Thursday, 26 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - W is for Walkies

As you all know by now, we love taking our two dogs out for walks in the countryside, in the local park or anywhere that they can be near us. They make us happy and keep us healthy, here are some snaps that we have taken on our travels.



Her favorite toy to cuddle into

Oh yeah, forgot to mention she likes to play Xbox Live

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - V is for Vulture

For today's letter we have the very ugly but beautifully alluring African black back Vulture.

As always some facts about these awesome birds

Vultures are incredibly diverse with over 20 species found across the world.
Vultures are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
Vultures only lay one egg every year or so.
A vulture can eat up to 1 kilogram (about 2 pounds) in a single meal (that’s over 10% of their body weight).
In Asia, some vultures are almost extinct and have declined by 99% in just 15 years.
Vultures have huge ranges with a single individual using all of Kenya, northern Tanzania, and even going into Ethiopia and Sudan.
All vultures eat carrion or dead animals for at least part of their diet.
Vultures consume up to 70% of all the available meat in East Africa.
In ancient Egypt, vultures were used as a symbol of femininity.

And the Fun Part





AtoZ Challenge - U is for unity

Today's late offering id U for unity, as many of you have seen my awesome fiancee Gemma, and rarely see photos of us together i though it was high time that i would share some with you. As being unified with someone is one of the most beautiful things that can offer.

My definition of Unity
1. the state or quality of being one; oneness
2. the act, state, or quality of forming a whole from separate parts
3. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony.




Monday, 23 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - T is for Tiger

The most majestic of all the big cats the Tiger is one almighty beast.

Some tiger facts for you

1. Every single tiger in the world has their own distinct pattern of stripes.

This is one of the easiest ways to tell them apart from each other. These stripes are used to help the tiger to hide in their natural environment though so they can sneak up on their prey.

2. They largest of the tiger subspecies is the Siberian Tiger

3. There are 6 subspecies of tigers left in the world and 3 more are known to be extinct.
The remaining 6 subspecies of tigers are all classified as endangered species.

4. All subspecies of tigers are extremely territorial.

5. Tigers are loners.
They are most of the time loners with exception of when they are courting, mating, or raising their offspring in case of females.

6. Tiger means "arrow".
The word tiger came from the greek work "tigris", which is derived from a Persian word that means arrow, probably the name came to be due to the comparison between the speed of the animal and an arrow, or because of the Tigris river.

And the all important photos




Saturday, 21 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - S is for Subaru

Apart from My Fiancee and my family one of my passions is for my Subaru. Sad as it may sound i have a passion for cars, always have. But this has been taken to the next level since being allowed to buy a Subaru Impreza (Thanks Gem)

This is a 2 Liter turbo charged 4 wheel drive road ready rally car. My model is not one of the most sort after and Subaru made on a limited run of them before admitting they had mad a 'mistake' in the models design.

The history of the model look something like this




All of the newage models were named after the shape of the headlights.

And finally here are some photos of 'Steve' the Scooby





Friday, 20 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - R is for Rhinoceros

Todays photos are a last moment panic as i had forgotten to plan the letter R. As when i was doing the alphabet the letter R decided to go on holiday.

I hope these are upto normal standards.

I give you the gracious Rhinoceros





And just because i can, and because its my blog...... A Road (and my Scooby)

Thursday, 19 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - Q is for Qwerky

What a difficult letter today's one is. So qwerky photos it it. I experimented with some Lego figures to see what results i could get with some different scenarios.

Lego MotoGP pit team

Lego Tattooist

Lego Wedding (in the Bahamas obviously)
And Lego Idolizing.... ha ha ha


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - P is for Parrot

Today's offering is of a stunning array of our feathered friends. The very colourful yet sometime noisy parrots.

Some interesting facts before the photos of these charming animals are:

They don’t have vocal cords. They produce sound by pushing air out of their trachea and control their pitch by changing the shape and depth of the trachea.

Parrots come in many shapes and sizes. The pygmy parrot of New Guinea is 3½ inches long while the hyacinth macaw is closer to 40 inches long. Some macaws can grow up to five feet in length (including their tail feathers). Parrots can weigh anywhere from just a few ounces to 3½ pounds.

Another interesting parrot fact is that, for the most part, parrots nest in holes. While there are a few exceptions that build regular nests, most build their homes in holes in trees, rock cavities, ground tunnels and even occasionally in termite mounds.

Many can associate colors, shapes, numbers, sizes and more!

Future parrot owners beware… parrots in the wild and as flocks are some of the noisiest birds there are. It is said that some parrot vocalizations can be heard from as far as a mile away

And now the fun bit:





Tuesday, 17 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - O is for Owl

I have been waiting for sooooo long to post up these photos. When your starting at A the letter O seem a life time away.

I had the opportunity recently to spend a little time with a Bengal eagle owl while in flight. This bird of prey is awe-inspiring, you have to keep both eyes peeled while shooting as they are so silent while in flight that you never know where they will appear from.

Enough waffling, i'll let the photos do the talking.









Monday, 16 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - N is for Natalie

A couple of years ago while on holiday in Florida we had the pleasure of going swimming with dolphins @ Discovery Cove.

We had a dolphin to our small group. Her name, and the the letter for today. Natalie  the dolphin








I hope you like

Friday, 13 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - L is for Lion

The perfect predator. Top of the pile. King of the jungle.

Whatever you call him he will always be the main man.

I present to you for today's letter. The mighty Lion





And of course Mrs Lion


These are no nonsense photos without the fancy bells and whistle effects. Just didnt think they needed it.

Shaun


Thursday, 12 April 2012

AtoZ Challenge - K is for Keys

Being the most difficult letter yet i could not think of anything nature inspired for the letter K..........

I bet the first think you though of was a Kangaroo, well sorry to disappoint folks but there are no Kangas in the UK.

So i had to have a little bit of inspiration, so crazy was the though that it might just work.

I give you for today's letter KEYS.





And a special bonus. A Kite, to be specific a yellow billed kite.


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