Weekly Photo Challenge; Changing Seasons

In summer we spend all the time we can down on the boat hoping for some good weather, some swimming, some sunbathing.  I take photos of swans & seascapes & swimming & other boats & sunsets at sea.

In Autumn we go for lots of walks, I take loads of photos of the changing colours, and the low light brings out the intense colours in nature.

In winter I take photos of snow, floods, and bright days, or we go on holidays to somewhere warm & I take thousands of travel photos

In spring, the colours are pale, small, delicate, buds on trees, baby ducks, swans, lambs & other baby animals fill my memory cards

But the place I photograph the change of the seasons the most is in my garden.  Below are two photos of parakeets in my garden in different seasons.  I love that we get parakeets in our garden, all year round 🙂

Parakeets in the snow

Parakeets are not native to England, but in Surrey, in the South East we have a population of 30,000

Parakeets in the autumn

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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29 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge; Changing Seasons

  1. Love, love, love this!


  2. Nina Shadi says:

    Wow!! I had no idea such beautiful, and colorful birds could live in that climate. Great pictures!



    • Barbara says:

      I will never forget when I first saw them, I was convinced they must have escaped from somebody’s aviary. It is hard to believe they have settled here, the weather is cold for them and very changeable!


  3. Jolene says:

    Fantastic pictures! We do not have birds like that in the United States (or that I have seen)! It was neat to see the “change of seasons”, and how you captured the parakeets in both scenes!


    • Barbara says:

      Thank you 🙂 I was looking for a photo of them in summer too, but it is much harder to see them because they hide in trees with green leaves, and we don’t fill our bird feeders with nuts in the summer as there is plenty of food for them.


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  5. I’ve seen parakeets in downtown Chicago during the dead of winter — I am sure all of them had escaped from their cages earlier in the year — and I always wondered if they could survive till Spring.


    • Barbara says:

      Yes they seem to survive well – they had to cull them around here a few years back as they were becoming a threat to the native birds! They do well especially in an urban residential area where lots of people leave out food for birds, hedgehogs and foxes in the winter 🙂


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  9. Life&Ink says:

    I am fascinated by birds and love taking photos of them. One afternoon I sat on my front stoop waiting to take a photo of a bird in the bird bath I have in the front yard. I get a simple, joyful feeling watching a bird in a bird bath. The way they get all wet and then shake their little bodies. It makes me smile. Enjoy your birds! 🙂


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  12. eof737 says:

    Beautiful… 🙂


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  15. Leanne Cole says:

    I love the photos of snow. We don’t really get to see that here, so I love seeing photos from other countries.


    • Barbara says:

      We had insane snow in 2010, the heaviest in years. The second heaviest I have ever seen. I took loads & loads of great photos. I am just waiting for the Weekly Photo Challenge to be snow… 🙂


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  19. Al says:

    Great shots. Didn’t know they could survive in the wild like that. Beats changing the paper at the bottom of the cage though.


    • Barbara says:

      Most definitely!!

      I don’t think they knew they could either, but the generous residents of Surrey with their bird feeders stocked with lots of peanuts probably helped them manage. We rarely get snow that deep here, and if we do it only usually lasts a few days. This spring has been really cold, much colder than usual, but the temperatures are still above zero. Normally by now we should be getting days of 20′ plus. Apparently the Gulf Stream is further south than normal. 😦


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