Monday, 29 December 2014

It's icy out there!

Today we walked through Inverleith Park 

the black headed gulls (in winter plumage, hence white heads with only a back spot behind the eyes) seemed comfortable enough on the ice

there were redwings in the holly bushes all over town. The photo above (taken in Inverleith Park) sums up why I tend to watch smaller fast moving birds rather than trying to photograph them!

We then wandered over to Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and made friends with this lovely squirrel. 

There was a kingfisher on the Botanics Pond, several birdwatchers had gathered to watch it, I enjoyed seeing it fly across the pond from tree to tree. i didn't even try to take a photo!

This tree is beautiful in the cold winter light

and I liked the arrangement of this cone and stone on the icy pond in the Scottish Woodland area of the Botanics


Lucy said...

Love your wintry pics. We had a little bit of ice in the ditches and puddles today, and redwings in the fields.

eileeninmd said...

It is actually a little warm here but not for long.. I guess the gulls are use to the cold weather.. Pretty shots! I wish you and your family a very happy, healthy New Year!

TexWisGirl said...

we're getting a cold front in tomorrow. looks pretty, although cold there!

Donna said...

Great pics especially the last one...getting cold here now again.

RG said...

Ice on the ponds here too - a bit of a cold spell. Actually coming from the Fraser River outflow - thank you Simon Fraser!

English holly is invasive here - we work t remove it from preserved lands!