Find Nature's Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight

Nature Watching

Dandelion
Dandelion | Source

The Question

I was on the Questions page reading the questions when I saw this question asked by Jackie Lynnley

"Are you a nature watcher?

Do you watch the sky, the clouds, the trees, the seasons changing?

Or do you not pay attention to these things?"

and I decided I would like to write a hub in answer to it, as I wanted to do more than just answer "Yes I am" I wanted to explain and to also show why I am.

So, here is my Hub in answer to the question 'Are you a nature watcher?'

I hope that you will enjoy sharing my love of nature and that you will also like seeing some of Nature's treasures that are hidden in plain sight and often overlooked.

Am I a Nature Watcher?

Yes, I am a nature watcher and I think this comes mainly from my passion for photography. I am not a professional photographer and I don’t have an expensive SLR camera but I do love taking photographs with my point and shoot digital camera.

Because I love to take photographs, I watch the sky and the clouds as light is very important to me. I like working in particular kinds of light and because bright sunlight does not always give the best results, I like to keep an eye on the sky.

Clouds themselves often add a bit of drama and impact to a shot and can enhance some landscape photographs. I personally like the big white fluffy clouds though most of our days seem to be clear blue skies and bright sunshine.

I have two photographs taken from roughly the same place (I could not find exactly the same try to ignore the boats) one was taken on a cloudless day the other when we had some lovely fluffy clouds. I think the clouds made the photograph a much more interesting photograph.

With Out and With Clouds

With Out Clouds
With Out Clouds | Source
With Clouds
With Clouds | Source

Treasure hiding in plain sight

Most of the photographs that I take are of flowers or insects so of course what is available differs from season to season. I have found that since I have taken an interest in photography I have become more aware of what the weather is doing and of what sort of things I am likely to run into on my walks as the seasons change.

Some parts of the year are much richer than others in subject matter for my camera but because I now watch nature much more closely, I have found that even in lean times you can always find something interesting to shoot.

For example, in the spring and summer, there are many flowers in the various parks around our town for me to photograph and because there are lots to pick and choose from, nothing less than a perfect example will do as a subject for my camera.

However, in the winter months like now when there are hardly any flowers at all in the parks and almost no insects I have to look more closely to find things to photograph

I went out with my camera the other day and at first sight, there seemed like there was nothing to photograph. As I walked through a piece of wasteland on my way down to the Port I noticed the odd dash of colour here and there and when I investigated I found dandelions.

The lowly dandelion is a weed that most likely would not have had any attention from me had there been lots of flowers in bloom but this day I was grateful for the splash of colour. Here are some of the shots of those dandelions that I came home with and I think you will agree that these dandelions are treasure that was hidden in plain sight.

Treasure Hiding in Plain Sight

Dandelions on the waste land
Dandelions on the waste land | Source
Dandelions on the waste land
Dandelions on the waste land | Source
Dandelion on the waste land
Dandelion on the waste land | Source

The other hidden treasures that I found.

I normally would not have spent time looking at or photographing weeds but weeds and wild flowers seem to be the only things showing a bit of colour now. The few weeds and wild flowers turned out to be treasure hiding in plain sight, which I normally would have overlooked.

Here are some of the other results of my walk through the wasteland and the other hidden treasures that I found.

The Other Hidden Treasures

Golden Trumpets Heralding the coming Spring
Golden Trumpets Heralding the coming Spring | Source
Large daisy like flowers
Large daisy like flowers
Large Daisy like flower
Large Daisy like flower | Source
Large yellow daisy like flower
Large yellow daisy like flower | Source
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The Sea Gull

Next, because there was very little insect activity (it was too cold being early February) I headed down to the port in search of something to photograph.

The first thing I saw was a seagull, which normally I am not interested in because they have this tendency to fly away when I get my camera out. Even when I do manage to get close enough for a good photograph they usually don’t wait long enough for me to get in focus before they move as I seem to alarm them as I approach.

Lacking the patience to wait for good shots of birds I don’t normally bother even to try, but this seagull however, was not flying about but actually swimming around on the water in the Marina and so it was easy for me to get a good shot of it.

I am so glad that the lack of my normal subject matter forced me out of my comfort zone because I am so pleased with how these shots turned out.

