At the weekend my family and I took a trip out to Coniston to see the lake and have a wander. The weather was decidedly wet and overcast, but it was still refreshing and rejuvenating, with the sound of running water, the calls of ducks and seagulls in the distance and the miles of greenery all around. I will definitely be coming back here at some point!
Lots of greenery and a river. Even through it was raining this was still thoroughly calming!
There was a fairly large river running along towards Coniston which had all different types of plants growing alongside it, but the ferns caught my eye the most - they remind me of what the area must have looked like millions of years ago as they're just such prehistoric looking plants to me. I've got some more shots of the plants here which I'll definitely be sharing at a later date!
The lake is a large one with it's own marina and I imagine that during the day, particularly when it's hot, it gets pretty busy here. There are plenty of walks and the fresh, lakeside air was just what I needed! The grassy area running along the river also extended out which I can imagine is a great habitat and nesting area for the resident wildlife.
Apologies for this shot not being the best but this little family had already swum quite far out before I could catch up. But these, I believe, are a family of grebes (don't take my word for it - any advice from fellow birders appreciated!) and this family were swimming along the river before heading out onto the lake, and away from my camera's range!
I also spotted this little group of ducks which were relaxing on the shore and as I came over to say hello and take a few photos they all drifted over for a closer look.
Sadly I didn't have any food for them, which is what I think they were hoping for, but maybe I should bring some along next time. My friends and I used to go to our local pet shop, buy duck and geese feed / pellets and take them down to the local park so I'll have to do that at some point!
Ducks are just lovely, aren't they?
I could quite happily sit by any body of water and just listen to the sound of it all day. A few moments earlier I also managed to spot a heron flying off into the undergrowth, so I wouldn't be surprised if there are some fish swimming around here too!
The clouds were just starting to clear as we went to leave and the ducks were quacking away in the distance.
Coniston is a very pretty place and with the Bluebird Cafe sitting right on the shoreline, overlooking the marina, I'll definitely have to come back here when it's a little sunnier to have a cool drink while taking in the fresh, lakeside air. There's also a route which is supposed to stretch around or alongside the lake and through Coniston, so hopefully at some point I can find it and go exploring!
If you're ever in the area definitely check out their local fish and chips shop, the chips are delicious!
I'm linking up with the lovely Jen for Photo Friday this week.
Have a lovely Friday!