A Change of Plans

Plans were made to be broken, I am sure of that. Last night I went to bed with the plans ready for me to get up, and head out by bus to Bletchley in order to try and get some photographs of the local waxwing flock. I Awoke with plenty of time, but with  heavy head and a stuffy nose (yet another blooming cold), so I decided rather than spend the day miles away (OK it's only a few miles but never mind) in the cold with one bird species, I would have a short walk through my patch and see what winter thrushes I could find there to Photograph.

River Bend
River Bend

Again as they say the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, there seems to be very few to no berries around the lake and seldom more in other areas near by, so no winter thrushes to photograph, in fact not many birds at all (of note at least).

The few worth mentioning were single LITTLE EGRET, single COMMON BUZZARD and a single KINGFISHER. I did have a number of fly over REDWINGS and FIELDFARES but no decent flocks.

An Overhang of the stream.
Instead of the birds I decided to take a few photos of the area to highlight some of the areas along the river (these were especially for this blog).

Stepping stones (see previous postings)
The Above image and the one below are of the stepping stones that I told the tale of wobbling across on my previous posting. the second shot is taken with an ND filter to slow the shutter speed and give the flowing water that pleasing misty feel (I hope it works).

Fast flowing water

Below is a tunnel the takes the stream under the railway line (near Bradwell Abbey), the pathway is a boardwalk that runs atop the stream, it is a really interesting route to walk through the low ceilinged, dimly lit, atmospheric pathway.

River tunnel
Through the tunnel you reach a large football/rugby field, with some really interesting small buildings (almost a dugout for the teams but quite unusual. I'm not just a bird photographer, so found this building really interesting, and took the below, abstract image with a shallow depth of field photographed into the light to give a really interesting (I hope) feel to the image.

Abstract of football dugout
Not much further (although well off my patch) you arrive at one of the most famous families of Milton Keynes, the small heard of concrete cows (a work by Canadian artist Liz Leyh from 1978). These guys are often getting makeovers and are at present dressed in their Halloween outfits!

The photo below was shot into the sun to give a different take on a much photographed icon.

Back lit concrete
I hope you like these photos (the final one is my last back lit photo of the day), I enjoyed taking them.




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