You may have noticed I have a thing about water, light and reflections, and the abstract patterns which the mind can get completely lost within if you allow it to roam within such an image. There is a narrow bridge crossing my local river which leads to a canal a stone’s throw away. This is… Read More When Is A painting Not A Painting?
I think the plant is River Water Crowfoot bubbling just beneath the surface. The river is quite shallow here, and I have walked across it past summers. Sometimes I will see a zip of blue as a Kingfisher flies by, and flitting damselflies and dragonflies can be seen on the banks and out over the… Read More River Ripples By
During one of my walks along my local river, I was so taken by the sunlight filtering through the trees and reflecting off the cool water. I felt like I was peering into some magical, watery fairy realm. The light lit up the bottom of the riverbed and bought out the beautiful earthen colours which… Read More River Light Reflections
Podiceps cristatus A beautiful and most elegant waterbird with ornate head plumes which has a magnificent courtship display where they move their head from side to side. It has a white face with shows of chestnut, white neck and breast, a dark brownish back, and a very pointed pink bill. The juveniles have a distinctive… Read More Great Crested Grebe
Calopteryx virgo The wings of the mature male are a very dark blue, almost black, where the female’s wings are an iridescent green-brown with a false white spot near the tips. The male’s body is a metallic blue-green, and the female’s metallic green with a bronze-tipped abdomen. Body length up to 50mm. Forewing 40mm. The… Read More Beautiful Demoiselle
Butomus umbellatus A beautiful and elegant aquatic perennial with umbrella-like clusters of pink flowers. Although the long thin, sword-like leaves of this plant resemble a rush or a sedge, and the name of the plant implies this, it is not and is unrelated. It grows up to 80cm tall. The seeds are made up of tissue which are… Read More Flowering Rush
On my local walk I often pass this old willow on the river bank. If you were to walk towards it, push back the tall grass and overgrowth, and peer closer at the moss laden boughs, you would see another world, a micro world of lichen and tiny mushrooms growing there.
Calopteryx splendens I have been playing cat and mouse with these beautiful broad-winged dragonflies by my local river this morning. Patience is everything when photographing nature in the wild, but I am sure these critters always got a sense when I took my lens cap off for they would flutter off to alight somewhere else,… Read More Banded Demoiselle