More of the Same, but Different

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Bald Glory

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I don’t think I’ve ever come across such an interesting tree before!

As it appears to be native to swampy areas of N.America, I wonder how it came to be here in Sussex at the Ifield Mill Pond and Bewbush Water Gardens?  I wonder if, like the Tilgate Lake and Park, the place was originally part of a private estate? That would account for the trees being introduced here as a specimen no doubt…. I will have to do a spot of historical research I think.  It’s brilliant that I can look stuff up on the internet!!

I took pics of other things that caught my eye at the Pond too so I will make that my follow on post.  au revoir,  Eileen

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Bald Cypress [Taxodium distichum]

I’ve often wondered about this tree that I’ve passed every time I’ve walked around the local lake. I obviously haven’t caught it at its most spectacular up until now!  When I got back home I took the time to search on line for its name but of course, it wasn’t showing up in any British tree lists, so I widened my search and it turned out to be a conifer.

What threw me was that I didn’t class it as a conifer because I’d mistakenly thought all conifers were evergreen and this tree clearly wasn’t. Anyway – the clue was in my pics because I saw what sort of  looked like clusters of tiny cones and then some larger spherical green ones hidden among the bright colourful foliage that I hadn’t noticed when I was taking the pics.

It’s a very large tree and I wonder how old it is …. maybe I will see if anyone knows on my local FB group.

Bald Cypress

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Oops – maybe next time I’ll take a pic of the complete tree!!

bye for now,   Eileen


Black & White

In looking back over the pics I’ve posted here, I realised to my surprise, that I’ve never done a post solely of my black and white images. So, as I’ve recently gathered some black & white and infrared pics into their own folder on my computer, it seems a logical follow- on to post some here: all taken at the Ifield Mill Pond & Bewbush Water Gardens.

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Infrared again

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Well – there we are folks …. the last few I used an ‘infrared’ effect on in my Paintshop Pro software, because I love the sunny, soft look it gives !

See you soon,   Eileen

 

 


Leafy Captures

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I have the utmost confidence in saying that everybody loves Autumn [ I think !! Lol]. I went over to the Pond especially to seek out leaves that have changed to their autumn glory.

There were quite a few that had got caught up among other trees and shrubs on their way to the ground, and some were still attached to their parent tree, but without exception , they were all yellow!  These pics are all in situ as found ….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I’m getting a bit like Busses – you don’t get any posts come along for a while and then you get several at once …. more from my autumn walk very soon,   take care all,   Eileen

 

 


The Ifield Pond in Winter

Still WaterThis was taken on one of the few sunny days we’ve had recently. There was ice floating around on the lake and parts were really completely iced over.  I loved the clear reflections of the trees and a pair of swans sunning themselves on the far side.

Just humour him dear !

Just humour him dear !

When I got round to the other side this photographer got himself a prime spot  – it was amazing they let him get so close. They weren’t bothered by him at all.

On Thin Ice

It was quite a comical sight to see the various ducks, coots etc trying to keep their balance but they took it all in their stride , if you’ll excuse the pun ….

We can DO this chaps !

We can DO this chaps !

Coots

I added a warm ‘sunset’ effect to this image….

No Fishing Today

No Fishing Today

At various places around the Lake the local Council have built several platforms to fish from –  there were no takers this day though.

Ablaze

Ablaze

Amid all the dark, bare trees this one stood out because of it’s blazing orange colour against the clear blue sky – I’ve no idea what tree it is !! in the pic below it shows the clear image of the moon above it.  It really was a glorious day !

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Ablaze3 As I got nearer to it I kept taking shots  and zoomed in on this one.  The colour did change in camera as a result, but I did a bit of artistic ‘tweaking’ afterwards on some too, but all within what I call enhancement I hope and not overdoing things.  It was truly a glorious colour au naturelle – honest !

I’m going to try to be more active on my Blog –  the trouble is that I have a finger in too many pies I think, as I belong to several photography sites. The good thing about blogging though is that I can post as many pics in one go as I like.

till next time,   Eileen


The Ifield Pond in October

Waters Edge

This is the first year I’ve visited the Pond in Autumn and that’s because there is a now this lovely new path bordering the Lake so I don’t have to get my shoes wet in the mud. However the fallen leaves can be a bit slippery to walk on when it’s rained. These pics were taken before the rains came …

Autumn Colour

View from the Bridge

View from the Bridge

The Pond

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There were a lot of seagulls on the Lake and many of them were lined up on the side-rails of the walkway. I knew they would fly away as I approached so I went slowly and had to use the camera’s zoom before I got too near –  not nearly as good as having a camera with proper zoom lens attached, but I was quite pleased with the results ….

On The Rails

Have you got my best side?

Have you got my best side?

The original shots of the gulls were a little bit sharper and deeper in colour, but I liked the soft effect I got while messing around with the effects in my PSP. Another bit of artistic licence [which I’m prone to do cos I enjoy it!]

see you soon dv,   Eileen


Once More Unto the Pond, Dear Friends

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Fortunately I’d chosen to visit the Pond a few days before the present heatwave really hit us. Nevertheless –  it was a really bright,sunny day and I was armed with my brand new camera – Olympus Stylus 1 –  recommended by a very helpful assistant at Park Cameras in Burgess Hill. Because I’m struggling with the settings etc I ended up going back to ‘auto’ . I know I could have done better, but hope I’ll get brownie points for trying!

I do feel the need for a kindly hand to guide me or a nearby class to join, but meanwhile , though it takes twice as long when you don’t know what you’re doing, I will learn by swotting and trial and error – and I will try to compensate by being ‘artistic’ ….  But – I’m loving my new Stylus 1 and something I didn’t think I’d find easy is using the view-finder!  My not so efficient eyesight means I prefer to use the screen to take my pics usually. But this viewfinder is a good size and switches from the screen mode automatically when you press said viewfinder to your brow. I’m sure it’s making me hold the camera steadier too.

As I took rather a lot of pics I will spread them over a couple of posts. Some are of the scenery, some of the wildlife and some of people and doggies.

reflections

This is taken from a small concrete bridge where the Lake leads into a somewhat stagnant looking canal. It is very quiet and secluded and the reflections of the surrounding greenery are lovely.

canalThere is a little peahen[?] at left foreground in above pic …..

swans

A little bit further along, the Lake narrows and is dissected by a road, the other side seems to be quite a little haven for the ducks and geese as they like to gather there to be fed by everybody. It’s a very picturesque part …
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From another angle. I liked the shadow patterns of the tree.

Lake view

Well folks,  as usual, I would really appreciate any comments or thoughts on these images, if you have the inclination.  see you soon with some doggie pics.

many blessings,   Eileen