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Llama photograph with the Lumix GX8

I’m really liking the Lumix GX8, but I still have lots to try, and lots to get used to.

The llamas don’t seem to mind me using this camera around them. In fact they seem more curious about the camera than anything else and often come over to have a really up close and personal look at the small black object in my hands. Perhaps they think I have some tasty carrots tucked away inside for later.

White llama

In the past when they saw the Nikon and its lenses they all tended to walk the other way, but this llama couldn’t even be bothered to get up from his comfy bed of fallen leaves. He just sat there and let me take a few pictures.

So overall the Lumix is a hit with the llamas a major plus point for me.

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Llamas, vikings, news

I do enjoying living in Wales surrounded by countryside.  The lambs are beginning to fill the fields around the town and snowdrops are blossoming in the front garden, and with the sun shining over the fields even the llamas seem to be enjoying themselves.

The initial stages of my PhD research seem to be going reasonably well.  I have located all my sources and I’m in the process of transcribing and translating them ready for further analysis. I have managed to restrain myself from going to overboard at this stage and I have limited myself to works written in Anglo-Norman and Middle English.

The only times I really miss London is when it comes to buses – we nearly lost our bus route just before Christmas – and when something wonderful happens at one of the London museums.  Which takes me to the breakfast news this morning and to the segment on the Viking exhibition at the British Museum.  It looks like it’s going to be a wonderful exhibit.

As with just about every medieval history undergraduate I too had a great time researching the Vikings, reading the sagas and having heated discussions over the mix of creativity and violence so it’s good to see the Vikings being portrayed ‘in the round’ so to speak and it’s an exhibition I hope to get time to see in the flesh if only for the jewellery and the ship.

If any of you do get to see it before me then let me know what you think of it.

To go with the exhibition the BM is also showing two films at selected cinemas across the UK – one general and one aimed at children.  So at the very least I will get tickets for that.

For more info on the Vikings in the BM click here.

And here is a llama photo to finish with.llama