Wollaton Park - New Life
w/e 03 May 2009
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

We have often visited Wollaton Park over the years in all kinds of weather and it was almost becoming a tradition to go there during the winter months. Even when we have visited in other seasons it was not unusual for a cold wind to be blowing so it was a pleasant change to be in the park on a beautiful and mild spring day.

Thompson's Wood

On this occasion we approached via the Parkside entrance which leads into the park through a gap in Thompson's Wood. Although the wood is off limits to the general public there are extensive views from the path into the park which at this time of year are enhanced by the dappled sunlight falling on the millions of bluebells heralding the new life all around.
New Broods

The main path from this entrance leads directly to the lake, one of the focal points of the park. Here too new life was abundant where a number of waterfowl were escorting their new broods around the edge of the lake. In the two broods pictured above there must have been close on a dozen youngsters with each adult bird.
Golf Course Colours

We followed the path along the north eastern bank of the lake to the golf course where plants too and in particular these trees were also showing signs of new growth with a variety of colourful blossoms and leaves.
Young Deer

And looking across the golf course to another focal point in the park, Wollaton Hall, this zoomed shot shows several new additions to the deer population in front of the formal gardens and Camellia House.
Path To The Lake

In all the times we have been to Wollaton Park, I don't ever recall accessing the park via the Derby Road entrance but another path leads directly there from the lake running alongside the private golf course. We followed the path as far as the entrance before retracing our steps back to the lake which is seen here in the distance. The trees along here are, like many others in the park, just bursting into life with this year's leaves.
The Lake

Reaching the lake again we continued in a clockwise direction around it stopping on the south western bank for this panoramic view across to the Hall. Click on the image above for an enlarged view in a new window (and press F11 to view full screen) but please but aware that this a large file and may take some time to download.
Tree Growth

Further examples of new life in the park can be seen here with these close up views of a couple of trees and even in the view across the lake, the candles on the horse chestnut tree are apparent.
That concludes our look at Wollaton Park on this occasion but we moved on from there to Highfields Park and here are a few bonus images from there.


On a previous visit to Highfields we had seen a heron standing at the edge of the lake so it was no surprise this time to see one again on the far side of the lake. What was surprising was that this time it was much more active than before and began to fly and circle the lake landing briefly on the near side too. It then took off again and as we watched it circle overhead it eventually made its way to a tree opposite.


Other passers-by were also watching and there were cries of "Oh, there's two. No ... three ... four!" As the birds settled I took this zoomed shot across the lake and closer study showed that there were at least eight and possibly nine birds in the tree. Herons congregate in colonies like this and the name for such a gathering is, not unnaturally, a heronry. I suspect there are several young herons in this group and coupled with the new broods seen in Wollaton Park, it seems that this has been an exceptional year for new life.

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