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This post is a tribute to the defiance and resilience of Nature. Less than a year ago this sycamore was severely pollarded but, not to be defeated, it has since produced scores/hundreds of new shoots. And now, remarkably, despite the savage onslaught of storm ‘Abigail’ and the ferocious winds of ‘Barney’, the last few leaves are clinging on for dear life. How incredible is that!
I have referred to the two photographs below as Woodland Sketches – the title seemed appropriate – but they are actually shots of a fruit tree growing in the neighbouring churchyard but overhanging my garden. The term ‘sketch’ is used to describe the light-handed, slightly impressionistic representation. Click on the images to enlarge if preferred.
The fog that shrouded the reservoir made distance shots difficult – the blurring of shapes caused focusing problems for the camera.
However, the still, smooth water provided an inviting playground for the water fowl – the coots, moorhens, tufted ducks, grebes etc. They dipped and dived excitedly while the swans glided elegantly and disdainfully by.
The first picture shows a coot having just surfaced – hence the ripples. (I have two other shots of just ripples, the bird having dipped at the crucial moment!)
At the water’s edge a mosaic of colourful, floating autumn leaves broke up the reflections of the trees to which they once belonged.