The Sunday Fraggle report..

Firstly, for the second week I have a photo left behind from the previous week. I hope this is not the beginning of  mental decline, but much previous similar experiences tell me it probably is. I forget loads of stuff. I console myself with the fact that my lovely hubby is as bad if not slightly worse than me :). And what is this wonderful photo you forgot to post I hear you cry…

Ducking About
Ducking About

well there you have it. A masterpiece no less. Taken with my Iphone 5 and the hipstamatic app. Don’t ask why.

So on to this past week. I have to say the grey and rainy days are not helping me on my travels around my patch of Engerlandland. Dull and dishwatery skies, and everything just blah. But at least on the day I had to visit a client in the windy wilds of North Yorkshire there was an interesting sky that I stopped to take pictures of. My little Nikon S1 compact is no match for my D700, but the wonders of Lightroom, NikFXpro and SmartPhotoEditor more than make up for it, and actually the S1 picks up a lot of detail when you dig for it.

original shot
original shot

This is one of my original shots, not totally inspiring but it really didn’t look like that through my eyes (or why would I have stopped to take the photo’s??).

And this is what it really looked like..

holes in the sky 1
holes in the sky 1
Holes in the sky 2
Holes in the sky 2
Holes in the sky 3
Holes in the sky 3
Holes in the sky 4
Holes in the sky 4

and because the theme for the challenge group today was over processing…

bonkers & OTT
bonkers & OTT

I don’t like it, but it was kinda fun.

Also before I came across the moody weather I drove past Bolton Castle which you can just about see in this next shot, and also you can just see the edge of the dark sky chasing me.

Bolton Castle (it is there really)
Bolton Castle (it is there really)

AND on my way home I turned a corner to be thwarted by sheep, dogs and a motorised shepherd.

it's a modern old world.
it’s a modern old world.

Just after I took this, the dogs jumped away and started herding the sheep to go left up a path, but a few of the idiot~sheep ran through a field on the right, and it was great to watch the dogs round them up and send them back the right way. I don’t think the guy on the trike did anything much, didn’t hear any whistles going on, the dogs just knew what to do.

Mind you, I don’t suppose I would hear a proper dog whistle as I have not got dogs ears.

Not much else to shoot on my travels, but I did find some cool shoots and leaves

shoots and leaves
she shoots and leaves

 

On Thursday morning it was very drab, and I spotted this fellow hunkered down on my front garden fence

Mr.Sad
Mr.Sad

People don’t like pigeons overmuch but I like all birds, they have so much character, even the dim ones are funny, but he just looked so sad. Yet I loved how his feathers looked, like a soft suit of armour against the rain. As I got in the car I took a quick snap of him side on, but didn’t really see what I was looking at only to note it was in focus, but when I got it on my big screen I was quite shocked to see he has a big eye infection. I debated wether to post it or not because it did upset me, but sometimes photography isn’t nicey picey.

:(
😦

He was still about today, and taking advantage of all the seeds that drop to the ground from my bird feeders, and I could see the other side is not affected. He’s nice and plump and is eating, so maybe he will get better, if the neighbours cat doesn’t blindside him. He looks miserable though (not surprisingly) and I had some tears over him today.

On Friday night we had Lorraine and Paul over for a musical soiree, Lorraine cooked some fine curry’s and Phil & Paul played guitars whilst Lorraine & I played percussion (I banged a tambourine more or less in time with the music and Loz had a washboard thingy). Far too much grape and hops were imbibed but hey ho it doesn’t happen THAT often.  I took some cool Polaroids of the guys and gals, there’s more in the Polaroid Page, but this was the best,

Paul and Phil
Paul and Phil

note the tripod music stand 🙂

and from the Hipstamatic…

Lorraine & paul
Lorraine & paul

and I got chocolates & flowers

IMG_3256

so a good night and Saturday was a recovery day 🙂

I did manage to cook a lush dinner on Saturday, Salmon in soy,ginger & garlic sauce, with saffron rice. very yummy.

Salmon in soy ginger garlic sauce
Salmon in soy ginger garlic sauce

Today we have had Shelley and Callum, Carl with Matthew and Livvy for a visit this afternoon, wow our grandkids are noisy. You kind of forget in between visits 😀 It was good to see them all charging about playing and hollering and laughing. I would have taken photo’s but they move too fast 🙂

Phil’s on nights this week, so a quiet time for me anyway 🙂 Keep your fingers crossed for dry weather for me this week as I’m off to some more far flung gorgeous places.

Laters Gaters 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 comments

  • Ah- so much wonderful humor in this post! You had me laughing throughout. Except of course for Mr. Sad, poor baby. Hopefully he will heal and continue on with his days. He’s still eating and that’s a good sign.
    I love your “holes in the sky”. Unbelievable how much you got out of that photo with your manipulations. It is gorgeous.
    Looks like you had a wonderful time playing music together. Great shots there too!
    I really REALLY love that shot of Bolton Castle (although I didn’t see the Castle)- but the shot is gorgeous.
    The photo of the motorized shepherd and lovely dogs and sheep is such a statement on modern life but not too modern. Love that photo.
    Flowers, chocolate, salmon, AND grand kids… a full week for sure.

    Sunday Fraggle Report is one of my favorites! Thank you!!!!

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      • Jeff barely gives me room to breathe! Haha!
        We get a few days off this week, except for a laundry list of chores. Jeff said we’d be bored by Tuesday. Ha! I seriously doubt it. Seriously!!
        Hope your week is less rainy. I relate…. rain rain rain here too. Bahhhhh.

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  • I like more the second version of holes in the sky, I think it make me feel the soft mood of the light, the landscape towards Bolton Castle looks theatrical with the clouds closing around it; nice pigeon portrait, everybody has accidents so there is no big deal.
    If one photo left behind makes you suspect of mental decline I think you would declare me a brain-dead XD
    Wish you a great new week 🙂

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  • For Christ’s sake Frag, your camera and you are clearly not seeing eye to eye on these landscape shots. Your camera seems to suffer from the same dull outlook that mine does. I always have to show the damn thing what was really there but was clearly missed. Way to bring out what you saw, and what was presumably there to begin with. It’s like these silly cameras are all a bunch of glass half empty sort of sons of guns. Right?
    Like in your earlier post where the camera didn’t even see the bloody ghosts coming out of the little houses? For shame.
    My camera refuses to see or acknowledge shadows of any sort. I do have to go back, later, and put them back where I suspect they were. Some call it post-processing; I call it bringing sexy back. Just sayin’.
    Justin Timberlake wrote a song about it.

    Are you tracking with me, or did lose you. Damn brandy.

    My original point was going to be that these landscape shots toward the beginning are some of my favorite of your work. I love what you do. 😉 🙂

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    • haha I love it when Brandy talks (or wine in my case!) Have not heard the Justin Timberlake song about my photo’s 😉 but will look out for it! Yes our cameras are no~way near as good as our human eyes (even my optically challenged ones) but luckilly there’s all those luvverly processing programmes to play with.Thanks for your comments Dink, gave me many smiles 🙂 🙂

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