The Sea Gull

Enjoying a little salad
Enjoying a little salad | Source
In the shade
In the shade | Source
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Cormorants

Spurred on by my success with the seagull I tried my hand at photographing some cormorants that were waiting for the return of the fishing boats.

I had never noticed these beautiful birds before down at the port but my friend told me about them and showed me where to look.

I was very happy with the resulting photographs here are a few of the best ones.

Cormorants

They are striking looking birds
They are striking looking birds | Source
This one I thought looked very regal
This one I thought looked very regal | Source
They were all looking seaward
They were all looking seaward | Source
Except this one
Except this one

The Duck and the Fishes

I noticed a white duck land in the marina and so I headed back over to where it was swimming. I had a little bread with me so I threw some in for the duck hoping that it would entice the duck to come closer.

I was lucky it did bring the duck closer to me but I got more than I bargained for and so did the duck. The duck sped towards the bread and just as it was about to get the bread two huge fish went for it at the same time and the fish won.

I was very fortunate because I caught this on camera. I threw in more bread trying to get it to the duck but fish came at the bread from everywhere. Soon the water was teeming with large fish I soon ran out of bread and the poor duck didn’t manage to get any. Next time I will take more bread.

The Duck The Bread and the Fishes

Swimming towards the bread
Swimming towards the bread | Source
The fish got there first
The fish got there first | Source
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The bread lured more than the duck
The bread lured more than the duck | Source
The water teemed with large fish
The water teemed with large fish | Source

A Resounding Yes

In conclusion I have to answer the question “Are You a Nature Watcher” with a resounding yes and I find it very rewarding. I get a lot of pleasure taking my camera out and recording nature as it is happening in my little neck of the woods.

Nature is a constantly changing scene no two days are exactly the same and I never tire of photographing this moving feast. I hope that you have enjoyed sharing the fruits of my nature watch on this particular winter’s day and that it encourages you to become a Nature Watcher too.

If you enjoyed this Hub then you will enjoy my latest hub Byrd Park lots more stunning photos

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Parks McCants 4 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

Fantastic! Thank you much for sharing your love of nature through photography. Well done.

Parks. Eugene Oregon.


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

An absolute pleasure to read Well done! Your photographs are beautiful they are so bright and clear. Your photos of the port are so well observed.

Best Wishes.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Wow, Maggs! These photos are just fabulous. Do you put your photos up on RedGage? If you don't you should, you need to share these with as many people as possible and you'll get a few pennies for doing that on RedGage as well.

The cormorant photos are gorgeous, they are not as black as cormorants in my part of England and I love your photos of the large daisies - you have real talent.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

You are an amazing photographer!!! Voted up!!! I like "They Were All Looking Seaward"!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Parks for your kind comments I am so pleased that you like the photos :)


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much old albion for leaving such a great comment it made my day :D I am so pleased that you enjoyed the hub and liked the photos.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Jools for your kind comments I really appreciate them. I do post on RedGage and as you say I have made a few pennies along the way ($1466 to date).

I am pleased to say that someone else showed me the same kindness as you have and told me about RedGage.

I am so happy that you enjoyed looking at the photographs and I was so pleased with the way the cormorant photos turned out.

Thanks again for leaving such a nice comment


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much Audra your kind words are making me blush. I am so happy when people get enjoyment out of my photos and even more pleased when they leave me such a nice comment like this one. Thanks also for the vote up much appreciated :D


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Maggs, 'a few pennies' on Redgage - wow, good for you. I have made $1.40 so far! Another of my 'get rich slow' schemes - hee hee.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

In my first year I was lucky to make 50 cents a month :D Most of what I earned back then came from having something featured lol...

Do you use twitter to promote your posts? I find that each tweet will generate about 10 views.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I'm hopeless at tweeting; I'm a bit of a novice I'm afraid, maybe I should try to use it a bit more. Thanks for your advice Maggs, much appreciated.


paulgc 4 years ago

Hello maggs224,

Your obvious love of nature is evident in your lovely photographs. Nature is awesome and its also a great source of material for aspiring photographs.

I enjoyed reading your article and the pictures were brilliant...oh, and you have proved that you don't need a fancy SLR to get good images.

