Thoughts in Time

Gazing up at the Caribbean night sky, millions of stars look back at me.

The jetty moves with the ocean current.

The faint, dull sound of a coconut falls from the 🌴 tree, only to be taken out to sea on a ocean journey.

My mind wanders back and forth as I think back to my birth place.

I can see the red door my dad painted.

The hedge I hid behind when I threw a stone at the front window, breaking it and giving my mum a shock as she sat knitting an itchy wool balaclava

Just as I remember

The door swung open, nearly coming off the hinges and the Ex-Navy man came running out shouting, “Where are you Ronald?”

I crouched down behind the front hedge of our small but pretty garden. I started to fly, feet not touching the ground as on each shout of anger a hand would crash against my small body.

The door closed and up the stairs I went with more smacks from a man I loved. The belt would be next.

Or was it a call for love from two people that shouted and screamed at each other?

12 Hazel Avenue

A shooting star brings me back to my paradise island, and my childhood memories fade as I breath in the sweet Caribbean air.

Caye Caulker – my weekend retreat for 12 months

Did I run away?

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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