Sunday, 4 October 2009

Botanic Gardens

Yesterday we had a lovely though windblown walk round Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens. The sky was perfect blue and it was mild. The wind did mean that leaves are falling before we can really appreciate the colours on the trees, but the fallen leaves are lovely to look at.

I spent some time under a tree, watching a treecreeper as it crept over the branches, looking in the nooks and crannies for food. The only birds I photographed though were the pigeons, some of which enthusiastically fed from Crafty Green Boyfriend's hand.... This pretty pigeon is likely to be the offspring of one of the white doves from Gorgie City Farm that bred with a normal feral pigeon.

16 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

Nice photos Juliet. We have a resident tree creeper but this time of the year the G s woodpecker gives him a hard time.

BondBloke said...

Fantastic photos. I decided to stay at home yesterday, but went out this morning and found some excellent images around and about Leith. Watch for their appearance over the enxt few days :)

Reader Wil said...

Hi Juliet! Autumn is one of the most colourful periods of the year. In our countries we are so fortunate to have four seasons. When I lived in Indonesia we only had the wet season and the dry one. In a way it was boring.Thanks for visiting. Yes there are too many disasters at the same time.

Michelle Johnson said...

ooh Crafty i love that picture of the pigeon eating out of your boyfriend's hand. that's incredible, beautiful. hope all is well.

steven said...

hi juliet, look at the pose that pigeon gave you!!! so angelic!!!! steven

Jasmine said...

That picture of the autumnal ground is sublime. Its something I often try to recreate in art :)

Deb G said...

Really windy here today too. And the leaves are dry so they are flying.

Michael said...

Treecreeper is my mum's favourite bird. I quite like them too. :o)

Thomma Lyn said...

Fabulous photos -- and what a delight, that the pigeon fed from your boyfriend's hand. :) And I love the way fallen leaves look, too -- and the way they crunch when I walk in them.

Delwyn said...

Hi Juliet

great shot...it reminded me of the pigeons in St Marks square in Venice...sitting on the kids' heads...they weren't that fussed about it...

Happy days

Paz said...

So cool, the bird feeding from your hand. Looks like you had a very nice day at the gardens.

Paz

Stine in Ontario said...

I think this is one pigeon perfectly willing to be bribed to have its photo taken.

prettyfirefly said...

Nice pictures. I especially like how you captured the second photo. It's not easy to take pictures of animals especially birds. -- www.prettyfirefly.com

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a variety of colours in those fallen leaves!

Janice Thomson said...

Love that carpet of leaves - so colourful. Our treecreepers are very busy these days preparing for winter I guess.

Kateri said...

That is a very pretty pigeon.