Along the River Great Ouse
The riverside has changed a lot in the last few years
Buildings have come down
Careful does it!
People were curious
New buildings went up
And so did a new bridge
The New Bridge
Older buildings changed use (again)
However the wildlife carried on as usual
All these photos were taken between 2012 and 2020
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On a walk along the riverbank the Canada Geese are likely to swim over to you to see if anything is going.
Not to be out done….
a swan swam closer
just to make sure I could capture his beauty.
As I walked along the riverbank I noticed this little chap watching me
And what you don’t see from this next picture
is that minutes before they all had marched together across the grass to reach the riverbank.
And now buildings old
of times past
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Admittedly on my lap top. I wonder how they will be seen in the future. No longer kept in an old shoe box under the bed, with the date and who was in them written in pencil on the back, or stuck into the ‘photo album’ you know the one where only the best photos are displayed.
With everything digital and kept in the cloud, what happens when the cloud bursts? Do the pixels dissipate never to return.
Will someone pop into their local archives in say 30 years and say ‘Have you got any pictures of what my town looked like at the turn of the century?
I just like looking through old photos.
This is one of my favourites, not because of the rainbow, or the lamp reflection (taken through a window) that could at a push be taken as a UFO (cue Gerry Anderson UFO music) but because that building no longer exists.
The whole area redeveloped from this
Until the next re development.
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to try out my new camera, I took a stroll along the riverbank
And yes that is my shadow, in the last of the summer sunshine.
I spend a lot of time just walking along the banks of the river (Great Ouse) during my lunch breaks and on the odd occasion or two a quick evening stroll before I make the mad dash home through the traffic. Always carrying a camera of some sort I get to take a lot of photographs of swans, geese (mainly Canada geese) ducks, the resident cormorants and of course the herons.
I find herons fascinating birds, they are so patient, waiting for the right moment, then quick as a flash they have caught their supper.
Where one Canada goose, the rest follows….. They graze constantly, then one after another they synchronize their dive into the river, swimming across to see if someone sitting on the opposite bank has something for them.
The swans of course just glide up and down the river
Meet up for a quick chat (and a bite to eat)
Pop over to see what others are having for lunch
and then its Homeward Bound
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I could watch a heron fishing all day. They have so much patience.
and then in a flash
They take flight
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On one of my regular lunchtime walks along the river, I passed through my usual turning point (Town Bridge) and made my way to the weir. Sitting down to eat my lunch, camera at the ready I spied the usual swans, ducks and Canada geese. It was a pleasant surprize to see a couple of herons fly in.
It was many years ago on this river that I first saw a heron for the first time.
As I sat watching the Canada geese, I became aware that they were watching me as they grazed the sunburnt grass
One in particular followed me to the rubbish bin as I disposed of my sandwich packaging, hissing his disappointment
at not receiving a snack!
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The clean up continues
and gradually the river returns to normal
The Canada Geese on Patrol
Whilst a few ducks enjoy the sunshine
sitting by the river
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There will be plenty of photos of the Bedford River Festival, so I thought I would post a few photos before the estimated three hundred thousand visitors descended.
Though some arrived early
and some were practicing
whilst others stayed on guard
and enjoyed a snooze………….
and the youngsters had a good look around
Come back later to see after the River Festival
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