I didn’t stray far for my photography day last week. The lake close to our house is a local beauty spot. I enjoy a regular walk with our dog, but there is little chance to take a camera then. The seasons are so different here, and mid summer is perhaps the most lush and most active with wildlife.
This time I wandered slowly and noticed contrasts more than anything. The morning sun through the trees on the new woodland walk casts dappled light and shade. The early evening sun washes out much contrast but creates almost transparent foliage next to the arty visitor centre.
There are beautiful reflections on the lake from overhanging branches…. and hidden pools with water lilies absorbing the sunlight.
Even the birds around the lake created contrasts. A sleepy swan seemed little bothered by my presence or anything else nearby for that matter. Further round the lake a coot scurried for safety, seeming walking on water, as he was chased by a rival bird for territory.
This lake is a place I love, but often take for granted. So I enjoyed the chance to slow down to look around a bit more closely!