The ice before the storm on Southampton Common

DSC_0076DSC_0076Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f10 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0563Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f10  To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link

Just as we thought we were heading to spring, Southampton has been visited by the “Beast from the East”. Elsewhere in the UK the Beast has brought snow with it. So far, we have only had the mildest of flurries, but more is promised for Thursday. In the meantime it’s been a combination of summer and arctic conditions on the Common. Stand in a sheltered sunny patch and you might take off your coat and wonder what all the fuss is about. Turn the corner into a shady but windy spot and you will know. I have been looking even odder than usual, wearing unmatched gloves as I have again lost at least three of mine, and trying to pull my hat down to meet my coat when cycling against the wind. Tomorrow I may borrow one of my son’s go-karting balaclavas, especially if the snow closes the schools and we are out playing.

DSC_0380DSC_0380Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 800, f10 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0834DSC_0834Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f7.1  To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0441DSC_0441Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f9 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link

The ponds on the Common are now back down to their usual quota of swans: the new arrivals having departed from the Boating Lake, no doubt as a result of a visit full of heavy hints from the couple from the Ornamental Pond. All three ponds are now frozen over and the wind has been ruffling many feathers amongst the bird population. On the Ornamental Pond the residents are all shoehorned into a tiny channel of water at the island end, and on the Cemetery Lake they are deriving what comfort they can from a tiny trickle of water round the edges of ice sheet.

DSC_0965Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f10  To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0033DSC_0033Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f10 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0106Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f10 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0583Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f10 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0256Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f10 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link

I settled down in a sunny, sheltered, corner by the Cemetery Lake today, accompanied by my comfort items of flask and biscuits. Despite their restricted circumstances the birds were generally all getting on with life (possibly because they do not have the doom saying weather forecast to cheer them up), although the coots in particular seem to find the icy surfaces a bit puzzling. On a positive note, the conditions meant that the shoveler ducks finally deigned to come over to the photgraphable part of the Cemetery Lake again, and a very friendly little robin popped out to see me. So, as usual, life was good on Southampton Common, provided one stayed out of the wind and in the sunshine, and we eagerly await the promised snow and school closures tomorrow.

DSC_0704DSC_0704Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 800, f10  To purchase an unmarked copy of this image please click on this link
DSC_0110DSC_0110_1Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 800, f10  To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0897DSC_0897Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 800, f10 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0170DSC_0170Nikon D5500, lens Nikon 70-300, 1/640, ISO 1000, f7.1 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s