Unprepared

Unprepared - Old stone bridge over back brook at Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve
Unprepared

It’s funny, yesterday morning I was writing a future blog post, on staying safe outside, and one major element I covered preparedness, especially with clothing. Today I looked out of my window, saw blue skies and headed out for a short walk. I managed to be totally unprepared though.

Unprepared

What did I do? Well although it was raining solidly yesterday (and a little snow) I saw no obvious floods from my window so was wearing my walking boots. A few little puddles they can handle, they are of course waterproof, deep floods not so much (they only cover my ankles). So as I walked through the old lock and was confronted by a foot of water across the paths I realised I may have made a mistake.

Perhaps next time I will follow my own advice and dress for the weather, as well as being prepared for eventualities.

Changing Weather

Sunny skies
Sunny skies

As you can see from the above image, the day was bright and sunny, as I sat looking out of the aqueduct hide. A few Gadwall were mingled with the larger Mallard populations; Teal hunkered down against the scrubby banks; a couple of Pochard gracefully swam the cold flood waters; Even a small party of Common Snipe flew about. The day felt like a lovely winters day.

But it didn’t last.

By the time I had made my way to the farm hide the clouds were streaming in, grey skies formed, and the day grew darker.

Grey skies over the Floodplain Forest NR
Grey skies over the Floodplain Forest NR

Believe it or not there was about 20 mins between those two images. You’d hardly think it were the same day really.

Moody Images

Sadly the day didn’t really improve much, and the rest of the reserve paths were flooded, meaning I turned around after the Farm hide (where the second image was photographed). Serves me right for being unprepared really.

I used the opportunity instead to take a few “Atmospheric” images of the reserve and surround.

From the Farm Hide to Manor Farm
From the Farm Hide to Manor Farm
Farm Hide itself
Farm Hide itself

Other Photos

Female Chaffinch
Female Chaffinch
Canada Goose in Flight
Canada Goose in Flight

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