Exercise – It’s a walk in the park

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Steering our way towards the local country park on a blue sky January morning gave us the first opportunity in ages for using the camera. Even a fair selection of birds came out to play.

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Here’s hoping the weather stays this clear for a few days. Happy new year to all our readers.

Behind the Camera 23

Bruton plus

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Finding photographic features in the back of beyond in rural Somerset is something Michael and I seem to do on a regular basis, this time we decided to visit the scenic site of Bruton; just over ten miles east of Yeovil. It has been proposed that this is the smallest town in England something hard to reckon seeing how much new build is happening. We started by climbing a small hill to a dovecote that overlooks most of Bruton’s central area, from here the resulting pictures show how it actually is. But first a closer look at the top of the tower.

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The comparative chunkiness of the stonework in the tower belies the true size of the buzzard watching over us.

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¬†Taking up a large percentage of the town is an independant 350 pupil school whose main buildings are nearly 600 years old, St Mary’s church shown in the next picture is of even greater age, building began almost a thousand years ago.

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As usual for our jaunts into the countryside we seem to just take any road that looks as if there could be something round the corner, this time it was another church; St Peter’ Redlynch.

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Seen below us on the same road a scene saying autumn is coming.

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Driving on for a few miles we decide to head home to escape the start of rain and its gloomy grey skies, but turning another corner we suddenly strike gold.

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The last picture shows off one of the grandest of folly’s that is just visible at the top of the hill.

Yeovilton Air Show 2013

Met up with Michael for the first time in ages, this time using his contact at Limington village church; allowed up the tower where we had a cracking view across Yeovilton air base and the spectacular displays from the red arrows and others performing at the annual air show.

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Last of all came the surprise of the afternoon as a buzzard came out from the trees below us and started to circle probably looking for his tea.

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 We left the tower before the end of the show to escape the 30C plus temperatures.

Behind the Camera 22 – 1

Lost lakes of the Levels

This is the first time the water level has dropped allowing full access to Muchelney since last November. The village is no longer an island with the course of the River Parrett and adjacent roads now properly visible.

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Yes the sun did shine and out came a little bunny to celebrate a chance to warm up, even the swans looked as if they were a bit hearty.

Behind the Camera 22 – 2

ALPACA REVISITED and MEETING SOME FRIENDS

This time the weather was dry and we have been allowed access to the field where they lived.

In a yard next to the field it was almost like a mini zoo, goats, rabbit and even a neighbours cat was overseeing the view. 22 -3 will have pictures of the resident birdlife.

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Behind the Camera 19

A rare sight.

When admiring the Mandarin ducks this week, pictures of an unknown fowl were also taken, when investigated it was identified as a Blue Winged Goose. A bird that is incorrectly named as it belongs to the Shellduck family. It apparently comes from Ethiopia and is recognised as a vulnerable species due to diminishing habitat availability. It needs water so we know why this one is here .

The link used to identify those unusual birds and animals is – http://www.animalphotos.me/index.htm

Back to my pictures now.

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Yeovil is proving to be a bit of a cosmopolitan place for the world’s wildlife.