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Male Bullfinch ( pyrrhula pyrrhula )
Probably the most irritating and annoying shot I have ever tried to take.This is about all I have to show for 90 minutes standing on a freezing cold windy and, at times, wet morning recently waiting for this fella.
Bullfinches are not at all common on my patch at present and I have been waiting for ages to get a glimpse of one. This one finally appeared in a thick hedgerow that was smothered in blossom. This is a typical location for the bird that loves to use its small round bill to feast on soft buds,shoots and flowers rather than hard seeds. The trouble was however that, having found its way into the 'larder' it just would not move into the open to allow me a clear shot. After dozens of 'almost' shots I finally had to settle for this one which I think managed to show most of the bird and give a good impression of the blossom he was attacking. I hope you like it and please try large if you have time.

As always many thanks for views/comments and votes on the Kestrel.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 500 VR+ 1.4
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:A Bit of Bully
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:27 Mar 2009 - 7:11 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
Votes:141

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gwood
gwood  6 England
27 Mar 2009 - 7:16 PM

Excellent detailed and colourful capture...
Geoff

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Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 7:16 PM

What a lovely picture

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JPT
JPT  5
27 Mar 2009 - 7:17 PM

Well worth the wait, very nice capture, Jim.

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cdm36
cdm36 e2 Member 10390 forum postscdm36 vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 7:20 PM

Nice to see it in its habitat though instead of it being totally isolated from the bg.

Chris.

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27 Mar 2009 - 7:20 PM

I'll bet you're glad you waited Ron - I am - top shot....Bill

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27 Mar 2009 - 7:21 PM

lovely shot amidst the blossom
Linda

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PattiW
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27 Mar 2009 - 7:23 PM

This is absolutely beautiful. The bullfinch shows off so beautifully against the white flowers. Lovely color and detail!

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Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 7:25 PM

Definately worth all that standing around Ron, this is superb and has enough and the right parts in the clear and naturally framed with the Blackthorn blossom. The colours are superb as is the detail. Even got the eye detail and thats the hardest part with these, brilliant eye.

I really want to say that this is a Bootyfull shot Ron...haha
Richard

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27 Mar 2009 - 7:28 PM

Excellent capture Ron and worth the trouble. As Richard says you've got the important bits in the clear and the blossom does look nice.
Steve

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dalecath
dalecath  760 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 7:29 PM

Oh yes stunning no more to be said

Dale

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SteveMoulding
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27 Mar 2009 - 7:32 PM

Stunning well composed shot. Excellent detail and colour. Love the blossum.
Steve.

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shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 7:33 PM

Absolutely superb wow
Alexa

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Mewinty
Mewinty  6
27 Mar 2009 - 7:36 PM

Wow! Fab capture, lovely natural framing, great colours too. Melissa

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loweswood
loweswood  9317 forum posts England
27 Mar 2009 - 7:38 PM

I think you've been lucky to get the shot in only 90 mins. It's taking me 90 years! Well done

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blacky
blacky  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 7:54 PM

a stunning shot ron, bully in the bloosom is makes a wonderfull image,dave

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 7:56 PM

beautiful shot I really like this one, it shows the colour off a treat and the blossom makes it a real cracker for me

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SoulOfNature
27 Mar 2009 - 8:09 PM

This bird photography can be so frustrating,this is a great shot for all your effort ,good detail.


Have A Good Week-End.

Jean x

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moocow
moocow  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 8:40 PM

Great shot, lovely colours, really shows up against the blossom Smile

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 8:49 PM

Ron congratulations on a lovely capture the colour stand out well and the detail including the blossom is superb - I share your frustration with these birds though - I've been watching a pair for days now in a pussy willow and just never get a chance for a half descent shot - sooo frustrating! Ina

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27 Mar 2009 - 8:52 PM

Beautiful image

Stace

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whiteswan01
27 Mar 2009 - 8:56 PM

well worth the wait its a beauty
Dawn

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f8
f8  109169 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 8:58 PM

Typical location shot and well taken.

