Once more my reading has slowed down, however this time not because I have got a reader's block or even my regular problem of getting stuck on a reading group novel.
I've just been too busy to read!
I am studying again and a lot of the books I've been reading and dipping into are books relevant to the course - a Diploma in Drama. The current units are on Shakespeare and so I'm reading a few plays, critical studies of the man and history books about the age in which he lived and wrote. The current programmes on the television have been very helpful as well.
In addition to this I went on a photography experience day a little while ago.
This was a truly wonderful experience. A whole day was spent with a professional photographer, Paul Sawer, at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, we got up close and personal to a wide range of birds of prey and saw two flying shows. All through the day we were guided with our shots and camera use and I've been blown away by my results from the day. I am generally best at landscape shots but I could easily see myself wanting to do some more wildlife shoots like this.
Cobweb the male barn owl in flight
I was very pleased with the how my equipment behaved, I was using a super-zoom lens on this day and while it is a great lens for me to take out and about it doesn't always get the best reviews. However I found that all my pictures needed was a little cropping to get rid of the tiny bits of lens visible in the tightly zoomed shots. The auto-focus and image stabilising worked a treat. Of course I've come away wanting a new lens specially for this type of photography but realistically I know that I don't need one AND would have problems carrying it about if I did!
My favourite shots of the day can be found on my Flickr stream but I can't resist putting just a few more here!
Three week old eagle owl chicks
Swooping red kite