Sunday 24 November 2013

A setting sun and daughter

It seems as if I haven't immersed myself in Nature for ages.
This probably has much to do with the fact that I haven't.

A month ago, the one golden opportunity at work went begging as I was off sick that day. Gah!

Young Grass Snake, courtesy of my thoughtful line manager
So yesterday, when Second Born asked if I wanted a break from packing to go for a walk, it was a no-brainer really. OK, it was late afternoon on an overcast day and the the light was fading, but the air was fresh and, heck, I won't be seeing too many more Autumns in MK.

From SB's abode, we pottered over the Grand Union Canal and headed for the River Ouzel. Following this brought us to Willen Lake South and the thinning throng of a busy day at the watersports facility. There were plenty of wildfowl out in the lake, but I was most surprised to spot several dozen Lapwing roosting on the pontoons by the outdoor pursuits centre.

By the time we arrived at Willen Lake North, a small flock of Starlings were just completing a mini murmuration, so we watched them for a minute of two before they plummeted into the reed bed for the night.

A light drizzle made its presence felt as we passed alongside the Peace Pagoda.

However, undaunted, we pressed on westwards, climbing back up the hill to the canal. Turning south once more, we were treated to as much of a sunset as was possible on a wet, grey Saturday.

The leaves on the trees were still putting on a display, even towards dusk.

But eventually we ran out of daylight as we returned to Chez SB...

and a much appreciated mug of tea!


holdingmoments said...

The sunset looks better than it did here.
Try not to miss MK too much.

Imperfect and Tense said...

I must admit, I am looking forward to far horizons.

But I will undoubtedly miss MK. Make sure you remind me of the first dragonfly you see next April...

Katie (Nature ID) said...

You're still there? Any odes still about?

Imperfect and Tense said...

Yep, for a bit longer yet. We're slowly reaching a conclusion to the process.

I believe that there are still odes about, but not seen by me. My last record was over a month ago.

Am wondering whether to mention to the new owner that in July 2015 there will be a whole host of Southern Hawker dragonflies emerging from the pond?

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Your last sighting in 2011 was at HESC on November 27. So, maybe you should take another packing break? Soon? : )

ps - I love the pink the camera picked up of the sunset.

Imperfect and Tense said...

I'm hoping that Orkney has plenty of pink :o)

In a meteorological way, obviously!