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I will start by apologizing on behalf of the national grid or at least the people who deal with the power in our area, the national grid can have the blame for today though. It would appear that water and electricity do not mix as shortly after my upload yesterday the lights flickered twice, then poof, as if by magic they went out completely.
This may now sound like a change in topics, but I assure you it isn't. I have a laptop, I have had my laptop for many years now, I like my laptop, we understand each other, my laptop is mardy and I am not, my laptop is selfish and I am not, besides all of that I love my laptop. Now, I use my laptop at home all the time and to be honest it was never used on the battery although the battery was in place, this was my mistake. Batteries in laptops hate being permanently on charge, in fact they hate it so much eventually they have a tantrum and stop working, at the same time they stop the laptop working even if it is plugged in as they lie on the floor kicking their legs. My laptop now has no battery fitted. There was no point in replacing the battery as it was never used, this does of course mean that when the national grid forgets to put umbrellas over important bits and pieces allowing for the electricity to throw a hissy fit and go on strike my laptop prematurely shuts down, or should I say instantly goes off.
Once the power came back on my mardy, selfish, lovely laptop decided it wanted to remain in a state of snooze. It took me most of yesterday to wake it back up again. I tried everything, short of chucking a bucket of cold water over it, but then I remembered this didn't work out to well for the national grid. By the time it was up and running I had to go to friends for a meal and wouldn't be back late.
So, I hear you asking, Why the apology? The apology is because I was unable to comment or vote on most images yesterday. I know I don't comment everyday, this is because some days I just don't have any time whatsoever. When I upload though I have a little time to myself and do so enjoy looking at and commenting on everyones images.
A message to the national grid, get your act together as this has been about the umteenth time this year we have lost power, either that or get a bigger brolly.

Todays upload is another from Rowlands Gill and as yesterdays image was from the same day you will note the weather was a little more pleasant than it it has been for the past few days.
It is another shot where I get the feeling of freedom, all that open space behind the bird, makes you feel care free like the bird, in fact the only thing it has to really do is eat and not get eaten. I would love to join him, not to sure if the branch would support my weight though. I'd miss my family and my cuppa, I think I'll remain where I am.

If I don't see you before, I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas.

I hope you like it and thanks for any comments.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jul 2009 - 2:12 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Branching Out
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:21 Dec 2012 - 9:21 AM
Tags:Bird, Branch, Free, Rowlands gill, Stick, Swallow, Wildlife / nature, Worries
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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8520 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1088 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 9:33 AM

Wonderful image, a bird on a stick that actually says something. Tiny life in a very big world.
I'm considering going into hibernation until the weather improves...

NDODS e2 Member 43660 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 9:38 AM

The Swallow

The gorse is yellow on the heath,
The banks with speedwell flowers are gay,
The oaks are budding; and beneath,
The hawthorn soon will bear the wreath,
The silver wreath of May.
The welcome guest of settled Spring,
The Swallow too is come at last;
Just at sun-set, when thrushes sing,
I saw her dash with rapid wing,
And hail'd her as she pass'd.

Come, summer visitant, attach
To my reed roof your nest of clay,
And let my ear your music catch
Low twittering underneath the thatch
At the gray dawn of day.
As fables tell, an Indian Sage,
The Hindostani woods among,
Could in his desert hermitage,
As if 'twere mark'd in written page,
Translate the wild bird's song.
I wish I did his power possess,
That I might learn, fleet bird, from thee,
What our vain systems only guess,
And know from what wide wilderness
You came across the sea.

I would a little while restrain
Your rapid wing, that I might hear
Whether on clouds that bring the rain,
You sail'd above the western main,
The wind your charioteer.
In Afric, does the sultry gale
Thro' spicy bower, and palmy grove,
Bear the repeated Cuckoo's tale ?
Dwells there a time, the wandering Rail
Or the itinerant Dove ?
Were you in Asia ? O relate,
If there your fabled sister's woes
She seem'd in sorrow to narrate;
Or sings she but to celebrate
Her nuptials with the rose ?

I would enquire how journeying long,
The vast and pathless ocean o'er,
You ply again those pinions strong,
And come to build anew among
The scenes you left before;
But if, as colder breezes blow,
Prophetic of the waning year,
You hide, tho' none know when or how,
In the cliff's excavated brow,
And linger torpid here;
Thus lost to life, what favouring dream
Bids you to happier hours awake;
And tells, that dancing in the beam,
The light gnat hovers o'er the stream,
The May-fly on the lake ?

Or if, by instinct taught to know
Approaching dearth of insect food;
To isles and willowy aits you go,
And crouding on the pliant bough,
Sink in the dimpling flood:
How learn ye, while the cold waves boom
Your deep and ouzy couch above,
The time when flowers of promise bloom,
And call you from your transient tomb,
To light, and life, and love ?
Alas ! how little can be known,
Her sacred veil where Nature draws;
Let baffled Science humbly own,
Her mysteries understood alone,
By Him who gives her laws

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 9:39 AM

Love how you've conveyed how small and sweet that little bird is within a large, open setting. Glad you managed to sort out the computer problem and trust the National Grid manages likewise! We get loads of tiny power cuts here, just enough to knock so many electical appliances off the stot and drive you mad!
Have a lovely Christmas and fingers crossed the power stays on!


nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 10:12 AM

Sharp and alive, superb against the blurred blue background that implies vastness. I LOVE it! Hope you have a very pleasant and merry festive days, Andy!

CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 11:39 AM

A super capture, Andy. Carol

SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 12:09 PM

A long way to go. Amazing.

Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 12:49 PM

This is a great capture............... love the bird.............GrinGrinGrinGrin and the space around it!
Great write up.
Merry ChristmasGrin

woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 1:05 PM

My first thought was to shout "Don't do it! She's not worth it! Don't jump!!!"
Then I noticed the movement in the wings and realised that all was well.

Beautifully composed, Andy, excellent photograph.
I hope the electricity last long enough for you to read this Wink

Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 - 9:39 PM

Cracking shot Andy.

Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2012 - 2:04 PM

Lovely capture with beautiful light Andy.
Merry Christmas!

Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
26 Dec 2012 - 4:43 PM

Love your narrative.

Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 12:34 AM

Nathan's poem was almost too much for me to swallow after indulging so much over Christmas!Wink The best bird on a stick image i've seen in an age, roll on next spring when the swallows will be backGrin

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