Voted up and awesome.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much for your lovely comments Paul and for the vote up and awesome. I am so happy that you like my pics your comments are a great encouragement to me.


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veggie-mom 4 years ago

Your photographs are inspirational, thanks for sharing your talent! I am a nature watcher too, though sometimes I find life moves a bit too fast to recognize such beauty.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Veggie-mom thank you so much for leaving such a lovely comment I am so pleased that you like the photographs.

I have found that the older I get the faster time seems to fly :D


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

maggs224 Hi. You are so right, there is nothing more peaceful then nature watching.

The sky,moon,stars,birds,plants they are all so beautiful and incredible.

Your photographs are amazing,the detail is wonderful.

Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful hub with us.

Awesome,voted up. :):)


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you for this lovely comment oliversmum it has made my day and thank you for the awesome and voting up all are much appreciated :D


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Maggs, you have a special talent with the camera. I was amazed and really liked the photos, each and every one, the pics of the fish really are great! These are National Geographic worthy! I see much possibilities in them.

I think a copyright on this hub is in order along with getting the Pin-It button removed that allows content theft!

Great work, thanks,

Dusty


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

As always Dusty you know how to make my day, you always leave such kind and encouraging comments.

I am so pleased that you like my photographs, I enjoy my photography so much and I love to share my stuff.

My reward is getting such kind comments which gives me a lot of pleasure :D


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines

Hello Nature Lover!

Hi Maggs, I really love all your photos especially the flowers! I'm so happy that you answered the question this way and so beautifully at that!

Rated up and beautiful!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Jill I am so pleased that you like the hub and thank you for your comment, rate and the beautiful all are gratefully received with thanks :D


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh maggs how on earth dd I get out of the habit of following your hubs I don't know because thy are simply beautiful and I love Mother Nature's charms like you do.

This one I vote across the board except funny of course.

Take care and I will be calling by reguarly from now on.

I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

What a lovely comment Eddy you have made my day I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the photographs I must admit I enjoy taking them and editing them.

It is a real buzz to know that other people like my photographs it is extra icing on my cake lol..

Thanks for the vote up and the other buttons too you are a kind and wonderful woman :D


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Very good hub! I loved all your pictures. I also watch nature every day. There is almost always something to appreciate. Have a wonderful day! :)


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Sheila I am so pleased that you enjoyed the hub and the photographs and you are so right even on the worst of days there is always something to appreciate :D


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trish1048 4 years ago

Hi Maggie,

It's nice to make your acquaintance. These photos are amazing! The lowly dandelion is truly beautiful. And the poor duck! I could almost read his mind, it was as if he said what? darn it! I actually thought he looked sad.

Seagulls are my favorite bird. I live in NJ with access to many beaches. In my younger years I spent a lot of time out on our boat. I find the seagulls to be beautiful and most of all, I love the sound they make. We do see them inland as they have learned to congregate in the dumpsters at fast food establishments. I know they are scavengers, but I still love them. When I hear one, it reminds me of the beach and the beautiful ocean.

My 10 year old granddaughter loves nature. She has taken an interest in my best friend's garden, and last summer, spent a week there with me. She photographed the Monarch butterfly, and the pictures are worthy of publishing. She has a great talent with the camera, and it's something I hope she pursues as she grows.

Thanks so much for sharing these lovely photos!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Excellent photography! I am thinking you are a good photographer at least partly because you are a lover of nature :)


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Trish, how exciting to have a granddaughter that is a budding photographer, it must be wonderful to be able to share your passion for photography with her. If you do write a hub featuring her photographs, I would love to see it.

I never realised how big seagulls can be we seem to have two sorts at least here in Villajoyosa some smaller gulls and then some really big ones like the ones shown in this hub.

In England where I come from originally when you go to the seaside the noise of the seagulls screeching is one that is always associated with the sea front. However, here in Villa the only time you hear them seems to be when the fishing boats come back in with their catch.

Often the boats will stop off shore while they finish cleaning and sorting the catch before they land it in the port and then you can see clouds of seagulls following the boats and surrounding them it is then that you can hear them but for the rest of the time they are surprisingly quite.

