Winter 1 – Ducks and Ice

It may seem a bit late in the year to publish a post with this title.  We have had a pretty bad winter, but not really with the type of weather that is expected.  As it looks as if spring may be on its way, I thought it might be good to post something reflecting what winter can be like before the weather warms up.  To do this, I have gone back into the archives.  This one is from January 2009.

It shows ducks on the ice of Sutton Bingham Reservoir, where many years ago, I used to sail throughout the year.  Sometimes, we would have broken thin ice to get a sail at the weekend!


The dam and overflow of the reservoir are hidden in the mist of this frosty morning, at top left.  The pontoon where the Sailing Club launches its dinghies is off to the left.  A couple of the ‘marks’, buoys that mark the course or start/finish line, can be seen towards the upper third of the frame.  The water available for sailing extends from close to the camera, away to the dam at the top of the picture, and some distance off to the right, down a narrower finger of reservoir to the south.  Although not a large reservoir, Sutton Bingham provides some interesting sailing.

Duck and other water birds like it as well. 🙂

Another shot, taken on the same day and posted a couple of years ago can be found here.

Some shots taken during a ‘summer time’ walk around the reservoir can be found here.  Hopefully these will help us think of the better weather.

Have a good weekend. 🙂

The Thaw

We photographers do sometimes take some strange photos.  I was looking back through some of my images on Flickr last night, and found this one from nearly two years ago, of a melting icicle on a tree in our garden.  I can remember that at the time I really wanted to get this image.  Now it is rather harder to understand why.  When I think back, I believe that it was all about the challenge of catching that drip as there isn’t much artistic merit to the shot.

The Thaw

I do remember that it took a good few exposures before I managed to catch the drip and get some separation between the drip and the icicle.  It would have been nice to have had a bit more separation though.  One might think that it was a long wait between drips, and that this would make the task even harder.  I must confess to having cheated a little on this.  The method I used to make this drip at fairly rapid and regular intervals was to ‘mist’ the icicle with water from an old household cleaner spray.  This saved a lot of time and frustration.