Today was a good day: Yosemite National Park

A perfect day for me would be going to Yosemite National Park  and hike up to the Yosemite falls. I have been to Yosemite so many times but I can never get tired of it. Though the hike may be tough sometimes, the view is totally worth it. Here I have gathered a couple of photos from my last trip there. Unfortunately last time I was in Yosemite was during the big California drought, which is still going on, so the waterfalls are not as impressive as they tend to be.

This is also my first time using the Mesh gallery, and I have to say I quite like it. It feels easier to click through the gallery instead of having to scroll down to see all the photos.

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Bushy Park, London

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A male Red Deer resting in the grass

Another one of my favorite London parks to visit is Bushy Park. Just a short train ride from Richmond via Waterloo(if you’re coming from central London) is this second largest Royal Park. This park has everything, squirrels, birds, waterfowl, the occasional fox or rabbit, but most importantly the deer. Bushy Park is home to two different species of deer. The big magnificent Red Deer and the smaller Bambi like Fallow Deer.

Fallow deer males usually hang out together while the females are elsewhere.
Male Fallow Deers usually hang out together while the females are elsewhere.
With no natural predators, the leucistic deer have a better chance of survival here.
A leucistic Fallow Deer. With no natural predators, the leucistic deer have a better chance of survival here.
This deer was trying to beg for some bread that some people for feeding the waterfowl with.
This deer was trying to beg for some bread that some people for feeding the waterfowl with.

The deer run freely and you have to be careful during certain months as the deer can get pretty dangerous, but most of the time they are pretty docile and prefer to lay in the grass as opposed to chase you. But be warned, intimidate them during rutting or birthing season and they will chase you. I have seen it several times with tourists who get a little too curious for their own good. While Bushy Park can get pretty busy at times it is mostly a local park. I have been there in the summer months without meeting one person.

If you have kids you can also stop by the playground if they start getting bored.

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These swan parents were very protective of their young.
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May/June/July are birthing months, so if you want to see a bunch of fawn this is the time to go. These were all little fawns running away to hide .
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Fallow deer fawn!

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St. James’s Park

St. James's Park is very colorful at the moment!
St. James’s Park is very colorful at the moment!

This weekend I went to St. James’s Park. This is one of the Royal Parks of London and is sort of right in the center of the city, plus it’s right next to Buckingham Palace so the park tends to get really busy. But it was still enjoyable and I was so happy to see that everything was blooming. If you like flowers, go there in spring-summer as it tends to be really pretty.

As in all other parks there are a lot of animals at St. James’s Park. Mostly squirrels, and if you have any food in your hands that you were planning to eat do not sit on a bench. Since people tend to feed them they are not afraid, so I had one steal almost an entire croissant out of my hands once. If you are a big fan of waterfowl this is the place to go. And if you are there at the right moment you will see a lot of babies. Just yesterday I saw some ducklings, Moorhen chicks and juvenile swans.In the summer people come here to sit on the grass and hang out. There are refreshment stands with ice cream, coffe etc throughout the park. Or if you want something more proper there is a restarant there, as well as a playground for kinds to play.

Great white pelican
Great white pelican

But the big attraction at St. James’s Park are the pelicans. The pelicans have been at the park for a very long time. Click here for more info on the pelicans. At the moment there are four Great White Pelicans residing at the park. When I was there before my move to California 2 years ago, they had an American white pelican as well, whom I have posted a picture of down below.

This post is also tying in with The Daily Posts Weekly photo challenge, which was inspiration. This is what inspires me, nature and all the wonderful things surrounding it.

*If you click on the pics they will open up bigger!

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This flower had such dark leaves it looks as I did a colorsplash on this photo.
Black-headed gull
Black-headed gull
Herring gull
Herring gull
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Very mischeavous little creatures
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Goldeneye
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Juvenile swan
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A moorhen feeding its chick!
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Grey heron or great blue heron? I can never tell!
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Great white pelican
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American white pelican!

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Cheers!

 

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Weekly photo challenge: Close up

This weeks challenge is all about close ups. While I do love macro photography I am yet to get a macro lens as they tend to be pretty pricey.

So for the time being I have been using my zoom lens to get close to all the little creatures!

 

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Juming spiders are my favorite little spiders. They are just so adorable!
Juming spiders are my favorite little spiders. They are just so adorable!

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Location, location, location

I have recently moved back to London and am now trying to figure out what the next chapter in my life will look like.

In the mean time I thought I would use this blog to showcase some of my favorite London places and also give a bit of an insight into my life at the moment.
To start off with that I thought I would share one of my favorite places to go to, Holland Park. While it may not be as magnificent as some of the big Royal Parks of London, I really like it as there usually are not that many people around so you can really enjoy it. It does get quite busy in the summer with tourists but once it starts to cool down it is much more quiet.
Apart from squirrels and water fowl, the big stars of the park are the Peafowls. These big birds walk the premises freely but if you can’t find them they are usually around the Kyoto Garden. This garden itself is a nice little area to hang around. It has a little waterfall plus a pond full with fish swimming around.And if you have kids with you there is plenty of space to run around on.

If you want to go someplace bigger afterwards, you can just walk down to Kensington High Street(which itself has a bunch of shops if you are interested in that) and walk straight to Hyde Park

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A map to show you how close it is to Hyde Park and also the tube stations around!
A map to show you how close it is to Hyde Park and also the tube stations around!
Waterfall at Kyoto Garden in Holland Park, London

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The peacock with its magnificent feathers!
The peacock with its magnificent feathers!

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Peacocks have some of the most beautiful feathers!
The Peahens may not be as magnificent but I think they are still pretty!
The Peahens may not be as magnificent but I think they are still pretty!
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Peahen in Holland Park,London

As always all the pictures have been taken by me. While I do not mind people sharing them, please credit this blog if you are doing so!

Cheers!

Weekly photo challenge – Half & Half

I love the ocean, and I thopught that the picture of a sunset over the ocean was a perfect choice for this weeks challenge. As I am about to move back to London I am very appreciative of the opportunity that I have had here to see all these amazing places.

This was another picture that was taken on the 17- mile drive in Carmel, California.

Sunset on the 17- mile drive, Carmel-by-the-sea in California
Sunset on the 17- mile drive, Carmel-by-the-sea in California

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Weekly  photo challenge: Off season

Just realized that I have not written anything here in a long time. Things have been crazy lately and big changes are happening in my life. Anyways, as a way to come back I thought I would participate in this weeks photo challenge: Off season

I thought I would share this photograph of a beautiful sunset in Carmel,Ca that I experienced around Christmas last year. I was in Monterey and Carmel last summer but it was so cold and foggy,  you could barely see the sea. Yet when we were there in December it was nice and warm and the skies were clear. A bonus is also that the sunset was around 5pm so I didn’t have to sit around and wait for it that long 🙂

Hope you like it!

Sunset over the ocean on the 17-mile drive in Carmel-by-the-Sea. A must see place!
Sunset over the ocean on the 17-mile drive in Carmel-by-the-Sea. A must see place!

Cheers!

Weekly photo challenge: Off season