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taggart
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27 Mar 2009 - 9:10 PM

He is wonderfully smothered in his favorite blossoms-- This image says SPRING and shows its wonders!
Jennnn

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DavidWhistlecraft

What a cracker, excellent setting

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motorsportpictures

Such an amazing shot.
very well detailed.
Scott

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Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 9:14 PM

Well worth the wait, a fantastic shot.
Bob

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betts  6 England
27 Mar 2009 - 9:15 PM

What a stunning picture Ron, the colours and detail are beautiful.
betts

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DolphinLady
27 Mar 2009 - 9:17 PM

Most definately worth waiting for Ron, this is an excellent capture of this gorgeous bird.
Lovely colour & very fine detail.
Large is fantastic.
Hilary

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 9:25 PM

Thank you everyone.
Ron

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BarbaraB
BarbaraB  953 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 - 9:38 PM

Well worth a 50th vote!

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Hosking
Hosking  6 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 - 9:44 PM

Great capture
Mark

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GalleryGirl
27 Mar 2009 - 10:07 PM

Wow beautiful!
Marilyn x

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maryg
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27 Mar 2009 - 10:10 PM

I really like it in this natural frame contrast so well with the blossom
Mary

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phil_j
phil_j  8133 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 10:19 PM

The wait was worth it though, superb shot, and as the old saying goes, "you can't beat a bit of Bully".

Phil

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27 Mar 2009 - 10:36 PM

Cracking shot Ron, lovely with the blossom
Phil

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27 Mar 2009 - 10:37 PM

Great shot Ron... well done, worth the wait!

Jon

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arhb
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27 Mar 2009 - 10:51 PM

Superb.

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Maiwand
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27 Mar 2009 - 10:56 PM

Thank you all.
Ron

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dweezil
dweezil  6 England
27 Mar 2009 - 10:59 PM

Superb capture Ron hope it didn't take to long to thaw out
Craig

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shelldud
shelldud  5 England
27 Mar 2009 - 11:05 PM

fantastic shot lovely colours on the bullfinch

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2009 - 11:16 PM

Sometimes we have to settle for what we get & hope it's good enough. Certainly the case here, Ron. Under the conditions, a fine composition with good colour & detail.
Terry

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2009 - 12:52 AM

A fantastic image. Carol

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maratsuikka
28 Mar 2009 - 5:03 AM

Beautiful image ,Ron,well waited,we all have millions almostshots......btw i mean what GT is doing here....in my image

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harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2009 - 6:39 AM

A really nice shot with good detail where it is needed Ron. I like to see the birds in there natural environment and, this is perfect. Oh yes and my eldest grandson likes it too as we sit here in bed early on a Saturday morning reviewing my favourites.

Paul

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2009 - 8:44 AM

My grateful thanks to all -- and especially your grandson Paul.
Ron

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28 Mar 2009 - 9:11 AM

Cracking image of one of my favourite birds. Nice work.
Cheesey.

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geniehawk
geniehawk  7181 forum posts England
28 Mar 2009 - 9:18 AM

Ron, there is nothing left to say, but I will say it's the best natural shot I have seen of a bullfinch, and I love the natural histoy lesson ith it.
Jeannie.

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28 Mar 2009 - 10:14 AM

Superb!

Ken

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2009 - 3:57 PM

looks great with the white blossom.lesley

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28 Mar 2009 - 4:03 PM

The D300 focused so well (with your expertise) considering all the twigs and blossom being so close Ron, a superb natural shot with lovely detail, a catchlight in the eye and exp spot on Smile good write up too.
Geoff.

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peter_oak  9 England
28 Mar 2009 - 4:07 PM

Superb shot Ron well spotted.

Peter..

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Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2009 - 5:36 PM

Well worth waiting for, a brilliant shot.
Ray

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ClickHappy
28 Mar 2009 - 10:59 PM

Worth the wait. We occasionally get bullfinches at out bird spot we love but as of yet I still do not have a successful photo. This one of yours is lovely

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photophantom
29 Mar 2009 - 12:47 AM

you caught him well in his natural lovely habitat Ron, very well done
Dennis

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kishanm14  5 India
29 Mar 2009 - 5:55 AM

A fantestic image.

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bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2009 - 11:18 AM

This is superb Ron. What a wonderful natural setting for this fabulous bird.
A top drawer image that would grace any wildlife publication.
Brian.

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m3lem  8 England
29 Mar 2009 - 12:40 PM

This is a truly beautiful image, so nicely presented too. love looking at it large too.
Andrea

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29 Mar 2009 - 3:22 PM

this is superb...

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bunbeam
bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2009 - 3:26 PM

superb!!!!!
bunSmile

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Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2009 - 3:56 PM

Thank you all for your generosity.
Ron

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kgb224  6 South Africa
29 Mar 2009 - 6:27 PM

Well done with this effort.

