I drove out to the supermarket last night and on the way I noticed the setting moon which looked fantastic, so I rushed home, got the camera out, dashed out only to find it had set. Not to worry, I wandered around Doctors Pond as it got dark and gave some night photography a go. There’s nothing different to night photogarphy really, its just dark 😉 however, I’m still quite pleased with my first attempt.
Saturday night I joked with my wife that I really needed to be up at the crack of dawn to catch the sun rise, especially in view of the good weather we’re having, we agreed, there was no chance I’d get up at 5.00am to catch it…clearly the cat had heard the conversation…
At 5.00am Sunday morning I was awoken by the cat using the top of my bare foot as a rope ladder to join us in bed. Having leapt up onto the bed the old fella found he hadn’t quite made it and sunk his claws into the nearest solid looking item . Whilst painful and certainly a highly effective alarm call I would, normally just go back to sleep, unfortuntely, I’m allergic to cats. The foot started to itch like I’d given it a good rub in some nettles and a 6 inch long weald grew quite impressively down the length of my foot. There was no way I was going to get back to sleep! So, out i stepped into the dawn light and captured this:
Remarkably, there were no fishermen sat around the pond at this time of the morning – it must be pretty much the only time of the day at this time of year that you don’t find them gathered around Doctors Pond pulling fish out and then putting them back in!
Oh, and I forgave the cat, despite the fact that, even now, not far off 48 hours later my foot still itches!
If you’ve ever been to Great Dunmow you’ll know that, on Doctors Pond, we don’t only have ducks, but also a flock of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). This lot make a real racket, honking away, and they do like a good hissing fight!
This shot was taken back in the beginning of February first thing in the morning, and it was cold!
In this post one duck actually, a female mallard who allowed me to photograph her earlier this year. It wasn’t my intention to use this image today, but a friend of mine saw a print of the picture and loved it and I know he was trying to find a copy of it on Flickr – well Mick, in case you’re still looking – here you go.
Pictures you see of Doctors Pond are usually taken from the North Street end of the pond looking towards Star Lane and the tennis courts, and that’s fair enough it’s an obviously attractive picture. This picture, on the other hand, is taken from the Rosemary Lane side looking towards Dunmow town itself.
You can see the Tea Tree cafe – the green building on the left, right on the Pond, the small white clock – centre right is The Starr Restaurant and the little Bell Tower immediately behind this is the old Town Hall building.