Sunday, 30 November 2014

November 29th 2014 - Reflecting The Somerset Levels

Spent the afternoon wandering around the Shapwick part of the Somerset Levels today. The end of November weather was a bonus, not a breath of wind and in mid afternoon sunshine 12 degrees warm. Julie and I began with a coffee at Eco Bites near Shapwick, we love it here as to the birds, this 'Christmas' robin and a sociable reed bunting.

After this, it was onto Shapwick Heath and marvelling at the sublime reflections in a still almost mirror like water atmosphere.

Sunlight through Primeval ferns at the waters edge

This is not upside down - the water was that mirror like.

Stumps in water

Reeds, water and blue skies

I got Julie to lob a stone in here to add the circle ripples to an otherwise perfect reflection.

The sun was beginning to drop so while waiting for the starlings, a few arty shots too

By 4pm we were in Meare Heath hide and watching the starlings flood past. Everyone else was elsewhere, we seemed to have the place to ourselves.

By the time this heron arrived the light was shocking but whacking up the ISO I managed a final reflection shot.
We left the hide at 4.30pm and walked back through the woodland to the car. Such an atmospheric walk and allowed us to reflect on the day.


  1. Wow awesome reflection shots.Greetings from Dubai! Really enjoyed going through your blog. Have a great week ahead! Will be back soon...


  2. ...I love this part of the country, and your photos reflect its loveliness, keep posting
    Cindy in Suffolk

  3. Really beautiful atmospheric photos Andrew - the reflections are sublime :) One of these days I'll get down to the Somerset Levels to see the starling murmuration!

  4. Fabulous reflections in those shots. Sounds like a lovely day was had by you both.