Category Archives: Lakes

Looking through old photos

Flicking through old photo albums, or clicking on digital images on your PC. Its the same. That moment in time when you pressed the shutter and captured that image.

 

 

 

 

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Mindfullness

I love to watch birds in flight

Sometimes I am not quite quick enough

or close enough

to get the shot I would like

but I still love to watch birds in flight.

 

 

Walk on By

When out for a walk, I like to look around at all of my surroundings. I try to take the time to look at what is right in front of me.

The unusual shapes

and the colours

of Autumn

I don’t forget to look up

And of course across the lake

or river

Capturing life as it passes by

by day

and by night

 

A Sunday Walk

In the Autumn sunshine

And soon it will be time to put up the Christmas lights.

Sunsets and Sunrises Autumn Style

Looking through my catalogue of Autumn photos I have found a few shots of an early morning sunrise.  This is due to the fact that most mornings I am in a rush to get to work and don’t often have my camera to hand.  However a few days ago I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to capture this shot.

Sun over Church Steeple

Within 20 seconds or so the light had completely changed.

I love taking photos of sunsets and clouds

Sunset

Just Clouds

But I really like the setting sun  reflections over water

Sunset over Water

Sunset over Lake

Spring has Arrived

The sun shines (sometimes) the birds are singing and some are nesting.

and some are getting into their best bib and tucker

Research

Research can take many forms.  For many it may mean just surfing the web, for others a trip to the library or the local archives office.

Lately I have been in ‘research mode’ gathering information for a few different projects I am currently working on.  However it has thrown up a few surprises that I have filed away for another day.

Looking at original documents that are over 100 years old is fascinating, be they a title deed or a letter from a soldier to his parents during the first world war.

Many years ago when I was a teenager I took up birdwatching seriously. However  there were not many bird identification books available in my price range.  So if I saw some birds locally that I had not identified before, I would often take a detour to the local museum (it was further along the riverbank) check out the natural history display cases and then return to birdwatching, confident I had correctly identified the birds seen.

Now of course it is so much easier.  On a break from my research, I stopped off at one of my regular birdwatching haunts  (mainly to try out my new telescope) Once in the nearest hide I looked out onto the lake hoping to see if there were some birds I hadn’t  seen before.  I was in luck. A male and a female smew in amongst the tufted ducks and  wigeon.  Alas I did not get a photo, but true to the ‘old ways’ I made a note of the behaviour and characteristics of the birds as well as the colour and size etc. Once back home (after a quick stop off at the local supermarket) I confirmed my sightings.

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However I can never resist a picture of a swan.