Blue Tit

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This chap is one of several who have discovered the feeders outside my conservatory window. Located only about five feet from where I am sitting, the feeders give me a front-row seat of the activity and a great opportunity for capturing the antics of the birds.

Canon G3X ISO800 1/1000 at f/7.1

Harlow Carr view

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A tranquil pond and surrounding trees showing a typically carefully sculptured landscape in these beautiful gardens.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/160 at f/8

Blackbird and lunch

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A happy blackbird surrounded by lunch at the RHS gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Canon G3X ISO400 1/800 at f/8 full zoom – 600mm equiv + cropping in LR

RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr, Harrogate

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These gardens are well worth a visit. They are beautifully laid out by a team of gardeners with a highly professional approach to landscaping and a knowledge of how and where to place dozens of plant varieties. The result is a garden full of colour, shape and surprise.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/250 at f/8

Bee at Harlow Carr

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This encouragingly chubby bumble bee was feasting on the pollen at the RHS gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate.

Canon G3x ISO400 1/500 at f/8 600mm equiv; cropped in LR

Robin at Harlow Carr

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Spent a great morning at the wonderful RHS Harlow Carr gardens, Harrogate, on 2 October. This little fellow popped up for a photo shoot, giving me about ten seconds of his valuable time. There will be more shots from the gardens of the course of the next couple of weeks.

Canon G3x ISO400 1/1000 at f/9. Full zoom

After the rain …

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Heavy rain on Wednesday evening, mist rising in the valley the following morning: a white rose covered in water droplets catching the rising sun. Bellissima!

Canon G3X ISO125 1/500 at f/8

Thistledown

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Thistledown (pappo del cardo), from an intruder to our garden that appears so often that it’s more like an old friend.

Canon G3X on manual exposure ISO 400 1/640 at f/10

Drummer

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One of a team of drummers keeping time for the flag throwers at the Arezzo Back in Time Festival.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/20 at f/8

Arezzo Back in Time

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An early evening light adds to the magic of the market in Arezzo’s Piazza Grande during the Arezzo Back in Time Festival.

Canon G3X ISO2000 1/30 at f/4.5