Post No.6 – Hot Sunny Weather for a Change

At last we have some hot sunny weather and more to come.  The hot weather has meant a dramatic increase in activity on the river including many new arrivals.  River traffic has also increased, with many boat owners taking full advantage of the fine weather to cruise this beautiful stretch of the River Thames.

Two New Arrivals

In my Post No.3 of 24:04:2012 there is an image called “On the Nest” and shows a pen or female swan sitting on the nest.  It was on 30th March that I first visited a pair of swans who were just about to complete the building of the nest.  I was later told that the pen had laid a clutch of seven eggs, which I calculated should hatch around 21st May.  Sadly on my visit  on 21st May I found the nest deserted.  Swans mate for life and return to the nesting site each Spring and I had heard that the previous year the pen laid seven or eight eggs but these were all destroyed, presumably by a predator, so I was I feared the worst.

Last Friday I walked down to the St Peter Street slipway, a short distance from the nest and to my great delight found the pen with two beautiful cygnets.  I know that two out of seven is not a huge success rate but very much better than last year.


Date:   25:05:2012  Time: 14.15.48    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Aperture:   f/5.6   Shutter Speed:   1/100   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   60.0 mm


 First Swimming Lesson

The two cygnets take a swimming lesson with Mum in the protected waters of the St Peter Street slipway.


Date:   25:05:2012  Time: 14.16.18    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Aperture:   f/5.6   Shutter Speed:   1/320   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   80.0 mm

Medmenham Abbey

Medmenham Abbey is located on the north bank of the River Thames in the small village of Medmenham, a few miles up stream from Marlow.  The Abbey was founded by Cistercian Monks in the 12th century and has loads of “history”, including a supposed  association in 18th century with Sir Francis Dashwood and the Hell Fire Club.  The property has been refurbished over the years to provide riverside homes and only the tower on the right hand side remains of the old abbey.


Date:   24:05:2012  Time: 11.02.30    Camera:   Canon EOS 300D   Lens:   Canon EF 17-40 mm  f/4.0 L  USM

Aperture:   f/5.0  Shutter Speed:   1/1000   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   25.0 mm


Danesfield House

Danesfield House sits on a hill overlooking the River Thames between Marlow and Medmenham.  Originally built as a country house, the property was requisitioned by the Air Ministry, presumably around the time of the second world war and known as RAF Medmenham, the house itself becoming the officers mess.  After a brief period as the European corporate  headquarters of Carnation in the 1970s/80s, the property was converted into a luxury hotel.


Date:   24:05:2012  Time: 11.58.33    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon  EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Aperture:   f/5.6   Shutter Speed:   1/640   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   130.0 mm


Marlow Bridge

This panorama of Marlow Bridge was taken in late afternoon on 23rd July 2010.  It shows Marlow Bridge and the spire of All Saints Church bathed in sunlight, with a backdrop of dark clouds.


Date:   23/08/2010  Time: 16.42.49    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Aperture:   f/9.0   Shutter Speed:   1/250   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   40.0 mm

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