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Bird Bonanza, Green Gym and Reflections (Special Photo Challenge Inspiration)

23 Nov

1  In a lull between storms we went for a walk from Helston to Loe Bar through fields, woodland, swampy mangroves, alongside the biggest freshwater lake in Cornwall and along the cliffs above Loe Bar – a brilliant walk for photographs!

Having our picnic before we set off we saw so many beautiful little birds – Goldfinches  Long tail tits, Blue-tits, Coal tits, a Wren and a couple of Goldcrests and some Pied Wagtails, more than we’ve seen in our garden for a long time. On the walk we saw cormorants and ducks of all kinds and a couple of hawks.

Goldcrest

Cormorant?

2   All along the way I was amused to discover ‘The Green Gym’ for those for whom the walk was not exercise enough!

The Green Gym 1

The Green Gym with Loe Pool in the background

3   The reflections in the pool and in the puddles were beautiful. I took a self portrait of me doing what I love , taking photographs of beautiful things in the great outdoors!

Self-portrait in a puddle

Swampy reflections

Trees reflected in a puddle

Autumn reflections in Loe Pool

and two photographs of the sea….

Crashing waves

Patterns in the sand left by the retreating wave

 

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19 responses to “Bird Bonanza, Green Gym and Reflections (Special Photo Challenge Inspiration)

  1. Bernice

    November 25, 2012 at 2:32 am

    What a great walk with so much to look at! I would love it!

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

      We were lucky to be able to do it. We’ve heard today that the river has flooded with ‘danger to life’ and much of that walk is impassable. In fact many, many places in Cornwall flooded last night and there is more rain to come later. We are lucky to live up a hill.

       
      • Bernice

        November 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

        That is good you live up hill. It is amazing how quickly the weather can change. Yesterday it was nice here and today it is snowing and the roads are bad. I guess you have to take the opportunity while you can. 🙂

         
  2. Choc Chip Uru

    November 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I love the green theme in todays post 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

      The moss covered branches were particularly spectacular. 🙂

       
  3. Don

    November 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Your images are fantastic. Those branches with the moss are wonderful. Just love the Autumn colours. The memory of those colours are still strongly with me even though I’ve been back for a week now.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 25, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Thank you. It was glorious across the pool with the softness in the autumn colours, never seen it quite like that. 🙂

      Sadly, we’ve heard today that Loe Pool and The River Cober have flooded with ‘danger to life’ and much of that walk is impassable. In fact many, many places in Cornwall flooded last night and there is more rain to come later. We are very lucky to live up a hill.

       
  4. David Wheeler

    November 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Did you see the long tailed duck that’s supposed to be on the lake?
    Love the self portrait!

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Unfortunately not!

      Glad you liked the self-portrait! 🙂

       
  5. Shelagh

    November 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Love that walk, so do Sue and Molls. Sue made it thru the whole of the balance beams challenge once. The birding is always spectacular in the mangroves. In 2006 my friend Anne & I started out from Port Leven on Flora Day, got lost, crossed the bar and wandered up to the top end of Helston just at the right time for the Noon Dance to appear! Then we followed the crowd down thru town, found the right way back to Porth Leven and the bus back to Penzance. What a great memory.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

      A lovely memory of a lovely walk indeed but today much of it is flooded. The River Cober and Loe Pool are both overflowing with a ‘danger to life’ warning from the Environment Agency. Very sad.

       
  6. Kathleen Richardson

    November 24, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Such wonderful photos, esp. those green limbs! Love your self-portrait.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Thank you. The moss was so richly green and velvety. I took over a hundred photos on that walk! I was pleased with the self-portrait too! 🙂

       
  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    November 24, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I love the green gym & the crashing waves… but the self portrait in puddle is best 🙂

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thanks! That photo pleased me too! 🙂

       
  8. 76sanfermo

    November 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Great,great,great takes! I loved all of them,and I’ll follow your blog!

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you so much – lovely of you to say so and to choose to follow my blog. 🙂

       
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Hello again! I’ve just been to your Gravatar so that I could find your blog but there is no link there. Can you please send me the link? 🙂

       

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