26 Mar 2015

Not-Quite-April Showers

As ever I tried to be spontaneous and opportunistic in getting out as soon as I could whilst the sun was shining.  This however, was short-lived as grey, heavy clouds rolled in and emptied that fresh shower of rain that is synonymous with Spring.  

Not to be deterred, we marched on braving the downpour.  Fortunately for me, the birds too were not deterred by a bit of wet weather.  We stumbled across mallards, some looking particularly bedraggled, coots, moorhens, one of whom was gathering fallen leaves for its nest, a glimpse of a great crested grebe as it surfaced from hunting for fish and some wonderfully striking mandarins by the water's edge.

In the tall conifers lining the water were blackbirds, chaffinches, blue tits, great tits, long-tailed tits, robins and I may have even spotted a nuthatch (yes I am a bit of a bird nerd).

Despite getting a little bit damp and chilly, it was actually surprisingly lovely to see a place I am used to visiting in good weather, in the opposite.  The dark clouds intensified the blue of the water around the banks and the droplets of rain coating the plants made them seem even more lush and beautiful.  Perhaps I should walk in the rain more often.


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  1. What stunning pictures! I always try to dash out in whatever bit of sun there is too! xxx

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  2. these pictures are beautiful <3

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    1. Thanks :) I'm glad you like them x

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  3. Beautiful pics! I don't mind walking in the rain - if you have proper gear on it's not a problem! And I've been known to jump in puddles in my wellies haha x

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    1. Thank you! Haha, yes of course. Got to love a bit of puddle splashing! x

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  4. Stunning photos! Sometimes I think bad weather adds to the drama of a place! xx

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    1. Thanks! Oh definitely and in the Peaks especially, it can completely transform the landscape x

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  5. Such amazing photos, the colours are gorgeous. I don't know what they're called but love the ones with the red beaks and ruffled neck feathers.

    Rosie xx

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    1. That's so kind of you, thank you. Those ones are the mandarins. I have to admit I got a little overexcited at seeing them! x

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  6. I love walks in the rain with an umbrella. They are always so relaxing.
    Kaylee
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    1. Yes they can be just lovely :) x

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  7. Hello Anya, I am first time here. Do you also find watching birds somehow very therapeutic? I love peacocks and the way they move. Do you keep your inspirations in one place? To read more go to http://www.igaberry.com/ Have a lovely day, Iga x

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    1. Hi Iga, thanks for stopping by! Oh most definitely, it is so relaxing. x

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  8. Beautiful little things! Thanks for sharing. I love this time of year.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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    1. Aren't they all just gorgeous? No problem :) x

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  9. These photos are so incredibly beautiful! Well done for marching on despite the weather as well, looks like it ended up well worth it. ;) x

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    1. Thanks Toni :) Haha thanks, I was determined for it not to be a wasted trip despite not really being dressed for it. x

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  10. Stopping by via Sarah's daydream. These pictures are amazing!
    I love mandarins. Their colours are fabulous!

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    1. Thanks so much. They're gorgeous aren't they? x

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  11. Those birds are unlike any i've seen! Your photography is amazing!!! <3
    I cant wait for the weather to be great, and the sun to shine for longer periods of time.

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

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    1. That's so kind of you, thank you x

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  12. Gorgeous pictures - the bluetit is so expressive.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  13. Ah these are such lovely pictures! I like walks in the rain as long as I'm soon to be home and warm! I love birds too. In NZ there arent many wild animals, pretty much all birds so I got pretty good at bird spotting! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks Jasmin! Now I would LOVE to go to NZ for a bit of bird-watching ;) Definitely add that one to the bucket list! x

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