Sunday, August 28, 2005

River Nene

The reflections of vegetation at the edge of the river caught my eye. I was watching some Common Darters perching on some debris which looked like a cross between some white plastic sheeting and a lump of loft insulation, when it suddenly dawned on me that it was a sheep at an advanced stage of decomposition...

Moving on...

Banded Demoiselles have got to be the most gorgeous insects going.

Female munching on a small insect

All these photos digiscoped along the River Nene just west of Ferry Meadows. For reference, the pronunciation of the river name is as follows:

If you're downstream of Oundle, it's Neene
If you're upstream of Oundle, it's Nenn

Incidentally, when I visited Slimbridge as a youngster, I wondered what the connection with Hawaii's state bird, Branta sandvicensis, the Nene Goose, was...

I have to be a bit careful when I go home to Northants, because I live in Peterborough now I tend to say Neene, which probably reveals me to be a traitor. I grew up in the Nene valley; I still haven't escaped it and I can trace ancestors who lived in the valley (at Little Addington) back to at least 1680...

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 62 with 16x eyepiece


  1. I love your photos. (I think I even saw one on a Singaporean teenager's site.) I am in awe of your camera.

    I am just a backyard birdwatcher, but I love getting up in the early morning and seeing a bluejay, or being able to hear a cardinal before I see it.

    P.S. You can get rid of spam by clicking on the garbage can symbol you see in the comment. It really is awful stuff, some of it.

  2. Anonymous1:54 pm

    As always, I am utterly delighted by your latest offerings. These insects are gorgeous! I am definitely an amateur, but am so inspired by your photos. I was able to get a couple of great (for me) shots this weekend, one of a multi-color irridescent fly... pink, lavender, green, yellow, all on a 1/2 inch wing! and the other of a skimmer glistening in the sun. I have linked to your bogbumper on my site. If you have a minute, check out an amateur, admirer's site at And keep the postings coming. I love your new header!