Starlings In The Tree

They fly together in loops above the roofs of the houses in my neighbourhood, and once they’re done with that, they settle down on this tree next to my house and chill out.

I wonder if they know how much they provoke my cat!

They also make appearance in my flash fiction short story The Camera Smiles (written for a prompt by The New, Unofficial, On-Line Writer’s Guild). The story is true, except it was initially a crow that made me reach for my camera, not the starlings, but by the time I got it out and pried the lens cap, which really got stuck on the lens (to the point where I had to google how to take it off), the crow flew away and the starlings took over the tree.

Magpie in a Tree

The first post of 2021 is here!

I start the year with a photo of a bird in a tree, for once not taken from my window. I took the picture while I was walking under the tree.

The magpie looked pleased with its catch–I think it’s the little cup-like thing that you bake muffins in, I don’t know what it’s called.

There are lots of crows and magpies in my neighbourhood, I can always hear them shouting, especially the crows in the mornings.

Midwinter Still Life

This is my little contribution to this year’s midwinter. Midwinter Murder is a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie that all share a winter theme. They’ve all been published before in other collections (obviously, they’re not new, with Agatha being dead for some decades). Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple both appear. As you can see, the book is without a doubt beautiful:

Although I should confess–these photographs were taken in autumn, at the same time as the ones in my Sherlock Holmes post. You can see the similarity.

Top picture was taken by my Canon DSLR, the other three with my smartphone.

Throwback to 2010

I meant to post this last week but I forgot, so I’m doing it now before the month is out.

I took this picture in February 2010 (exact date was 19/02/2010) on my way to work in the morning. I don’t remember what brand smartphone it was.

Happy 10th anniversary, picture!

It’s foggy and frosty and I think I would prefer that to what we have now. (Another storm is on the way and I’m slowly forgetting what the world was like before them. I don’t remember the last time we had dry weather at a weekend.)

Just for fun, I have tinted versions:

As always, shame about the cars, without them the image would look much better.

Foggy

I saw fog descended so I quickly grabbed my camera to take a few shots from the window, before it got too dark.

I wished I was somewhere more romantic, like Manchester is great and all, but if you can’t capture a fog on the edge of the woods or around a haunted castle, what are you even doing with a fog?

I also happened to be watching the 2011 version of Wuthering Heights, make of it what you will. Beautiful visually but not heavy on dialogue.