Looking forward to spring!

21 January 2011: The marsh was lacking in contrast today; the light was poor and the sky deeply overcast. Washed-out greens, muddy browns and various other muted pastel colours made it difficult to see beyond its blandness. I yearn for the bright green shoots of spring! Bitingly cold wind seeped through the weave of my clothing, dampening my enthusiasm and leading to increasing discomfort the longer stayed in one place. Standing behind a bush quietly waiting for wildlife that doesn’t appear, is made all the worse when comfort becomes an issue. I wasn’t suitably clothed; this was the problem. I was wearing my well-worn ‘Ventile’ cotton trousers, waistcoat and jacket, which are very breathable, windproof and waterproof, but not very warm. If I had zipped a woollen liner into my jacket before I left home this morning, it would have been a different story.

It hasn’t been the best day for photography. It was even too windy for macros; nothing was still, so it’s landscapes for me today.

The only wildlife I saw on the marsh today was a cock pheasant, a heron, a couple of Jays, one rabbit and a few pigeons. Not a single mallard did I see, which is unusual.

There are still plenty of animals on the marsh, their fresh tracks are easily visible; are they having a day in bed?

The slide show shows the marsh at its least colourful:

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4 Comments on “Looking forward to spring!

  1. I agree with you Mike ‘bring on those bright green shoots of Spring’.

    I do however disagree with you about your your images, to me they are colourful…delightful in fact.

    Oh, and don’t forget your jacket liner in future.lol!

  2. I agree with Pam.

    I think your images are very colourful – they seem more colourful than our Melbourne winter landscapes. Each season has its merits and its beauty. The bare leafed branches of winter let more sun onto the ground and all sorts of little plants show their heads.
    The trees and overhanging bushes next to the ponds/lakes always make for lovely reflections at the water’s edge.
    And of course, the bare-leafed trees make it easy to see birds and photograph them.

    Its funny how some days there are lots of ducks or water birds around and other days there are none. Perhaps they DO stay snug in their nests.

  3. Thanks, Vicki.

    Winter landscapes are often beautiful, but the drab colours do get a little boring after a while. I get bored with green too, before the flowers bloom. I like the changing seasons and I am looking forward to spring. 🙂

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