Walking in the rain!

I have both good news ūüôā and bad news ūüė¶ for you.

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Good news first, for the past two years I’ve been uploading videos onto my YouTube all filmed by my cheap and cheerful digital camera, however you’ll agree the picture quality is pretty poor. THEN yesterday evening it suddenly dawned on me I have a Samsung tablet with a great camera, taken me 8 months to figure that one out ffs.¬†

Now the bad news, the weather across Great Britain is awful, by that I mean it’s rained constantly for two days, dry ditches are now running streams for heavens sake, yay I have a great quality video camera however if I go outside to film Oxfordshire’s fantastic Countryside I get absolutely soaked!

But like the trooper I am, I braved the rain just for my WordPress (absolutely true) filming the video below and my narration pretty much explains all, listen to the rain………

It’s only uploaded to test the camera’s picture quality so perhaps don’t watch. Bit boring.

Listen to that rain! I only wish I’d remembered I owned this Samsung when I visited beautiful Blenheim Palace………….. oh well we men aren’t the sharpest tools in the box!

If you have any British friends you’ll know we don’t half moan about the weather, it’s either too hot and sunny, or too wet and cold, mind you talking about our weather is a great ice breaker when you first converse with someone you don’t know.

Consequently due to the rain this isn’t the post I hoped to publish, I had planned to visit a local Abbey and walk the Cotswolds, unfortunately due to the fact Holly and I were soaked to the skin we settled for a short walk closer to home………… ūüôā Holly didn’t appear to mind!

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Not to worry, better luck next time! 

© Andrew

 

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47 – Oxfordshire Countryside Photographs (taken by me August 2016)

All photographs and video © Blog Andrew.

Within walking distance from my home a small nature reserve has been created on the edge of Town, a lovely peaceful secluded area of natural habitat comprising of woods heathland and a lake populated by many wildfowl bird species, I guess the whole area covers a couple of square miles and is very popular with dog walkers bird watchers and swimmers during summer heat waves.

So having my camera handy I took¬†a selection¬†photographs also very short video¬†and uploaded onto my YouTube Channel (btw they’re identical views). I’m afraid the ‘vistas’ aren’t as spectacular as Tuscany or the plains of Africa, but they show typical English countryside.

If you were to join the following¬†7 photographs ‘end to end’¬†forming one straight¬†strip, you’ll have a panorama looking across heathland¬†and Oxfordshire farmland in the distance.

The YouTube video below¬†the¬†heath¬†panorama¬†photographs,¬†reveals the same¬†pictures but in film format¬†and narrated by me, I’m afraid I managed to obscure a row of nesting boxes fixed¬†on top of¬†posts¬†which¬†attract Barn Owls, and walkers if they’re lucky will see owls circling the heathland feeding for shrews and mice, I’ve been lucky and witnessed what is¬†quite a spectacular sight, I probably stood and watched for an hour,¬†but you have to visit late evening just before dusk.

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Photograph 1 of R-L panorama

 

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Photograph 2 of R-L panorama

 

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Photograph 3 of R-L panorama, the owl nesting posts are behind that bush!!!
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Photograph 4 of R-L panorama, Barn Owls in the evening fly circling the heathland looking for mice and shrews
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Photograph 5 of R-L panorama

 

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Photograph 6 of R-L panorama

 

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Photograph 7 of R-L panorama

 

If you were to join the following 3 photographs ‘end to end’ in one straight¬†strip, you’ll have a panorama view¬†looking across the lake toward heathland, or in other words you’ll be looking across the lake toward¬†my previous panorama……….I’m afraid all the Great Crested Grebe had disappeared…….clumsy me scared them off!

The YouTube video below is of the identical lake panorama filmed at the same time and narrated by me. Not very exciting apart from showing a typical English lake!

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Photograph 1 of R-L panorama
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Photograph 2 of R-L panorama
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Photograph 3 of R-L panorama

Imagery © Andrew