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A Lakeside Walk

At 78 years, my days of walking in the Dales and North York Moors are over, but I would like to take you on my latest walk around a route that I take fairly frequently - at all seasons of the year. It is around an artificial lake that was constructed about ten years ago when it was decided to develop what had been an airfield - not too far from the centre of town.

All the photos are direct from the camera S5600, and a map of the lake area can be seen by entering Lakeside DN4 into Google Maps.

We shall start on the top of a hill made from material dug out to form the lake. And my first shot is of the pylon marking the top

And across the lake from this vantage point ...........

.....  a shot from both ends of the zoom scale and a picture of the beach where  a flock of Canada Geese congregate because people come to feed them.

Coming down a rough path towards the lake, the plant life was alive with Burnet Moths, they were very active - constantly on the move - this is the best shot that I could manage

And so down towards the main path around the lake

And along past the Goose Beach where I saw this duck

and over the bridge onto the islands in the lake So close to the vertical bank that I could not see his tail, was this lazy carp.

But he did eventually drift off (I used a polarising filter for these two shots)

The undergrowth again was alive with Burnet Moths and I also saw this Marbled White?? butterfly, but was only able to take this poor shot with some foliage in the way before it flew off.

After leaving the islands the walk goes under a road bridge, into a much more formal area rather like a dock, with straight sided walls rising 4-5 feet above the water. It is in this area that a pair of Great Crested Grebes are nesting, this is their second attempt this season, the first nest failed because it was poorly built and the eggs were in the water.

People are passing by this nest all day, the path is close by, but five foot above it, the birds seem to be quite unconcerned by the passers by.

A little further around this dock like area - on the slipway I came upon this charming scene

A mother mallard keeping her eye on this year's brood.

At this point I leave the lake to take a slightly wilder path where the rowans (mountain ash) are already covered in berries.

and the hay had been made in this marshy field.

All that was left for me to do then was to continue down this path for my mile and a half walk home.



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Date Wed, 15/07/2009 - 13:15

A wonderful walk Jim - that was so lovely I could imagine I was with you. Thank you so much for sharing it with us

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Date Wed, 15/07/2009 - 15:19

A really lovely walk Jim and so well illustrated with your photo's and detailed description.  A really interesting and satisfying photoblog,

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Date Wed, 15/07/2009 - 14:42

Jim thank you for sharing this, it is the nicest most interesting blog I have read so far. A beautiful walk and very well told with informative pictures.

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Date Wed, 15/07/2009 - 15:32

 Agree with others that this is what a blog should be...........I very much enjoyed my walk with you

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Date Wed, 15/07/2009 - 16:32

Jim I`ve thoroughly enjoyed your Photoblog. As Angie mentioned in her post, it was just as if i was there with you.

Thank you so much,John Turner

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Date Wed, 15/07/2009 - 18:12

I enjoyed it too - the longest one so far I reckon!!

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Date Wed, 15/07/2009 - 18:59

What a lovely idea for a blog.  This shows what a variety of things you can photograph, even on a walk not far from home. Thank you very much for sharing.

Best wishes


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Date Wed, 15/07/2009 - 21:11

I've just enjoyed a walk round a lake without leaving my chair.  What a super blog.  I agree this is possibly the best so far.  Excellent




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Date Thu, 16/07/2009 - 08:24

Well done Jim, I am tired out now, walking all that way.  Very interesting.

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Date Thu, 16/07/2009 - 15:42

Just what a photo blog should be, Interesting, informative and good shots. I really enjojed that. Thank you Jim.

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Date Thu, 16/07/2009 - 20:33

A very good and interesting walk/photo blog.  Well done to you.  Hope you enjoy your walk often this summer.

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Date Sat, 18/07/2009 - 09:09

What a great blog! Beautifully written and illustrated Jim, and a pleasure to read.

Thank you for a very enjoyable walk - I'm away now to put my feel up Smile

Bob Smile

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Date Fri, 24/07/2009 - 06:42

I am just taking  this oportunity to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to comment on this photoblog . 

It  is always a pleasure to get feedback from someone who has the same interest as oneself, and that's the joy of this site.

Thanks to you all for your very generous comments  :-)


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Date Fri, 24/07/2009 - 13:27



This photoblog is excellent and the Grebe is my most favourite of all the photos , a most enjoyable walk.

Thank you for sharing it with us.



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Date Wed, 29/07/2009 - 07:36

nice record of your walk with a good set of photos of the few proper blogs well done


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Date Tue, 04/08/2009 - 09:39

Some really lovely photos on here.  I enjoyed it.  I work with little ones and if you keep in mind to  write  on their level and use true natural photos like this, they can learn so much while having fun!   (this would also make a good gift in book form.. I reckon)  thanks for sharing!!


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Date Wed, 12/08/2009 - 15:23

Great blog Jim and some wonderful pictures.

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Date Tue, 25/08/2009 - 21:39

A cracking walk that, excellent blog

I thought the mother with her brood was the best pic though

They were all good but that one grows on me


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Date Thu, 27/08/2009 - 00:23

Hi Jim.

You're definitely fitter than me.

A nice intelligent blog much appreciated.


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Date Tue, 01/09/2009 - 08:19

A lovely blog. How lucky you are to have such a place to walk. A great set of images. Love the mallard ones

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Date Tue, 06/10/2009 - 14:52

A lovely interesting blog Jim, I really enjoyed reading it which was very imformative I google Earthed DN4 as you mentioned, to find that I have drove past there without knowing of it's existence, must do the walk sometime..Is the tower on the horizon of your No2 photo, Doncaster Minster? we sometimes go to the Lakeland Village

Thanks for comments much appreciated


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