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May 30 2009
Oh dear

I seem to have got behind with this blog, I used to write almost daily, but this month has been very busy and it's easy to get out of the habit. All too easy. With all the turmoil in UK politics lately, it would have been easy to have ranted on about politicians, but what's the point? They are no more stupid or venal than they have ever been, they just got found out by the freedom of information legislation - too stupid to see it coming - and now the whole population knows what I've known for years, they are corrupt, but not very bright with it. I'm not angry, as most people appear to say they are, since nothing has surprised me other than the pettiness of many of the frauds our so-called representatives have been perpetrating. Actually I'm quite pleased, as the lie that only political parties, particularly the big ones, can run government has been exposed as nonsense to the electorate, and it seems like many will be voting for small party candidates or even independents. That the British National Party will gain from this is something I've been writing about for some time, but it doesn't appear to have occurred to the Labour and Conservative party plonkers until now. The worst bit, and what makes people extra mad, is that not one of these idiots is prepared to fess up and apologise. Caught 'bang to rights' as the criminal fraternity say, they continue to deny any wrongdoing, like four year olds with chocolate smeared round the face denying they ate the sweeties. You can forgive a 4 year old.

I've been submitting some of my photographs to stock photography sites, you're not paid a lot, but theory is that you get lots of sales and it adds up to something useful. The odd thing is what one site rejects, another accepts. Not only that, but sometimes a picture that was accepted, but then deleted to make minor adjustments, is then rejected. Which suggests there's little or no standards, and every person who examines entries to accept or reject them has different criteria. Resubmitting a rejected picture can sometimes result in it being accepted; a different person looked at it and failed to come to the same conclusion.

You might ask how any of my astonishingly brilliant photographs could ever be rejected, well, few of them have a lot of commercial use; they're a bit 'arty' for the run of the mill stock photography that seems to be mostly shiney, happy, well dressed, middle-class young couples with 1.4 children wearing immaculate clothes and doing typical happy things like frolicking on the beach, or affluent looking older couples smilingly sharing their retirement, and other such nonsense cliches the advertising world peddles. There's also pictures of products bristling with consumer desirability. I don't take photographs like that. Interestingly, but it's given me a different outlook, and my eye is now actively looking for more 'commercial' subjects which I wouldn't ordinarily photograph.

The robin chicks flew the nest soon after the last shot, now you see them, now you don't. It's all go in nature, and no one hangs about too long, they have to get on with living. The blackbirds are clearly feeding young, whenever I see them they have beaks full of food. Soon they'll be bringing them to feed and I might get some shots if I'm quick.

May 9 2009
Getting big

The chicks are getting big. In just a week they have grown rapidly, trebling in size, and now have feathers, although not completely formed yet, and eyes wide open. Crowded into a tiny nest must be warm and reassuring, but they'll be glad to fledge and get flying soon. Not knowing much abput robins, I don't know if they'll return to the nest after leaving, or will strike out on their own. Once vacated, I might take the nest to the local Chinese restaurant.

May 2 2009
Wait a minute, make that four

In this latest shot of the nest, it seems one youngster was asleep before, and is now in the frame along with siblings. So that's now four new mouths, and what mouths they are. That might be another on the left of the nest, or an egg. Time will tell.

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