Monday, 29 October 2012

Aqualate!

Not an obscure Latin epithet, but a placename, imaginatively translating into English as 'wide water'. It's a bird reserve amidst beautiful woodland between Gnosall (Staffordshire) and Newport (Shropshire). Famous for its variety of exotic and rare birds - ospreys, kingfishers, bitterns and more - we saw some ducks.

But it was a beautiful autumn day: cold and clear, silent and colourful. Thanks to Dan, we stayed off the roads almost all afternoon, traipsing along abandoned roman roads, old train tracks and muddy fox runs… followed by a slap-up meal in a canalside pub.

Here are a selection of photos which you can click to enlarge. The rest are here.






Landscape photographer in landscape


Bridge to nowhere






Moon through hawthorn branches


Hallowe'en ravens!


3 comments:

Shackleford Hurtmore said...

If you're into bird watching, I think you'll like this blog. It's the only bird watching blog I read: baldmonkeyseenabird.wordpress.com

The Plashing Vole said...

Thanks - will check it out. I'm not a birdwatcher, I just hang around with birdwatchers making inane comments like 'another small brown bird!', but actually I do rather like seeing them.

The Plashing Vole said...

OK - looked at BaldMonkey now. Very, very good. Thanks!