22/03/2014 at 18:53

Thank you, John     explored those possibilities, even used 'system restore' to rule out any recent changes. My hard-drive pie chart indicates 629GB free space.

22/03/2014 at 19:08

Thanks for telling me, fidget.

I was really annoyed at last week's camera club session (competition week) when the winner in the advance section with (what looked like) a stunning shot of a barn owl hovering in flight, took first place .....truth is, it was a total fake.

The member freely admitted it was posed for at a bird sanctuary and the owl was in fact perched on the arm of a handler...using photoshop, he had cloned-out the handler's arm completely. 

I know the Americans look upon anyone not digitally manipulating their shots, as odd.

27/03/2014 at 08:45

David I hope you get your computer problems sorted soon.

Just one from me, my freebie tulips that council were giving away when they did the traffic island. Didn't have any idea what colour they would be.



27/03/2014 at 11:18

KEF - Another lovely shot from you. I love the dark background, it enhances the focal point beautifully......you're getting quite good at this.

Pleased to say I've managed to sort out my memory card reader problem. The inbuilt reader was kaput, so now I just need to use a separate memory card reader via the USB port.  

27/03/2014 at 12:18

Great new David. Hope to see more fantastic photos soon.

27/03/2014 at 12:26
Edd wrote (see)

Great new David. Hope to see more fantastic photos soon.


Thanks, Edd.....weather permitting I'm planning a visit to a tropical butterfly farm soon, so maybe something from that.  I've already checked re taking pics & it's allowed.

Oh, and have my membership papers through this morning, having joined the West Midlands Bird Club.....permits for access to several reservoirs etc.  

27/03/2014 at 12:54

West Midlands Bird Club? Is that a exclusive mens club David! 

27/03/2014 at 13:32
Edd wrote (see)

West Midlands Bird Club? Is that a exclusive mens club David! 


Rather have a dozen spring cabbage plants, these days!



27/03/2014 at 15:01

Surely sprouting broccoli David

Looking forward to butterfly photos. I hope no cabbage whites sneak in.

Might get some pictures at weekend, weather forecast is better.  

27/03/2014 at 22:26


 Taken at Sandringham last summer.

28/03/2014 at 07:57

David I think they are going to make good subjects (just hark at me!)  That is the most detail I've seen on a butterfly, that's why I love macro shots, I can see more like carrying a magnifying glass with you. ..think people will know what I mean.  

28/03/2014 at 08:02

Beautiful photo David.  

28/03/2014 at 09:37
KEF wrote (see)

David I think they are going to make good subjects (just hark at me!)  .  

Thank you, KEF.....you do make me larf sometimes!  

I nearly trod on the one in my pic...HM would not have been amused.

28/03/2014 at 10:41

Rainbow the other day - from my back door :



28/03/2014 at 10:59

Nice take, GG....love rainbow shots.

28/03/2014 at 11:46

Lovely pics KEF, David and Fairy.  I am hoping to get some on after my weekend away, fingers crossed of some red squirrels, I've never seen a red squirrel 

28/03/2014 at 12:02

Lovely pic Fairy, all we've got just now is mucky black cloud.

OL have good time & red squirrel pics would be great.

David glad I make you larf. I have my uses.

28/03/2014 at 13:27


 An overwintered Red Admiral warming up, taken 3 weeks ago



Ladybird on gorse from the same trip on Blackdown near Haslemere.



28/03/2014 at 13:29

steephill, two cracking photos.

28/03/2014 at 13:31

They're beautiful pix steephill 

Reds are very small compared to their big ugly grey relations OL.  They don't have many areas left where they can thrive unfortunately.They're lovely so I  hope you get to see one or two.