Thursday, 21 March 2013

Snappers - Sepia Saturday

Personally I hate having to stand with a group of photographers when I want to take a shot. This week's prompt reminded me of that.

Snapping cherry blossom in Washington
I worked with British Rail a lot in the 1990s and saw my fair share of trainspotters armed with cameras but none quite like this:

Belgian Railfans' photo shoot
They were out to photograph a special train - a farewell to SNCB/NMBS Class 51 diesel locomotive in 2003.

I have no idea what this lot were doing in Dublin:

Team of photographers in front of Jury's Hotel, Dublin
I wonder whether they had to wait all night for someone to turn up,

Mind you I'd be happy to join this pair no matter how long I had to wait.

Wildlife photographers enjoying numerous photographic opportunities
But if it's blossom I want then why go further than our front garden?

Apple blossom (white)
Cherry blossom
I rest my case.

To see what has been snapped elsewhere the place to go is Sepia-Saturday-169

Photos: 
  • Railfans - By Peter Van den Bossche - CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Dublin - By Andrais Burglega - CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Wildlife - Photographers taking images; Public Domain website 

24 comments:

Kristin said...

Cherry trees are blossoming here in Atlanta right now.

Karen S. said...

Bob what a treat this was, and I knew from the start that this was going to be one of my favorite themes to see what everyone comes up with. That isn't your front yard today is it????? Wow, just WOW!!

Susan Kane said...

No photos from me today...I am anxiously watching my lilac bushes, though. Then there will be photos!

tony said...

Beautiful Flower-Power Bob!

barbara and nancy said...

wow. what a garden you have. beautiful photos.
Nancy

Brett Payne said...

If I ever return to Japan, I hope it will be at cherry blossom time, and I'll be sure to take my camera.

Jo said...

Lovely blossom photos. Won't see any of that here for a while. Never understood train spotters, just a lump of machinery to me. Enjoyed the photos as usual.

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Nigel Aspdin (Derby, UK) said...

No chance of any blossom here for a while....brrrrrr !!

Postcardy said...

I wish something was blooming here, but it has been much too cold.

Little Nell said...

When you see your own beautiful shots of the blossom, it's easy to understand why they were all jostling to get their shots in the first picture.

Alan Burnett said...

I seem to recall once staying art that hotel in Dublin. Perhaps they were waiting for me to emerge. I agree with your general tenet - photography is, and should be, a solitary affair.

Wendy said...

Bradford pears and cherry trees are all in bloom here, and yesterday we had snow. So much for an early spring!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

These are great! I love the pretty blossoms photos too.

Bob, I went ahead and changed pictures to extra-large. They are hard for me to read, but if you click on them they get big enough. I did find that when they were huge, if you click on them they go to a readable size also.

Thanks!

Kathy M.

Joy said...

Lovely blossom and all the home comforts on hand. There are three little cherry trees on the street adjacent to mine, always the first to flower bet they are regretting it now in the swirling snow. My partners a Steam fan so I've been amongst the rail fans on numerous occasions, although not in Belgium, its probably only a matter of time.

Mike Brubaker said...

A very funny choice, Bob. Train-spotters still baffle me, as do their compatriots, the bus-spotters and plane-spotters. But then I collect photos of odd musicians, so I probably baffle them. And yesterday it snowed here in the mountains too.

Titania said...

Bob, why to go far when the best is near; beautiful spring blossoms. I do not like mass photo shoots and I am not patient enough to wait for wildlife to appear. Flowers, yes, they do not run away.

Liz Needle said...

Such a pretty garden Like you I love flowering trees and taking photos of them.

Hazel Ceej said...

The cherry blossoms looks sweet to eat. I also like watching photographers at work. Good kind of people-watching; better than the ones roaming in a mall.

Boobook said...

I'm with you Bob. I hate being part of a crowd of photographers and always look for a different angle. Sometimes it's unavoidable - like when we were at the Grand Canyon last year :)

Dakota Boo said...

Love the blossom pictures. Spring still seems like weeks away here as we continue to get snow.

ScotSue said...

Your blossom photographs are beautiful and your cameramen groups fit the theme so well. I

TICKLEBEAR said...

Don't tell me your trees are ALREADY blossoming... These are from previous years, right??
Still got snow here...
I went recently to a photowalk with other Flickr members from Montreal,
and I managed to lose them!!!!
How I ever managed that, I'll never know!! But it was at our botanical garden and it was a productive visit if not exactly a lovely one, due to the mob of lousy parents and uneducated children...
Oh well, at least, I got some nice pics to show for!!!
And I didn't kill/slap/maim anyone.
:D~
HUGZ

Bob Scotney said...

@Bruno - Definitely not this years blossom; it's stii cold with snow showers. It will be May before we see the blossom like that.

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

I too hate when I'm sightseeing and have to fight all the other photogs to get a good shot!