#28 in the Judging a Photograph Series

.Four mistakes to avoid when taking photos at Carnac Megaliths, Brittany. We couldn't get good shots from the roadtrain tour and it was difficult on foot too. Photography and composition tips on Falcondale Life blog.One of my favourite things about our self-drive trips to France has been the chance to stay in a few different places on one holiday. One time, after a week near Guerande in the Loire Atlantique region, we had a second week in western Brittany. On the drive between the two we stopped to see the Carnac Megaliths. These ancient avenues of stones are as old as Stonehenge but are smaller, irregular shapes. Around 3000 standing stones stretch in eleven lines for over one and a half kilometres.

Roadtrain Tour

We decided to treat ourselves to a tour on the roadtrain. Audio tour headsets are provided with commentaries in different languages. In English we could choose either an adults or children’s audio guide. For quite a long time the roadtrain drove around the local beach and harbour areas. It was very pretty but it wasn’t what we were expecting. Fizz reached her boredom limit in short order. When we began to drive past the fields of standing stones we found that we didn’t have a particularly good view from the road.

Four mistakes to avoid when taking photos at Carnac Megaliths, Brittany. We couldn't get good shots from the roadtrain tour and it was difficult on foot too. Photography and composition tips on Falcondale Life blog. Le Petit Train.

After the tour we walked a few hundred yards to a viewing area to get up close to the stones. I had assumed that I would be able to take sweeping vistas with long lines of stones stretching into the distance and converging. In fact, the lines are really far apart and the viewpoints don’t provide much perspective.

Four Mistakes to Avoid Taking Photos at Carnac

Carnac is a really important and impressive megalithic site and if it sparks your interest I would encourage you to visit. I hope you can learn from my list of mistakes and get some better shots than mine!

1. Camera Ready

I was unprepared! My camera battery died just as we arrived and I had to take photos with my phone. I was stuck with a wide angle when I really needed optical zoom. Also, I didn’t mug my husband for a turn with his camera. To be fair, he was managing to take a few photos and keep the children entertained at the same time so he deserves some credit there.

Four mistakes to avoid when taking photos at Carnac Megaliths, Brittany. We couldn't get good shots from the roadtrain tour and it was difficult on foot too. Photography and composition tips on Falcondale Life blog.

Straight on view. Trying to get the perspective of the lines stretching into the distance.

Four mistakes to avoid when taking photos at Carnac Megaliths, Brittany. We couldn't get good shots from the roadtrain tour and it was difficult on foot too. Photography and composition tips on Falcondale Life blog.

Pointing the camera slightly to the side, to get just one line stretching into the distance.

2. Composition

I was so set on the idea of taking shots of lines of stones stretching out in front of me that I didn’t think laterally. With a the phone, couldn’t get a long perspective of the avenues. I got bogged down in this frustration and didn’t change tack. What I could have done was to look for the light and take shots of just a few stones with good hard shadows. I could have used the rule of thirds to shade off a portion of the shot with a large stone, perhaps concentrating on the texture. Then the remainder of the image could be the other stones and landscape in the distance.

Four mistakes to avoid when taking photos at Carnac Megaliths, Brittany. We couldn't get good shots from the roadtrain tour and it was difficult on foot too. Photography and composition tips on Falcondale Life blog.

View from the Roadtrain, whizzing past the stones and the ugly wire fence.

Four mistakes to avoid when taking photos at Carnac Megaliths, Brittany. We couldn't get good shots from the roadtrain tour and it was difficult on foot too. Photography and composition tips on Falcondale Life blog.

The same photo as above, but cropped and edited in Lightroom. All photos shot on the LG G3 phone.

3. Get in Position

I didn’t research the site before we visited so I didn’t know about all the wire fences. These ugly boundaries ruined a lot of shots which I took from the road train ride. Of course the motion of the road train made it tricky too. If we had toured the site independently by car, we might have found some better angles. We didn’t have time to go back round after the road train ride, unfortunately.

