Sunday, 22 March 2015

Island Stamps - Sunday Stamps II

One stamp from a Mediterranean island and one from the Indian Ocean are my selection this week.

Maldives
The grey heron on this stamp from the Republic of Maldives is seen in America and Europe too.

During WWII my elder brother served on aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean involved in the defence of Malta and this is the reason I have included a stamp from there.

Malta - 1938
George VI was our King during the war.

Mdina Cathedral is shown on the stamp. There were settlements in Mdina going back 4000 years. The walled medieval town is situated on a hill in the centre of the island. Called the Silent City by its inhabitants possibly because today it has no cars other than than those of its few hundred residents, emergency vehicles, wedding cars and hearses.

For stamps from other islands visit Sunday-stamps-ii-14.


Friday, 20 March 2015

You can take a horse to water ... - Sepia Saturday

From the time I saw this week's prompt first appear ...


I been trying to get some local horses to take a drink.

However they all are quite happy to

Munch away at the grass
The smallest one might take a drink - 

If there was not a fence in the way.
He just has to be content to look at the water trough where others have been when I've not been about.

Police horses in a park alongside the Paint Creek Trail in Michigan have to do as they are told, but they do get a rest from time to time.

Rochester, Michigan - 2009
They even get taken to see the Clinton River nearby.

A drink for one
And them both on a hot summer's day
I'll try again with my local horses again tomorrow. If I do not succeed I know where I need to go to get a drink thanks to a special kind of horse.

The Cleveland Bay, Yarm
After all if you can't make a horse take that drink, there is nothing that says you have to abstain.

Cheers Sepians at Sepia-Saturday-271.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Bodies of Water - Thematic Photography

On some bodies of water you cannot see from shore to shore.

Lake Michigan  - empty shoreline
There's more chance of action at Grand Traverse Bay.

Fancy a yacht on this body of water?
Someone did around the Isles of Scilly.

Off Tresco in the Scilly Isles
Closer to home some bodies take to water.

Like a duck and these geese on the River Tees
While at Portrack Nature Reserve alongside the river you can also show your bodies off.

Herons and a lapwing on a Portrack 'island'
Not a wave in sight; meanwhile down the Yorkshire coast at Whitby

The barque Endeavour creates a ripple as in comes in 
But can you see the bodies 'in the water' back in Michigan?

What no dogs?
For other watery offerings check out the links where Carmi hosts the theme - Bodies of Water - Thematic-photographic-329

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Space Exploration - Sunday Stamps II

I guess everyone remembers that first landing on the moon in July 1969.

In the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaima issued a set of stamps  commemorating International Cooperation in Space on 10 June, i.e, before that landing.

Ras Al Khaima
Others in the set covered the Apollo space program and Lunar Landing. These are two that I would love to get.

Continuing the moon landing theme Poland issued a stamp in 1971 commemorating Lunochod - 1

Poland - Lunochod-1
This was the first of two unmanned lunar rovers landed on the moon by the Soviet Union and on 17 November 1971 was the first to move freely on the surface .

A Hungarian stamp commemorated the 25th anniversary of Hungarian-Soviet scientific technical cooperation.

Hungary - Inter Sputnik Tracking Station
The Hubble Space Telescope has shown us some remarkable images of outer space.

A 2000 commemorative issue from the United States shows some of these.

USA
Others in the set show the Ring Nebula, the Lagoon Nebula and the Galaxy NGC 1316. 

For other space adventures make sure you check the stamps on show linked to Sunday-stamps-ii-13.

Friday, 13 March 2015

It's a Dog's Life - Sepia Saturday

Over the years I have met many dogs and have what seems like thousands of photos of them. Matching this week's theme should not be a challenge for me.


Mind you there are some times when even an air stewardess is not wanted.

"I just want to be alone"
Others need reassurance especially when a strange man has taken you from your mum and driven you to a new place 200 miles away.

"Should I trust him?"
Another pup wants to cuddle up to a Golden Lab.

"It's not fair - someone in the background is getting some affection."
And there are times when you are not sure who is cuddling whom.

"Just one more push ..."
"And then there's room for both of us."
The stars of the show are:
  • Sam under the bed.
  • Milly, an Irish Water Spaniel.
  • Gem, the pup and Sam, with Maxie in the background.
  • Sam hamming it up.
  • Sam and Maxie celebrating their success.

To get your teeth into other canines look for bones at Sepia-Saturday-270.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Hit the road - Thematic Photography

I don't drive much these days and to be honest I was never a fan of hitting the road.

These days I take things much more slowly by walking a lot. 

However there are some roads that I remember well, including one where the trees remind you where you are. This dirt road could only be - 

Oakwood Road
Every where you go, it seems to me you meet road works like these,

Approaching Rochester, Michigan
Nearer home it would be a mistake to go off-road.

Off the A67 in North Yorkshire
It's much more pleasant to hit the road in the other direction.

Turn right for home
Hitting this road is fun on a sunny spring day if you don't turn off here.

A driveway that shakes your springs
Better to remain on the open road.

A67 through the woods
Sat-navs would say keep left at this point.

Lay-by for a coffee stop.
Those in cars don't know what they are missing when they hit the road pass these.

Crocus in flower, daffs not far behind.
Whichever way you drive you miss out on them. I can walk by and admire their beauty.

Even with the trash can waiting to be emptied
Next door to us it will be a while before the grass verge will recover from where builders' wagons have failed to hit the road.


But don't let this put you off hitting the road with Carmi at Thematic-photographic-328






Sunday, 8 March 2015

Riding the rails - Sunday Stamps II

It was wartime when I was a boy. I don't remember ever having a train set them. Years later I had an assignment helping British Rail, as it was then, implementing one of the recommendations of the Hidden Report  following the Clapham train crash of December 1988.

By then diesel and electric trains had taken over from the famous steam trains that featured in this set of stamps from 1985.

Great Britain

The Flying Scotsman covered the London - Edinburgh route, the Golden Arrow London - Dover. The Cheltenham Flyer, as the name implies ran from London Paddington to Cheltenham. The Royal Scot was a west coast train from London Euston to Glasgow and the Cornish Riviera the express between Paddington and Penzance.

Now if you have got steam up, all aboard for trips on other rides at Sunday-stamps-ii-12.