Up On The Roof

This morning I made four 5 x 7 prints for Ian from his and Becky’s wedding.
After lunch I made a start on the Christmas cards and Jackie and I drove to New Milton for some Christmas shopping, and continued on into the forest.
The day was dull and dry.

We arrived at a glassy Hatchet Pond when a pink strip above the tree line was a precursor of the impending weak sunset.

Waterfowl in evidence included a pair of swans and their adolescent cygnet

flexing its muscles

in sight of gulls, mallards, and moorhens.

One vociferous gull seemed to be reflecting on this 1962 classic of The Drifters:


The tide was high at Tanners Lane where the Isle of Wight, The Needles, and the lighthouse were silhouetted against the pink precursor.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s flavoursome lamb jalfrezi with tasty savoury rice. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Malbec.


        1. Apparently not! You got me googling it. Image result for can a swan break your arm
          “If you approach a swan nest on the river, they might get aggressive and hiss and flap their wings, but the danger is over-rated and it’s a myth that they will break your leg or arm with their wings.” 17 Apr 2012 (BBC News)

  1. Wonderful photos, Derrick! πŸ™‚
    The swans are in fine form! and all of the birds are a joy to look at! I have fondness for the gulls! And I love that the gull up on the roof brought that song to your mind! Thank you for sharing it! ‘Tis a heartwarming song to listen to on this cold winter night! πŸ™‚
    How is your Mum doing?
    HUGS to her, to Jackie, to Elizabeth and to you! πŸ™‚

  2. Great eye as always πŸ™‚ I am also glad to hear someone else is still working on Christmas Cards with it being just 10 days away πŸ™‚

  3. I particularly like the close up of the gull on the car with that perfect reflection, even though he looks as if, were you to ask his permission to be photographed, he might just turn down the honour.

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