4. The Best Light

We could have timed our visit better. We were there at midday. At first it was overcast and the light was flat, then when the sun came out it was overhead and harsh. Early morning or evening light (the “golden hour”) would probably look fabulous at Carnac. Light from a low angle will pick out shapes cast interesting shadows.

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All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. The Niagara Sky Wheel gives a magnificent view of Niagara Falls. Included in the Clifton Hill Fun Pass Ticket along with five other attractions in one great value ticket.There’s more than just thundering water and breathtaking views on a visit to Niagara Falls. Plenty of other attractions, rides and experiences have sprung up in the area to make a visit into an all-round resort experience. On the Canadian side is Clifton Hill, the vibrant resort centre and the heart of the fun.

Getting to Clifton Hill

The views of the Falls themselves are better from the Canadian side, but don’t let that put you off if you have already booked your USA hotel. Making a day visit to Canada is easy. Of course there are border formalities and all the usual rules and paperwork apply. Car parking on the US side at Niagara is ten dollars for the whole day but the parking lot is relatively small. We arrived at 10am on a Friday in August and there were plenty of spaces, thankfully.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. Walking into Canada at Niagara Falls.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. View from the bridge between Canada and the USA at Niagara Falls.

It’s only a ten minute walk across the bridge into Canada but we stopped to take in the awesome view! The queue to immigrate was very short which was lucky as we were standing outside in hot sun. Next we took a three minute walk through lovely gardens and terraces with cafes and gifts. Two hundred yards later we were at the bottom of Clifton Hill itself. It’s like a regular street but with attractions and restaurants at every step. Six of these attractions are included in the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. It’s cheaper to get the pass than to buy individual tickets plus you get five tokens for arcade games as a bonus.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos.

Niagara Sky Wheel

Part way up Clifton Hill a plaza opens up to the left. We started here with the Niagara Sky Wheel. This big Ferris wheel ride is on a high point. It can be seen from all over the resort and from the USA side too. You know that the views will be spectacular! It’s great to get up high and see the distinctive curving shape of Niagara Falls which you can’t see from lower down. Some people have told me they prefer the sky wheel over the boat rides which take you to the foot of the falls because the perspective is thrilling. I liked both, and we did the boat ride on a different evening.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. Niagara Sky Wheel.

Wizards Golf

It was an uncomfortably hot day and one big advantage of the Clifton Hill fun pass was the chance to get our kicks in air-conditioned venues. We had a choice of two mini golfs and chose the indoor Wizards Golf because of the heat. This themed mini golf is almost in the dark, but it’s easy to see everything because of all the neon glow and UV lights. It’s so colourful and funky. The holes include some nice tricks, music and sounds.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. Wizards Golf attraction.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos.Wizards Golf attraction

Zombie Attack

Next at the Zombie Attack experience we strapped into our theatre seats and put on 3D glasses. Although there are no real roller-coasters at Clifton Hill, both Zombie Attack and Wild West Coaster give you quite a realistic ride experience with moving seats and wide 3D visuals. I actually prefer this as my stomach didn’t drop away so much like a real roller-coaster! We had “guns” to shoot the zombies too and competed against the rest of the audience. It was a little scary for the youngest ones with some big surprises. We were like superheroes walking away unscathed from the car crashes and the undead.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. Wild West Coaster.

Wild West Coaster

The Wild West Coaster is the other similar ride experience at Clifton Hill. It is less scary and spooky but still very thrilling. We join cartoon characters on a roller-coasting rail ride. It is also a bumpy experience with 3D visuals and a few good laughs as well. There’s no audience shooting with this one.

Ghost Blasters

Here comes my boast: I got the highest score over everyone in my family INCLUDING my husband in the shooting contest on the Ghost Blasters ride! Each cart takes two people on rails through the haunted house. It never gets really dark but the visuals and sounds are great fun. There’s absolutely loads of targets to shoot with the laser gun and it was pretty intense!

