Holiday pictures….

…but not as you know them 🙂

I have recently returned from a fantastic week long holiday with my family. It was certainly needed following the cold start to our Swedish summer, and a week on the Greek island of Kos with +30C and sunshine was just what was needed to charge the batteries.

Despite my love of photography the traditional holiday photos…pool, beach, bar, tourists standing in front of monuments etc. has never been my strong point and this holiday was no different. Although i did manage to explore some of the other wildlife around Kardamena with the macro…my weapon of choice 🙂

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We did start every day though with a lovely walk. Setting the alarm early to take ourselves out while the sun was still low on the horizon, a chance to look around and explore before the heat of the day forced us to the beach and pool where a cooling swim was never far away. Above is a view from just outside the hotel complex early one morning.

As with most hotels in Greece where i have stayed there has always been the regulation thin looking cats wondering around, i have always wondered how it goes for them walking around in the intense heat in a fur jacket…but they were quite sociable and were more that happy to pose for a piccie or two.

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Also hanging around just ouside our room, living in the biggest web i’ve ever seen were some less desirable creatures…

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You wouldn’t want this little fella hanging around above your bed when it’s time to sleep 😉

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Although if you can take your eyes of this furry little fella we were also surrounded by some of the most beautiful flowers..

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In the heat we were also blessed with a wonderful breeze…very welcome when we were on the beach, although as all of you that photo macro know, it can cause a few problems!!

Having said that, i did find some opportunities to experiment with the light and beautifil flowers..

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On one of our morning walks Sussi and I took a little walk into the wilderness…where the undergrowth was alive with what i guess was lizzards, although i didn’t manage to catch one of them with the Nikon and the thought that there might have been snakes there too meant i didn’t go looking for them either 😉  But closer to the dusty road there was no shortage of subjects to point the macro at….probably just before they became breakfast for the lizzards and snakes.

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So there you have it…a slightly unusual collection of holiday pics 😉

I promise to write another post soon to show you a bit more of the beautiful and friendly destination of Kos.

All the picture here and a few extras can be found in the galleries…

“Macro..a big little world”

“The world around us”

“Abstract and Artistic”

Yet another favourite…

About a month ago Sussi received a tip from a friend about a walk along Svartån (a river just north of Västerås) The start point is in the village of Svanå, and is 3,5km of the most wonderful nature, along the meandering river, over a little bridge and back along the other side.

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This had become a real favourite walk for us and we’ve visited a number of times, cameras in hand and thermos full with coffee.

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We have never left disappointed, you are greeted by amazing song from birds flying around in the treetops direct you climb out of the car…our latest visit on Sunday we were treated to the sound of a Cuckoo that followed us around from start to finish, although the only sighting of it was a distant silhouette at the top of a tree. Other birds weren’t quite so shy, and this sandpiper was more than happy for me to take his picture…almost posing for me for a few minutes.

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I guess the animals enjoy the environment just as much as we do, on Sunday during a little shower a duck mother came swimming past, 10!!! Little ones in tow 🙂

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A few minutes later a beaver made an appearance, it’s not the first time we’ve seen him and he doesn’t seem to be too concerned about our presence.

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Even the short drive there and back can be an adventure.

On the way home the other day we were admiring the incredible sunset behind us…

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Only to notice the car in front had spotted something else, a long way of across the field a heard of Wild Boar we enjoying a free evening meal…I have never seen these in the wild before and hope that this is as close as I get to them!

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I have updated to galleries with these pictures as well as some more from our adventures so  don’t forget to have a look in…

“Birds and other flying creatures”

“The world around us”

“Abstract and Artistic”

Bee attack…

…but not me thankfully!!

Driving slowly along a gravel road we spotted a few unusual butterflies, but as so often happens, by the time we’ve stopped and climbed out of the car with the cameras they are long gone. But there was a lone little Brimstone butterfly (or at least he thought he was alone 😉 ) so i set autofocus on search and started snapping…suddenly a bee appeared in the searcher, a bee i guess thought he had (or wanted to have) the flower all to himself.

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He flew direct in under the butterflys wings and went to attack. Within a few seconds the bee had won and the butterfly was knowhere to be seen.

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Nature is beautiful, but not always as peaceful as we might want to believe.

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You don’t need to travel to a game reserve in Africa to see creatures protecting their territories.

These images can also be found along with others in the gallery “Birds and other flying creatures”

Requesting clearance for takeoff…

On the way home from Falun the other day something out in the marshland caught our eye. Finding the first available place to stop the car and hop out we were met with the magnificent sight of a Crane wondering about in the early evening sunshine.

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An incredible bird to see, that almost looks like some kind of prehistoric creature wondering about in the high grass. Now afterwards, we know that she had a mission, she was taxiing to the end if the runway ready for take off.

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Clearance from the tower and within a few seconds it was airbourne. Such elegance from a bird that stands ove 1 meter tall and weighs in at 4-6kg

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The pictures can also be found in the gallery “Birds and other flying creatures”

Practise makes perfect..

And oh boy…am i going to need to practise!!

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But then again how much fun would it be if we could already do everything?

Susanne and i have recently been trying our hand at photoing birds, and i know the good old Seagull isn’t exactly a rarity…but there are lots of them and easy to get close to with the help of a bag of old bread 🙂

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Although we don’t really have the best lenses for this and rely on getting as close as possible it is still so much fun. There are a lot of very tallented photographer out there that share tips and tricks in books and magazines, and every time you open one of these you learn something new, something to inspire you to pack the camera bag with coffee (for us) and a bag of old bread (for our feathered friends).

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It is a whole new technique to learn and thanks to the digital age it’s not a problem that it took close to 300 pictures to get these 3!!

These pictures are also placed in the gallery “Birds and other flying creatures”

A problem for gardeners….

…but fun with a camera 🙂

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Those who are keen gardeners usual have a problem when dandelions start spreading their seeds, the thought that soon those pesky yellow flowers will start cropping up over their finely manicured lawns.

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But for a hobby photographer with a macro lens they offer a world of possibilities.

The only editing done in these pictures was changing to B&W using Silver efex pro2 in Nik collection.

Pictures are also placed in the gallery “Shades of Grey”