Thanks everyone. Your kind comments make a great Christmas present!
Thanks everyone. I'd spent the day in the national park and had decided to return to this famous "Tunnel View" viewpoint last thing in the day. When I arrived there was a long line of photographers with tripods set up to photograph the moonrise over the half dome which is visible in the distance near the middle of the frame. I hadn't known this was to happen. The moonrise was great as the clouds cleared just in time but after the moon had climbed behind the low cloud there was this pool of light on the low mist that looked better still.It is interesting to note that the second place picture got nine 5 star votes compared to only two for this. Sorry cmantx!
This was my favourite. Nice photo.
Glad you all liked it. Perhaps I should have used the title "Angry Bird."
Great animal. What is it?
Thanks Ruth. The Reddish Egret seems to be able to change from a slender sleek well groomed bird to a raggedy hunch back in the blink of an eye. This one had just dunked head first in search of food. If it caught anything it was small and quickly dispatched. I don't know what its frame of mind was but if I had to eat by diving head first into salty water to eat raw, live fish, I think I'd permanently be in a grumpy frame of mind.
Great picture. Must get me a kite!
Thank both. The conditions that day (well that part of it) were perfect for steam photography. 7 years late I've not had another day to equal it. Santa special season about to start on UK preserved railways so fingers crossed!
chrisby: Excellent! Reflects perfectly the spirit of the challenge and looks really like a work from Winston Link. Thanks for the additional info.Chris :-)
Thank you. Looks like my typing of the information was a bit poor!
MenM: This Photo should have won!! The colours matches exacly the sharpness.Both girls are sharp and full coloured. All other figures are unsharp becouse of movement and are just not BW. Very well done.
That's very kind, thank you. I'd always fancied a picture of a still person in amongst a blurred swirling crowd and this is the closest I've got yet. I'd like to try looking down on a station concourse or similar.Funnily though I far preferred my other entry (Laurel and Hardy look a likes) that came 57th out of 60! Looks like the voters did not agree. Can I ask what did you think of it?
Not my carving I'm afraid, Mick. Nice to win all the same.
Very nice image.
I was born in Warwickshire and live not far away now but have never seen this or heard of it. I shall have to gland see it. Thanks for making me aware of it.
This was one of my favourites in the challenge. Well done to place so high in a challenge with so many entries.
Thanks both. the puffin was flying into the colony containing the burrow containing its mate and chick. It is looking down to decide where to land whilst trying to avoid Black Headed and Herring Gulls who are trying to steal the load of sand eels to feed their own chicks.
One of my favourites in the challenge. Well done.
Love the photo. Welcome to your first challenge!
Good photo of an unusual subject.