Monthly Archives: June 2017

WordPress Challenge : Transient

Transient is used to describe a situation that lasts only a short time or is constantly changing.

I took this photo earlier this year and hope it represents the word we have been challenged with this week.

These shy (rare breed I think) sheep were quickly moving along a dusty track away from us.  They had spotted us before we spotted them.

It was a fleeting glimpse.  The adults had unusually long horns giving the whole scene the feeling of an African savannah not heathland in Suffolk, England.

We continued along our separate paths hidden from their view.

I set the camera to full zoom and sneaked through rough ground to try and photograph them while hiding behind a tree.  I only managed to get this one of the adult male.  If anyone knows what breed of sheep they may be please let me know.

Transient

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A really really lazy day at the beach

This time last week we were in the midst of a heat wave.  With temperatures set to reach 26 degrees in Norfolk we selected Walcott as our destination for the day.

Sunday 18th June 2017

It was definitely going to be a beach day. So, with Beach umbrella, chairs and picnic packed we headed for the sand and, for us, a lazy day.

Walcott, a tiny village on the Norfolk Coast, is not a snazzy seaside place, infact it’s really quiet and not at all exciting. It is, however the only village in Norfolk where the road runs right alongside the beach making it popular for motorbikers and cyclists or anyone just touring through.

It’s suffered a bit in storms. 1953, 2007 and 2013.  Infact we went to take a look at the damage in 2013 and it was incredible – large blocks of concrete moved several feet from the sea defences and homes were badly affected.

This is what the sea wall looks like at Walcott – with a concrete walkway all the way to Bacton.  The photo below was taken at high tide and only a thin strip of beach is visible – looking towards Bacton.

On the way to Walcott was passed the more popular beach destinations of Sea Palling and Happisburgh (pronounced Hazborough).  Here the good people of Norfolk were arriving in huge numbers from surrounding villages, towns and the city of Norwich.

We had chosen wisely.  Parking easily we walked a short distance and pitched our umbrella.  If you’ve never seen these they are wonderful things these – called a Sport Brella and comes in several colours.  So easy to put up and take down it takes away all the stress that you might have with other portable shelters.

There we sat….for a few hours.

A grey seal swam past as I was having a paddle. Tim took a few photos – me & seal, both checking each other out.

Then we pitched our umbrella closer to the sea for a bit more ‘air’ and sat a bit longer…it was glorious.

After a while we could take this no longer and set off for a short walk to Bacton Beach.  The tide was going out and leaving sea water stranded in long shallow pools.  I remember this happening as a child on holiday on the Dutch coast and the pools feeling like warm bath water.

You can see kids playing in the water up ahead of us on our walk in the photo below.

At Bacton we bought a couple of drinks at this tiny place ‘The Tea Shed’ and headed back.

A nice cup of tea to finish off before going home – we joined several people at the cafe/restaurant.  As I mentioned above its a popular stopping place for motorcyclists here and they arrive in big groups at the cafe.  Today it was just us and lots of large families (large in number and size!) eating fish and chips.  I did manage to capture one keen biker….

We don’t often sit about all day but today was certainly the day to do just that.  Phew what a scorcher!

Our heatwave is over now – it was fun while it lasted.

 

WordPress Challenge : Focus

A bit of fun with this weeks challenge.

I’m trying to keep track of bees visiting our garden.  From what I’ve managed to see so far there’s a good variety, including the all important Honey Bee.

This keeping track was inspired by a television programme encouraging people to record their sightings.  So, in an attempt to study them, and find out a bit more about them, I’ve been photographing theses busy creatures.

Here are a couple of ‘out of focus’ shots.  Shared with you before I delete them….

 

However I’m pleased with this one (below) even if it’s not quite what I was hoping for it makes me grin.  The bee, having visited this flower is heading just out of shot!  It seems to be in focus though.

 

Focus