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Making A Splash

Making A Splash

Making A Splash

This young swan still has a few of his adolescent plumage left and was making a real splash, preening in the River Wey, as the new adult feathers come through. What a joy to watch him! I loved this pose he struck and decided that he should be my star for Wex Mondays this week.

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Blue Monday: Messing About With Boats

The Blue BargeBlue Monday: Messing About With Boats

Sadly, Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor still has no internet access so we cannot share our Blue Monday posts as a group. I am still going to share these images, taken last week at the Basingstoke Canal, as part of the theme and to share my entry for Wex Mondays on Twitter. Included in the gallery is a particularly colourful blue houseboat that always makes me smile. There was a certain irony to its Hawaiian-styled design set against the frozen waters of the canal!Sunset and SmokeMany of the resident ducks were gathered near the houseboats this week as the warmth emanating from them was keeping this one stretch of water free of the ice. I have to admit that the sight of the smoke coming from the stove chimney with streamers of sunlight cutting through the tree branches gave me a rather warm feeling inside! It’s a shame that warmth did not spread to my extremities. We’ve not had any snowfall here yet but reports are looking vaguely hopeful!

Wex Monday: Creating a vintage effect

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Blue Monday: Jay

Male Jay

Blue Monday: Jay

While it may not be quite as blue as the American Blue Jay, the Jay here in the UK is very colourful too with a lovely blue flash on its’ wings. I was treated to quite a display from this lovely pair who were collecting small bits of soft, nesting material. Usually such a shy bird, they were so wrapped up in their courtship that they barely noticed me!

 

Blue Monday is hosted by Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor
Smiling Sally

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Unlocking The Landscape Part 4

Moorhen

Unlocking The Landscape Part 4

Lock Gates and reflections

The Saturn Trail on the Basingstoke Canal is the perfect landscape in which to reflect upon the beauty of nature!

Part of WPC: Landscape, Travel Theme: Refreshing and The 7 Day Nature Photography Challenge

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Unlocking The Landscape Part 2

Grey Wagtail looking for food

Unlocking The Landscape Part 2

The sapphire-jeweled kingfisher isn’t the only precious bird on the Basingstoke Canal! In the golden afternoon sunlight a gilt streak skims the water’s surface and lands on the lock gates, tail bobbing, head twisting, seeking out the insects along the shallows. The Grey Wagtail is a favourite bird of mine and I have been watching them along my local stretch of the canal for some years now. They’re very distinctive with a slate-grey back and bold yellow underside! They breed very successfully in this insect-rich environment and I hope to be watching them interacting with their fledglings again this year.

Part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape. If you missed Part 1 of my series exploring the many elements that make up the local landscape of the canal, you can view it here

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist – Bracken

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist - Bracken

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

Among the many sights I love at this time of year when I’m out alongside the Basingstoke Canal, is the new fronds of bracken unfurling. One of natures constantly twisting and changing sculptures!