Rural Landscapes

For a change I’m going to focus on a few rural landscape shots today. The weekend had left Falmer Pond in less than pristine condition. There was a fair amount of rubbish around, and this:

Rubbish bin discarded in Falmer Pond.

I’ve no idea why anyone would throw a rubbish bin in a pond, but then there’s no accounting for some folk. I was pleased to see it had been retrieved during the morning and was back on its plinth by the side of the road.

Later in the day I headed out to Ridge Road. There are some stunning views of the Downs from there but I ended up walking through a small wooded area. This wasn’t intentional. I’d gone along the path by the fields and found my route back to the road cut off by some new fencing. It was either go back the way I’d come or cut through the wood to get beyond the fencing. I’m glad I did.

Woodland path

Woodland path

Woodland path

I can’t quite bring myself to include no wildlife, so here’s a greylag coming in to land on the pond this morning. It’s almost a companion shot to the duck from last week.

Greylag goose landing in Falmer Pond,

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

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  1. dW March 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Great pictures in the wood, Words! I fortunate piece of serendipity, I’d say. Very atmospheric.

    About the rubbish bin: I found a park bench that had been flung into the pond where I photograph, and it put me into a bit of thinking … beyond the dismissive statement “Kids!”, it seems that this sort of thing, usually called vandalism, is done by teenagers, usually boys, who have something to offer, but no takers. Their frustration comes out in this sort of act, which they think is funny, but is really a non-verbal protest of the fact that no one is paying attention to them. They want to be men, but they’re not quite there yet.

    • Words March 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

      dW, I suspect you’re right about the gender involved but my suspicions fall on the fact that there was a football (soccer) match at the local stadium at the weekend.

    • Darko March 12, 2014 at 12:11 am #

      Everything is better than this:

      This is how Juzna Morava, a river in Serbia, looked like 2 years ago. Fortunately, some guys from extreme sports club realized that picture will speak harder than words so they made and uploaded this video on You Tube. After that, government and thousands of volunteers organized cleaning of its banks (and of few more in entire country). They did the same last year and hopefully, they will do it this year as well. There is a big problem with waste management in Serbia and since nothing hasn’t been done for years, garbage has found its way to river 🙁

      • Words March 12, 2014 at 12:20 am #

        Darko, that video is astonishing, but their response shows what can be done. We’ve nothing like that here (as far as I know), though rubbish clearance here is nothing like as good as it should be. Thanks for posting the link.

  2. Darko March 12, 2014 at 12:05 am #

    OMG, that forest is moving 😯


    • Words March 12, 2014 at 12:21 am #

      I swear I didn’t touch that tree! 😀