Life is full of surprises — but sometimes they can give us more than we bargained for.

Last week, I was out walking the dog

When a hot air balloon swooped over my head

And landed on the green before slowly teetering on its side.

(I’ve never been dive-bombed by a balloon before!)


Planes are a little more reliable —

Big and noisy but they manage to stop in time…


A couple of months ago, I was enjoying an early morning sunrise

When I heard a honking in my ear.

A duck shot past me, grazing my cheek

And nearly knocking the camera out of my hands.

(Can you see the duck in the bottom left of the photo?)


I’m always startled when those sticks in the path

Slither over my feet…

(Perhaps you could call this foot-bombing?)


My favourite surprise though

Is a glorious sunset and a balloon … in the distance.

Sunset balloon

Go and dive-bomb this site: Our World.

95 responses

  1. I LOVE that snake picture! So awesome. And the hot air balloon incident sounds like it was …interesting LOL. P.S. I am now fillowing your blog:)

    August 19, 2013 at 15:07

  2. indrani

    Wow! Each taken so well even when you were startled.

    August 19, 2013 at 15:16

  3. Gorgeous ! All photos are fantastic !
    Best regards, Synnöve

    August 19, 2013 at 15:31

  4. Don

    That snake is absolutely magnificent. What species is it? The head is very impressive.

    August 19, 2013 at 15:37

  5. bobbushell

    Well done with this one, the air balloon is my fave and the duck grazing your cheek.

    August 19, 2013 at 15:39

  6. Fantastic photos, fantastic ideas:) Greetings

    August 19, 2013 at 15:40

  7. Such great photos and nicely tied together! My favorite is the duck in flight and the idea that he grazed your cheek. Even ducks get in a hurry, I guess!

    August 19, 2013 at 15:47

  8. What a lovely series of photos with such interesting connections. I love that the duck grazed your cheek. What a way to get your attention!

    August 19, 2013 at 16:10

  9. Your photos are all fantastic but my favorite is the sunset with the balloon in the background!

    August 19, 2013 at 16:39

  10. Hello you taught me English language at Mayfield School in Hove near Brighton in England maybe 22 years ago I,ve always had a good memory of you you were very kind and when I saw your photo I said that was my first and best teacher abroad I wish you all happiness and success in your life have a great time

    August 19, 2013 at 16:43

    • Hi there -so nice to have contact with you again! I was indeed a teacher at Mayfield School all those years ago.

      I’m now living in Sweden.

      What are you doing these days?

      Hugs, Fiona

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      August 19, 2013 at 17:31

      • Hi Fiona I,m very pleased to find you and talk to you again after all that you helped me I shall be ever thankfull to you I am working at education field your manner has been a great drive to me to work in teaching and building good generation I would like to sheer with you some photos and ideas that have common interest between us so please follow me on Twitter by user name:@M7474ajlan
        Have a great time

        August 20, 2013 at 02:28

  11. oh that last one is amazing….geez on the duck brushing your cheek…that is crazy…and the balloon falling out of the sky…oh my…..makes for a cool story though…ha

    August 19, 2013 at 17:06

  12. I didn’t realize dive-bombing could be so beautiful. I’m not so sure of the ‘foot-bombing’, however.

    August 19, 2013 at 17:13

  13. Glad that the balloon landed safely and you got the lovely pictures. Not so sure about the snake one. You are brave, you clicked a picture.

    August 19, 2013 at 17:15

  14. OMG! A hot air balloon, a duck, a snake! You really do get up close and personal to your photo subjects!! 😉

    August 19, 2013 at 17:16

  15. Joe

    Great shots.

    August 19, 2013 at 17:29

  16. awesome photography!

    August 19, 2013 at 17:38

  17. JM

    WOW! What a fabulous series! Love all shots but the plane and the snake are my favourites.

    August 19, 2013 at 17:40

  18. That snake…eeek! Love the shots of the hot air balloon and the airplane. Great images!

    August 19, 2013 at 17:40

  19. Wierd but wonderful moments! Stunning work! My fave is the sunset snapshot!

    August 19, 2013 at 18:25

  20. ooh! i just saw this breed of snake on another european blog yesterday! very pretty! but you’re a magnet for fly-bys!

    August 19, 2013 at 18:38

  21. I’m not as brave as you with those snakes. Despite my Swede assuring me they are harmless, I just can’t forget those “8 of the 10 most poisonous snakes in the world” from my homeland. It’s too deeply rooted to go away:-)

    August 19, 2013 at 18:57

  22. sylviakirk

    You do find the very best shots — and every week!! And what a terrific variety for today! That last shot is SO breathtakingly beautiful! My youngest daughter and I took a balloon flight several years ago and I loved it! Great being able to look the birds in the eye!! Have a great week!

    August 19, 2013 at 19:42

  23. what a clever series

    August 19, 2013 at 20:19

  24. Wow, you get dive bombed a lot….ducks, balloons, snakes….such a lovely post, and aren’t surprises like this nice:-)

    August 19, 2013 at 20:29

  25. As always, your photos are just amazing and beautiful!
    Thank you and be careful out there :)

    August 19, 2013 at 20:36

  26. Beautiful!! Last week 4 Ducks broke out of cover right next to me one after another!! Since I`m still alive my heart must be in good shape. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    August 19, 2013 at 21:22

  27. What a fun post….. I’ve had herons fly up in right front of me and they have the deepest squawk….really startling. I’m not afraid of snakes, but not sure I’d enjoy one slithering over my foot.

    August 19, 2013 at 21:50

  28. I’ll take the ballon at sunset over all the other experiences which can be a little heart pounding I think.

    August 19, 2013 at 22:39

  29. M a g i c a l !!

    Ohhhh, and that snake is COOL)) Xxx KISS for Oscar the Dog.

    August 19, 2013 at 23:02

  30. Beautiful photos, I love the snake, really I do.
    I see you are the host of Our World now. That is great news!!

    August 19, 2013 at 23:06

  31. Pat

    Feeling a bit paranoid? That last shot is gorgeous.

    August 20, 2013 at 00:22

  32. Hi! Nice captures. All of your photos are breathtaking beautiful. I especially like the Sunset photo. Thanks for sharing.

    August 20, 2013 at 00:25

  33. Beautiful shots Fiona! Big snakes in Sweden I see!! What is this one? One to be feared?

    August 20, 2013 at 00:44

  34. Al

    An exciting batch of photos, except that last peaceful one. A snake in the grass gets my adrenaline going, since we have poisonous ones where I live!

    August 20, 2013 at 02:12

  35. Wow. These are beautiful – though being snake bombed would have my heart pounding very, very loudly. Like Al, we have poisonous snakes. Very poisonous snakes.

    August 20, 2013 at 04:34

  36. marykatbpcsc45

    Sent shivers down my spine. So beautiful and impressive. I want a better camera now, sooo bad. I love photography and this hop so inspires me. :)

    August 20, 2013 at 06:13

  37. Pat

    You really need to be careful out there!
    Despite the stress of being under constant attack, you still manged to take beautiful photographs!

    August 20, 2013 at 06:16

  38. Lew

    Indeed fantastic shots! But my favorite is the sunset and balloon over the water.

    August 20, 2013 at 06:25

  39. Wonderful combination of fun and beauty!!

    August 20, 2013 at 06:40

  40. Liz

    Stunning images! I love them all but my favourite is the last!

    August 20, 2013 at 07:49

  41. Rahul

    Beatiful pics! Full of surprizes!!

    August 20, 2013 at 09:25

  42. What the glorious shots specially snake shot! love it….

    my main blog


    August 20, 2013 at 10:02

  43. Wow, dive bombing surprises. I love the balloon and the duck. But, the snake is creepy. The last shot is just beautiful. Great captures, Lady Fi! Have a happy week!

    August 20, 2013 at 10:07

  44. Interesting post! Everything is admirable watching at distance… Love the plane shot and impressive snake and sunset.

    August 20, 2013 at 10:44

  45. Beautiful photos, LadyFi, including the snake:-)

    August 20, 2013 at 11:06

  46. Beautiful pictures, but a dangerous life,😉 !

    August 20, 2013 at 11:15

  47. Wow! Such incredible shots and interesting experiences. Although I don’t care for snakes, the snake shot is fabulous!

    August 20, 2013 at 11:38

  48. WOW! One, I would have run screaming if I had seen that snake. Two, that balloon landed right next to a house. Amazing! Great post.

    August 20, 2013 at 13:51

  49. We had a hot air ballon land on out sports oval in my last year of teaching – lesson plan out of the window!

    Great shots.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne.

    PS: the literary reference is to “The World According to Garp”

    August 20, 2013 at 13:56

  50. I love the mixture of shots in this post.

    August 20, 2013 at 14:20

  51. The plane looks so beautiful like a spaceship.

    August 20, 2013 at 15:18

  52. Sensational shots!

    August 20, 2013 at 15:34

  53. Beautiful and colorful images.

    August 20, 2013 at 16:19

  54. I enjoyed your post – I am sure the duck was as startled as you! Have a great week, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

    August 20, 2013 at 17:03

  55. I’ll take Dive-Bombing anytime over Foot-Bombing by a SNAKE… Yipes!!!! Beautiful hot-air balloon….

    Great photos, Fiona.

