Saturday, 13 March 2010

Local lakes

Today I popped across to my local nature reserve for a reconaissance. The light was not great - but there was a lot going on. It was a bit of a surprise to find teal, widgeon, shovellers, little grebes and snipe so close to my home.

Only really made one decent shot in the day though - but I plan to go back and it can only get better!

Long Tailed Tit

Monday, 1 March 2010

Stirred and Shaken

This weekend was a stark contrast. A lovely peaceful day on the banks of Loweswater on Saturday, and then a hair-raising high speed blowout on the way home. The former was fantastic, the latter miraculous. I've lost a tire on the motorway once before, but not quite so dramatically. This time the car just bucked under me, slalomed and refused to come back under control. My guardian angel must surely deserve a bonus, because by some miracle I made it over to the hard shoulder without hitting another vehicle, and ended up wrapped around a lamppost. I am very fortunate to have walked away from it with nothing worse than a bruised shoulder and jangling nerves.

My camera gear was in the boot, and given the state of the car it is a tribute to Lowepro bags that it was undamaged.

I haven't had a chance to look at most of the images yet - but this is probably the highlight of the Saturday. Quite an expensive image though given that it cost me my car. But I guess it could have been much worse...