My Sunday Photo – August 20th, 2017.

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Do you talk to yourself when you take photos? No, just me? I don’t even talk, I sort of make strange noises of appreciation. An “oooh” here or an “aaaah” there, if the light is particularly lovely or there’s a butterfly. I get some funny looks, I can tell you.

Luckily, when I snapped this one I was all on my own because there was a definite “oooooohhhhhh” when I went to the bottom of the garden of the converted barn we’ve been staying in for the last few days  (more about that on Wednesday) and this was the view.

The fabulous thing is that the image hasn’t been tinkered with at all. This is just exactly how it was. What a privilege to witness it.

To see what other people have been taking photos of this week, please click on the camera below.

I also have another brilliant Behind The Book post tomorrow with the award-winning writer Kate Field so please do pop back.

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My Sunday Photo – June 4th, 2017.

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We visited Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Ranworth Broad over the bank holiday weekend and, as Freya loves boats, booked one of their guided trips.

Our skipper, the lovely and very knowledgeable Maurice, warned us that it had been a bit quiet that day but I was happy just to be on the water with my little family.

Having said that, there was a certain amount of glee when we not only spotted two herons (a family favourite) but then two marsh harriers flying in the distance.

The largest and broadest-winged of the harriers, it was once extinct in this country as a result of habitat loss and persecution. Its population has been slowly and steadily increasing and now more than 100 females nest in Norfolk each year (although it’s still on the Amber List, according to the RSPB).

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As we turned back, we spotted this one just sitting waiting for me to photograph it. I’m quite proud that I didn’t accidentally drop Freya overboard in my excitement #parentingwin.

Still holding her with one hand and the camera in the other, I kept snapping away as it spotted its lunch and set off.

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They are not the best photos but seeing the marsh harrier in the wild was a thrilling experience – even Freya is still talking about it.

To see what other people have been photographing this week please click on the camera below. I’ll be sharing a full post about Ranworth Broad (including some lovely herons) shortly.

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My Sunday Photo – May 21st, 2017.

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Giraffe is one of Freya’s favourite restaurants – although not just for the food.

She is obsessed with the mirror at the top of the stairs and loves nothing better than prancing in front of it like she’s a prima ballerina. This results in approximately 500 trips to the toilets, which are upstairs, throughout the meal. Obviously we don’t want to discourage her from going but, at the same time, we know that nine times out of 10 it will just be so she can see herself in the mirror.

I’ve got to give her credit for taste, it does look rather grand. I couldn’t resist snapping this on my iPhone while she had a little dance (we were waiting for the food to arrive at this point).

Giraffe is so brightly decorated – which is, I think, another reason it appeals to Freya – that I decided to take all the colour out of the photo and just leave her. I still don’t have a proper editor (it’s an extra cost I can’t justify for a hobby at the mo) but I love having a tinker with Fotor’s free elements – coloursplash being one of them. It’s not perfect (I’d like to soften the colour of her face) but I had fun playing. I hope you like it too.

As usual I’ve linked up with #MySundayPhoto. Please click on the camera below to see what other people have been snapping this week.

Wishing you a happy Sunday.

Photalife