ANNIVERSARY – FATMAN PHOTOS IS 10

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Great Grey Owl at the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP), near Newent, Gloucestershire; 2 July 2014.

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Well, 10 years, quite an anniversary.  And, as always, I want to thank all those who have looked at my blog, and those too who have left Likes, Comments and/or Follows on my blog, over the past turbulent and very uncertain year.  Its always good to be appreciated, and these signs of appreciation serve to encourage me, and to give me the motivation to keep on blogging.  I’m primarily a photographer, and very interested in images both for what they portray and the ways that can be used to better convey what is being conveyed – if that makes any sense 😎 !!!   And, in addition to the photography, I also enjoy writing on my blog almost as much.

I have two other things to say, one good, the other not so good.

Having trained as a geologist, I have been interested in – and looking at – birds since 1967; I was a professional  bird and wildlife safari leader in Kenya in the 1980s.  I’m not really a birder as such any more, but I do retain a great love for and interest in birds (and for the natural world in general too), and so the images on this post today are of birds, and I’ve tried to choose a variety of styles from my archives.  I hope you will like them.

The other thing to mention is WordPress’s new Block Editor.  A year ago I said that it would be nice to get to this blog’s 10th anniversary but that, in the opening months of the pandemic, nothing could be certain.  However – and here I suppose I must smile ruefully to myself – of all the things that have been thrown at us over the past 12, dreadful months, I had not counted on also having to cope with such an awkward obstacle to post writing!  Others have said that I’ll most probably get used to this new editor after I’ve used it for 20 or so posts and I can already see that they’re probably right – and I’m grateful for their encouragement.  But there is no escaping the fact that post writing is now a substantially more tiresome and less enjoyable, intuitive and efficient experience than it once was.   Keeping to the (new version of) the Classic Editor whenever possible and avoiding the Block System whenever possible seem to be the ways forward for me, though I am as yet by no means proficient.  To end on a positive note,  I am just so profoundly grateful that it is still possible to access the HTML code that underlies the posts, and I know I’m very much not alone in this view.

Anyway, to gush forth further positivity(!), thank you all again for looking at my blog – and I hope you enjoy these bird pictures – clicking onto to them will open larger versions in separate windows – recommended in many instances.

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Robin in our front garden; Bristol, Sept 2020.

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Dawn mists rise above Lake Nakuru, central Kenya; January 1978. The large, white birds with huge bills in the foreground are White Pelicans. In the lake behind them are the trunks of trees that, flooded by the lake, have been killed by the high concentration of sodium bicarbonate in its waters. Cormorants (the same species as in the UK) perch on these dead trunks, and a nest of sticks is also visible.

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Turnstone in winter plumage, on the West Pier at St Ives, Cornwall; Sept 2016.

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Starlings scatter as a Carrion Crow flies in amongst them; Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; Nov 2013.

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Up close and personal – who says I’m chicken?! 😎 –  Stanton Drew, near Bristol; Nov 2017.

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Sunrise at the mouth of the Njoro River at Lake Nakuru, Kenya; Jan 1978.  Cormorants spreading their wings to dry, and a scrum of White Pelicans at the water’s edge.  The trees have been killed by the lake’s rising, highly alkaline waters.

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Black-headed Gull, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; Dec 2020.

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Flocks of Starlings roam the Somerset Levels in autumn; Oct 2019.

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Lanner Falcon at the International Centre for Birds of Prey, at Newent, Gloucestershire; July 2014.

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Feral Pigeons – town pigeons –  Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; Jan 2020.

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Mallard in Herons Green Bay, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; Apr 2015.

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Herring Gull in typical habitat, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; Nov 2019.

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Young gull beside the harbour in St Ives, Cornwall; Oct 2016.

