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My first of 2014................Male Chaffinch singing his song............
I hope everyone had a good New Years Eve and is feeling much better this evening............
I'd like to thank the people for their support throughout 2013, thanks for the great comments, awards, poems, jokes etc etc.............all very much appreciated...........
Beautiful capture Julia. Superb picture. Peter
A lovely capture, Julia.
nice detailed capture ..
I am happy.....what are we singing?????
Super shot, and in full song too
A stunning capture; he looks wonderful.
All the best for 2014
What a beautiful bird Julia.
Superb capture - a great start to 2014!
He sure is happy singing along and posing. A beautiful capture Julia...Happy new year to you and hubby
Don't think I have posted this one before
Apologies if I have
Author: Richard Jefferies
His hours he spends upon a fragrant fir;
His merry 'chink,' his happy 'Kiss me, dear,'
Each moment sounded, keeps the copse astir.
Loudly he challenges his rivals near,
Anon aslant down to the ground he springs,
Like to a sunbeam made of coloured wings.
The firm and solid azure of the ceil
That struck by hand would give a hollow sound,
A dome turned perfect by the sun's great wheel,
Whose edges rest upon the hills around,
Rings many a mile with blue enamelled wall;
His fir-tree is the centre of it all.
A lichened cup he set against the side
High up this mast, earth-stepped, that could not fail,
But swung a little as a ship might ride,
Keeping an easy balance in the gale;
Slow-heaving like a gladiator's breast,
Whose strength in combat feels an idle rest.
Whether the cuckoo or the chaffinch most
Do triumph in the issuing of their song?
I say not this, but many a swelling boast
They throw each at the other all day long.
Soon as the nest had cradled eggs a-twin
The jolly squirrel climbed to look therein.
Adown the lane athwart this pleasant wood
The broad-winged butterflies their solace sought;
A green-necked pheasant in the sunlight stood,
Nor could the rushes hide him as he thought.
A humble-bee through fern and thistle made
A search for lowly flowers in the shade.
A thing of many wanderings, and loss,
Like to Ulysses on his poplar raft,
His treasure hid beneath the tunnelled moss
Lest that a thief his labour steal with craft,
Up the round hill, sheep-dotted, was his way,
Zigzagging where some new adventure lay.
'My life and soul,' as if he were a Greek,
His heart was Grecian in his greenwood fane;
'My life and soul,' through all the sunny week
The chaffinch sang with beating heart amain,
'The humble-bee the wide wood-world may roam;
One feather's breadth I shall not stir from home.'
No note he took of what the swallows said
About the firing of some evil gun,
Nor if the butterflies were blue or red,
For all his feelings were intent in one.
The loving soul, a-thrill in all his nerves,
A life immortal as a man's deserves.
What ann excellent capture with which to start off the New Year, Julia: super shot in every sense.
All the very best to you for 2014 with many more fine and at times, I am sure, amusing captures and titles.
A cracking shot of this handsome **** chaffinch belting out a tune, you are on song for your first upload of the new year Julia!
Brilliant so is your P/F. Will
What a lovely singing face!
A wonderful song for the morning!
I'm singing along with him! Lovely shot to start the New Year.
A proud looking songster - good picture.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, Julia !
This has got to be the pinnacle of photography.
It' superbly in focus, crisp and clear.
I don't go to the photography club either- only 'cos I'm a bit hung over on Mondays- but I think it's a good and positive thing to do.
Looking at your portfolio---- I don't think you need any guidance
Thank you for the big smile across my face, Julia; I can all but Hear him singing - and now I'm Happy
An excellent capture Julia
A top class image to start off the New Year, Julia. Carol
well timed stunning photo. christine
It's the end of the day for me Julia and time for me to place my Award.
I've been singing all day...!
And your image is my Best Today, making it a trio for you So far...!
Another perfect title Julia.
Beautiful Julia, what a joyful chap..
Julia, your p/f is looking stunning as always full of clarity and fine detail and rich colours.
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