Holiday UK #4 – The Ravens

ravenHoliday diary excerpt 27th June:

Yesterday we hauled our aching limbs to Dartmoor once again. Our chosen destination was Burrator Reservoir and a circular walk around Sheepstor. It was a steep climb up Sheepstor to experience 360 degree panoramic views of the moor and reservoir.  Thankfully there were no bogs. 

We happened upon a sheep carcass being devoured by Ravens and decided to stop so I could take some photos.  The one day I decide not to take my telephoto lens, was the one day I wanted to use it!…”

Frustratingly I didn’t get any good pictures due the lens issue and I still question whether they actually were ravens.  Perhaps you’d like to decide.  They were huuuge!

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January Canadian Scenes

 

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Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka

Lake Louise

Snow covered trees

Lake Louise

Birch Trees

Banff

View from Bow River, Banff

Castle Mountain

View of the Rockies from 1A

I’ve just returned from a week in Canada and am suffering from a colossal case of jetlag.  Our ten hour prison sentence, ahem, I mean flight, was marred by the seemingly unbreakable vocal cords of a small, unhappy child.  That, and being squeezed into a space more suited to a cat than a human, meant sleep was unattainable for over 24hours!  On the plus side, we did manage to see the fabulous Northern Lights through the airplane window, which I’d have missed if my eye were shut!  Why thank you small, screaming devil child!

On arrival in the UK, all the stories of heavy snowfall were confirmed and although the flight wasn’t delayed, the plane’s hold doors froze shut so it took an hour and a half for our bags to arrive!  Surely they must be prepared for this type of scenario? It took so long that I started to have visions of baggage handling crew frantically licking the hold doors in a desperate attempt to free our bags!   I’m sure there’s a cartoon there somewhere.

Anyway,  apart from that, the holiday was fantastic.  The food was more than ample (as per North American quotas) and the scenery was breathtaking.  I have a few cartoons that I’m mulling over, but before I put pen to paper, I thought I’d share a few travel snapshots.

Pages and Posts

I’m struggling to customise my blog and realise I’m pretty limited unless I pay for an upgrade.  I wanted to dedicate some pages to my photography but it isn’t quite going to plan so I’m using this post to tell you I want to share some of my photos.   I’m sure I’ll get to grips with WordPress sooner or later but if any of you have any grand ideas, please do share.

Here’s a lady I came across at the Edinburgh Festival – fascinating isn’t she!

Puffinised

My partner and I are keen wildlife enthusiasts…ERM…correction, ‘I’ am a keen wildlife enthusiast. My other half is one by default and can often be seen skulking around in the background whilst I avidly take photos or try to stroke anything that has fur, feathers, scales, exoskeletons, shells etc.  You get the picture.

When we are on our travels, I’m always looking for exciting Wildlife Encounters and wasn’t disappointed on our recent trip to the Isle of Mull, where the eye watering scenery, wildlife, walks and opportunities to relax are in abundance.   On every journey we take travel notes and I attempt to sketch some of the highlights.   By far the biggest highlight of our holiday this year, was getting up close and personal with puffins on a day trip organised by Turus Mara!

Animal cruelty?

Walking to the shops earlier this week, I passed a lady, perfectly coiffed, with two dachshunds in tow.  Looking rather forlorn and somewhat embarrassed, both dogs were draped in sparkly pink coats and matching collars.  Had their hair been long enough, no doubt it would have been styled accordingly.

We all do it to some degree, but should their be a cut off point beyond which our desire to anthropomorphise (sp.?) our pets becomes animal cruelty? If they could talk, I should imagine these dachshunds’ tales of woe would all hinge on their owner’s desire to dress them up like barbie dolls.  No doubt the poor mites are laughed at by the other dogs in the park on a daily basis…

Having said all that,  I couldn’t help dressing my cat up at Christmas! – he looks happy doesn’t he?!

And whilst I’m on the subject of domestic pets…how about this as a method for taking your dog for a walk? (snapped from the car as I drove past)