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Mute Swan, very much keeping an eye on me, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; Oct 2019.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

32 Responses to ANNIVERSARY – FATMAN PHOTOS IS 10

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Ten years, can it be? I fervently hope that when you celebrate eleven years things will be far more copacetic. The bird gallery is a great idea and I enjoyed it very much. Some favorites are the owl to start, of course, the robin because it reminds me of my time in Europe in 2019, when I made its acquaintance, this starlings for its graphic simplicity and liveliness, the chicken because it reminds me of all your up close and personal pics of animals that have abundant personality (which implies that you do, too), oh, the screaming Herring gull…OK, all of them. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Had to google copacetic, running a blog really can be educational you know, tho I’m still not sure that its not a place … 😉 …
      Very glad you like the birds, I was thinking of you; and a few new bird photos on their way. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Had to google copacetic, running a blog really can be educational you know, tho I’m still not sure that its not a place … 😉 …
      Very glad you like the birds, I was thinking of you; and a few new bird photos on their way. 🙂 HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY COMMENT REPLIES THIS MORNING!!!!!

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  2. Happy Anniversary, my dear friend. Lovely post (as always).

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  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Thank you, Ritva, thank you! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Congratulation Adrian, loved the Lanner Falcon, gorgeous shot

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  5. Mathias LK says:

    Well done, Adrian! And spectacular pieces of photography you provide us with here; as always. 🙂

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  6. What a stunning collection, Adrian. Happy tenth anniversary. Here’s to the next ten years of your blog.

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  7. Congrats on ten years, Adrian!! So many amazing images over the years – I look forward to many more years of your art! 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Sheila, thank you very much – we go right back, don’t we, we’ve been following each other’s blogs for most of those 10 years, and I’m always impressed by the number of posts you put out, and I always enjoy looking at them. I may slow down a bit at posting now, I’ll have to see how things go. Take care and stay safe! Adrian 🙂

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  8. Adrian Lewis says:

    Paul, thank you very much! Yes, re the Block editor, cumbersome says it very well – at the moment, as I say in this post, I seem to be getting by by using the Block Editor only to get image(s) onto a post, and then accessing the Classic editor via a Block – and directly editing the HTML also helps a lot! WordPress are of course very much looking for bigger profits, and the new Block Editor is a product of that. Adrian

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  9. Great post, many thanks for sharing so many wonderful photographs and congratulations on 10 years. The Block editor, well yes, sort of works, seems much more cumbersome than the Classic.

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  10. that owl, beautiful

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Naomi! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Naomi, I see you’re based in Nairobi – I lived there for 12 years in the 1970s/1980s, lovely place and I very much enjoyed it. I imagine its a very much bigger place now than the one I remember. Adrian 🙂

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      • Yes I do. That is so awesome. visit again. nothing looks the same. do you remember any swahili.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Well I think my travelling days are over, and I prefer to remember Nairobi as it was; I’m sure its a vast city now. I lectured at the University of Nairobi. Later, I used to take people on bird/wildlife safaris and spoke quite a bit of swahili then, but that’s a long time ago and my swahili is rusty now. Also, my late wife was Kikuyu and so I spoke some of her language too, though she was fluent in english. 🙂

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  11. acshurte says:

    Congratulations, and awesome shots! And the new editor is the bane of my existence as well, you’re not alone in that. I’ve kinda gotten the hang of it finally but it irks me. I guess it’s friendlier to a certain type of poster or whatever and they’re catering to them.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Adam, thank you very much! I think “irks” is just the word re the editor, its clunky and I feel like I’m having to “go all around the houses” to make posts. WP have made the useful concession of retaining the old editor, but as you say this new editor is really aimed at a different market from you and I, ie not just basic photo blogs, but movies, podcasts etc, as that ‘s where the money/fashion is now. Thanks again. Adrian 🙂

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  12. I recognize a few old favourites in this Anniversary Edition 😊. Congratulations, Adrian!

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  13. Adrian Lewis says:

    Thank you, my friend, thank you! Yes, birds are at once very accessible, very interesting and very beautiful. 🙂

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  14. Watched a program last night about colors in nature. The peacocks and flamingos! And more oh my! It’s no wonder you did all that bird watching!

    Happy Anniversary, bud.
    ❤️ XXXATPXXX ❤️

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  15. Stella says:

    Lovely collection of photos, though I find the chicken rather unnerving!

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  16. Congratz, Adrian! 10 years with fine shots! You can be proud! Have a Duvel; Cheers Amigo! 🙂

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