Rainy days on Southampton Common

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Although the sun has come out now and then to give us a tantalising glimpse of what it can do it’s been a fairly wet Easter holiday, and Southampton Common has become a bit of a mud bath. So my wanderings have been curtailed not just by the school holidays but also by the extra weight that becomes attached to my boots whenever I wander even slightly off the paved paths. I have been very appreciative of the trees that have offered me protection from the elements over the past couple of weeks.

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The Cemetery Lake expanded its boundaries for a while, to incorporate the area previously known as “where I crouch down to take photos”, and there have been plenty of puddles around. These have been greatly enjoyed by both those with wellies to play in and those without (the latter having the additional pleasure of displeasing their parents by their actions).

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Despite the somewhat gloomy skies, the rainy weather has given me the opportunity to practise taking photos of raindrops. I’m hoping that this will be a transferable macro photography skill, soon to be used on sunnier subjects, such as butterflies, bees, and dragonflies, rather than a permanent necessary shift in interest.

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All the signs of spring are still here though, albeit shrouded in a thin layer of rain water. Water lilies popping up on the Ornamental Pond …

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plenty of flowers ready for those much desired mini-beasts to feast on …

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blossom glistening under the occasional ray of sunshine between showers …

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and nest building.

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Any minute now the rain will stop and the action will begin…

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