Tuesday, 19 January 2010

ABC Wednesday - Aqua

Hodbarrow Lagoon
Aqua, life giving water.

Some of my favourite aquatic birds are swans, beautiful but sometimes with an uncertain temperament. As these signets are nearly full grown mother is happy to glide around, letting me take photographs and generally ignoring everyone, unless anyone happens to offer them tasty morsels that look more interesting than what is underwater, she would find that quite acceptable.

Barrow Park
These aquatic birds are very used to tasty morsels and there is usually a steady stream of people in the park offering snacks. The seagulls are floating in the background always on the alert for food but this was a very cold day so food bringers were thin on the ground.

Waterside Park
A pair of herring gulls who will not be offered any food, but they are casing the joint. This is some waste ground next to the sea channel and the building where I work. In the summer it will be full of nesting seagulls and a few oyster catchers. This rather divides the people in the building into those like me who find them fascinating and those that hate them with a vengeance, but the seagulls are an equal opportunity kind of bird and do not discriminate on whose car they leave their a mark.
Over 70% of earth's surface is covered with water and because of that someone once said that Earth is the wrong name for the planet and it really should be called Water.

The tide was on the ebb on Sunday afternoon, a still and sunny day, with only one lone tern,which did not want its photograph taking and flew away.

Humankind tries to manage and move water in various ways.

The Force Gill Aqueduct built by the Midland Railway (Settle to Carlisle line) in the 1800s to carry water from Force Gill into Dale Beck. This has in recent years been renovated by Railtrack, who thankfully did not go with their original plan of concreting the channel ,due to public pressure, so we still have the beautiful brickwork.
Almost aquamarine. An experimental scan of a film slide. Fuji film was always considered to be very good for colour and this is absolutely rich. The place is Lanty's Tarn near Ullswater in the Lake District. Lanty is a diminutive of Alexander and this was a pond he dammed a very long time ago which became a rather lovely tarn.

We have reached the next round of ABC Wednesday meme and we start on a new quest to find a word with the appropriate letter. Have a look at what words the other ABCers have come up with here


Sylvia K said...

Wonderful post for the A day! And quite list of great A words! Love the swans and the last two shots in particular! Beautiful! Hope your week is going well!


♥Willa♥ said...

wow! those are all beautiful shots!!!

Carolyn Ford said...

What a variety of "a" words! Aquatic birds always amuse me...I can't resist photographing them. Nice post.

photowannabe said...

Thanks for the original choice for the letter A. I loved the pictures and the swans.

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful A and post! Great photos;-)
Have a nice day!

Roger Owen Green said...

Ah, agua - in any language, the basis of life. Lovely photos and text.

As a new part of the ABC Wednesday team, I thank you.

B : ) said...

Beautiful post! thanks for sharing.

Why don't you come on over to my blog and visit a while

jabblog said...

This is a lovely set of photos. I particularly like the aqueduct - I'm glad to see it has been preserved.

Troy said...

I could adamantly argue that your article advocating aqua has almost absolutely already added to the average awareness.

I applaud you accordingly!


(And thanks forvisiting my blog, I appreciated your comments).

Tumblewords: said...

A wonderful A post! Enjoyed the photos and the narrative...

Monika said...

what lovely pics I specially love the barrow park one

Jay said...

What a great variety! I love the Force Gill aquaduct, and also the aquatic birds. And I've always loved the seaside in winter!

Anonymous said...

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Sheila said...

I see you've had the same Chinese visitor I had! :)

I'm definitely one who is fascinated by gulls, though pigeons are a different matter. Why that should be, I really don't know.

I love this post and all your photos. Thanks for visiting mine!