Over the summer we visited Bushy Park in Surrey and had the pleasure of meeting a couple of very friendly squirrels and their jackdaw pals. One cheeky squirrel actually took food from my hand and almost climbed onto my daughter’s lap.
Over the years we’ve visited Bushy Park dozens of times, in all seasons. I have wonderful memories of family picnics and stalking wildlife with my camera. Today is more of a wander through my photo archive. I could fill this post with hundreds of pics of landscapes and flora and fauna, but instead I’ve picked a couple of my favourite wildlife shots (even if the quality is not perfect).
Thank you, Sally at Falco West Sussex Falconry for a wonderful morning.
We are lucky to live a short drive away from this beautiful country park in Bedfont. It has interest all year round, but I especially love to visit on cold and frosty mornings.
Sometimes the lakes freeze over.
I like how the sun creates long shadows at this time of year.
A few wildlife shots.
Swans are always so graceful and easy to capture in photographs. Whereas this little tufted duck kept diving and disappearing out of view.
I enjoyed the challenge of trying for an underwater shot.
Finally here are a couple of my favourite shots from a few years ago.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the little wander around Bedfont Lakes. There is much more to see, including a nature reserve area and several really good play areas and for the kids. I highly recommend a visit any time of year. Here’s a link if you want to find out more Bedfont Lakes Country Park.
For a long time, I’ve been too scared to fly. But when my parents offered to take us on a family holiday I put aside my fear and went for it. I chose a destination that interests me, Malta.
The worse part for me was take off, but then I was surprisingly relaxed and even enjoyed the view.
Views from our hotel -DB Seabanks.
The hotel was clean and cool, and the all inclusive food was excellent with plenty of opportunities to be more adventurous with food choices. The staff were friendly, and it was a great location for the beach / sea just across the road.
Trip to the Blue Grotto
This cool looking rock shelter
A look at the Maltese wildlife and fauna
Bee in a cactus flower
Biggest cricket I’ve ever seen
I didn’t spot much in the way of wildlife or fauna. Malta is a very hot and dry country. We were told it hadn’t rain for a while and even some of the cacti looked in need of a drink. Along the roads there were lots of beautiful shrubs / trees with vivid pink flowers, but I didn’t get to find out what they were.
A day trip to Gozo
We enjoyed a boat trip around the Azure window (apparently it’s been made famous by the Game of Thrones series, which gives me the perfect excuse to re-watch it for a glimpse of the amazing natural phenomena.) I wish there had been more time to get some shots from land as well.
Gozo was gearing up for its Fiesta celebrations
The Cittadel and the view from the highest point in Gozo
A view of the island of Camino and the Blue Lagoon.
The main reason I chose Malta / Gozo was its history and the architecture.
From the small, every day buildings…
To the magnificent churches like Ta-Pinu.
I’ll finish with some shots of other buildings seen from afar.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my brief tour of Malta and Gozo. There is so much more to see, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to go back one day.
Note – Photos taken on my Sony Xperia camera phone and faithful old Lumix (some picture quality is poor due to being taken through coach windows).
I’d like to dedicate this post to my parents and take the opportunity to thank them for taking us away with them. They’ve helped me get over my fear of flying, and now I know there is a whole world out there waiting to be explored.
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