It's a wet and quiet day here.
I'm sat in a hide overlooking the mere, watching the comings and goings of the wildfowl. Behind me, around me, the chorus of early spring is resounding through the bare birch trees, overlaid with the constant, rhythmic, entrancing plip plip of rain on the old wooden roof which shelters me.
There's not a lot going on, but that's often the case with nature. Hours of monotony punctuated by short bursts of activity. The egret, a new interloper from the backs of African beasts hunkers down in the steel grey waters, occasionally preening her pristine plumage or watching the mute swan glide by.
A moorhen paddles her way over to the edge of the mere, feet from me and sits for a while, raindrops spangling his sooty back.
Further out in the mere teal and shoveler gyrate and dabble, adding their own patterns the eternal concentric rain circles.
I thought I'd do something a little different today. I've caught it on a video. Maybe at 42 minutes it's far too long to ever be watched right through but, for me, it accurately catches the sense of spending time out with nature on a wet, quiet weekday.
Solitude and solace seep deeply from the everyday goings on of a local lake. It's over on Youtube where I'm setting up a new Earthlight channel. It's also below. Spend a few moments with me here if you can, and if you want to see more videos consider subscribing to the newly emerged Earthlight Youtube channel. If you're quick you may even be number one!