The Swiss Guards at the Vatican are a bit of a cliché picture wise but he was nicely framed and the lamp post adds a bit of balance. I was also fascinated by how comfortable he looks in what is a clown-like costume. Tradition sometimes makes people behave in the strangest of ways.
Taken from the eastern side of Pen Y Fan looking towards Cribyn. The weather was unusually good for the Brecon Beacons apart from a very strong wind. I waited ages for the horse to look up from his grazing as I think that would have made a better picture, but unfortunately it was too intent on eating grass.
I was cycling past this earlier in March and was struck by the streams of twigs appearing to cascade down the tree. I thought it might be interesting to adjust a few things in Lightroom to see if I could make the twigs look literally like a stream or at least torrential rain. Not sure if it works that well but I quite like it as an abstract.
The collective noun for buzzards is "wake" presumably because they like to gather near a dead body. I was cycling near St Mary Church and spotted a field with a wake of buzzards (well 4 anyway) and managed to get this shot before a lycra of cyclists came speeding past shouting, "Oh, look, a buzzard!" and scared it away. The picture was taken with a 300mm lens on a micro four thirds camera - 600mm equivalent. Added a vignette in post processing but otherwise only slightly tweaked. I got some nice shots of more colourful birds in Costa Rica over Christmas but they were all taken before the end of December so unfortunately they don't qualify for the January Challenge. Bummer! I'll put some of them on Facebook.