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. Ghost Blasters

Movie Land

Movie Land is a wax museum of film stars and pop singers and most were very lifelike. It only took us about twenty minutes to walk through. There’s a haunted tunnel in this which we skipped. I think it was pretty scary and we are all quite soft!

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. Movie Land Wax museum.

The Great Canadian Midway

The Clifton Hill Fun Pass also gives five tokens for the big range of arcade games at the Great Canadian Midway. As well as playing air hockey, we found big arcade versions of some of favourite cellphone games like Crossy Road. Fizz smashed the venue high score on the Piano game! She was like lightning; her reflexes are amazing to watch. At the Midway, the more you score on the games, the more tickets you receive. Before leaving you can exchange these tickets for small gifts. We got things like keyrings, slinky springs and erasers. If you collect enough tickets you can get bigger items like cups, soft toys or art prints.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos.

Clifton Hill Fun Pass and More

Combined with a walk to the top of the falls half a mile away, we had a really full day in Canada using the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Quite honestly Fizz and Belle were over the moon to have some unbridled fun and games. In some ways the resort is a bit like Blackpool with all the attractions and waterfront. Yet it is completely different thanks to that awesome wonder of the world, Niagara Falls on the doorstep. Check out the Clifton Hill website for more attractions and everything else there is to do on a trip to Niagara Falls.

Disclosure: We were kindly given Clifton Hill Fun passes for our family in exchange for this review, but all opinions expressed here are my own.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. View of Niagara Falls from the Sky Wheel.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. Ghost Blasters.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. The Great Canadian Midway.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos. Gardens.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos.

All the fun of the falls with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Niagara, Canada on Falcondale Life blog. A visit to Niagara Falls is an all-round resort experience with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Six fun attractions in one value ticket. Full review and photos.

 

 

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#27 in the Judging a Photograph Series

.Eye contact in photographs (Climbers) on Falcondale Life blog. What difference does it make where someone is looking in a photograph or portrait? A shot of two climbers. Composition tips on eye contact between subjects.

If you take a photo of a person – whether a formal portrait or not – then you will get a different feel to the image depending on where they are looking. If their eyes are looking straight into your lens, then it’s all pretty unambiguous. It starts to get more interesting when they are looking somewhere else. You are drawn to follow their gaze.

When you have two people in a photo together then it’s great to get a shot of them looking at each other. Wedding photographers do this a lot but it can easily go a bit stale. You can’t have all the shots like that. If you keep asking two people to look at each other then they just begin to lose the natural expression on their faces. One way to improve this is to get them to look at each other then ask them “do you like each other’s smiles?” Yes, that is an inane question but it does get a natural reaction and a much better photo. Perhaps you can think of something better to say.

Eye contact in photographs (Climbers) Judging a Photograph on Falcondale Life blog. What difference does it make where someone is looking in a photograph or portrait? A shot of two climbers. Composition tips on eye contact between subjects.

Two Climbers or One?

If you can catch two people looking at each other naturally without being asked, it’s often quite interesting. This shot of two climbers on a cliff is actually a composite made using Photoshop. I took dozens of photos and they kept looking at each other just as the other person looked away. I was convinced it would be better if they did actually look at each other – as they had tried to do. It was a matter of ten minutes in Photoshop to put two images together. I submitted the shot for judging at my club and was quite surprised at what the visiting judge said. He felt that the man’s head was a distraction and the shot should be of the woman alone.

Was the judge right? What do you think? Please comment below, I read them all!

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Previously: Tips for Cropping Photos.

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New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas. View of lower Manhattan and the Empire State building from Top of the Rock, Rockerfeller Center.

In August we went to the USA to see relatives in the north of New York state. I’m not a city-break person but who could pass up the opportunity to see New York City just one time? We do like to tick boxes on our family trips and now I can say we have done the Big Apple.

