Half an hour of nature

Tonight there’s a brief chance for a walk to the local park. It has a large lake and a small pond. The pond is hidden from view and only accessible by a wooden walkway at one end:

The Pond - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The light is beautiful so I climb through trees, undergrowth and through a ditch to reach the far bank. It is covered in cans and food containers with the buzz of flies. The view is a complete contrast:

The Pond - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There’s a large Goose on the island in the middle of the pond and it’s heading my way until it sees me and veers sharply. It looks like a Greylag Goose:

Goose - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The pond plants are covered in the exuviae of damselflies

There are Bullrushes along the walkway:

Bullrushes - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And Pond Skaters on the surface of the water:

Pondskater - The Hall fo Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There’s an impossible-to-identify-without-killing-it species of Syrphus Hoverfly:

Syrphus sp - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And no, I didn’t kill it.

There’s the larva of a Ladybird on a leaf. It looks like a Harlequin Ladybird:

Ladybird Larva - The Hall fo Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

As the earth turns and the sun disappears behind a Devon hill, I see the evening light through the fronds of grass and turn for home:

Grasses in Evening Light - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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