This morning

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There had been rain overnight which left the dog roses covered in jewel like droplets.


Damp dog rose
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There was a lot of bird activity along Riverside Walk this morning but I captured very little of it on camera, I just couldn't get the light and shutter speed right to avoid blurred pictures. At one point a pair of blackbirds on the path were very reluctant to stop their territorial dispute as I walked towards them, allowing me to get within a couple of feet before they separated and hopped off in opposite directions.

It's a dull and humid day. This is a shot of part of the canopy I walk under most of the way along Riverside Walk.


The canopy I walk beneath
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I seem to be noticing layers of things recently. On Monday it was the vigorous plant growth near Totnes Bridge, this morning it was the horizontal lines of a tree branch, fence, pipework and the railway bridge.


Horizontal layers
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At this time of year there are lots of young birds about that have not yet learned to be fearful and wary. As I looked over the river this blackbird hopped from behind me to within less than a pace in front, cocked a quizzical eye at me, then went about his business. I would not have been surprised it he'd hopped onto my boot.


Bold blackbird
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I can always tell the juvenile bluejays by their eagerness to get to the peanuts regardless of where I am
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Today has started not very bright but still beautiful, a bit like our swans which have once again failed to hatch any cygnets. The nest has been deserted for a couple of days now and I don't know if they'll try again.

This plant is known as woodbine or honeysuckle, as well as a couple of other names. This particular example is next to the railway.


Wild woodbine, hedgerow honeysuckle
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It was low tide and the banks in the centre of the river were occupied by gulls, this one has both great and lesser black-backed examples.


A grump of gulls
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I don't think a "grump" is an accepted collective term, but gulls always strike me as sourpusses.