It’s quite difficult to plan a good trip to NYC when I have never held any ambitions to see it. Most people I’ve spoken to seem to get pretty excited and have dreams about the place. It’s easy to get recommendations from other people so that’s what we did. I think we had the perfect itinerary to try the variety of experiences in this great city and tick those tourist boxes – with a little inspiration from Frank Sinatra’s song!

New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas. Yellow Cabs and Manhattan.

1. We Can Make it There – Ride a Yellow Cab

The yellow cabs in the streets are a classic image of New York City and we took a cab from the airport to our hotel on arrival. It’s a good way for a family to travel to Manhattan as it is a fixed price. The JFK cab dispatcher will allocate a car which will fit all of you and your luggage. The highway was dirty and the neighbourhoods were drab and run down at first. Fizz said her heart began to sink on that journey as it all looked a bit grim but then we got to Manhattan and impressive skyscrapers rose around us. At the hotel the cab driver unloaded most of our luggage but drove off with my new hiking stick before I could stop him!

New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas. The Wellington Hotel NYC.

2. Wake up in the City that Never Sleeps – Wellington Hotel

Things immediately began to look up when we got to the Wellington Hotel. Not knowing what we wanted to do in New York, we selected the best located hotel we could find with lots of tourist fun on our doorstep. The Wellington Hotel completely nailed this. Just a step outside the front door and we could see Central Park to the right and Times Square to the left. The subway entrance was adjacent to the side door of the hotel. It all seemed so easy!

Our room was a deluxe suite. When you are jet-lagged you all want to sleep at different times so it was an absolute godsend to have the living room with a comfy sofa and separate bedroom. There were two big beds – in fact one of them was so huge it was as wide as it was long. Each room had air conditioning and a large TV.

There were large closets and several tables, two desks and drawers plus a little dining area. The kitchenette had a fridge, kettle and microwave and the hotel provided Styrofoam cups on request. There were not any plates or cutlery available, but this is normal in a USA hotel, as my frequent-flyer husband will tell you. It’s just a 3 minute walk (past Carnegie Hall) to a supermarket selling paper plates and plastic cutlery.

We couldn’t hear traffic because our windows overlooked the central light well, although there was a hum from the hotel fans. We didn’t have mobile phone service in the room, I think the tall building was blocking it out, but it worked fine in the hotel lobby. Wifi is an additional charge, but you can connect two devices free if you book direct with the hotel. The room was always promptly cleaned to a high standard and there were plenty of staff including porters. It was a great stay.

New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas. The Wellington Hotel deluxe suite.

More photos of the Wellington Hotel deluxe suite are at the end of the blog post.

3. These Vagabond Shoes – A Walk in New York

Everyone told us to walk New York, the best way to see it. Despite losing my hiking stick, my sore foot was having a good week and we walked miles. Through Times Square, past TV crews recording entertainment news. Along the High Line, which was once a raised railway line but is now a very long, thin park. Through Central Park where five brides and two dance-troupes were having professional photo-shoots. Along Broadway, past buskers, limousines, pretzel sellers and people hawking horse and carriage rides. Visiting famous shops like M&Ms and B&H Photo. It’s undeniably lively. We also took the Staten Island Ferry as foot passengers which is free. That got us a closer view of the Statue of Liberty.

New York City Times Square Point of View shot on Falcondale Life blog. A perspective on what it is like to walk through this busy and vibrant city.

4. King of the Hill! Make it to the Top

Manhattan is famous for its skyscrapers so we had to get to the top of one and see the awesome view. We chose the Rockerfeller Center aka “Top of the Rock”. We wanted a view of the Empire State Building and you can’t see it if you are on it! It was a great choice with good views of Central Park and the classic view south towards lower Manhattan. M hates heights but he was completely fine because the terraces were huge with big edges and fences. I loved seeing the rivers and the shape of the island. Thanks to jet lag we were in the queue at 7.45 am and so it wasn’t crowded.

New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas.. Top of the Rock, Rockerfeller Center Manhattan.

