Jim is homeless. He would rather have a home he says, but he won’t have one on someone else’s terms if it turns him into something he doesn’t want to be.

He’s bright and I think he has an interesting life for all it hardships. Winters here in Scotland must be terribly cruel.

I took the first photo with the Fuji, and the next two images are crops from the full frame. I took the last photo with my phone.





Not All Birds Of Paradise Can Fly


As usual, click the image for a bigger version.

Strelitzia – genus named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Why?

Known as the Bird of Paradise flower or the crane flower.

Pollinated by birds, who perch on the spathe. Their weight opens and releases the pollen onto the bird’s feet, which is then deposits on the next flower it visits.

I found out why the plant is named after Queen Charlotte. This is from the Kew Gardens site:

The bird-of-paradise flower, or crane flower as it is sometimes known, was first introduced into Britain in 1773 by Sir Joseph Banks, then the unofficial director of the Royal Gardens at Kew (as they were known at that time). He named the exotic-looking plant Strelitzia in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III and Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who lived at Kew for many years.

It Caught My Eye

This may be of no interest to anyone except me.

I decided to photograph things that catch my eye. But without the usual filter of whether I think it will make a good photo. Just things that catch my eye. Maybe I will learn something from this and maybe it will be not to publish rubbish photos. We shall see.

So here are the first three in an occasional series of ICME




The Editor WordPress Theme – Too Subtle?


I love the big headlines and the clarity of the layout of the Editor WordPress theme. But the bits that are perhaps too subtle are ‘hidden’ in a folder icon that is the route into the sidebar links – including even the ‘Search’ box.

What do you think – just right / too subtle / ?