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A very short period after Jack took this shot she snapped at him and within a second he went directly to another female just off to the side and another dance commenced. Fickle or fussy? The male's eye apparently turns white when courting; the male is called a cob and the female a pen.

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A view of Kings Court in Bakewell, Derbyshire, England.

From earlier in the season, herons courting. Here he brings a carefully selected twig for her to add to the nest.

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The Tortworth Court Hotel near Wooten-Under-Edge, South Gloucestershire. 3 bracketed images and edited with Photomatix Pro 5.0 and Lightroom 4.

I caught the mute swan couple in the nice light today courting. Of course when they mated they turned with their backs facing me and the little love dance they do after I got from the side. I have gotten shots of it before, but always in bad light. It was interesting how they twist their necks together like this before mating. For those of you who dont know, the male (cob) has a brighter orange bill and the female (pen) has a lighter orange bill and she is also smaller then the male.


Jackson Falls / Rahway River Park / Clark, New Jersey




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I have video of this as well but will post tomorrow. They put on a real show for everyone who was there! The male is the brighter, darker orange and he was making a loud clicking sound while dancing around the female and trying to mount her at times as well and the female which is lighter in color made a squealing sound and would also jump up towards him. It appeared as if she was playing hard to get. ;) I went back today with friends in hope to see this behavior again but they were not doing it. They supposely only do this for 1-3 days, I guess I got lucky to witness it!


Island Beach State Park / Seaside Park / New Jersey


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Witley Court in Worcestershire, England is a Grade I listed building and was once one of the great houses of the Midlands, but today it is a spectacular ruin after being devastated by fire in 1937

Like anything, the tennis courts also lasts for a certain amount of period. The court surfaces eventually face many problems in due time and needs resurfacing to become playable again. Unless we know the exact problem, we can't take the right steps to get it back to its previous storage. Here is the infographics that will let you know the details about these problems that occur in tennis court. Check it out and take the right action at the right time.

While working as a North Sea fisherman we were often surrounded by Gannets, sometimes many hundreds perhaps thousands of them. They used to get washed in through the scuppers and peck at our boots until we lifted them back over the side again.

This shot was taken at Troupe Head in the North East of Scotland about forty miles from where I live. Did not see the courting present until I downloaded the photograph.

From my fishing days I was well used to the birds flying above us and the "parcels" they dropped, sometimes with amazing accuracy.

Never thought I would see the day I would be looking down on these birds. But after sixty six years it has finally happened.

Explored # 31


Went to Arlington Court the other week with Tim to try and capture some autumn colours. It was a bit too early really but managed to recce the place for when its at its best.


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Another from my little local park.

Mute swans dorm this heart shape as part of their courtship. A perfect image for Valentines Day.

Had to get out to catch some of the glorious light on offer after the snow.

One of my 2 local parks.


Explore Jan 6th 2010 #484

Witley Court Worcestershire uk

Old Court House -- Tucson Arizona


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The Hofgarten (Court Garden) in Munich, Germany


is a garden in the center of the city between the Residenz and the Englischer GartenThe garden was built in 1613-1617 by Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria as an Italian style Renaissance garden.



In the center of the garden is a pavilion for the goddess Diana,



The Roman Catholic Theatine Church St. Cajetan (Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan) in Munich was built from 1663 to 1690, it was founded by Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, as a gesture of thanks for the birth of the long-awaited heir to the Bavarian crown, Prince Max Emanuel, in 1662.



The Frauenkirche was constructed from red brick in the late Gothic style within only 20 years. The building is designed very demure without rich gothic ornaments. The structure is 109 meters or 358 feet tall and 40 meters (131 feet) wide. The two towers are 99 meters (325 feet) high, with one tower taller than the other by 12 cm (4.75 inches).






Courting and Laughing.

laughing gulls are kinda everywhere down there so I didnt spend much time photographing them. The one morning though there was a group with a few pairs courting. This is shot of them talking back and forth to each other, rather loudly, before they started to make more gulls. ;)

Mount Vernon Memorial Park

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ceiling detail from the awesome hampton court palace

Even the sunlight was adding its own artistic touch. This is yet another from Camp 30 in Bowmanville ON. I have many shots from here and will insert one every once in awhile. I had a great time at this abandonment.

Arlington Court in Devon is a beautiful Regency House built for the Chichester family, it is set in 30 acres of beautiful woodland and informal gardens this lake being a part of it.


This was taken a few years ago now on a most gorgeous Autumn day and as you can see the trees are just beginning to turn.


Ashton Court early on Saturday morning on a grey autumn day.Weather forecast had said sun first thing and was hoping to take views across the city with the rising sun but far to much cloud banked on the horizon so this was shot on my walk back to the car.

Dorney Court is an early Tudor manor house, dating from around 1440, located in the village of Dorney, Buckinghamshire. It is owned and lived in by the Palmer family.


You may be aware that the Olympic rowing events were staged at Dorney lake, close by.

visited this new food court yesterday. after an 8kilometer walk we arrived around 5pm and the place was starting to get full. the court features several restos in one area and sitting areas in the center and above the restos. more treats to enjoy with your friends and family.

One of my favourite places to visit, I was lucky enough to have a conference very close to the British Museum recently. The perfect place to race to during the lunch break to take in a few of the amazing exhibits. This was a nine-shot stitch to take in the whole view of the spectacular QEII Great Court.

Visited Coughton Court, a favourite National Trust property of mine. The Throckmorton family live there who have links to the Gunpowder plot. A lovely Saturday afternoon.

I took the day off and had a Photo Safari to my Home Town, Bloomington, Indiana. A sleepy little midwestern town of approximately 87,000 residents AND the Home of Indiana University. Here are a few of my favorites of the day.


Project 365 2013: Day 175

Sun rising behind the Toronto court house casting interesting shadows

Hampton Court is a castellated country house in the English county of Herefordshire. The house is located in the village of Hope under Dinmore, near Leominster and is a Grade I listed building.

Ex #43 A colour version of an earlier posting.

Summer visit to Greys Court National Trust gardens.

unbelievable but this is a real Basketball court. found it yesterday in Munich. must be really hard to play there - but funny for sure...


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Hampton Court is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, in the historic county of Middlesex, and within the postal town East Molesey, Surrey; it has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century. The palace is 11.7 miles (18.8 kilometres) south west of Charing Cross and upstream of central London on the River Thames. It was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514; in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it.

The following century, King William III's massive rebuilding and expansion project intended to rival Versailles was begun. Work halted in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. While the palace's styles are an accident of fate, a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and a symmetrical, if vague, balancing of successive low wings.

Along with St. James's Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.


This was taken in one of the old buildings of Willow Court, Australia's oldest mental asylum. This building was the women's quarters.

My youngest son and I went for a walk around the grounds and then one of the caretakers let us into this building to take photos. It is all very original and very creepy!

This is the main door from the inside.

It was just amazing to get inside one of these old buildings and to find it in such original state. We explored the whole building and took many photos.

From earlier in the season, herons courting. Here she has accepted the proffered twig and is placing it carefully in the nest.

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The Court of the Patriarchs under the night sky completely lit by the moon in Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah.

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