5. In Old New York – The Museum of Natural History

It rained heavily one day and we abandoned our idea of an Ellis Island boat trip and chose the Museum instead. I love the movie set here “A Night At The Museum” so this was a great box to tick. We saw a few of the star exhibits of the movie such as the Easter Island head, although many others don’t exist in real life. It’s a huge museum and we were there almost seven hours. In fact we had a big argument near the end of the day about whether we had seen it all. We hadn’t! Thankfully we did go on to find the moon and planetarium exhibit which was incredibly impressive.

New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas. Natural History Museum.

6. Find A Number One – Stardust Diner

Even I know that New York is famous for song and dance routines. Without actually going to a Broadway show, a great way to get a flavour of the entertainment scene is to eat at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. The waiting staff are professional performers from Broadway, film and TV who work there between jobs. They get up on the tables and sing; there is entertainment the whole time. It was a fabulous atmosphere and our cheeks hurt from smiling!

New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas.. Ellen's Stardust Diner.

I think we picked a great selection of things to see and do for our three days in New York City. It hasn’t turned me into a city break person but I do feel we have properly ticked the NYC box!

New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas. The Wellington Hotel deluxe suite NYC.

New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas.

New York in Three Days as a Family - With Help from Frank Sinatra on Falcondale Life Blog. Tick boxes on this Sinatra inspired 3 day itinerary of New York City. A family holiday stay at the Wellington Hotel. A list of vacation tips and tour ideas. Statue of Liberty from Staten Island Ferry.

Disclosure: We paid for our own accommodation at the Wellington Hotel but were offered a free room upgrade in return for a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Oregon Girl Around the World

I think I should have realised years ago that turkeys are wild animals in the USA. Unlike here in the UK, they don’t  just live in a Bernard Matthews enclave, spending the whole year dreaming of Christmas. The first hint that I got about this alternative turkey lifestyle was on a trip to the supermarket.

In a modest branch of Walmart (only twice the size of my local Asda) I found myself in the hunting section. The “entry level” hunting aisle was dedicated to turkey shooting. Clearly turkey shooting is a mild hunting activity. Only extreme sportsmen go in for shooting deer which are quite a bit heavier to pack up and take home.

Pic of the Week, Wild Turkey Feather on Falcondale Life blog. Turkeys are wild animals in the USA and hunting them is a leisure activity. Photography blog series.

Not all turkeys run the gauntlet of hunters. We found a wildlife “preserve” (they mean “reserve”) near Minneapolis airport with a big visitor’s centre. Sadly it was shut on a Monday but the turkeys were hanging out on the rear patio. They turned their backs and walked off but left us a beautiful feather to admire.

I’ve been to the USA quite a few times but I have never seen much wildlife. Years ago in Colorado I saw a rattlesnake and a marmot. I saw deer and a bluebird in Yosemite one time but that’s it. On this trip through the midwest we saw dozens of swooping bald eagles (pity I have no functioning telephoto lens), deer, a red and orange snake, ants half and inch long, butterflies the size of our hands and caterpillars as big as my thumb. We smelt a skunk once near New York too, bleurgh!

Wildlife and Hunting

I can’t imagine living in a country where wild animals exist in such abundance that hunting is a normal leisure activity. Near where I live in Yorkshire there is a popular grouse shooting season but landowners have to go to great measures to maintain the habitat and population of birds. Sometimes those measures are controversial. In the USA the hunting lobby point out that their members donate large sums for conservation. The work done to maintain habitats in the USA is much less of an intervention than it is in the UK. For British grouse, moors must be burned and other wildlife excluded.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of hunting may be, I always feel tremendously lucky to see wildlife. Have you had any good sightings this year?

The Judging a Photograph series will return next week. Please let me know if there’s anything you would like me to cover as the series returns.

Pic of the Week, Wild Turkey Feather on Falcondale Life blog. Turkeys are wild animals in the USA and hunting them is a leisure activity. Photography blog series.

 

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