Naish Hill (Sunday 9th April 2017)

I set out on Sunday with the aim of seeing the snake's head fritillaries in the grounds of Lacock Abbey NT. Along the way I took photographs at four different locations (if you include my own address, where I snapped some narcissi and primulas by the new pond) and at Lacock Abbey I got shots in the Botanic Gardens (see also Extras) and of one of their cats, Sooty, as well as the fritillaries.

I enjoyed seeing the snake's heads, but a combination of light and vantage points, as well as my own limitations, meant that the photographic results were inferior to previous attempts elsewhere, and I decided not to blip them, though I may have another go.

As I was driving along Naish Hill on my way there I noticed several ponies were grazing in the adjacent field, so I stopped to talk to them and get some shots, my favourite of these, after some soul searching, being my blip.

Further along, I saw two swans gliding along the river Avon at Reybridge and stopped again to investigate. It is several years since a pair of swans nested and raised cygnets just below Rey Bridge and it would great if there was a recurrence. I've blipped swans often enough not to choose them again (but one is in Extras).

12.4.2017 (1712 hr)

Blip #2075 (#2325 including 250 archived blips)
Consecutive Blip #024
Blips/Extras In 2017 #116
Day #2572 (511 gaps from 26 March 2010)
LOTD #1310 (#1436 including 126 on archived blips)

Naish Hill series
Horses series

Taken with Pentax K-50 (Yellow) and Pentax HD P-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens

A Visit To Lacock, 9 April 2017 (Flickr album of 66 images)

Lozarhythm of the Day:
Carl Perkins - Champaign, Illinois (1969)
As is so often the case, I chose this from having heard it on Cerys Matthews' 6 Music show in the morning. She played it in honour of Carl Perkins' birthday (born 9 April 1932, Tiptonville TN). Perkins and Bob Dylan wrote Champaign, Illinois in 1969. Although I'm familiar with his Sun label recordings and some of his Columbia material from the start of the sixties, I had never heard this track before.
"Dylan was recording in Nashville from February 12 to February 21 for his album Nashville Skyline. He met Perkins when he appeared on The Johnny Cash Show on June 7. Dylan had written one verse of the song but was stuck. Perkins worked out a loping rhythm and improvised a verse-ending lyric, and Dylan said to him, "Your song. Take it. Finish it." The co-authored song was included on Perkins's 1969 album On Top." - Wikipedia

One year ago:
The Old Forge

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