Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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The Trouble With Dolphins

by admin - 23:12 on 08 August 2010

It's been a noisy day in The Rural Retreat. The sound of birdsong and the mewing of contented cats has been punctuated by electronic squeaks, trills and whistles as Matchgirl gets to grips with her new toy.

The HTC Desire smartphone has made her life complete, it seems; she can't image that she ever coveted an iPhone. She's now Bluetooth-enabled, wi-fi-ready, WAP-assisted, and has sent and received her first texts. The screen is a work of art.

She tore herself away from it long enough to accompany me to Cromarty this evening where we boarded the good ship Ecoventures, dressed in the firm's natty grey-and-blue waterproofs, for a voyage into the Moray Firth in search of dolphins.

Another Blurry Dolphin

For a long time it appeared that we'd return having seen no more than gulls and cormorants, but our luck changed near the end of the trip, when we were minutes from harbour. Several sightings were made, including calves, and a few breaches enjoyed, but the highlight was the sight (albeit for half a second) for four dolphins, line abreast, breaking the surface and diving again together.

The Pentax missed it, of course. The best I could do was one undistinguished breach. Lizards are much easier – they stand still while you take their photograph.

Common Lizard 6

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