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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