Heads & Tails – Fairhaven Lake

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Fairhaven Lake

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Male mute swan

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Canada Goose

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Bottoms up

He’s looking resplendent
in his “aren’t I gorgeous” plumage.
She’s evidently not interested!

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Mrs and Mrs Tufted Duck

Little birds flit about in the scrub
Some quite easy to identify
(reed bunting,
linnet, robin, wren,
whitethroat)

Others (pipits, warblers)
are often too similar to differentiate

At a guess – a pipit of some sort?

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Pipit

 

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Random seaside snapshots

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Got a new snapshot-taking-device
Programme set on “iA” for “intelligent auto”

Intelligent?
We’ll see about that!

Seeking the ever-elusive pin-sharp pic …

Birds aren’t the best subject to practise on –
the little blighters are either too far away
or move too fast

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Sanderlings
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Oystercatchers

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Little Egret has landed

 “If your pictures aren’t good enough,
you’re not close enough.”
Robert Capa (1913-1954)

“Macro”
Still life on the beach
 (“still” so a good chance of a sharp shot –
unless the tide shoves them around/out of view)

Seaweed

Seaweed

Snowdrops
(bit of a breeze so the snowies
have got a wobble on!)

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Snowdrops

A landscape of contrasts:
St Annes Nature Reserve,
new housing development,
the Big One, Blackpool Tower,
an industrial site
(all pretty much in focus)

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St Annes Nature Reserve

Washed up on the seashore
(bet some little person is balling his/her eyes out!)

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Lost property

Only on page 13 of a 190-page instruction manual
Way to go and lots to learn

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

 

 

 

Location! Location!

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St Annes on the Sea – a magnet for film-makers
St Annes dunes and Blackpool
featured in an episode of Prey

Coronation Street actors
were on set on St Annes beach,
promenade, and Fairhaven Lake

Tim Burton filmed
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
in Blackpool
(Samuel L Jackson stayed at The Grand in St Annes
and was seen out and about in local eateries)

The Killers music video “Here with Me”
shows Blackpool at its finest
(A wonderful video) 

 

Unusual happenings on the beach today.  Better sit a while and check it out.

Some passers-by didn’t notice, others were interested and stopped:
“What’s going on?”
“Must be a hen party?”
“Are they drunk?”

The huddle removed parkas and coats that had been protecting them from a keen sea breeze to reveal brightly coloured outfits and lots of exposed flesh.
“Not got many clothes on – must be from Newcastle,” commented one passer by.

The huddle moved down the beach, one teetering on green high heels – not the best beach footwear – and came to a standstill.  A drone hovered overhead.  Then the music started and a full-on dance routine burst into action.

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Let’s Dance

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Dancing on St Annes Beach

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High Heels get stuck in sand

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Finale

Chatting to one of the production team, they are in St Annes filming a music short, “Made in the 80s”, and moving on to Blackpool tomorrow.  Might just have to wander up there and check them out!

 

 

 

 

Padlocks

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After years of battering
by stormy seas and howling winds,
the old wooden landing jetty hangs on

Once attached to St Annes Pier,
a Victorian beauty
that has been entertaining visitors since 1885,
it’s a quirky visual attraction

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St Annes Pier and landing jetty

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Landing jetty – St Annes Pier

Up close
the ravaged wood
and rusty structure
offer texture
for a snapshot

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Three padlocks

Three padlocks catch my eye

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Three rusty padlocks

Snapshot assignment of the day
“Padlocks”

 

They’re everywhere!

(This little project
could become compulsive)

 

Lytham St Annes RNLI

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Barbara Anne arrives in style

What a beauty

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Barbara Anne arrives

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Shannon Launch & Recovery System

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Barbara Anne loading onto SLARS

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Watching on

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Fully loaded

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St Annes RNLI Crew

 

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RNLI station St Annes

Barbara Anne, a Shannon-class lifeboat has replaced Her Majesty the Queen, a Mersey craft.  She’s faster, more efficient and has the potential to save more lives.

Lifeboats are vital to the Fylde coast with stations at Lytham, St Annes, Blackpool and Fleetwood.  The crew are volunteers; RNLI shops are run by volunteers.

Great Britain’s coastal and inland waters need the services of the RNLI.

Let’s support them.

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Barbara Anne

Barbara Anne has been named
in honour of a bequest from an RNLI supporter
The Fylde public has raised more than
£270,000 to help fund the vessel

 

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Tracks

 

What an amazing occasion
for St Annes on the Sea

 

 

Meet Polly

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Polly

Polly Styrene

 

She was sitting in British Heart Foundation’s shop window in St Annes, modelling a wig.  I didn’t want the wig.  She wasn’t for sale. After a bit of friendly banter, the kindly shop assistant let me have her.  For £1.50.  A bargain!

I tucked her under my arm and hurried home, with an earworm.

He’s a germ free adolescent
Cleanliness is her obsession
Cleans her teeth ten times a day
Scrub away, scrub away, scrub away
The SR way …

That’s when she became Polly Styrene
with apologies to the late Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex
(Germ Free Adolescence
is listed as one of those albums
you must hear before you die)

Polly Styrene has a future … … …