Thursday, 21 May 2009

Of Firs, and Butterflies and Talking to oneself...

As I had my first whiff of fresh air at back door of Frog End on Wednesday morning (my last day here) a pair of swifts were gliding through the air high above me. The higher they fly the better the day has been in my experience. So I admired the sunshine and hoped it was going to prove true.

I came back in and checked my blogs. I was delighted to see that Jeannette St Germain had finished the painting she was doing of a butterfly, based on a photo of mine. Check out the sidebar of her blog - the photo was pretty average; the painting is fabulous. She has caught the ethereal nature of the butterfly whilst staying true to its appearance (something that is important to the naturalist in me). And white, in my experience, is such a difficult colour to work with. I'm very impressed. Thanks, Jeannette.

When you get to a certain age you begin to worry about talking to yourself. Nowadays there is the advantage that so many people talk to their computers that it seems less obvious. (When the three of us are sitting around the table with our laptops it is not unusual for three different conversations to be going on at the same time. ) This week I acquired a new phone and for the first time ever I am able to operate it properly because the keys are on a touch pad not a keypad. As result I have been playing with it and one of the tools I explored was the ability to e-mail from it. Who did I e-mail. Myself. So now I'm not just talking to myself I'm e-mailing myself. I don't think there's much hope for me really!

Helen, GB and I had a super day exploring Bicton Park - about which I shall probably blog extensively over the next few weeks. For the moment I shall simply show what happens when Scriptor Senex is out with Brother-who-Blogs and Daughter-who-takes-photos and the latter spots an attractive Korean Fir (Abies koreana) with lovely cones.....



  1. The photo at the bottom show some serious photographers at work, they look so absorbed. And the one behind this camera must be equally seriously absorbed to get such clear shots.
    I have been over to see the butterfly, and you are right, it is lovely, nay, stupendous!
    I expect you are sad your holiday is ending, but lots of photo's being filed over the next few weeks will keep the memory strong. Look forward to seeing some more.
    Safe journey home.
    Love Granny

  2. Wondrous photos! And such SERIOUS photographers!!! ;^)

  3. Loved this post. I also like to take close-up pictures of nature. As for talking to oneself, I tell friends who worry about this to just put a headphone in their ear and talk away. Nowadays everyone seems to be talking to themselves everywhere (on the bus, in the street, in the shops etc). Whether there is really someone listening at the other end - who knows...

  4. LOL!!! I email myself too :o)...bethca couldn't have guessed that one, huh?

    These are great, John...seeing the intense photographers. I really like the one of GB. I don't feel quite so odd now, I get right up on top of the things I'm capturing and wonder if anyone is watching :o).

  5. I've really enjoyed your vacation and all the great photos. I hope you feel refreshed and rested.

    You really made me chuckle with that 'e-mailing myself' remark! I think you and I have some similar ideosycracies!

  6. What fabulous photos! I'm going to check out the painting you mentioned.

    Great post.

  7. Loved the comment on talking to oneself, Dawn Treader. Brilliant!


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