Herons Green Bay ; 17 Oct 2013.

Opened in 1956, Chew Valley Lake is the 5th largest artificial area of water in the UK, and the provider of Bristol’s drinking water.  Most of the reservoir’s area is private, and accessible only to those with permits for yachting, fishing or birdwatching.  Of the few areas open to the public, my favourite is Herons Green, where a road passes a great expanse of the lake opening out on one side, and a small pool on the other side.

When this reservoir is full, the view out from Herons Green is one of uninterrupted water but, if the water level falls,  small details of the countryside flooded by this lake emerge.  In Herons Green Bay, a narrow country road that crosses a little bridge can be seen, and this road (and its shadow), form the elongated area of blackness in this silhouette.

A male Mallard duck, with its perfectly reflected, upcurled central tail feathers, is at lower left.  A Cormorant is standing on the old road’s surface.  And a line of five Canada Geese pass by.

I’m a great fan of simple images, of Minimalism, and to me the simplicity here has rather an oriental feel – probably due to the presence of the birds.

D800 with 80-400 Nikkor at 400mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro’s Silhouette EV +0.5 preset.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Malin H says:

    A wonderful high key image, Adrian.
    And I see the magical number seven… (seven mallard ducks)
    Tranquil and meditative – it’s a wonderful silence in this one.
    And as always, great composition too. 🙂


  2. This is simply fabulous. It would look great in my spare room, where there are other, not so fabulous birds. Love it, A.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      G, that’s very kind of you to say that, thank you. I’m glad you like it 🙂 . That you have not so fabulous birds in your spare room pushes me to perplexity, its probably an ATP thing I guess, but your Comment also stirs a little word somewhere in the backwaters of my mind, and that word is … B l u r b … 😉 ……

      I hope you’re fine this Saturday morning, tho since we’re so far ahead of you timewise you’re probably still fast asleep right now. Have a good day! A


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