    August 20, 2013 at 17:23

  56. I’m afraid that I would have run to far and fast to get that snake picture!

    August 20, 2013 at 17:27

  57. onceupona

    I love watching balloons! I’m not sure I’d love being up in one though… Cheers, Danette

    August 20, 2013 at 18:02

  58. Absolutely fantastic photography ~ Clarity, color and wow about the ‘duck experience’ pun intended ~ thanks, carol,xo

    August 20, 2013 at 18:30

  59. Well there would of been bombing all right, if that snake would of got close to me, the camera would of bombed right into the lake of pure terror. Your a very brave lady. Great photos as always my friend.

    August 20, 2013 at 19:10

  60. Terrific capture, as always. I like the reflection on an airplane metal body.
    Have a wonderful night.

    August 20, 2013 at 20:18

  61. Hi Lady Fi! The photos are beautiful and gave a great impression of all your subjects. The snake is perfect. What kind of snake is it? You live in Scandinavia, don’t you? I thought there aren’t many snakes.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

    August 20, 2013 at 20:49

  62. Wow that snake! Great photo series!

    August 20, 2013 at 21:32

  63. Yes, I love them all! Wonderful last! Nice pictures!

    August 20, 2013 at 23:04

  64. The last photograph here is so gorgeous!
    What a wonderful sense of peacefulness.

    August 21, 2013 at 01:22

  65. Great post, Lady Fi! Oh, I would not react well to the foot bombing legless creature.:)
    That certainly would be a surprise, being dive bombed by a hot air balloon!

    August 21, 2013 at 01:29

  66. Wow, always such a treat to stop by here. LOVE the lake photo with the purple sky. Wonderful!:)

    August 21, 2013 at 02:16

  67. Fantastic! So many surprises, mostly from the air !!

    August 21, 2013 at 05:09

  68. Surprises coming at you from every which way indeed LadyFi:-)

    August 21, 2013 at 07:01

  69. That sunset is beautiful:)

    August 21, 2013 at 07:50

  70. I admire your composure to get the shot of the snake…I don’t mind telling you…that would’ve freaked me out!!!

    gorgeous sunset!!!

    August 21, 2013 at 08:43

  71. My goodness, the adventures you have! I imagine the snake and duck were just as startled as you…

    August 21, 2013 at 10:12

  72. What a beautiful world you live in!!!! My favourite is the balloon at sunset!!! Although the duck flying so close to you is a close second…

    August 21, 2013 at 11:48

  73. What a great series of shots! Yes I spotted the grazy duck and the picture of the snake is stunning!

    August 21, 2013 at 13:49

  74. I love hot air balloo,s but don’t see nearly enough of them around here.

    As for things divebombing you… sometimes we’ll get bats doing that at certain times of the year!

    August 21, 2013 at 16:55

  75. Beautiful photos, as always:)

    August 21, 2013 at 23:45

  76. So beautiful, each one of the moments. Some are a bit scary though but I still love all of them.:)

    My Yatra Diary…

    August 22, 2013 at 05:54

  77. The duck? Seriously? My camera would have been trash if not safely around my neck.:)

    August 22, 2013 at 11:32

    • Luckily I had my camera strap around my neck.

      August 22, 2013 at 13:00

  78. i would have been terrified by the snake!

    August 22, 2013 at 12:58

  79. You took a photo of the stick…and it didn’t come out blurry..you are so brave.:)

    August 22, 2013 at 16:24

  80. What a day … I love those surprises. :-)

    August 23, 2013 at 13:21

  81. marykatbpcsc45

    Hi, just wanted you to know you are on my Friday feature list.:)


    Hope you can stop by.

    August 23, 2013 at 16:25

  82. The snake is really impressive! What a wonderful series! Such great shots!!!

    August 23, 2013 at 19:36

  83. Wonderful and different series, all well taken, I like the sunset photo the most

    August 24, 2013 at 11:00

  84. jag gillar snokar. Fin bild du fick på den.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:12

  85. That reptile is a beauty..very well captured! Love the last image too!

    August 27, 2013 at 07:37

  86. on no….ugghhhh…..yikes…..that snake😦 but gosh what a great photo !!!

    August 28, 2013 at 02:12

  87. The plane photo… amazing!!! I really like it, and also how the clouds reflect on the plane.

    August 30, 2013 at 22:57

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