Swans

Swan at Ifield Pond

These images are all of the same swan. His mate was on the far side of the lake sitting on their nest and he had conveniently come alongside the walkway. I always feel slightly guilty that I never take any bread with me because he obviously thinks he’s going to get some …. but I can’t juggle bread as well as the camera. Usually there are other people feeding them, but not today.

I made a huge mistake in not watching out for my shadow falling across him so when I got home I had to delete a lot of the pics. Not only was it my shadow, but the metal mesh at either side of the walkway cast  shadows too. Some of them I was able to rescue with a little bit of ‘cloning’. Anyway  – I still had plenty that I was pleased with and again – I enjoyed making them look a bit different with my PSP and ON1 plugin.

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Swan 3

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More From the Pond

Skimmimg the Lake

I’ve taken so many photos over at the Pond now so I thought I would get a bit of ‘creativity’ going by using some ON1 effects on these.  Normally I don’t like images to look too unreal/unbelievable, but I think I can get away with these … not to the purists’ taste of course, but I’m all for a bit of experimentation!  How wonderful that our Creator has given us the ability to create from His originals!

The lake

Evening Light

Nature Walk

Please leave any comments or constructive criticisms …. I’ll be posting some swan pictures later today/tomorrow.  Take care,  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

The Pond 2

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


Ablutions

Just Having a Stretch

Just Having a Stretch

Took another stroll around the Ifield Pond the other day and was so pleased to see all the water birds were back.

This lovely Swan came from far across the lake – could he really see me from there? well he must have done cos he made a beeline straight for me …   He must have thought I had bread for him I guess, but alas I didn’t. I was standing on a little bank where the water was quite shallow and he came right up to the edge. I thought he would soon leave again but to my delighted surprise he stayed and decided to do his ablutions.

I'm the Boss!

I’m the Boss!

Who's a Pretty Boy?

Who’s a Pretty Boy?

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Swan11

Swan12

Swan13

Hope you enjoy looking at the pics as much as I enjoyed taking them, [everyone seems to say that] ….  I’m hoping the weather will stay nice for longer so that I can get more pics.  I may be posting some ‘scenery’ tomorrow as I took loads of the trees and woody areas around the lake too.

Have a lovely day everyone, see you soon,   Eileen


Water Birds

Greylag Goose

Another visit to the Ifield Pond – there have been some great changes made by the local council and I can now walk around the lake without getting shoes wet or muddy. The new walkway , although a bit of an eyesore if you want to photograph a distance view of the scenery, is nonetheless a great addition as it takes you right across the lake and around the other side. There is such a variety of birds and I am learning the names of those I’ve never seen before. This one is a Greylag Goose.

Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose

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Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

 

Nature

The water looked rather murky in the next few shots so I used a bit of artistic licence in my PSP and On1 software. Applied a blue filter, softened a bit and added borders or vignettes.

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I knew that there were a couple of Herons there, but on the rare occasions I saw them, they were too far away to get a shot [I don’t have a camera I can attach lenses too]. Since the walkway goes to the far side of the lake they are now more in range if I see them at all. So – this was a very lucky and rare opportunity!

Heron copy1

Lookout copy


Swanning Around

Swan

As someone who doesn’t get around much, I am forever grateful to the Lord that I have a Wildlife area right at the bottom of my road. Now that I’ve got to know the place more since moving here nearly three years ago [tempus fugit!], I find I’m visiting it quite regularly. There are big changes going on to the Pond’s layout and it looks like it will be really good stuff with new permanent paths being built, plus fishing areas and a ‘viewing platform’ in the middle of the lake.

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I was delighted to capture this swan after his ‘ducking’ and diving, with the water drops from his beak. It was what I was hoping for but didn’t know I’d got till I uploaded the pics to my laptop.

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Then he conveniently swam round nearer to my viewing point ….. probably thought I had some bread to feed him. As you can see – it was a lovely sunny, hot day …. my,  we’ve had a good summer this year.

see you soon,     Eileen