For the duration of this notice, unless otherwise stated, all images have been trawled from my photographic archives... pandemic times have curtailed camera times!!!

31 December 2014

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Wings on Wednesday -
YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in respect to photographing birds.


























It's still the season... the same bird as last week in different pose. I was sure wishing I had remembered to take along the monopod...



30 December 2014

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Shipping by...

You are getting a full whammy to end the year; all that remains of the 'Nik' ships.  Next Tuesday it is a new year and new camera - we begin the Fudge Files!

A bouy-laying vessel, no ID

Aasvik; gen.cargo; 1986 Gibralter; avg 4000t; 95m.

Krempretor; gen/cargo; 1990 Antigua Barbuda; 3500t; 87m.

HMS Raider; patrol/trainer; 1998; 20m.

Arklow Rogue; cargo; 2007 Ireland; 3900t; 90m.

Hanse Courage; containers; 2005 Ant.Barbuda; 10,000t; 140m.

29 December 2014

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Monday's Critters

I did say last week that I was coming at this with a bit of a slant to finish the year off... So here is the not so rare human critter, leaving it's footsteps in the sands...







































28 December 2014

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MOONdays

Thank goodness I do have a stock taken with the 'Nik'... the moon has been invisible for the past two months!!!


27 December 2014

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Saturday Symmetry



Against the glare of the cold, grey sky, this fretwork is well-silhouetted.  Note the blue patch no bigger than a sailor's shirt, proving this is not mono!

26 December 2014

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"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."
(Robertson Davies)
























A photograph of a mandala. I left all these behind in Australia. It was created with gel-pens, pencils and fibre-tips.

The shot was taken on the Uniden.

25 December 2014

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Not only is it CHRISTMAS DAY - but it is also LAST THURSDAY, as well as Thursday Challenge time; so I have combined the three, presenting you firstly with a total reworking of a sunset out my window... as a virtual greetings card...
















The theme for challenge is 'favourites'... and as stated last week, this entire blog is a selection of my fave shots out of the many zillions of my takes. Sometimes I tizzy them (like that one above), mostly though, they are pretty much straight from camera.  If you click the Last Thursday link above, you will see the tizzies.  Select any label on the right bar and you will be taken to more favourites.

In case you can't bear the thought, here is one from last December, in keeping with the season.


It was TAKE 319 - Glasgow Central Station.

I have greatly enjoyed the Thursday Challenge, but have taken the decision to withdraw from the meme - at least for a while. 

I wish you and yours, wherever you are, a safe and happy day.

YAM xx

24 December 2014

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Wings on Wednesday -
YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in respect to photographing birds.

'TIS THE SEASON!!!




















Finally I bring you one from the Fudge. It was that beautiful day in November.  The one and only. Our first outing together. Stretched the lens and this is hand-held. Just a little shake there YAM... but considering the bird wasn't still anywhere for more than 10 seconds, am well-pleased with this.

HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVE.

23 December 2014

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Shipping by...

It's getting festive, so here are some bright and beautifuls which were taken with the 'Nik' much earlier this year.



























More recently, on the return trip from Edinburgh, and whilst waiting for the ferry from Gourock, this one was taken...


























Minna is a Fishery Patrol Vessel - built 2003 and measuring 48m in length, she gets about - all the way up to Shetland and round to her home port of Edinburgh.

22 December 2014

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Monday's Critters


























Okay, so I'm stretching it a bit for the next couple of weeks... but have still to get more critter shots with the Fudge.  This was Duthie Park in Aberdeen; the duck pond with plenty residents.

21 December 2014

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SUNdays

Christmas is close upon us.... here is a varied selection of 'bon-bons' for you; all taken with the 'Nik' from my lounge window.






























































































A wonderful setting, a monochrome day, glinting ships and mother-of-pearl clouds.

This is not a sky which bores!

20 December 2014

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Saturday Symmetry


























Aberdeen's Duthie Park ... the seat backs reflected the glare of a grey November morning.

19 December 2014

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"You must learn to take life less seriously and to laugh!"
(Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)




















From the 'Nik' macro archives...

18 December 2014

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The Thursday Challenge theme has been set on 'hold' until Jan 1st; with SOME OF MY FAVOURITES being the prompt.

In essence, MY TAKE is a daily presentation of the best of (and therefore, by default) MY FAVES!!! Do I find myself going back and looking at any in particular?  hmmmmmm....


TAKE FIFTEEN


TAKE FIVE - the first 'SUNday'...


TAKE FORTY ONE - Critters are always a fave!!!


TAKE TWENTY THREE - such special memories...


TAKE 232 - I miss my exotic birds...


TAKE 287 - I miss my golden girl...                                    TAKE 272 -  I love macro...

I could go on and on and on and.... why not take a look through the 'previously on My Take' tool (side bar) and let me know which are YOUR favourites out of my favourites???



17 December 2014

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Wings on Wednesday -
YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in respect to photographing birds.


















































Black-headed gulls in their winter plumage.

These were all taken with the 'Nik' on that last journey we shared together, in Aberdeen.  

That is the River Dee on the left, not the North Sea.  The top one is on the duck pond in Duthie Park.

16 December 2014

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Shipping by...

























These floating hotels are so high above water, they actually block the television signal, which comes up from Largs!!! The first has 7 decks above the main deck; the one at left had 10 and the one below is small with only 5 decks above.

They usually are arriving and departing in the night, so this was a rare sighting back in early September. Taken with the 'Nik'.




























FROM THAT TO THIS...


15 December 2014

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Monday's Critters

A gathering of gulls making as much of that one day of sunshine as all the humans!


14 December 2014

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SUNdays

Three shots from the Aberdeen trip - the first taken from the train.




13 December 2014

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Saturday Symmetry


























Grey Aberdeen skies lend drama to the fence line along one side of Duthie Park. Take with the 'Nik' on auto... no it's not monochrome!!!

12 December 2014

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"Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are."
(Jose Ortega y Gasset)


























Hollyhocks, taken with the 'Nik' on standard auto and the lens stretched 5x optical.

11 December 2014

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For the Thursday Challenge this week the prompt is HUGE... update just prior to linking at TC,,, the theme has been changed to become MY FAVOURITE PHOTO for the Thursdays up to Jan 1st 2015... oh well... these are posted now ... so let's say these are among my many faves and we'll take it from there...



Bigger than your average gold fish, these giant carp were in the large pond system at Sydney's Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour... taken years ago with the Uniden.  Most of them were about two feet in length!