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Yorkshire Geordie

Some Devon shots

Devon is lovely in any season, but particularly so after a cool, dark, cold winter.
This boat was high and dry .........


But this boat was overcome by pebbles .......


Farmers are making ready for this year's crops and are feeding the gulls as they work......


After a spell of dry, warm April weather the flowers start blooming .....


At Ladram the rocks are still in evidence as the fields get greener ...




Sidmouth is bustling as it readies itself for summer visitors .........


Trees are getting their buds ready to make a picturesque display in a few weeks time ..........


Nearly ready for  Summer.
Martyn
welshboy

Very clear crisp pics thanks - pretty area
Scottie

Great Pictures YG
Grandma Bodger

great picture Ive been to the places pictured and would  love to go back again but I carnt see it happening thanks for showing
horace

 
Yorkshire Geordie

What a glorious day it's been today.  

Early on the cows were grazing .........


The sun finally decided to hide around 8PM like this .........


The weather forecast is for similar weather until Friday, when rain is forecast.
Friday is also the day that Mrs YG, Biscuit and I start a week's holiday in a village near Bath.
We will be taking our galoshes, brolly and raincoats as well as our buckets and spades.
Martyn
horace

 
sod

Thank you looks  loverly as Winter goes and Autumn kicks in  
welshboy

sod wrote:
Thank you looks  loverly as Winter goes and Autumn kicks in  

I think you mean spring kicks in but then again after reading YG weather forecast for the week maybe you are right after all lol
Mawkin

Great images  
Yorkshire Geordie

Thank you all for your encouraging comments.  
To continue, here is one from yesterday - a proud cycling gull.  

He was resting at Sidmouth for a while to catch his breath.
In actual fact he was stood on the rock.
Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

Here is yet another of the gull, without his bike.


He looked wistfully at a passing friend.

Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

Is Spring sprung yet?  

It's been a funny start to May down here in Devon.
The first few days were sunny but a cold wind was blowing.
Yesterday was very showery, so much that water butts have both been filled full, or should that be fulfilled?
Today it's been very strong, gusty winds - if you are at all tottery it was best to stay indoors.
I have just returned from a venture outside with Biscuit on an evening jaunt.
In our block-paved driveway the weeds have been growing.
This particularly colourful weed caught my eye and I have left it to watch its development.



Here's an illustration of the farmer's diligence.



Is Spring sprung yet?    

Roll on Summer.
Martyn
kaz

What a lovely atmosphere that collection of photos create.
thank you for posting them.
Yorkshire Geordie

I'm surprised that in two days my pansy has wilted to this:-



But there seems to be a further likely development to the left.  

Perhaps the forecast wet weather we're about to get will make  improvements.  
We will see.....
Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

This morning, being early May, has been cool but sunny    so Biscuit, Mrs YG and I decided to have an amble.
To the woods, to the woods.  
The trees were beautiful at Woodbury Castle, not far from Budleigh.






And the wildlife, insects and birds were deafening and very busy.
As I sat by an old tree I saw a tree creeper
with a full beak of insects.

The brood must be close by





It doesn't take long .......


but the search goes on ....


Ah, the beauty of it all.  
Martyn
welshboy

Great pics thanks- Beech out nicely
horace

Stunning
Rena

So beautiful, and amazing.
Lorrainelovesplants

Lovely photos Martyn.  Are these on a DSLR or is it slide film?  The colour saturation is great and I only remember it being as good when taking slides.
Anytime you want to come down here and take some photos please do - there is a caravan waiting for you, and as much wildlife as you can shake a stick at!
Yorkshire Geordie

Loraine, mainly the pictures are taken with my Canon EOS70D, dslr, camera using a Canon EFS 18-135mm IS lens.
The images have been automatically enhanced by the Picasa site I use, which can be viewed here:-

https://picasaweb.google.com/110415479029242497688/EOS70D?noredirect=1

The camera is capable of many pre-set programmes but I use my customized picture style that sharpens the image and adjusts the contrast, colour tone and saturation to my preferences.  
Martyn
Lorrainelovesplants

Lots of info thanks - appreciated.
Now all I need is time.....  
Yorkshire Geordie

I've just got back from walking Biscuit. It wasn't a long trek because it was freezing - at least I thought it was.  
It was just getting towards dusk, the sun was getting very low.