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OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2009 - 7:19 PM

Fab capture Ron, well worth the waiting in those horrible cold conditions, super detail and a mass of lovely blossom really works a treat.
Love it. Shaun

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HUMIE  7 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2009 - 10:34 PM

Special capture Ron....super !!


*Mike*

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fatmod  8 England
29 Mar 2009 - 11:05 PM

simply stunning

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2009 - 8:54 AM

I was not surprised to find all the awards when I scrolled down - this is a fantastic image Ron, most of all I like the contrast between the tender flowers and the bit of bully - Superb image indeed!
Johanna

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30 Mar 2009 - 1:46 PM

outstanding

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dianah  724474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2009 - 3:16 PM

The framing with the blossom is so beautiful..a wonderful composition Ron.
Di

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janty66  7 England
30 Mar 2009 - 6:27 PM

outstanding...
This is the bird i really want to capture.. Smile

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Nettles  7 England
30 Mar 2009 - 7:48 PM

His lovely colour stands out a treat against the gorgeous blossom, another superb capture.
Annette

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Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2009 - 10:51 PM

Well caught Ron, under the circumstances. It was worth the long wait in the freezing cold.
Pete.

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31 Mar 2009 - 12:20 PM

the result was worth the wait, superbly captured and composed with excellent colour detail. first class.

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gillykins  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2009 - 7:53 PM

Well worth standing around for Ron, lovely capture!
Gill

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jgmford  7 England
31 Mar 2009 - 11:42 PM

Great detail, close up capture, love the colours.
Jeff

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 8:55 AM

Thank you all kind people.
Ron

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1 Apr 2009 - 10:40 AM

Great with the surrounding flowers

Peter

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piccy  8 Wales
1 Apr 2009 - 12:19 PM

Well worth the frustration and bad weather, delightful shot with the blossom.
Freda

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1 Apr 2009 - 12:28 PM

The very essence of spring.....I would gladly stand in the rain if I had some blossoms like this to see. Well worth your wait, it is beautiful.

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 12:34 PM

Stunning shot Ron and I love this frmaing in the heart of the blossum and with the strong contrast of the colours
Tim

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gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 5:24 PM

Thats gorgeous and 1st.class presentation
Gerry

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1 Apr 2009 - 6:59 PM

Thanks every one. You are very generous.
Ron

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Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2009 - 9:09 PM

120 votes 3 User Awards and no HC or PA. Change your name Ron. Surely this must tell the awards team on EPZ something.
Think it might be time for a new forum

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1 Apr 2009 - 11:07 PM

A superb well composed shot. Excellent detail and colour. Beautifully sharp.
Steve.

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teocali e2 Member 6228 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2009 - 11:01 PM

A truly wonderful shot Ron - fabulous detail and colours of the Bully and so beautiful with the blossom.
Sylvia

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StevenPrice
3 Apr 2009 - 9:31 AM

Top notch love the blossoms the bird is perched in.

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Gray_ina  6
5 Apr 2009 - 6:51 PM

Magnificent shot Ron - well worth the effort Graham

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sillygirl
sillygirl  6 Sweden
5 Apr 2009 - 7:29 PM

Grin so beautiful this shot is, fantastic.
Marie

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2009 - 10:21 PM

Well worth the wait Ron,superb capture..........................

Tony.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2009 - 10:40 PM

Thank you so very much everyone and thank you for your vote of confidence Richard.
Ron

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poppy59
poppy59  5 United States
6 Apr 2009 - 4:17 PM

this is an outstanding shot. Great job capturing it. Thanks for commenting on my 'Wild And Free' photo. Have a great day. Bill

Check out my website:
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19 May 2009 - 9:56 PM

He's a real beauty and you've captured him in such lovely surroundings. This is a first class nature shot and you should be very proud of this one

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Nicolashturner
22 May 2009 - 11:50 AM

Fabulous perfect spring composition ..and composed beautifully.

Nicola !

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Oh what a beautiful shot - just superb !

Chris

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Jaydee007  634 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2011 - 9:37 AM

I know you have plenty of comments on this shot but it stopped me in my tracks, stunning would be an understatement, your patience is far greater than mine. If i received a Xmas card next month with this picture on it I would not be disappointed. Worthy of all the votes it has recieved cannot understand though why it never received any awards from the editor or guest editors shame on them Sad

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