Thursday, 4 April 2013

Random Thursday - a Week of Awesome

A snowfall in which every flake was composed of perfect crystals:




A Roman settlement, in the cold and windy wilds of Northumberland:


A rare red squirrel:


A walk on the Pennine way:


A magical contraption:


These are teasels, used to raise up the surface of a wool fabric - there are 3000 of them in this machine which stood in this position for 160 years until the 1970s:


Hmmmm.....


Lastly, the view I found on stepping into the garden this afternoon:


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19 comments:

  1. Those snow flake pictures are amazing thank you

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  2. I am in awe of your snowflake pictures - I've never managed to see snowflakes like that. Thank you for sharing them, they're amazing. Would you mind if I printed one out to pin up on my notice board?

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  3. I enjoyed ALL your photos! And the last one made me smile!

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  4. gorgeous photos, we saw red squirrels when we were there, particularly near Balmoral. It was cold then in July but it looks very cold now !

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  5. I agree with everyone else, those snowflake pics are amazing! Would you mind sharing details of what camera you use?

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    1. Just in case camera info any use to anyone else:

      We have just bought a new Canon Powershot SX260 HS (good price at Curry's). We had the earlier model, and in fact there is a new model out after this one we have.

      I really like the macro mode which gets you in very close and sharp. I often set up the camera so that I can use it to point and click, but it is very adaptable to different situations (this model even has a mode for taking pics in snow which we've been playing with over the holidays).

      The last one we had eventually got a tiny spot of fluff inside the lens and there was nothing we could do about it. But our cameras do take a lot of punishment as we cart them around all the time when out with the children who also use them.

      I really like this one - I'm very lazy when it comes to technology so having a camera which can be used in a very basic mode, or a more fancy level when you want to play around with aperture etc is ideal.

      I believe that Martha, at Weekend Doings, who takes really beautiful photos, uses a Nikon Coolpix, as well as a digital SLR. The Coolpix is one of the alternatives.

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  6. Wow! I don't think I have ever seen such perfect snowflakes! Beautiful!

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  7. I agree with the others - WOW, you have truly captured something magical with those snowflakes!! All of your other photos are awesome too. What a treat.

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  8. Hi Catherine, I loved your post. so many different themes ...so many ideas! When I first looked at the snow flakes I thought, 'oh, how beautiful' and then I thought 'oh, what great quilt patterns! lol. I love ruins too. Wandering and wondering what went on there sooo long ago?! That loom is amazing, I always wondered what the thistle tops were for! And it looks like the bunnies decided to take the day off after there work out on Easter, very cute picture and inventive of your children! cheers, Claire W.

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  9. Hi! What a wonderful and interesting post! I love also your unique snow flake photos - just amazing! x Teje

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  10. Hope you had a great time in our locale, despite the cold and wind! Every time I visit I always feel sorry for any poor Roman soldier who found himself patrolling the always cold and windy Hadrians Wall :)

    Love your snowflake photos too.

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  11. Are those YOUR snowflake photos? They are amazing. I love the bunnies on a line. What a fun post.

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  12. Wow! Lots of people are also stunned by your snowflake pictures clearly! Fantastic, I've never seen those snowflake shapes myself. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.

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  13. This is a wonderful post Catherine - I was just thinking that I hadn't seen you post for a bit and here you are. The last image is beautifully surreal and the snowflakes are just proof that nature is amazingly wonderful...but I really love the walk shot which 'looks' eerily quiet. Glad you have had such a lovely week.

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  14. Those snowflake photos are absolutely stunning, but it was the strung up bunnies that had me laughing out loud.... I suspect little A is the culprit!

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