Thursday, 26 February 2015

Riding School Continued.


The Jumps.
 

Lowering and highering of the hurdles.
 

Cantering
 

Trotting
 

Posing
 

He went that way!
 

I like to see a longer mane myself.
 

It was such a sunny day that I had to lighten some shots because the shadows were too dark.
 

There are dozens of stables like these.
 

I think I have something in my eye!
 

Another exemple of lightening the shot in deep shade ( not good)
 

Waiting for their owners.
 

There is a small store.,( more like a closet ) but useful for emergencies.
 


 


The dressage centre




These are the last of my Riding School photos, I hope you have enjoyed all the activities going on there.
GOOD FENCES

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Cynosure Cormorant and Co.


The Cororant.
 


 


 


 


 


 


 



 


 


 


 


 


 


 
The Cormorants have arrived! Hubby and I made straight for the rocks where we are used to seeing them, and sure enough there were quite a few on the top of the rocks, and at the base near the water.
WILD BIRD WEDNESDAYSSATURDAY'S CRITTERS and I'D RATHER B BIRDIN

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Riding School


The Riding School is not far from where we live, just a twenty five minute drive. It is here where our grandchildren learnt to ride, and we are still in the habit of going to watch the competitions, and the horses being trained. The Club House serves light snacks and wonderful coffee, and in the summer months it's lovely to sit outside with cool refreshments and watch the horses going through their paces. The head trainer is a friend of ours, and an excellent sportsman. He has competed in horse trials in England with Princess Ann, who as you probably know is an accomplished rider, and sportswoman.


The Riding School. 




The Club House. 

Jumping low fences.
 

Setting off for the bridle path.
 

Into the woods.
 

There are several bridle-paths for the seasoned riders.

 

Our friend with a young lady rider.
 

Horse blanket looked colourful hanging over the fence.
 

GOOD FENCES
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Creepers


Tree Creeper    Sylria atricapilla












A few Treecreepers to share today, taken at different times, and in different light. Always a pleasure to see them at the feeders. These birds prefer coniferous woods at higher altitudes, where they breed fairly commonly in S. Europe. I always find the Treecreeper a difficult bird to photograph, because of the spiraling way it creeps up a tree. One minute it's on one side of the trunk, and just when your ready to shoot, it's moved around to the other side. Just as well they visit the feeders!:)
WILD BIRD WEDNESDAYS
I'D RATHER B BIRDIN

Monday, 16 February 2015

Figuring it out.


Does anyone else see what I see here?
 

As I pass this tree every day, after about six months I took another photo. See anything yet!
 

Over time, after about two years, as the bark weathered the image began to change,
 

Enlarged picture of what it looks like now.
 

These are the cones on the highest branches of our enormous  Pinheiro Manso.
 

Last year tiny red flowers appeared on them, and we were amazed as this is the first time we have ever seen this. We first planted it over thirtyfive  years ago after it had been our Christmas tree, and to our knowledge it has never bloomed before.  

Has anyone ever seen this occurence before?
 
Yesterday my son figured out what was wrong with the computer. A vĂ­rus had installed itself, and caused all the trouble. I'm up and running again,with a little puzzle for you, to figure out.
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