or these trees in the orchard
In my defence I only went over to Waterperry to keep Mum occupied as she's torn a muscle in her shoulder - not sure how - and she hasn't to use her arm or shoulder until it's healed. The nice weather lures her out to the garden; where she invariably wants to do stuff. If she's out and about she can't be pulling weeds. After lunch at Waterperry Gardens, I took her off for a drive and we ended up at Otmoor. Despite it only being up the road from us, Mum had not visited the reserve before. No sooner had we arrived, someone told me they'd seen lots of frogs in a ditch. The frogs turned out to be common toads and the sunshine must have encouraged them out to mate. There was a huge ball of them. I had never seen so many toads in all my life. A more serious photographer was almost in the ditch with his kit getting shots. I wandered over to have a look and he asked if I'd got any good shots and had I got a macro lens. At the moment my budget runs to a set of Macro filters. So when he said, 'Do you want a borrow my Macro lens to get a few shots?' I was stunned (and my lack of skill turned me into a gibbering wreck from this point onwards) at a complete strangers generosity and of course said, 'Yes, please!'. When he handed me a quite serious bit of kit, I was a bit overwhelmed. Thinking: Please do not let me go
Toads getting jiggy with it.
It did allow me to get a few good close ups of the toad love ball. Apparently in the centre of this will be one female, getting a whole lot more male attention than she probably wanted.
The birds were out in full force at Otmoor and as well as a few usual suspects I took photos of my first Redpoll and Yellowhammer.
Then today my after work drive took me up to Brill in Buckinghamshire. Where I took some pictures of it's most famous landmark.
Brill Windmill up on the hill. Last time I photographed this the sails hadn't been painted.
Love the white sails against the blue!
So that, dear readers, is why I've not been sewing a stitch...