Englishmen are always accused of talking about the weather, which bearing in mind this dreadful June, is not really surprising. Walking the Thames Path has virtually been impossible, as frequent and heavy rain has turned much of the path to mud. Here are some images I made this month together with some from my archive.
High Water at Marlow
A quiet peaceful scene, with the River Thames just breaching its banks. This image shows a broad stretch of river sweeping round towards Marlow Bridge. The lack of wind has produced flat calm water with good reflections, whilst the intense greenery of foliage and part blue sky give an almost pastel feel to the image.
The river water levels are expertly controlled by the Environmental Agency, using the weir system to control the volume of water as it passes down the Thames. This prevents major flooding of riverside towns such as Henley, Marlow and Maidenhead .
Date: 13.06.2012 Time: 14:51:36 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/400 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 20.0 mm
An FBI Agent taking his Parrot for a Riverside Walk
During one of my walks from Marlow to Temple Lock to photograph wildlife, you can imagine my surprise to come across this fine Australian White Cocktail Parrot. I had quite a chat with the owner, who told me that the parrot enjoyed frequent outings to the river and never showed signs of escaping. I think this has got to be one of the strangest river wildlife images of all time.
Date: 27.03.2012 Time: 10:52:36 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 70 – 300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Aperture: f/5.0 Shutter Speed: 1/500 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 135.0 mm
I chose this style of edit to enhance the gracefulness of the swan.
Date: 05.02.2012 Time: 15:43:45 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/9.0 Shutter Speed: 1/80 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 110.0 mm
Fawley Court is located down stream from Henley-on-Thames, quite close to Temple Island and the start of the Royal Henley Regatta Course. Fawley Court has a history dating back to the 11th Century. The current house, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was constructed around 1683. The estate has several owners, one of the most recent being the Congregation of Marian Fathers who established the Divine Mercy College, a school for Polish Boys. In 2008, as the charitable works of the Fathers had declined, Fawley Court was sold to a private purchaser.
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Another proud mother and father out on the River Thames with their young and possibly an auntie.
Date: 13.06.2012 Time: 14:53:46 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/320 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 70.0 mm