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Challenge Paused

After much thought, I've decided that I will no longer be able to do a photo a day due to time constraints. I know this is a disappointment to some of you, and I apologise for that. I started this challenge as a way to force myself to be more creative and to document my life in a more meaningful way. It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot about myself and about photography. But as the days went on, it became increasingly difficult to find the time to take photos every day. I have a full-time job. As you can imagine, it's been tough to find the time to do everything I want to do. I've been thinking about this for a while, and I've decided that it's time to make a change. I'm going to take a break from the photo a day challenge for a while. I don't know when I'll start it back up again, but I hope to do so later this year. I want to thank you all for following along on this journey with me. I've enjoyed sharing my photos with you, and I've apprec
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A photo a day. The heavens opened. I was travelling along a local road when the rain intensified. I pulled over to a safe place to grab this pic. Sadly, you can't make out the rain in the photo - but I think you will get the idea. Torrential is an understatement. 

A Rainy Day

A photo a day.  Rivers are swelling once more.  We seem to be having April showers in the wrong month ;) Here are some interesting facts about rain: The average raindrop takes about 2 minutes to fall from the clouds to the ground. The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela, which has a height of 979 meters. The wettest place on Earth is Mawsynram in India, which receives an average of 11,871 millimeters of rain per year. The driest place on Earth is Atacama Desert in Chile, which receives an average of 1 millimeter of rain per year. Rain is made up of water droplets that are so small that they can float in the air.

Goat Willow

A photo a day.  Also known as Pussy Willow.  A close up shot of Goat Willow seed pods. Early in spring, male flowers appear on branches – the soft, silky, silver hairy buds give rise to the alternate name of Pussy Willow. These turn into fluffy balls of pollen. Female flowers, on separate trees, are long green catkins that erupt into white fluff surrounding the seed in May or June.

Snack Time

A photo a day.  Eating for two.  These ladies appeared quite eager to devour the treat left out for them. The red marking on their back indicates that they could be eating for two. 


A photo a day.  Bird bailiffs.  I totally understand the need for tree management, but does it need to be done in Spring, when birds are beginning to pair up and build their nests? The photo below is from one small stretch of a local bridleway.  Hundreds of branches have been trimmed from local trees, effectively evicting any birds that are beginning the nesting process. Why not cut-back in Autumn?  In a week, or so, the bird-bailiffs will return, to place the trimmed branches into a chipper. I'm annoyed. 
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