Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire, 
Some say in ice…
(ROBERT FROST)

I’m not expecting to be here and have no preference either way (though fire seems to me more likely) but November was wonderfully full of fire and ice and I’m hoping the year will end with both (and snow of course!)

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November, here, is a month of bonfires, which are always spectacular but very difficult to photograph. This year, in a grand family effort, we managed to capture some very good firework displays on my son’s phone and I felt very confident that this would be my best Wandering Camera post ever. Alas they remain on my son’s phone. Christmas is racing towards us and I fear if I wait any longer for whatever he needs to do to get the videos off his phone and onto my computer I will have no post for the December link up at all :( Perhaps, one day I will get my firework post but in the meantime the first fire of the year in my makery (photo-bombed by Poppy) will have to do.

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On the ice front, however, I did manage to get some pictures with my own camera, which I am very happy with – not because they are good photos but because it is the first time I’ve ever managed to capture on film a party on the pond. During the daytime we have odd ducks on the pond but just as it get dark there is a sudden whirring of wings a great cacophony of quaking and splashing  as literally dozens of ducks swoop over the tree tops and plunge into the pond. They are, off and on, surprisingly noisy and I could swear that sometimes they party all night long. Then, in the morning, just before it’s light enough to take a photograph, they rise as one and fly silently away and it’s as if they’ve never been.

Then, one night, they were having such a wonderful time, the first light came creeping up quietly and they didn’t notice.

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The pond was completely frozen except for a round pool, which I think they had kept free of ice by swimming about in it all night.

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And as the sun came up I could see that some of them were still dancing whilst others were taking a rest, standing on the ice and cheering on their companions.

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And, every now and again, someone would say, “We really should be getting along…” and someone else would call back, “Just one more dance!” And half a dozen of them would plunge back into the pool.

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And, in the end, of course, they did leave and I have never seen them all dancing since but I still hear them every night.

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Lastly, I have a photo I took on my phone of a sign I came across in a nearby village.

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It was raining when I took it and I just emailed it to myself, which looks to have done nothing for the quality of the picture but I’m including it because it made me smile. I think every road around here could do with one!

I’m linking this post with the lovely Soma at Whims and Fancies for the December edition of Wandering Camera.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

9 thoughts on “Fire and Ice

  1. Maria says:

    Love your photos Janine. The bunting draped above the fireplace is so sweet; a lovely idea. I had to show your cautionary road sign to my husband…he always comments about the idiots on the roads here! lol

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  2. Kim Sharman says:

    Oooh….love the fireplace in your Makery!! I don’t think I would ever come out, even to photograph those lovely ducks on your frozen pond. I think I much prefer the fire to the ice. =) Wonderful photos of the ducks. LOVE that sign. We too could use quite a few of them around here. Do tell me…….how is your Poppy always so lovely and clean??

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  3. soma @ whimsandfancies.com says:

    I love the title of your post. I think the first fire of the season is always very special, Poppy photo bombing is even better. You captured the party in the first light so beautifully. That must have been so amazing to watch them dance and play. The last photo made me laugh out loud :)

    -Soma

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  4. Carol says:

    I WANT that sign!! Maybe it would slow the danged drivers that speed down the road never even noticing or care that they may have hit a squirrel! If I see them, I have been known to chase them down and give them a piece of my mind. It does not good, but it makes me feel better. Love the duck!!
    xx, Carol

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  5. Sandra :) says:

    HAHA @ the idiot sign – too true!

    I guess it’s a sign that I come from a country with rather wintery winters *ahem*, but my first thought when seeing the ducks in the water with the ice, was that I hoped none of them were going to end up frozen IN the water … I was worried for them! I’m glad they’re just playing and dancing, and that nobody got stuck :D

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