Sunday, 2 August 2009

Zooming In!

Photos are copyright of Maggie May



No, I'm not collecting chains for the garden! They are so huge and these large pieces of ironmongery could not possibly be lifted without the use of a crane.
I was visiting the Black Country Living Museum recently, in Birmingham and these objects seemed to be crying out to be snapped.



This was a Skipper butterfly that I snapped sitting on the side of the house, (The butterfly, not me!) This photo could definitely not have been taken so closely with my old digital camera, so I am very pleased with this one.
At the moment my garden is full of skippers.


I am very fond of the tiles in this reproduction fireplace in our lounge! As the house is more than a hundred years old, it does fit the personality of the place very well.



Why would I want to zoom in on a blackboard, you might well ask? Well, while out walking a few weeks ago, this blackboard was propped against a house with this message on it. I thought, "If it is still there when I walk back again (from where I was going), then I would definitely pick it up for the grandchildren."
After about half an hour, it was still in exactly the same place as where it was first spotted and I picked it up and took it home. Things often get left outside a garden with a little note asking people to help themselves. Its a good way of recycling and means one less trip to the city tip.
No doubt about it, the girls really enjoyed playing with the blackboard and recently when the older grandsons came to stay, all four children used it for their art work! There were some quarrels mind you, along the way!



Maybe the strangest thing that I have zoomed in on is this pot containing another egg! I didn't take photos of the first two eggs that were left mysteriously in our garden but this one has been recently placed in this pot and I thought I would leave it and see if Mr Fox comes back for it.
If you are not sure what I am talking about click here and here.

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed zooming in with my new camera.



20 comments:

jinksy said...

Fascinating - but what IS the camera?

Maggie May said...

My camera is a Pentax Optio P70 (Digital)

SandyCarlson said...

These images are great. Love those close ups of the chain. And the butterfly....they are not always big on posing.

Hilary said...

You're getting some great shots. Love the chain angles. And that blackboard is a great find.

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

Wow these are great. I live near Brum - you should have popped in for tea!!

Jeni said...

Loved these pics -especially the egg in the pot, which brings some chuckles too as I recall that mystery you had there a while back.
The blackboard -a really good find and I'm sure if Mandy were ever to come across something like that, she'd jump on it too. There seems to be a lot of folks putting things out with a "For free" sign here too. My son and Mandy have both found things that way for free.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Great photos Maggie - love the ones of the chain and you were lucky to get the butterfly. They never seem to stay long enough for me to get a shot. I have a Pentax Optio 555 (bought about 5 years ago). A x

Working Mum said...

OOo, more eggs. Lovely pictures and that blackboard looks beautiful (I like wooden toys rather than plastic) I bet you also have fun leaving messages on it!

Granny on the Web said...

Love all your zooming Maggie!
Keep up the practice...

Love Granny

MarmiteToasty said...

You should of dragged one of them chains home lol

Great find with the blackboard...

Strange about the eggs though, what sort of eggs are they? do you know?

x

Rose said...

Great photos, Maggie May, especially the first two of the chains. But, of course, I also like the stories behind the pictures, and I'm chuckling that your fox has come back with his pilfered eggs:) Glad the blackboard found a good home--someday children probably won't even know what a blackboard is!

Expat mum said...

Love the chains. The Queenager has just taken a 5 week photography course here and even I am learning stuff. Very good contrasts.

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Maggie, you go girl. I love these photos. That is so neat that people put things out and can be taken to recycle. I think that is so neat about the egg being back. I will be anxious to hear if he takes it away. To bad you can't catch him and take a photo of him. I hope you are doing great and I am loving your photography.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Another egg? How bizarre! The blackboard is fabulous - how generous of people to leave it.

CJ xx

Nessa said...

Great shots. The chains are fascinating the way you took them. Lucky find, that blackboard. i got a cool wooden cane that way one.

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gaelikaa said...

It's amazine what you see if you just look around!

Suburbia said...

I would have liked that blackboard!!!!Lovely tiles and other pics.

Now you have solved the rat mystery you still have the egg mystery to keep you busy!

Hows your school hols going?

Sx

mrsnesbitt said...

What a wonderful find!

lisaschaos said...

Love the huge chain! And it's great that you got that cool blackboard!

San said...

What a find, that blackboard! When I lived in San Francisco, I got two retro orange chairs the same way. And an old cigar tin.

Your ironmongery shots are fine, calling attention as they do to the sculptural aspects of those chains.