Snowdonia National Park In All It’s Winter Glory


Well that was the plan. But I hadn’t anticipated two things. One the weather and two “She Who Must Be Obeyed” having Christmas week plans that did not involve photography. So I’ve not been out in the National Park and the weather has been very mild. So no snow, not even a frost to speak of.

Which leaves me with a dilemma. What photographs to include in this weeks post?

Like doctors, photographers work with what is present. I suspect our chief emotions are anticipation, frustration, and patience, balanced by a marvellous sense of elation when things go right–when we think we’ve captured within a photograph some missing feeling, some sense of beauty, or bit of mystery in the fabric of life. – John Loengard

Before “She Who Must Be Obeyed” put the embargo on photography I went back out one more time on the Saturday to try to capture those elusive Waxwings. They were there again, but very flighty. They fly near the Rowan trees with all the berries but just wouldn’t settle. But all was not lost. This beautiful Thrush was having a good time and so was I.

Thrush

At last it happened. Good light, bit of sunshine and one of the more daring Waxwings settled long enough to get a photograph all from birds in the wild.

I photograph all my birds and animals in the wild, in their natural environment. Some photographers will cut branches from nearby trees and bolt them to a small table. They’ll then put food at the bottom of the branches and sit back, behind a blind, with a long lens, and wait. To me, that may be bird photography, but it isn’t wildlife photography. – David Young

Waxwing with Berries

Meanwhile the Thrush was making regular forays from the trees behind me to hit those berries.

Thrush with Berries

…..and then a real bonus. A Redwing, first time ever seeing one and obviously first time ever photographing one. I know the wings aren’t red, but trust me, I asked a man who knows birds to identify this one for me.

Redwing

I’m on a roll now and to finish off, another Waxwing, this time with a berry.

Waxwing with Berry in Mouth

That’s it, I wasn’t anticipating getting the Redwing, or the Thrush for that matter, so I’m happy.

Here’s what other blogger are saying about this weeks challenge. These are blogs I’ve visited and liked.

Photograph – Santa Claus – MINDING MY P’S WITH Q
Innocence – DirtRoadWife
And We Wait – Live Younique Photography
Waiting… – Margaret writes about life and everything else
Books, Music, Photography, & Movies WPC- Anticipation
Anvica’s gallery Anticipation
Indira’s Blog Anticipation- Weekly Photo Challenge
Waiting to Hatch- Anticipation – Rebecca Wiseman Portfolio
WPC- Anticipation – Christine’s Blog
Anticipation – Photo Challenge – Ladyleemanila

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