I have been a WU member since September 2005. Now a retired teacher, enjoying my garden, writing, sketching, taking photos, and having great fun!
By: sandiquiz , 8:26 PM GMT on February 16, 2014
After weeks and weeks of rain, wind and grey skies it was wonderful to awaken to sun - and wall to wall blue skies!
I had planned to go down by the lake if the weather was good, as forecasted, so after breakfast and the weekly phone call to his mum, I managed to rope in C, to come to carry the camera bag for me.
The lake was popular - the sun had brought out the walkers, the joggers, the cyclists, the photographers, and just those who wanted to be out in the sunshine after weeks of being ensconced in their homes!
I gave the little Panasonic Fz150 to C and I had the Canon. The Fz150 has a better all round lens, as the zoom lens allows you to get closer to the subject. But I soon realised the Canon has a quicker shutter, and a produces a sharper image. I think I had forgotten that about it after 18 months of using the Panasonic!
The following photos are a mixture of the Canon DSLR and the little Panasonic - there is hardly any difference, unless you look closely at the originals!
I saw resident mallards, a visiting oyster catcher, Canada and Greylag geese, moorhens, coots, a flock of black headed gulls and even a flying cormorant, but I didn't see the Kingfisher which I had been told was there! Never mind, I will have to go again, the next time the sun shines!
The sun shone from a cloudless sky, making the water ripple with sunbeams.
On the far bank there was a yacht race - but not real yachts, all remote controlled! The 'controllers' were having a wonderful time, enjoying the gentle breeze and the sun!
There was plenty of colour on newly emerging growth, alder catkins, mahonia and lots of red berries for the birds on cotoneaster plants that had gone wild around the banks.
I just had to take this image, because, even though the sun shone from a cloudless sky, and the wind was gentle .... this evoked memories of the weeks and weeks of torrential rain and relentless winds we have endured!
And finally - the "lesser-spotted-grinning dodo", alias C, who actually enjoyed himself, especially when I said I would treat him to a "pint" in the pub when we had finished!
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