Swollen Pools

Today’s brighter and dry morning greyed over during our afternoon forest drive, as the rain set in again.

Swans and gulls took advantage of the swollen pond on Hatchet Moor. The last two swans and the gull in this gallery are Jackie’s work.

Coots foraged on the bank.

Mallards occupied this reflecting pool at East Boldre. The last of this set is Jackie’s.

She also produced these images of the reflected lichen covered branch and last year’s blackberries, while I focussed on

ponies among burnt bracken.

This evening we all dined on Jackie’s penne Bolognaise sprinkled with Parmesan cheese; she drank more of the Malvasia and I finished the Shiraz.


  1. A drizzly grey day, but you and Jackie found many things of interest to share. The moorhens look like they have found some tasty treats among the grass. It won’t be long now before the ponies’ shaggy wet winter coats become short and sleek again with warmer weather. The animals endure much in the wet and cold.

  2. Oh! So beautiful and brilliant, Jackie and Derrick! You two are so great at bird photos, animal photos, and reflection photos! 🙂 🙂 They are smile-bringers!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. Lovely images and I’m so glad that the weather was kinder to you.
    Your post is very similar to the one I have scheduled for tomorrow. Not the ponies, just the waterfowl. I might edit mine and save the bulk of it for a later date; two for the price of one! 🙂

  4. I appreciated the burst of yellow over the water. I would call it Scotch Broom, but in Ireland I think they called it Gorse? I always love reflections in water, and those coots look like interesting birds.

  5. I love those Mallards at East Boldre… beautiful birds! We live on Mallards Roost Rd, you know? I have a special affection for those ducks! Great photo!

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