The gulls were flying their way home. I bet they were cold.

Looking Eastward it seemed another world.

But it still looked cold.

Westward, the sky was changing slowly, but still the birds flew home.


The lights along the prom walk were switched on. Just a few people about and all were well muffled.



And stll the birds were flying home.

That is where Biscuit and I decided to go also - back to a hot cuppa and warmth.

It was calm, dry, but very cold.  
Martyn
horace

 
Yorkshire Geordie

Just a few minutes ago from Limekiln Car Park, at 4:30 pm.



It was a tad chilly but very pleasant.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.6300411,-3.3117082,18z?hl=en

Martyn
adirondack-jim

Great photos, thanks!
Captain_Dingbat

sod

Thank you great as always    
bodger

Mart your photos are atmospheric.  
Yorkshire Geordie

Thanks, all of you, for your kind remarks.  
Here's a couple to prove that February hasn't been full of rain, snow, wind and huricanes ALL the time.

   

   

Let's hope that the weather everywhere gets more normal and likeable from here on.  
Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

This shot was taken yesterday evening as Mrs YG and I were on an outing to the Great Hall at Exeter to see a Bournemouth Symphony Orcestra concert (which was superb).
The coach was going a long way round to pick up some concert goers and was travelling along the eastern side of the River Exe.
Just as we entered Exmouth I took this shot of some storm clouds looming over Dartmoor.



The sun went down rather quickly after that display.
We really enjoyed the concert, particularly when Augustin Hadelich played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
All in all we had a very good evening/night.  
Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

It's been a bit stormy, today, in Budleigh - but the scene has been really colourful and enjoyable.  



Please take a seat for the display.


The storm is brewing over the trees.


The raindrops and a drop on the lense too.


The storm has now brewed and is nearly over.


The rainbow is some sort of token that the rain is going - but I have never found any pot of gold.


The seats, if you look closely, are all vacant now.

I wonder why?  
Martyn
HonkHonk

 it looks like that beach has been ploughed and drilled for potatoes    
horace

Great pics
Yorkshire Geordie

HonkHonk wrote:
 it looks like that beach has been ploughed and drilled for potatoes    


I agree, HonkHonk - it does appear that way.
In fact, though, the grooves are the result of a JCB traipsing over the pebbles to get to the drain outfall.
If he didn't clear the pebbles, sometimes twice a day, then the outfall wouldn't outfall and block resulting in the flooding of Budleigh's low areas.

Here's the JCB looking from the car park up to the access path - the JCB is below the path and running through pebbles.


This is where the tractor turns off the pebbles, over the access path and down to the car park.


Martyn
sod

  Thank you for the follow up on JCB too
HonkHonk

Wow! thanks YG. I find that very interesting and rather strange too lol.
So the drains have to be cleared every day! is that all year round or just winter maybe?  
Yorkshire Geordie

This is the effect as seen in July 2012.......




It happens when it's been raining and Devon is really green with vegetation because it rains plenty.  

There are at least three outfalls where the storm drains are piped underground to grated discharge "bunkers" situated in the steeply shelved pebble beach.
A combination of leaves, twigs, trees and branches, combined with tidal flows tend to affect the water's discharge and floods are quite common.
To relieve the siutuation the JCB is used very regularly and most frequently after the rains.
It isn't always sunny in this neck of the woods - but at least the rain is warmer than average and snow is virtually unknown.  
Martyn
HonkHonk

Well ya learn something new everyday eh!  
Thanks again for that Martyn.  
Yorkshire Geordie

Biscuit and I have just this morning re-visited the site of the furrows.
This is a view of the ploughing as we approched the car park .......


And this is a "stitched" photo showing the depth of the groove....


The works seem to have relieved the flooding of the last five years, but the rain is still regular.
Here you can see the storm clouds gathering again this morning.


Martyn
HonkHonk

Excellent stuff mate  
Yorkshire Geordie

Yellow seems to be the latest colour in Mrs YG's garden display.

I've just today received my latest purchase of a 70-300mm EF 1:4-5.6 IS USM Canon lens that has more frills than a balerina and I just had to test it out.
It is  STUPENDOUS.
Shot No 1 .........


Shot No 2 .......


