Hither And Yon - A
w/e 11 February 2007
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490 (unless marked).
Illness prevented any meaningful photographic expeditions
this week so this selection of images are from various previous
outings this year.
This pair of swans flying in tandem whilst running on water were
captured at Straw's Bridge Nature Reserve on January 26th. I
was quite pleased with the result even though it was just a chance
shot. I heard the noise of wings flapping and the splash of water
so turned to follow the noise and pressed the shutter release.
A few days later on January 29th, I joined the "Monday Strollers",
a Walking For Health group, for a gentle stroll in Shipley Country
Park. This path through the woods near the Hall site on top of
Shipley Hill shows just part of the group - there were as many
if not more members of the group behind.
On the same walk and from a similar position, I captured this
image through the trees of Shipley Lake and the ill-fated American
Adventure. The theme park has announced its closure and the future
of the site has yet to be resolved. I was struck by the size
and shape of the branch that leaves the main tree almost at right
angles - almost like a giant catapult lined up to fire missiles
into the lake below!
This image comes from 6th February and was taken after our visit
to Dimminsdale Nature Reserve. After leaving the reserve we drove
a short distance to a car park overlooking Staunton Harold Reservoir
and here a number of bird boxes, bird tables and scattered food
attract a large array of wild birds. There were sparrows, robins,
tits of all persuasions as well as many others I couldn't identify.
I initially thought this one in the hedgerow between the car
park and the reservoir was a Blue Tit but reference books now
lead me to believe with its dark head, white cheeks and yellow
breast, that it is a Great Tit.
By the 8th February, snow had arrived in Ilkeston and this was
the view of Pimlico on Thursday morning. This image by the way
was captured with the old camera, the Kodak DC280. It was to
be the last image I captured before illness sent me home and
to bed for three days. Obviously the "Walking For Health"
didn't do me as much good as I had hoped!
A week later, Thursday February 15th, I ventured out still feeling
pretty weak in an abortive attempt to capture some images for
this page. I managed only a few shots of which this was about
the best. (Doesn't say much for the rest!) Showing the
crocuses pushing through the grass on Victoria Park, it also
shows the rose arbour with the pillars that were taken from the
old Nottingham jail and on the left in the far distance, is the