It has been a while since I did any walking and photography, but being short of gainful employment I got off my backside today and went to lovely Golden Acre Park just outside posh Bramhope in Leeds' merchant banker belt.
There wasn't so much in the way of flowers to be seen at the moment, but the lake was thronged with waterfowl and the woodland hide at Adel Dam Nature Reserve was a great spot for watching the woodland birds packing the feeding stations.
|Black headed gulls|
|A feeding frenzy of waterfowl|
|Male Tufted Duck|
|Gulls on the partially frozen lake|
|Great and Blue Tits feeding|
I don't know what the park keepers have put out in this mesh box, but the Tits loved it. There was a tree full of them queuing up to take turns.
And at this point the camera gave up. I however did not, and had a nice stroll around the rest of the park, through the Arboretum, Black Hill Plantation, Cherry Orchard and gardens and then pushed on through Breary Marsh, a SSSI next door to Golden Acre. A little further on to Paul's Pond and then proceeding through a gate I found myself surrounding by closely shorn grass and people wearing plus-fours. I had wandered in to the land of golfists at Cookridge Hall, time to turn for home then.
A nice morning's wander, four and a half miles at no great pace. Looking at the weather forecast, any walking this coming weekend will require snow shoes and Ranulph Fiennes.