Ilkeston - Winter
w/e 29 December
As we stand on the threshold of 2003, many of our feathered friends
have migrated to warmer climes for the winter but here at Godfrey
Dive Kirk Hallam, Canada geese, ducks, swans and coots are just
a few of the species that make the lake their winter quarters.
More birds settle on this pond often frequented by local anglers
near Stanton Bridge. The watery sun shining through the thin
clouds gives a chilly atmosphere to this picture although we
have experienced quite a mild spell of weather during the Christmas
A couple of coots make the disused Nottingham Canal between Trowell
and Cossall their home for the winter although I did spot some
mallards among the reeds further along and a water vole scurried
across the path in front of me to hide behind a bench on the
tow path. He peeped at me from behind a leg of the bench but
disappeared down a bank when I pointed the camera at him.
Also at Cossall, these companions - a horse and two goats - share
their winter quarters and also spend time together out in the
fields during the daylight hours.
Whilst this cat prefers the creature comforts of a garden seat
inside Trowell Garden Centre. Winter quarters and warmth
- a winning combination.
And so at the end of the year, here is a final look at the place
that will be my own winter quarters. Not only winter but spring
summer and autumn too for this is the skyline of Ilkeston across
the Erewash Valley as seen from Cossall Road (I've always
known it as White's Lane) at Trowell. It is from here that
I will venture forth to bring you more pictures from the area
so I hope you'll be a regular visitor to Ilkeston Cam to enjoy
the images in what I hope will be a
HAPPY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR.