had a great time with Steph and Steve. Thanks to them both for kindly allowing us to stay with them and agreeing to be … Read the rest


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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2015, 11:31 AM »
Congratulations to you both! :) :) :)
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2015, 09:30 AM »
Thanks Clive  :)

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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2016, 10:55 AM »
Macro – February wild flowers

My website has had an overhaul, I hope you like it and if there are any problems do let me know. I will no doubt be adding more stuff to it over time, especially to the galleries.


Today’s post is of some more macro photos but this time of flowers. They are not perfect but I like them. I have named the flowers but if you see I have labelled one incorrect please do tell me so I can correct it.


Giant orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum)

Giant orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum)



These are all wild flowers that I see daily (when they are in flower) during … Read the rest


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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2016, 10:55 AM »
A trip to Penon de la Mata

We had a recent trip to Penon de la Mata in the Sierra de Huetor north of Granada. From here you get spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada. So while a group of friends went off scrambling, I went off with another friend to see how much Spring had sprung and if I could locate my bogey bird the Ring Ouzel.


Crocus nevadensis

Crocus nevadensis



The Crocus nevadensis can grow above 2000m. It was once thought to be endemic to the Sierra Nevada, but it also grows in the Sierra de Huetor.


Crocus nevadensis

Crocus nevadensis



The 3 highest mountains in the Sierra Nevada. Left to Right Alcazaba, Mulhacen and Veleta

The 3 highest mountains in the Sierra


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« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2016, 10:55 AM »
Sunset – the ever changing colours of the sky over Lanjaron

As you know living here in the Alpujarras, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, we are often treated to spectacular sunsets over Lanjaron (the gateway to the Alpujarras). March 8th was one of those evenings that didn’t disappoint. I took so many photos I thought I would share some of the forever changing colours. I have collected photos of the skies here for quite a number of years, you can view them at this link.


sunset


sunset


sunset


sunset


sunset


sunset


sunset


sunset


sunset


sunset


I even took a short video.


Why not come and see for yourself and maybe take a walk. Spring is the perfect … Read the rest


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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2016, 10:56 AM »
How fragile life is

A poppy seems, to me, a good example of how fragile life is. I photographed these beautiful poppies in the morning, a few hours later they were gone, gone for good.


Poppy


On Wednesday we were out in the eastern Sierra Nevada, as I slogged my way up a very wet and hot scree slope to the top I wondered why on earth I was doing this. I had to take a selfie on the summit of the mountain as Richard and Dexter had gone another route climbing up a snow gully and were not at the top when I got … Read the rest


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« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2016, 10:55 AM »
What night time visitors do we get in the garden?

Have you ever wondered what night time visitors you get in your garden? Well I did, I know we have them, they leave evidence behind, some more so than others! So I set up a camera trap that I’m lucky to have and hope never to have stolen.


wild boar


The original idea of having the camera trap was to locate where my Booted Eagle was nesting and attach it near there (obviously before nesting season so as not to disturb them), but that is still work in progress. In the meantime to learn how to use this I set it up … Read the rest


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« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2016, 10:55 AM »
I got married!

Actually I’ve been married a month now. Richard and I ran off to Gibraltar and got married on 30th June. Paperwork had to be handed in to the registry office between 8.30am and 10am at least a day before the wedding, so we decided we would drive down on the 28th to get the paperwork sorted on 29th and the wedding was booked for the 30th.


Wedding


Neither of us had been to Gibraltar before and we had a great time with Steph and Steve. Thanks to them both for kindly allowing us to stay with them and agreeing to be … Read the rest


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