Once again, Monique and I have been of similar minds: Both of us have visited nearby lakes and captured the bird life.
For me, the lake at sunset is like a balm. The softer light, its golden glow, and the longer shadows. Oftentimes, the surface of the water is so still it’s like a mirror, and the reflection is so perfect it’s hard to tell what is real and what is reflected. Under a clear sky, the water is the colour of cobalt, and on a cloudy day, it looks as dark as molten iron. As you walk around, you sometimes smell the boggy soil, and as you pass the wood chip piles, you catch a whiff of eucalyptus. There’s the twitter of a woodland bird, the caw of a gull, the cackle of a kookaburra, the honk of a swan. And then there’s the flapping of wings on water, and the occasional squawking disagreement over territorial space.
I took these photos last Friday in the late-afternoon: a seagull annoyed at an intruder; another gull basking in the late-afternoon sun; two ducks and their almost perfect reflection; and a gull in flight.
Monique was out and about photographing bird life at a lake, too. She writes:
A brisk morning. The anticipation of frost at the park. Rugged up in several layers and fingerless gloves, I made my way down the hill, enjoying the cool whisper of air on my skin, the tingling in my fingers, and fog-like mist as I breathed out. The frost was almost gone, lingering only in the shade. There was no rising mist over the lake to give me the atmospheric shots I was hoping for.
Instead, I tiptoed up to some ducks perched on the railing around the lake and snapped away, getting as close as they would allow, until they leapt into the air and skidded onto the water. And once the ripples cleared, I took this photo.
I love the mirror-like reflections, the vibrancy of the blue, and the sense of movement the ripples give.
See Monique’s post for more photos.
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Your photos are a balm to my soul, Louise and Monique. We had a couple of King Parrots, some wild budgies and some rainbow lorikeets hanging around our bird feeders yesterday. I could sit and watch them all day.
Thanks, Pinky! 🙂 Birds are beautiful and watching them fly is peaceful, but I also love watching their antics. They have personality, don’t they? I could watch them all day, too!
I love this! Both the photography and the written descriptions – they really bring the lake to life. I love reflections as well, especially when the water is mirror-still 🙂
We have the ocean in one direction and the lake in the other—both are beautiful and we’re spoilt for choice. And yes, the reflections in a mirror-still surface are just beautiful. 🙂
Lucky you! I do miss living near water – the best I can do is a canal and river nearby 🙂
Water is lovely, but so is England and its history. xx
Yes, they both have their merits, definitely 🙂 And I’m so very happy to be back living here again.
Home will always be home. x