Shot No 3 ...........


They were all shot from a distance of minimum 10 yards - hand held.
With my old lens they would all be in blancmange-wobble focus mode.
Martyn
horace

Brilliant
Yorkshire Geordie

It's been as changeable as anything recently.
Some colours and views have been changing daily, for example this is a shot of Budleigh Salterton's cliffs in April mists:-


and here they are the next day in colourful sunshine:-


Here is a dull day at Otter Mouth - very drab:-


and here's a lovely spring day view of my favourite trees:-


and yet another shot of a sunny Otter Mouth:-


Grandson Thomas, seen here at Seaton's Jurassic Museum, likes chips and sausages with his tomato ketchup:-


Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

The swallows have not returned to Devon - yet!!
Well, at least I haven't noticed any, but it won't be long and patience is a virtue.

Anyway, Biscuit and I have just returned from our constitutional and I DID see a kestrel....
           
                    ... and it dropped into the verge straight on top of a mouse/rat/shrew, or somesuch, before flying away to the middle of the field for lunch.

Survival of the fittest, or something like that.  
Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

This is a little place that's not all that well known..............

It's called Squabmoor and, surprisingly, is to be found in Squabmoor Plantation - midway between Knowle and Woodbury in East Devon.
It is frequented by geese, ducks, wodpeckers and other wild birds and the occasional deer, badger, hare, rabbit, etc.
There are paths all around it which connect with walks to Woodbury, Budleigh Salterton and eventually to Sidmouth or Exmouth.
Lots of riders from the nearby Dalditch Stables ride across the common.
A smashing place to snatch a few quiet minutes, hours and mornings or afternoons.

By way of a complete contrast, these are Mrs YG's collected daffs which were rescued from strong winds which broke their stems.
                                     
                         
They greet visitors by presenting them with a "warm glow"  
Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

At this time of year in Devon (Spring) I am rather grateful that Mrs Y.G. and I decided to emigrate to the west country.
I'm amazed by Devon's colours, their intensity and depth.
Look at the blue sky on this view and how it contrasts with the sprouting leaves on the trees and hedges. The green of the grass is so deep too.


The redness of the soil is instantly appreciated in this shot of the freshly tilled field, contrasting with the green hedges and the tree's new foliage.
                                   

These wayside flowers, although past their best, still make a  display that retains colour and contrast beautifully with the hedge behind.


As a tail ender, the wicker sculpture in a nearby garden is quite striking.  
                                   

So glad to be here in spring time.
Martyn
horace

Great pics as usual
Yorkshire Geordie

Someone recently posted some pictures taken in their garden and I was taken by their subject, framing, presentation, colours and monochrome.   I was impressed and thought, Mrs Y.G. has a garden.  

Suitably equipped I set forth to snap .........

Not realy IN the garden, but these fledgling chestnuts are hanging over it.........
                       

There are plenty of these around the borders ............
                       

And in the neglected corners the spider makes his webs ...........
                       

I don't know if these are weeds or not, but they were looking pretty .........
                       

I think this is an example of red campion and again it was looking attractive........
                       

This low-down bluebell looked tired compared with the others ..........
                       

But these high up clematis were everywhere ............
                       

Finally, the aubretia was restrained by the boards and were bursting out all over...........
       

     Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

How many boats can you see?  

                             

Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

The weather is changing - It looks like we will get rain later today.  

       

Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

This BIG (nigh 1 inch long) bug was waiting at my front dor for me this morning .....

                     

I looked him up in my bug book and think he's a cockchafer, or May bug.  
If he is then he's the blghter that gave the name Doodlebug to Hitler's missiles of WWII.
Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

Here are another couple of recent shots .........

This kestrel (I think) was seen way in the distance over some fields.......
                                 

and this gull was resting on lamp at Sidmouth ........
                                 

Martyn
horace

Yorkshire Geordie wrote:
This BIG (nigh 1 inch long) bug was waiting at my front dor for me this morning .....

                     

I looked him up in my bug book and think he's a cockchafer, or May bug.  
If he is then he's the blghter that gave the name Doodlebug to Hitler's missiles of WWII.
Martyn
At first glance i thought you said nine inch long
sod

thank you great to see now we are in 'winter' even with 11 to 21deg temps   not many flowers out here

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