New beginnings…

And so it’s been a long time again… My former blog was called “The intermittent blog” – a name I sometimes feel I should have kept… 🙂

But I digress.

I haven’t been idle, I’ve just not found the time for blogging – though some shots have appeared on Facebook, and quite a few perhaps more mundane things have been posted via Instagram  – @hagafotografen – (lovely, fast publishing tool…).

And some ideas, one in particular, has been slowly simmering away in the privacy of my brain – and camera. Now, however, I’ve committed to pursuing it a little more officially, and hence – return to the blogosphere!

Actually, I’m not going to talk all about it. I’m just going to post a couple of shots that represent, in a way, my first efforts in a for me unusually long and long-termed photoart project… And so, the nervous question that at some time or other must enter every budding artist’s public communication… do you like?

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Variety

There’s been plenty of spring-time variety at the bird-feeding today!

The long-tailed bushtits have become regulars…

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…along with the blackbirds and the great tits…

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…but the siskins (left…) were new customers today!

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The tree sparrows and the woodpeckers are returning customers as well…

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… as are the bluetits and the coal tits…

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… and… oh! Oops…

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Well, there’s plenty for everyone! 🙂

Pond life

Now, tell me, what’s the first word that springs to mind when you see this?

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Seriously, the first word… *before* you started to analyse the picture and worry about what I was asking for? Please put your honest reply in the comment section…

There’s semi-rare life in my pond – the great, or Northern, crested newt co-habits with the smooth, or common, newt as well as a couple of Crucian carps, planted. I intend to see to it that the latter do not take over entirely…

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A fairytale

This is another one for mum… and maybe for my nephews, but I guess they’ll have to wait for the Swedish version! 😉

 
ONCE UPON A TIME…

there were two ant girls who lived in a big ant colony with all their kith and kin. Their names were Ingelifin and Kakadora, and they were the very best of friends.

On this day, Ingelifin and Kakadora had been given a very big responsibility; they were asked by the colony eldest to take a herd of the colony’s precious weevils out to graze, so that the weevils could be milked for the sweet nectar that all ants loved to drink.

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The eldest told the girls to be very careful with the herd, and then he sent them on their way.
 

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Ingelifin and Kakadora were both proud and a little nervous – it was a very big responsibility to be out with the herd, but they were very pleased that the eldest had thought that they could handle it. They walked up the green stalk that the weevils liked to feed on, determined to do a good job.

But then…

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the weevils were suddenly restless, even anxious! They started milling around in all directions, and the girls had to look around to see what was frightening the herd.
 

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Ingelifin and Kakadora almost fell off the stalk! A big ladybug monster was coming up the stalk towards them, and it wanted to eat the herd!
 

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The girls were terribly afraid of the monster, but they were even more afraid of losing the herd! The herd was in *their* care, and the poor little weevils would have no chance at all on their own against the ladybug monster! And so both Ingelifin and Kakadora put their fear aside and did the only thing they could: they charged the monster before it charged them…
 

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Brave Ingelifin tried to charge right on, but the monster just bent its head and took it on its hard shell.
 

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Ingelifin then fearlessly attacked from above, but the monster’s hard carapace gave her no grip. Was there then no way to get to this beast?
 

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But Kakadora had been brave too, if also a little more sly. While Ingelifin distracted the monster with her attacks, Kakadora had snuck beneath it, and now she found a good grip where the shell met its flat underbelly…

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… and with a mighty heave, Kakadora tipped the monster off the stalk!

So fearlessly attacked and defeated, the monster ladybug took fright! It turned its tail and ran away, and the ants and all their weevils were safe again!

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Oh, the girls were so happy! They hugged each other, they cheered and danced, they even hugged the weevils of the herd!

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Then they brought the herd back home again and told everyone what had happened. And when the others heard how brave they had been, Ingelifin and Kakadora were given as many leaf-cups of nectar to drink as they could ever have wished for in their whole lives!

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THE END!