and for the aficionados

a wee bit of the church that was framed …


… a wee church that I like to photograph almost as much as I like snapping ducks or mushrooms. The play of light on its superstructure is an endless delight (a bit of light entertainment?) (ouch) … anyway, whilst sitting patiently in the undertaker’s office awaiting my turn I spied on his wall a framed painting of said chapel.


I shot it in fill colour, lovely frame too, but for this post I removed the frame. Okay, most of it …

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And there you have it. Dated 2006 (from memory). So? So I know that church, I park my car there often—somewhere right in the middle of the wee building on the left, in fact, the one labelled ST PAULS. And quite close to where the little green man is standing is Wilson’s money-scoffer, a machine that gladly accepts coinage of the realm and spits out a tiny slip of paper with an ear shivering shriek that sets the teeth a-jangling. Yuk.

Not making sense? Okay, here’s a clue—

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—a snap I took last time in town, trying to match the painting for location and angles. I reckon the artist must’ve painted from a photo, no-one with an easel in that exact spot would survive southern drivers for very long. Tree’s grown a bit too …


I live in hope that one day I’ll get the all-singing all-dancing definitive duck shot. In the meantime I’ll keep trying—I’m becoming quite versed in letting instinct take control, this next shot was triggered purely by instinct, reflex, and sheer luck—

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—make of it what you will. He was certainly making a big thing of it, a duck who really loves his work. I wasn’t too sure about this next one, she was either feeding—

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—or expressing an opinion.

There was another lady duck there but none of my shots of her turned out. It was really weird … a bit like from the final scenes of Johnathan Livingstone Seagull, she was literally glowing. Sort of a yellowy fawn colour that on every photo seemed to be overexposed, very hard to describe. None of the many I took captured her at all—the camera never lies? Utter twaddle!

Here she is, photo completely unretouched—

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—and if you’re still with me, here she is again in company with other members of her squadron—

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—again the camera failed to see what I saw.

And for anyone worried about the ducklings, yes, a few gaps in the ranks but they’re big enough now to hold off the gulls. I scored a few (boy, can they ever tramp~!) en passant but that’s for another post another time.


before we snuggle in for the night with a movie; and I shall dread all night the coming  Weekly Photo Challenge.

Just my luck it will be ‘Ducks” …


Nil Desperandum 



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