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Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence

The Gallery of the Academy of Florence is one of the most renowned museums in Florence and a must see.  It is, of course, best known as the home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David which stands proudly just beyond the main entrance.  The museum in its current form was established in 1882 and although David is the highlight there is much more to see and admire by other creative and talented Florentine artists with displays of artwork from the 13th and 16th centuries.

 

 

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Basilica of Santa Maria Novella – Florence

I had the pleasure of visiting Florence last year (2019) and without doubt it gets added to the list of wonderful cities Italy has to offer.  Although the UK is now suffering with Covid-19, I did feel a tinge of sadness when Italy was one of the first countries in Europe  to suffer this horrendous pandemic.  Without doubt Italy is one of the best countries in the world to visit, it oozes culture, stunning architecture and wonderful open and friendly people.  Like the UK I hope and pray that this pandemic ends soon and Italy is again open for business.   Now to this post, the first great basilica, Santa Maria Novella, was founded in the thirteenth century and is simply a beautiful structure both inside and out.  During the renaissance period the church attracted the likes of Giotto, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Botticelli to name but a few and examples of their artistic brilliance can be witnessed throughout.

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Gold Macaws

A few shots of Gold Macaws taken at Cassiobury Farm near Watford in Hertfordshire.  As we could get up close with the macaws, I used a macro lens to capture both the colours and intricate details of these easy going birds.

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Northern Gannets

I suppose now is the time to review the countless number of photographs I have taken over the last couple of years and ascertain what, if any, are still worthy of being published.  When I landed on Bass Rock in Scotland in July 2018, I had three hours to enjoy a truly amazing wildlife experience as the guest to circa 100,000 Northern Gannets.  Not surprisingly, I was armed with many gigabytes worth of memory cards, so there was plenty opportunity for capturing both static and in-flight shots.  With such opportunities now removed albeit temporarily due to Covid-19, the photographs in this post are worthy and deserve to be posted.

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Eastern White Pelicans

A few shots of Eastern Pelicans taken during better times at Cassiobury farm near Watford in Hertfordshire.

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Red Kites in Flight

A few shots of Red Kites in flight taken on a very dull and grey day (pre Covid-19 of course), at Argaty farm near Stirling in Scotland.

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Northern Gannets

Only some of the tens of thousands of Northern Gannets on Bass Rock near North Berwick in Bonnie Scotland.

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Lapwing

The colourful and elegant looking Lapwing.

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Wolfdogs

A few shots of Wolfdogs taken at Cassiobury Farm in Hertfordshire.  I wont insult your intelligence and explain this particular hybrid as the name says it all.  Although intelligent, loyal and very active, within the UK they are classified under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, so unless a third generation hybrid, a licence will be necessary to keep one as a pet.

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