Tuesday, 25 July 2017

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY - Mount Stewart Gardens

While photographing the beautiful Salon at Mount Stewart near Newtownards last week, I stopped for some lunch and was joined by this Robin and Great Tit.  
I am linking with Wild Bird Wednesday.  

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Monday, 24 July 2017

THROUGH MY LENS - Mount Stewart House

I have never shown you the Salon in the National Trust Property of Mount Stewart near Newtownards so here are some images of this beautiful comfy room.  I am linking it with THROUGH MY LENS.  

 This is a shot of the garden through one of the the Salon's windows.

This is a shot taken from the main Entrance Hall through the Salon
 into the garden.

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Sunday, 23 July 2017


I eat my fill of prime rib and gravy; I smack my lips. It’s time to shout praises! If I’m sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection. Because you’ve always stood up for me, I’m free to run and play. I hold on to you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post.

Psalm 63:5-8

Photographed atWard Park, Bangor.
July 2017

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Have a Blessed Sunday.

Saturday, 22 July 2017


The Muskrat is the largest species in the subfamily Arvicolinae, which includes 142 other species of rodents, mostly voles and lemmings. Muskrats are referred to as "rats" in a general sense because they are medium-sized rodents with an adaptable lifestyle and an omnivorous diet. They are not, however, members of the genus Rattus.I am linking to Saturday Critters.

An adult Muskrat is about 40–70 cm (16–28 in) long, half of that is the tail, and weighs from 0.6–2 kg (1.3–4.4 lb).[12] That is about four times the weight of the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), though an adult Muskrat is only slightly longer, and are almost certainly the largest and heaviest members of the diverse family Cricetidae, which includes all voles, lemmings, and most mice native to the Americas. Muskrats are much smaller than beavers (Castor canadensis), with which they often share their habitat.

Muskrats are covered with short, thick fur which is medium to dark brown or black in colour, with the belly a bit lighter; as the age increases, it turns a partly grey in colour. The fur has two layers, which helps protect them from the cold water. They have long tails covered with scales rather than hair, and to aid them in swimming, are slightly flattened vertically, which is a shape that is unique to them. When they walk on land, their tails drag on the ground, which makes their tracks easy to recognize.

Muskrats spend much of their time in the water and are well suited for their semiaquatic life. They can swim under water for 12 to 17 minutes. Their bodies, like those of seals and whales, are less sensitive to the build up of carbon dioxide than those of most other mammals. They can close off their ears to keep the water out. Their hind feet are semiwebbed, although in swimming, their tails are their main means of propulsion. 

All these images were photographed at the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam.

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Friday, 21 July 2017


Time to see what is on offer for Friday’s Hunt and Weekend Reflections this week. The letter this week is C, Building and Something I wear.  All the letters for C were from the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam.  There is a COOT on her nest, then 2 COOT CHICKS among the Flamingos with REFLECTIONSand a CORMORANT.  
You  will see  Bald Ibis COPULATING on the video.  

This waterproof COAT is SOMETHING I WEAR when it is raining and I am photographing, which it was that day.

Now I have taken many images of the buildings in Amsterdam and above is a typical view of them.  However the brown BUILDING in this image below is now not straight and often as in the following shot they need to be shored up by wooden scaffolding  due to them listing.   

The final shot is of a fabulous BUILDING, now being used as a restaurant in the Vondel Park in Amssterdam.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

GOOD FENCES - Amsterdam Zoo

I found these two guys lounging about in the Artis Royal Zoo and they were not very talkative.  I am linking this post with GOOD FENCES.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Egyptian Goose and Chicks

This is an Egyptian Goose with her chicks which 
I photographed at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam. 

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017


I saw this  magnificent Griffin Vulture at the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam. 
I am linking it to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

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