Last night was a big night in London, it snowed and settled. This morning we awoke to maybe 10cm of snow on the ground (possibly more) and the news that traffic was in chaos and flights from Heathrow were being cancelled. If you live in countries that regularly have snow you are permitted to laugh but in England snow is a major event, bigger than the Olympics and something to be endured, stoically before complaining that the authorities were unprepared and should do more.
Me? I grabbed a shovel and swept the snow from the path to the road, pulled on some stout boots and grabbed the camera before heading out to capture this rare event.
As we trekked through this arctic tundra that London had become overnight I heard a duck calling and it was close. I raised the camera but could not see daffy anywhere, it called again from above, looking up I spied my quarry perched on the branch high above. Do ducks normally stand on trees?
The Leg of Mutton was once a reservoir next to the Thames supplying water to parts of Leafy SW London, now it is a nature reserve, home to 3 species of bat, ducks, geese, swans and other water fowl. It is also the home to Herons and one of the only spots in London where they nest at ground level.
I saw 3 Herons on our walk around but they were either to far away across the ice or too alert to predators and flew at the first sight of the approaching hunter. I managed to creep close enough down the snow covered bank of the reservoir to catch this shot through the covering bushes.
The last couple of images are random shots that caught my eye as we walked, a snow covered tree (well you have to have one, right?) and what looks like a giant cotton reel but what I believe to be a intake pipe from when this used to be a working reservoir.