Monthly Archives: February 2014

Worcester in flood February 2014

As the flood waters recede in Worcester, I thought I would share with you a few photographs I have taken over the past few weeks.

Swan flying upstreamSwans flying upstream rather than battle against the increased strength of the River Severn’s current.

Stretching SwanA Swan stretching its wings on the river bank, a place that is normally fountains where children play.

Swans swimming at a resautant's doorNormally on the dry banks of the River Severn, Browns Restaurant now has Swans swimming to its door.

Swans resting in the light of duskSwans resting and stretching in the light of dusk on a road normally log-jammed with traffic.

Worcester CathedralA view of the Cathedral from the flood water’s edge.

Bridge to nowhere!Bridge to nowhere!

Sunset reflected in the flood watersSunset reflected in the flood waters that cover a playing field, a temporary new home for some Mallards.

Moon light reflected in the flood watersMoon reflected in the flood waters covering the same playing field.  The area is normally grass to the line of trees.

River overspilling into Gheluvelt ParkRiver overspilling into Gheluvelt Park, the fence-line marks where a path normally runs.

View from Carrington BridgeA look down across the River Severn from the Carrington Bridge. You can see little islands which are actually the tops of trees that normally run along the river’s edge.

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Life between the headstones

One of the ecosystems I find most fascinating and wonderful  is that of urban wildlife. We concrete and build, but there a some small instances where still nature struggles on, adapting where it can and clinging to the pockets of green that remain within our towns and cities.

One wonderful example of those pockets of green amidst our concrete jungle is the cemetery. A place for our dead is a home for nature’s life.

I visited my local cemetery yesterday and was instantly surrounded by bird song. I even had a bee fly up to me which, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say was a greeting!

I had Wrens express their alarm at me and a Blue tit call loudly to any who would hear. Crows sat high, observing the world, whilst Magpies hopped  between bushes and  gravestones. Wood Pigeons franticly flapped into flight and Redwings darting about looking for berry-laden branches. Squirrels foraged frenetically. I watched Blackbirds warming themselves in the winter sunlight and Long-tailed tits flit from tree to tree. A Sparrowhawk circled repeatedly and was then chased off by a bold Black-headed Gull. A Goldcrest combed the branches of a Yew bush for any morsels it could find.

All this activity thriving amongst the tributes for lost loved ones, because life finds away!

Wren

Blue Tit

CrowsMagpie

Wood PigeonRegwings

SquirrelsBlackbird

Longtailed Tit

Sparrowhawk

Goldcrest

HeadstoneLove

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