January 2015 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to one and all. This year I have decided to make my photography work so ….

I’m starting the New Year with a new collection – The Coasters Collection. Sets of 4 professionally produced glass coasters are now available for £25 including postage in the UK. I hope you like them! There are six designs and they are available from my website http://www.tinalearphotography.co.uk/featured.html

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Happy New Year!!!

Well, it’s nearly the end of 2014.  All in all it turned out to be a good year!

It was great to be able to visit so many beautiful places and to be able to share the photographs.

Lots of time has been spent on beach walks!

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And there have been many stunning sunrises and sunsets

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One of the highlights of this year has to be seeing the Northern Lights for the first time ever!  The Northern Lights are something I had wanted to see for years. My camera was all set up in the back garden and I saw a light haze in the sky.  I took a long exposure photograph and when I looked at the screen display on the camera, I could see the bright green.  I was jumping for joy around the garden.  Here’s the photograph I took:

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Then roughly about a week later there was the fantastic display on 27th February.  I will never forget this.  The colours were amazing and visible to the naked eye.  I took the photograph below at Loch Brora:

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Night photography was new to me and lots to learn, especially on camera focus!  Below is a photograph I took just a couple of weeks ago:

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From February until now, I have lost count of how many times I have seen the Northern Lights!

Another highlight of the year has been going down to visit the seals.  It is amazing to be able to sit there and just watch them.  They are amazing animals and seem very intelligent.  Below are a couple of photographs taken this month:

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Very much looking forward to 2015 and all the new adventures that it will bring!  There are some new ideas brewing and there will be a lot of work involved, but it’s going to be enjoyable!

Thank you so much for joining in on the journey and all the best for 2015 :D

 

 

 

Seal Saturday – Foam Party

We headed down to see the seals last Saturday.  It’s great to be able to check on them and make sure all is going well.  I love to sit and watch the seals and learn more about them.

Last Saturday the sea had been rough, there was sea foam everywhere and this is where my story starts………

This beautiful seal pup was laying down minding its own business, when the tide started coming in.  The tide pushed some sea foam into the seal:

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The seal thought nothing of it and turned back round.  Then the wind blew and some foam landed on the pup:

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You could almost see the seal pup thinking, what on earth is this on my face:

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The pup was quite relaxed about it though and put its head back down:

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Then the wind blew again and more foam was blown around the seal:

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It looked like it was having fun, and had a quick glance over at me:

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The pup then rolled on its back and looked at me.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  What a sight!

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It then rolled back and looked at the foam again:

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You could tell this was one playful pup:

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Then I think the seal was trying to eat the foam:

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And had another glance at me to check if I was still watching:

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And back to being playful again:

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Happy and playful!

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Then the nose went straight back into the foam again:

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And this was the last photograph I took.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  What a beautiful pup!

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It was such a treat to be able to witness this and to be able to photograph it as well!  It is great to see the seals in their natural habitat.

I never get too close though.  I have a good zoom lens and allow them their space.

More seal photographs can be viewed here: http://gmg.photoshelter.com/gallery/Seals-RF/G0000zWO62DGjugY/

Hope you have enjoyed the blog for this week! :)

 

VISIT TO SEE THE SEALS

It finally came around that that time of year again.  Time to go and see the seals!  It’s great to be able to check on them to see how everything is going.  This is our fifth year visiting them and everything is looking great this year.

When grey seal pups are born they have white fur.  They look at you with big wide eyes and would happily approach you if you let them.  I never let them get too close!  They look playful too!

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As they get a little older, they are bolder are more cheeky and look at the teeth!

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Then after this, they start losing their fur.  I call this “having a bad hair day”

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Here’s an adult female swimming in the sea

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And here’s a bull

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I almost felt like the bull recognised us and I wondered if we had seen it as a pup a few years ago.

I also got a few playful photographs between the bull and female.  I think it was a mating ritual

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The bull definitely looks happy here!

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I have a long zoom lens, so wasn’t standing too close to the seals.  I respect that they need their own space and just love to watch them in their natural environment.  I hope you have enjoyed the blog.  It’s great to be able to share our experiences.

Inverness Street Festival 2014

We had a fantastic day last Saturday when we journeyed to Inverness for the Inverness Street Festival 2014.

We weren’t sure what to expect, but the entertainment was fantastic.  We watched an entertainer called Todd Various.  He stunned people with a few of his tricks:

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Next was the turn of Mr Wow.  He fit himself through a ladder rung, did some balloon tricks, blew massive bubbles, walked the tightrope and more!

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Then there was Rory and his dog Ochie, a huge man and dog.  They were walking around and it was fantastic to see the reactions on people’s faces!

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Then there the Afrikan Warriors.  They did some amazing somersaults and did the limbo under fire!

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Head Balancers

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There was a brilliant band entertaining between the shows:

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Then there were the Charlie Chaplin’s from the local theatre:

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And of course one of the star acts was Granny Turismo!

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I have not had time to work on all the photographs yet, but have so many more, and there are more acts to come!!!

On Saturday the sun was shining and it was about 17 degrees, like summer!

The Inverness Street Festival exceeded my expectations.  What a fantastic, well organised event!

Hope you have enjoyed the blog!