I am so pleased that you enjoyed seeing the photographs on my hub and so happy that you took the time to leave such an interesting comment.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Christy, I think that you might be right because I must admit as my interest in photography increases so does my love of nature they compliment each other wonderfully. Thank you for your lovely comment I appreciate it :D


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Believe me when I say that those pictures were spectacular! And you shot those with a digital camera? Impressive my friend, impressive! Great hub which I thoroughly enjoyed for I am a nature lover as well.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Well Mr Billy Buc thank you so much, what a fabulous comment for me to start my day with. I am so pleased that you like my photographs as you have gathered I love taking photographs and so when they are well received I get a real buzz out of it and after reading your lovely comment I am buzzing like a bee Lol...


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Beautifully written hub here, this makes me wanna go outdoors, with my new camcorder and look for something to film, to take photo's of, and your writing has made this hub experience even more favorable.

I like the part where the duck missed its catch of bread you tossed at em. Wow you surely have a wonderful grasp of the English language, and writing is definitely your forte.

I will be reading many of your hubs in due time, thanks for communicating back to me on Facebook, I am glad I located you here, and have the pleasure of being in your presence digitally. So many awesome images and I love nature too, just been cooped up indoors trying to communicate efforts, but I must get out.

Thanks for sharing this hub as an answer to a cool question, you made my day @Maggs224.

Voted up getting pinned, and shared everywhere I can share it.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Hi Maggs, I found this hub through a link on fb and so glad I did. Your photography is amazing and so inspiring and yes, you are a "Nature Watcher" in every way. This is evident in your obvious desire to seek out and capture beauty in nature that may otherwise be overlooked especially during those bleak winter days.

I love all of your images here, especially the seagull and the duck, (the duck and the fish - WOW.) I have trouble getting good shots of seagulls because as I get closer they toddle away from me so I am always focusing in on their tail feathers!!

The flower close ups are beautiful and I agree clouds can make a picture!

Thank you for sharing this little piece of magic, I am very excited to be able to follow you and look forward to reading and seeing more of your work. Voting all my good votes and sharing if that's okay.


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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

Wow~ I have never looked at a dandelion and said its beautiful until I saw your pictures and I may never look at a dandelion the same again. No wonder my daughter loves them- they are beautiful.

My answer to the question is 'No I am not a nature watcher'. Wish I was but I have always been a people watcher. I like to watch people and see how and when their expressions change and wonder what they're thinking. I have gone birdwatching before and loved it but it takes an effort for me to pay attention to nature. I think the most beautiful season is Autumn. I love the golds and yellows of trees and that's the most attention I pay to nature. I think its wonderful what you see in nature and it shows in your photographs. voted up!


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trish1048 4 years ago

What a lovely picture you paint, 'clouds of seagulls'. I can picture it as I sit here typing.

Where I live we also have tons of Canadian geese, another favorite bird of mine. I think they are stunning with their black, brown, tan and white feathers. Unfortunately, many people hate them as much as they hate seagulls because of the mess they make with their droppings.

One thing I hate about the fall is when hunting season starts. I wouldn't be surprised to see one day that not only can people kill deer and bears, but they'll be allowed to go after the geese :(


Bev 4 years ago

Hello

I too am a nature lover but you have given me a whole new perspective next time I go walking with my camera. Thank you for sharing your love of nature, you are an inspiration to many.

Thank you


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Michael, thank you so much for your lovely comments they have certainly made my day. I am pleased that you enjoyed coming with me on my walk even if it was only digitally. I love taking the photographs and editing them but even more than that I enjoy sharing them either in a hub like this or individually on RedGage. I hope that we can share some more walks together via my camera lense and writing as I do so enjoy your company :-)

Also thanks for sharing my hub with others I really appreciate that you are so kind.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Annie, I am so excited that I have made some new friends and that they have been kind enough to come and visit with me. Your comment has really blessed me, I am so pleased when some one enjoys coming on a virtual nature walk with me via one of my hubs.

It was a good day and the photographs turned out to be much better than I hoped, I do not normally bother with the birds for the same reason as you. I have more photographs of where a bird was a second ago than I care to number. By the time I get in focus they are normally no longer there lol…

Still I have one thing in my favour I am patient and the weather here in my little corner of Spain is lovely most of the time so waiting for the shots is not a hardship.

