Flights of Fancy

I have not done one of Lisa’s challenges for a few weeks.  When the sun’s been shining and the temperatures managed to get above the dizzy heights of +12c (not often!) I have been engrossed in chasing butterflies.  And now Mrs H has kicked my butt into getting some more decorating done which is taking longer to do than anticipated and filling the whole house with dust!

Anyway Here is my offering, with a twist

Skylark (Alauda arvensis)

To A Skylark

Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from Heaven, or near it,
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.
Higher still and higher
From the earth thou springest
Like a cloud of fire;
The blue deep thou wingest,
And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)


The Owl

When cats run home and light is come,
And dew is cold upon the ground,
And the far-off stream is dumb,
And the whirring sail goes round,
And the whirring sail goes round;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

The Curlew

The curlew’s trademark, long down curved bill

Delves deep in mud, belly to fill

Heath and moorland breeding ground

Mating calls eerie sound

And then chicks arrive

Oh how they thrive

Birds anew



Simon Rogerson

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

The Windhover

I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple – dawn – drawn Falcon, in
his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing, Gerard Manley Hopkins

34 thoughts on “Flights of Fancy

  1. Fabulous photos Brian (and poems!) Love that Owl shot. I hope the decorating is soon completed to Mrs H’s satisfaction and you can relax (and concentrate on the important things in retirement…!)

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  2. I hope the butt-kicking is complete, decorating achieved, and dust dispensed! That way, you can get out and take more stunning photos like these above. Love, love the owl shot!

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  3. You know I like them Barn Owl shots (one day I might get one of my own). Your Kestrel looking shot made me laugh – “Whoa, put on the brakes, there’s a tasty mouse down there!” Try not to suck in too much dust.

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  4. So glad you joined us this week and welcome back. I’d be enjoying the outdoors too if the weather was nice. Beautiful exciting photos to go with some really wonderful poetry. First Skylark to Bird Weekly! 🙂

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