I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Sunday 19 June 2011

WET UNDERFOOT (19/06/11)

I was out at six this morning, I looked over the Tees bridge at Croft and noticed a dozen or more Goosander disappearing briskly down stream………….well bother, bother, blow, I said to myself.

Not to worry we carried on through the churchyard to walk upstream.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Saint Peter’s Churchyard.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    It’s still a bit damp after the overnight rain.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     There is plenty of this attractive plant about…………..it’s a Vetch of some sort…….What sort please?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Patience rewarded, I came across another Goosander family……..no sign of dad…….they were just waking up. I saw these as hatchlings a few weeks ago and thought they had come to a sticky end…………great there is only one missing so pretty good.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      This duckling is keeping a beady eye on Molly.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      A bit blurry but I like the reflection.

That’s all for this morning…………I’ve no real plans for the rest of the day but will either go to see the touring car race at Croft or just have another wander.

Have a good week.


  1. Nature is always best first hour in the morning when animals are off guard. Lovely captures!
    Would your flower be a Vicia Cracca (sorry i don't know the English name...
    We French tend to use the Latin names of plants with of course a plethora of nice "common names'.
    A good Sunday to you, DeeBee

  2. I can not pick a favorite shot ,they are all good,I do like the grave yard shot and the rain drops picture is a subject I like taking,also the ducks.

    Thanks for the comment on my post,by the way,there are not seven,there are nine.
    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

  3. Looks a nice little churchyard.......
    Have a good Sunday Adrian.


  4. Great reflections. One of the photographers friends - and, occasionally, his enemy.

  5. Lovely to see the Goosander family.

    Yes, DeeBee is correct, the flower is Vicia cracca and the common name is Tufted Vetch.

  6. The goosander is a cute fowl. Love the drops...perfect timing! Always enjoy reflections,especially on the water.
    Happy rest of the weekend.

  7. Churchyard and drops, lovely Adrian.
    And of course the Goosander family. Good to see the youngsters; I've never seen the young ones before.

    Enjoy the rest of the day.

  8. I never see the early morning. My choice. Wonder if I got up and about earlier I would see something like the second shot? Also love the second to last. Appeals to my motherly instincts.

  9. A lovely Goosander with her chicks.

  10. DeeBee, thank you it is Tufted Vetch....my book shows it red/marroon........This must be a blue one.

    Carolyn, Thanks.......it is a good church all round.

    Trevor, I almost converted it to B&W.

    Shysongbird, Yes it was good to see them, thanks for the ID.

    Graham, They can be a nuisance but I wouldn't be without them.

    Norma, thanks.

    Keith, they seem to be getting more common. This year is the first time I've see ducklings.

    Pauline, I love being about first thing.....the world is mine.

    Bob, I don't know where the males have gone

  11. Nice set of awww shots Adrian.

  12. I like the raindrops and the reflections. One of my workmates went with her family to the touring cars at Croft and ..... it was an opportunity to try out her three sided portable tent !!

  13. John, I was pleased to see them..... went Awww!

    Jay, thanks........It was a damp day.