Thanks for the voting up and the sharing, I am really looking forward to getting to know you better through your hubs.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Laura Jean, I like the kind of nature watching that is in this hub but like you, I am a big fan of human nature too. I love to watch people as they go about their business or when they are at play.

Here in Spain people tend to do a lot more of their living outdoors and people still tend to come before things.

One just has to walk the streets and watch the traffic to see this. It is not unusual for a car going in the opposite direction to recognise the occupants of an on coming car and pull up when they get level with one another and chat. People in the cars behind them usually give them a moment before they pip their horns to encourage them to move on.

Like you, I also love the autumn colours I would love to be in New England for autumn here in my part of Spain we don’t get those beautiful colours. Most of the trees in the area are citrus, olive or almond and they look pretty much the same all year round.

I am pleased that you have seen the dandelion in a new light; I find it is the same with people if you take the time to really see them and listen to them you will find something beautiful there too. However, from reading your hubs I see that you know that already :)


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Trish, I got some real nice shots of some Canadian Geese at Byrd Park just on the outskirts of Richmond round about Christmas time when I was over in the States visiting my daughter over the holidays.

The park employed a team with border collies and these dogs had been trained to discourage just the Canadian geese from making their home in the park for just the reasons you said ie the mess that they make.

I think I might do a hub on that park as I got some real nice shots that day and like you the only shooting I really like is done with my camera.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Bev, I am always overjoyed when I read a comment like yours.

I love it when people get encouragement from one of my hubs to go out, do the same with their own cameras, and capture what is going on around them.

Thank you so much for your kind words and for the encouragement that you have given me through your comment it makes it all so very rewarding.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

It's lovely when we take time to appreciate nature and the little insects around us.... well expect for bees and mosquito's....Zzzzzz.

There is so much beauty around us to admire. The photos you shared are awesome. You have great talent for photography. Thanks for sharing.

Regards, Elena.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thanks for your lovely comments I really like it when folk love my photographs it gives me a real buzz.

Unlike you, I love the bees they are such photogenic little creatures but I am 100% with you on the mosquitoes I would not mind at all if I never encountered one of those critters again :-)

Regards Maggs


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NP.QUEEN 4 years ago from Dubai

Awesome pictures!!!!!!!

It is very interesting to take nature's photography.

Thanks for sharing.


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molometer 4 years ago

I am a nature watcher too.

Those dandelions are simply beautiful. As are all the photos' you have taken and shared here.

Well done it is a great read and pleasant on the eyes.

Voted up and all the buttons. +Funny for the cormorant looking inland. lol

Had to be different didn't it!

Sharing


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

The photographs are really something special. Great hub!

Voting way up.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

What beautiful pictures! I especially love the dandelions, gulls and wildflowers. Focusing on ordinary things and capturing the beauty in them is a special talent! Thanks for sharing your stunning photographs!


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

O the beauty of His Holiness in all that He created, simply beautiful!

Thanks for sharing. Voted Up!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you NP Queen for your kind comments, I am so pleased that you like my photographs.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much Molimeter for your lovely comments and for the voting up and button pushing all of which I really appreciate.

I am thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and the photographs you are a real star thank you also for sharing you are kind :D


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Pamela for your comment and the voting up I am so pleased that you enjoyed the photographs.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Stephanie your wonderful comment has made me blush and made my day, I am so pleased that you enjoyed the photographs it is amazing what we find when we really look isn’t it? :-D


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Comfort B for your comment it is spot on, O indeed! thanks for sharing and voting up you are so kind :D


Deb Welch 4 years ago

All good - Spain has some beautiful scenery. I love watching Sea Gulls land and the way they put their feathers back into order and how they float on water like ducks with their web feet. Your flowers are fantastic.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

A neat, neat hub to enjoy. Your lilting writing throughout it seems like we've met for a cup of tea so you could tell me about that particular winter's day. The photos speak for themselves--just beautiful!

I have a similar one (not a copy) rolling around my brain. If It sees completion I would like to link this hub to it.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Deb thanks for your comment I am so happy that you enjoyed the hub because you like gulls and ducks I think that you might also like my latest hub http://hubpages.com/education/Byrd-Park-Richmond-V... it has lots of photographs of both in it :D


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

RTalloni I love your comment and I wish we could have a cup of tea and a natter I would love to link when you have published yours.

As you liked this one I think that you might enjoy the one I published in the early hours of this morning http://hubpages.com/education/Byrd-Park-Richmond-V... it too has lots of lovely photos. :D


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lovelypaper 4 years ago from Virginia

I too, am a nature watcher and love photography and writing. I've been on Hubpages for a while but now am reviving my love for Redgage and am following you on there as well. You take some of the best pictures I've ever seen. God Bless you.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Renee, what a lovely comment it has really blessed me and I am so happy that you like my photographs. It sounds like we have much in common you will be seeing more of me God bless maggs :D


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Like you, I'm an avid nature watcher and since I've started taking photographs on my frequent walks I've become much more observant and fascinated by things that used to seem mundane.

As your stunning photos of the dandelion show, even a weed looks glorious when one carefully observes it. Capturing that on camera is much harder, but you've done a fabulous job of taking readers into your corner of the world and helping us see it through your keen, observant eyes.

I can walk the same exact path day after day and never be bored because when I look closely, there is ALWAYS something new and different to see.

Love this hub and all the photos.

Voted up across the board except for funny, and shared.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

I loved this hub and I'm very proud to call myself a nature watcher too. I love watching the clouds just after they've dispersed as a storm has dissipated, its truly one of the last untouched natural beauties on this planet- a beauty that no human can ever ruin. Great stuff. Voted up etc.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

I am a nature lover as well- there can be so many things in the outdoors to see and enjoy!

Great hub, and your photos are gorgeous! Voted up and beautiful.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Gail, thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful comment, I am thrilled that you liked my photographs especially the ones of the dandelion, I liked them too, even though a weed I still find them beautiful :D

As you have found even following the same path there is always something new to see if you look for it.

Thank you for voting up and hitting the buttons I appreciate you doing that very much.

Hub Hugs right back at you

Maggs


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi James, thank you so much for your kind comments I appreciate them very much.

I like to watch the clouds too but I do not have as much opportunity as you do James as we normally have lots of days when the skies are clear blue and cloudless here in sunny Spain.

I must admit I do miss lush greenness of the English countryside sometimes though every time I visit it seems to rain such a lot :(

Thank you also for the vote up etc.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much Jenn for your comment I am so pleased that you enjoyed the photographs, and you are so right there are so many things in the outdoors to see and to do :D

I like your cats and your cute little Chinese crested puppy and also I want to thank you for the vote up and the beautiful.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

Maggs, You are a nature watcher indeed! What lovely photographs where you have captured scenes of nature's outdoor beauty... Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much for your lovely comments I am so pleased that you like the photographs DeBorrah :D


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DRG Da Real Grinc 4 years ago from All over the USA

I am a nature watcher too. Lovely vivid pictures. Thanks for sharing.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

It has been my pleasure DRG I am so pleased that you came and enjoyed the photographs.

Thank you so much for commenting :D


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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

A lovely hub and really enjoyed your photos - the duck and fish having an argy bargy over bread is really interesting and well captured.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Nettemere for you comments, it was amazing just how many fish came when I threw the bits of bread in for the duck.

They were not small fish either as you can tell when you compare them to the duck.

Unfortunately because my aim leaves a little to be desired and there were so many fish after the bread too the poor duck didn't get a look in. I felt real bad for the poor duck :(


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

It was a treat to watch such lovely nature pictures. Voted up and beautiful.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you for your lovely comments Rajan and for the voted up both much appreciated :D


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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! These are some of the nicest nature photos I have seen on Hubpages. I disagree though, you seem like a professional photographer to me. Awesome! I am a nature watcher too. :)


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil

Count me in. I too am a nature watcher.

You do have some lovely shots and I agree, birds are normally less patient than insects.

Take time to stop and smell the roses but don't forget your camera. This should be our new motto.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Most attractive and such extraordinary photos, nature no matter where is exquisite. Vote up!


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much for your lovely comment Tammy I am so pleased that you like my photographs.

I love taking and editing my photographs but when I get a lovely comment like the one you have left, it seems that I can have my cake and eat it too.

