Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Balinese Birding

Birds of Bali I met: the Javan Munia (a kind of finch), the Javan Pond Heron (in, I'm pretty sure, mating plummage), the Sacred Kingfisher (female, I think), an Egret with a yellow bill (which might be a juvenile?) and a bevy of Egrets with black bills.  (We won't mention all the species that didn't sit still long enough to be photographed.)  With the exception of the wee Munia, I took all these from the porch of the place we stayed at in Ubud.  Birdwatching while sitting down - bliss. 










Monday, May 22, 2017

Reflections of Bali

I'm back in Scotland physically, but still in Indonesia, as Eddie Izzard says, "in my mind".  So the double world of reflections seems like a good place to start ...







Saturday, May 20, 2017

While I'm gone (3) ...

And, on the day I return, bleary-eyed and travel-bemused, some primroses and, um, pink things on a rock ...




Saturday, May 13, 2017

While I'm gone (2) ...

And now, perhaps, some bluebells -




Saturday, May 06, 2017

While I'm gone (1) ...

While I'm in Indonesia, I thought I'd leave you a trail of spring flowers -






Saturday, April 29, 2017

Letter to My Younger Self

One more thing this week - you can hear me read my Letter to My Younger Self on the RLF Writers' Vox here, talking (slowly and carefully) about this photo -

A Bit of a Miscellany

A week full of this and that - Pushkin Prize Giving, last day at Dundee, Walking Mountain sessions at Queensferry Primary, Silver Skin in West Lothian -



Me, leaning one way and then leaning the other way - not quite sure why, but the event was fabulous nevertheless.  Thank you Linlithgow Academy for a great time!

My little haiku sequence Highland Bestiary is up on Zoomorphic this week, which is very pleasing.

Toby and Mal are helping me pack - a process that involves me throwing clothes about the place and them sleeping.




And April has been a bumper month for viewers - we topped 15,000!  Thank you all very much indeed.  Onwards to tomorrow and the beginning of a long, long flight ...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Week as a Basilisk Lizard


It's going to be one of those weeks.

Monday - Pushkin Prizegiving (Keith Gray and I are the judges)
Tuesday - last day of term in my first year as RLF Fellow in Dundee
Wednesday - day of events at Queensferry Primary, where I'm Patron of Reading
Thursday - Silver Skin event at Linlithgow Academy
Friday - a little lie down, perhaps?

And then ... on Sunday I leave for Indonesia.  I've asked Google what the Bahasa Indonesia for anticipation is and got antisipasi, which seems too easy, but of course Google is always completely reliable on all things.  Right?

And really, all I have to do is take one step at a time ...