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Are you Square? – Bright little dandelions

It has been a while since I posted a blog for are you square but this post is actually for 2 different photo challenges that I enjoy. Firstly for Becky’s are you square which this month is bright, for Cee’s flower of the day.

Dandelion

a common small, bright yellow wildflower that has a lot of long, thin petals arranged in a circular pattern around a round centre.

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Are you Square? – Bright statue

This month Becky’s theme is bright so how could I leave this statue out with all of those bright coloured stones. This is the Liverpool mountain that I have plucked out of my archive photographs and it is found in Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock. It was created by Ugo Rondinone who was inspired by naturally occurring Hoodoos and the art of meditative rock balancing and is 10 metres high.

You cannot get the true size of it in this photograph but I was on my own the day I took this photograph as Mr H was at work, maybe on our next visit to Royal Albert Dock I will either stand beside it or get Mr H to stand beside it so you get an idea of how big it actually is. I still can’t quite get used to calling the Albert Dock Royal Albert Dock as it has just been given royal status (it is a fabulous place with lots of things to visit and I don’t think I have done a proper blog about it so maybe that will be an idea for the future, it is one of those places that you find you don’t visit enough when you live in the city).

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Easter weekend walk

Todays blog is a summary of our Easter Sunday walk, I have posted about this place on numerous occasions but it is definitely our favourite woodland walk and with lockdown easing and being able to move around a little bit more it was time to take the opportunity to get back there. So todays blog will also bring in a few blogging challenges that I like to do and these are for Jo’s Monday Walk, Cee’s flower of the day and also Becky’s are you square? – bright squares.

A lot of my squares today are actually contributing to my bright squares for today from all of the bright blue skies to the bright reflections on the lake.

On leaving the car and deciding which direction we would start our walk this little bird was the first thing I saw flying up from the ground into the trees. It took a while to get this photograph as it kept flitting from branch to branch and it was quite difficult to find it camouflaged into the branches. Neither Mr H or I actually knew what it was when we first saw it but we now think that it is a chiffchaff.

The next two photographs are for for my flower of the day as I could not resist taking a photograph of the willow, its latin name in Salix caprea but it is known as a goat willow, pussy willow or a great sallow.

I couldn’t resist taking a close up of some of the catkins before carrying on our walk as they just looked so fabulous against that bright blue sky.

As we carried on our walk this tree trunk stump just needed to have its photograph taken. It always amazes me when they have gaps at the bottom of the trunk I am not sure how well you can see it. It always makes me wonder how it has been made.

Our next stop that we took photographs was the lake, this is always one of my favourite places to take photographs as every time you go it looks so different. As we walked around towards the lake we heard a couple of geese flying overhead heading for the lake. It was lovely to be able to actually see them both from the actual viewing platform as we walked around. With one of them standing on its tree trunk island preening itself in the sunshine while the other was on the lake. Although there were some ducks and a moorhen they were at the other side of the lake.

How fabulous does it look? Its looks like it was really sunny and warm but actually it is very deceiving as it was quite chilly. But just look at the reflections of the trees in the Lake it really didn’t matter how chilly it was as it was just a fabulous sight.

Charlie is also enjoying his surroundings although luckily enough the ducks had stayed away as Charlie really does not like being around the ducks (not sure why as there have always been ducks around the caravan.

As we made our way back to the car eventually I spotted this little duck just wandering back to the small lake by the visitor centre.

I didn’t actually realise until writing this that actually the majority of the photograph that I took were around the lake but Mr H did actually take a little video and he has posted it on his facebook group, so here is the link if you fancy having a little look and even listen to all of the birds that are in the background they were definitely very vocal. Plus there is also a very short video clip on this blogs facebook page that I managed to get of M H and Charlie dog and here is the link to that.

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The bright blue weekend sky

Today my post is not only for this month bright squares for Becky’s are you square? but as also for Hammand’s weekend skies.

How could I not take a picture of the sky this Easter weekend I just loved how bright a blue it was with just that single cloud in it. It was fun trying to think of what the cloud looked like. I am thinking maybe a little fish or a spaceship on its side. What do you think?

Making the most of the nice weather this weekend while it lasts as the weather report says it is going to change next week.

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Bright rectangles and squares

This week as there is a fifth Wednesday for Cee’s midweek madness challenge a guest host gets to choose the topic so this week Becky from “The life of B” has picked the topic and it is bright rectangles so here are just some of the photographs I have found to represent these. Also as we are now in April this is also going to be my first bright square.

So my photograph today was taken after a quick trip to the caravan to make sure everything was alright before being able to stay and bringing the bedding home to be washed. I just couldn’t resist this rectangular sun puddle on the floor, I am surprised I found it before Charlie dog did.