Thank you for your visit Maggs :D


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Blond Logic for leaving such a nice comment, and I love the motto that you shared and I agree this should be our new motto :D

Thank you for the visit I really appreciate it Maggs


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you DDE I am so glad that you liked the photographs in this hub and thank you also for the vote up I truly appreciate you doing that Maggs


Deb Welch 3 years ago

I really enjoyed your photos and Hub. The Port Scene was more real with the clouds, our Sea Gulls are very friendly here, they come up close and stand by for a long time without being fed, the cormorants - I thought were rather ugly - I always see them flying. Useful, Beautiful and Interesting. UP.


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Deb thank you so much for your lovely comments, I am so pleased that you enjoyed the photographs and found the Hub interesting.

Thank you also for the vote up it is very much appreciated :D Maggs


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Eileen Hughes 3 years ago from Northam Western Australia

You have captured so many beautiful images. We love taking photos of beautiful birds in the wild and wildflowers and of course sunrises and sunsets. I t is so hard to choose which we love the best. Thanks for sharing these


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lovelypaper 3 years ago from Virginia

Thank you for your comment, Eileen.


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Eileen for your lovely comment I am glad that you like the images and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment :D


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you for your comment lovelypaper :D


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GetitScene 3 years ago from The High Seas

A topic extremely close to home for me. Living on a boat I spend a lot of time nature watching. Seals, dolphins, seagulls, wrens, fish, all manner of things. For nearly my entire life I have made it a habit of watching the sunrise and sunset every day, most enriching thing you can reward yourself with.


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much GetitScene for your visit, it sounds like you have an idyllic lifestyle my son lived on one of our boats for a while and then later he moved on to his own boat for a few years, ours was a narrowboat which is an inland waterways type of boat, but his boats tended to be coastal types. He enjoyed his time living on a boat even in the wintertime. Thank you so much for you comment I really appreciate it :D


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

Maggs224 Do not know why I have not discovered your writing before! Very much enjoyed your photography. I was interested to read the comments which others have made too, especially with reference to Red Gage which I did not know about before. In particular I enjoyed your floral photography, you have some cracking images. I am definitely a nature watcher. Thanks for sharing Sally


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you for commenting Sally, I have just been over to see you and read two of your hubs, which I truly enjoyed. Your photographs are stunning, and your writing style a delight to read.

As for RedGage, at the moment I would not recommend it to anyone because, no one is getting any payments, none of the money, made before the new changes in the site were made, have been transferred over to the new site, and therefore, many people from RedGage have moved over to a new site called Bubblews, which I can recommend.


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

maggs224 - thank you for your comment. I am glad you were able to clear up the RedGage thing for me. I appreciate that very much.

I have been writing on Bubblews for a few weeks now, so will look out for you there too. You have a terrific week-end. Sally


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

I shall be watching out for you too, be seeing you on Bubblews soon :D


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Schoolmom24 3 years ago from Oregon

Gorgeous photographs- you are very talented! I would love to get more into photography, I have dabbled in it now and then. But I do notice nature all the time, even without a camera in my hand. But now you have me wanting to pick up my camera again more...


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Schoolmom24 I am glad that my hub has you wanting to pick up your camera again, and I am so pleased that you like my photographs. I have not been around much on HubPages and so I missed your comment when you made it, so please accept my appology for not acknowledging your comment sooner.


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amjadbhatti 2 years ago

Yes the best one


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much for leaving a comment, I am sorry it has taken so long to get this thank you off to you, I don't spend a lot of time on the site these days so I miss some of my comments, I hope a late thank you is better than none :D


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean

You are an excellent photographer; you make the world look beautiful. Totally enjoyable!


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maggs224 16 months ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you MsDora for your kind comments, I am so pleased that you enjoyed the photographs. Thank you also for taking the time to leave a comment, it is much-appreciated :D


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MariaMontgomery 15 months ago from Central Florida, USA

Your photos are fantastic. Can't decide which is my favorite. They're that good. I, too, am a nature lover, and you're right, becoming interested in photography changes how you view the world, as does being an artist. Since I began painting and taking photos, I look at the lines, light, & shadows, the juxtaposition of things, especially in nature. Thank you for a lovely tour of your area.

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