Spring seems to have taken forever to get here, or at least a day where Spring photography could take place!! The winter just seemed to drag on endlessly. When I left for my US trip in the middle of April, Spring had still not shown much sign of arriving. When I returned at the end of April there were finally signs that it was starting to make an appearance, but a further two weeks of mainly heavy rains and high winds meant no getting out to photograph it. Finally, on Saturday (18th May), a fine sunny morning!! I was off very early to my favourite Spring place....Bosherston Lily Ponds. Not actually ponds, but artificially created lakes, by damming three deep narrow valleys about 200 years ago. In summer the ponds are choked with lily pads but in Spring they are only just starting to appear.
There are no ornamental gardens here, just lots of trees and small wild flowers.
There are always many birds to be seen at Bosherston, so I always take some seed with me to feed them. It helps with photographing them, too, as they are too busy eating to notice me snapping away!!
Usually, different plants and trees bloom at different times, but with the lateness of Spring everything seems to be blooming at once.
One bird that is always usually difficult to photograph at Bosherston is the Great Blue Heron. They always seem to stand well away from where people walk, so getting shots of them is hard, even with a good zoom like my camera has. However, on this day I was really lucky that one decided he wanted to do his fishing right below the path where I was photographing the small birds!!
Although a common Spring flower in many places, Bluebells are not usually seen at Bosherston, so I was a little surprised to see them.
One bird you can find at Bosherston no matter what the time of year or weather is the Robin. These cheeky fellows are always on the lookout for a free handout.
It was a beautiful day for photography and hopefully the (late) start of a good year!!
The rest of the set you can see in this Flickr slideshow: