It’s Colder than it Looks

You could be forgiven for thinking there’s a nice log fire burning in the distance. You’d be wrong. The warm colours belie the reality. The small group of black-headed gulls are shivering on a frozen pond (as was the photographer on the bank). It was sub-zero and the light is the first glimpse of the sun coming up over the South Downs at Falmer. Cold it may have been, but the beautiful light made it worth the discomfort.

gulls on frozen pond at sunrise

That rich glow doesn’t last long, and just 10 minutes later the light was already calming down. Not that these ducks seemed to care as they marched across the ice.

ducks marching on frozen pond

The final shot today was taken at lunchtime, but I can just about manage to hang on to the ‘red’ theme. It’s a robin of course, grappling with its lunch.

robin catching a worm

Not quite the early bird, but it still caught the worm

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Adele January 24, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    Wonderful glow with the gulls. It has been rather cold lately, but I’ve appreciated the gaps in the rain.

  2. Darko January 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    That’s a big worm for that small robin 😛

    Nice light on first photo, worth of freezing a little bit 😀 I would prefer that kind of weather at the moment, we are on about 100 litres of rain in 24 hours now :doh: