Tag Archives: journey home

Don’t forget the Trees

On my walks, be it along the riverbank at lunchtime, or on a birdwatching trip to a local nature reserve or country park; you will always find trees.

They may not always be the focal point of the shot.

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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

 

Reflections

Taken early evening using the natural light

minutes apart

and from similar vantage points.

Up River, down River

A Sunday Walk on the Wild Side

Just a few flowers from ‘A Secret Garden’

And a few from the roadside

Even though the day was overcast and subject to a few spots of rain, people still were able to enjoy the gardens, have a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

A View From A Bridge

Just standing on the road bridge looking up and down river you can just watch the world go by.

Mr and Mrs Swan graceful as ever.

Same River different sides of the bridge.

Reflections

And yet more bridges

Homeward Bound

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.

 

Night Views

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