Getting out of bed today turned into a Grand Day Out.—————————————-I'm almost done on my Project and today must prove doing a 365 works. Too many people in the park for squirrels… .., a couple of brave/foolish squirrels tried a ground assault but the prospect of getting caught between frequent passer-by's and Bella quickly discouraged them. Once I'd bagged some birds we moved on, I find I can now analyse a squirrel scene faster than I do most things in life. Bella doesn't want to leave she hasn't had enough. We had a wander and I thought I'd try out a close-up lens on the 18-55mm kit lens, a lens I use infrequently, let's find another use for it. I'll go look for flowers & bugs, I snapped a Bee and a Fly the other day, there must be more. One of the embankments has a nice selection of early risers. Took some good flower pics but the single bee I saw was too quick for me and one isn't worth chasing. I hear the Yapping Crew, let's take a look. What a racket. Bella's gone off anyway to check out the noise. I'm not quite convinced I took this photo. This member of the crew doesn't run. After a few shots we head for home and I spot Max and Mr Thompson on the road to the main gates, I missed the shot I wanted because I still take too much time messing with the camera controls, they're still frustratingly unfamiliar. Max and his human are in the wrong place but the rest of the photo looks good. Following them, we walk down to where a Robin likes to hang out. It's seeing off a rival so it's easy to spot. Then it's home to upload, I have a rather good fried duck egg sarnie and check out the news headlines while Bella has a bone so she won't eat squirrel. Taken on our second visit an hour later. I meet another Big Camera user, only the fourth I've spotted this year. I pass on a couple of good spots… …then my knees & elbows got very dirty as I got bug level. Bella hates flower photography, gets bored, came over for a cuddle, scared off the bugs so she got snapped. She hates close-ups. I'm still working out the best distance for the close-up lens so most of the photos were out of focus and non-salvageable. Never mind, I got to roll on the ground like a child for a legitimate reason. Taken on a late third visit as the sun set so we had to be quick. This is the theme entry for 'New Beginnings' but I didn't realise it was a day theme and it grabbed the whole page. The Jet should be over the tower but the camera & I were too slow. This makes up for the sloppiness. So does this. Leave your mark.