blue eyes by jantan

blue eyes

How does that saying go? "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, and when life hands you jackdaws.......... take a photo" or something like that.

Another day of gardening, much of which was spent scrubbing some of the outdoor furniture. A job that I have been putting off for some time. This winter I WILL store it away properly!

The screeching that has been emanating from suspiciously far down the chimney in the dining room for the past few days finally ended in this year's 'baby jackdaws falling down the chimney' ritual. This year there were two of them. As usual they were pretty much ready to fly by the looks of them, so as in other years we put them on top of the garage, but not before taking a couple of photos, naturally. I wasn't able to watch what happened, but in other years their parents have come straight down and fed them and they have flown off from there. This is one of the babies just before I let it go. It is looking pretty meek here, but don't be fooled, it was actually plotting how it could peck me and had already had a good few goes at it. That's gratitude for you.

This evening there was a talk in the village church. It was given by a historian who is an authority on medieval wall paintings. The church has several of these which have been uncovered over the years. It was fascinating to be told about how they would have looked when they were new eight hundred years ago, and what an amazing sight they must have been for the common people who lived then in a world which had very little artificial colour. Something I had never considered before.

After a busy day I almost didn't go to the talk, but am so glad that I did. It did go a small way towards making me look at the world in a slightly different way.
Now them are some pretty blue eye's! What a beautiful capture! FAV! :)
June 8th, 2013  
A super close up .That eye could compete with *Ol' blue eyes * himself !! Love the crew cut look head feathers .Beautiful in large -so much detail --even a selfie in that blue eye !! A fav
June 8th, 2013  
... And you were able,to relay this really interesting info to us! A good tale of the jackdaws - are,they otherwise called crows? Great shot of the unusual blue eye!
June 8th, 2013  
JH
Fantastic scrubby feathered detail. I like the turn of its beak. Though personally I think the desire to peck is pretty clearly shining through any surface meekness!
June 8th, 2013  
great capture
June 8th, 2013  
Great shot, Great Story
June 8th, 2013  
om Gosh ~ stunning detail ~ FAV
June 8th, 2013  
What a fabulous close up!
June 8th, 2013  
Wonderful close-up and great commentary. Fav!
June 8th, 2013  
Awesome capture!
June 8th, 2013  
Great shot.
June 8th, 2013  
Great shot of old blue eyes
June 8th, 2013  
Great shot of these scary buggers :-)
June 8th, 2013  
Love this angry bird!
June 8th, 2013  
What amazing blue eyes. Great capture.
June 8th, 2013  
Great capture and wonderful eyes!
June 8th, 2013  
Great shot. The detail is lovely.
June 8th, 2013  
Didn't realise Jackdaws had blue eyes. Great photo.
June 8th, 2013  
Wow! When viewed enlarged, this shot has the most amazing detail! Love the crop, too - Fave, a million times over!
June 8th, 2013  
Instant fav jan. I love jackdaws and this is just a superb shot. Those eyes!!
June 8th, 2013  
great shot but I have no real love of the jackdaws we have. So many and they seem to be increasing in numbers
June 8th, 2013  
Fantastic detail and that blue eye just finishes the image off. Looks like there maybe a reflected selfie there!
June 8th, 2013  
@gamelee Lee... shhhhhh.....
June 8th, 2013  
A gorgeous capture,super detail and amazing blue eyes!! Fav!!
June 8th, 2013  
Oh I wouldn't mess with him! Reminds me (your blurb not the jackdaw) of the tapestries at Hampton Court - beautiful in their own way but once made of golden thread which must have been quite a sight.
June 8th, 2013  
This is absolutely stunning and an instant Fav!!!!
June 8th, 2013  
Amazing that you were able (and willing) to get this close to him. Lovely details.
June 8th, 2013  
Great capture
June 8th, 2013  
What a cool looking bird...love the blue eyes...but what fascinated me (I'm sick, I know) is that the hair (or whatever) coming out its nostril looks like a little stick person calling for help!!! lol
June 9th, 2013  
Great shot.
June 9th, 2013  
Ahhhh how sweet
June 9th, 2013  
Fabulous shot! Great detail.
June 9th, 2013  
Beautiful capture. Congrats on PP!
June 9th, 2013  
Excellent and what a beautiful eye. We have incredibly tame ones at a local cafe... they literally swoop down to steal cake before we've managed to get a look in!
June 9th, 2013  
Love the eye color.
June 10th, 2013  
So glad this made the PP! Congratulations, Jan!
June 10th, 2013  
Beautiful. Nature is wonderful!
June 10th, 2013  
Congrats on PP! This is a wonderful capture! Fav!
June 10th, 2013  
Great detail. Love the focus on the eye.
June 11th, 2013  
Great details in this shot. Well Done!
June 14th, 2013  
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