Shores of Derwentwater, south of Friars Crag,
we near Shap, along the motorway, what appears to be
a huge bird of prey wheels over the hills. Its wings are slightly tilted
upwards in a very shallow 'V'. I'm driving, so I don't see much of it,
but Barbara says there are no wing patches and we wonder if it might be
an eagle rather than a buzzard.
a rather waterlogged wood near the lakeshore at Derwentwater,
two shallow-rooted trees have been blown over to leave a depression which
has become a shallow, weedy pond. In a small patch of open water between
the pondweeds, whirligig beetles are zuzzing about like
high-speed ice hockey players. They live on the surface film - part of
the eye looking beneath water, part above.
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org