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Dodder diary 29 October 2009

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Hi again. I have been out walking and snapping the last few days but didn’t get a chance to update the blog. Here are the pics.

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

I'm getting that bit too close and heron is about to take flight.

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

Too close for comfort and Heron takes off.

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

Heron mid-flight heading towards Rathfarnham bridge.

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

Heron further away on down the river.

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

Heron lands and gets comfortable on the opposite bank.

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

The heron on another day at rest in a tree.

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

Barrell perched on the waterfall between the two Dodder parks.

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

A solitary balloon floats against the current (not sure why must be something to do with surface tension).

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

Sun blazing yesterday – late October!

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

Trees reflect their graceful majesty yesterday.

Dodder diary 29 October 2009. All images © Sheila O'Kelly.

Ducks gather in social mode – no chasing today.

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October 29, 2009 at 14:45

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Dodder diary 23 October 2009

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Nice river, shame about the rubbish

The swirling water brings with it the rubbish from upstream. Not quite as bad as it used to be when there were plastic bags, still dampens down the pleasure of the beautiful river bank.

The ducks are beginning to think about the next generation and the females are doing their best to out-swim the males as they bounce down through the waves of the still agitated river. Every now and then they call off the chase and nestle in among the foliage and reeds at the edge.

One of the herons took to a much higher perch than usual in the trees, while the other one got right down to the edge of the rough water to catch the next meal.

Sun glinting through the leaves at the weir beside the footbridge on Lower Dodder Road.

Sun glinting through the leaves at the weir beside the footbridge on Lower Dodder Road.

Rubbish spoils the pure pleasure at the weir up at Rathfarnham Bridge.

Rubbish spoils the pure pleasure at the weir up at Rathfarnham Bridge.

This is the path that yesterday was covered in water.

This is the path that yesterday was covered in water.

Not so many people in the park today.

Not so many people in the park today.

So that's where the idea from three ducks flying up a wall came from - they do tend to roam in threes.

So that's where the idea for three ducks flying up a wall came from...

A foil bag takes hold of a branch.

A foil bag takes hold of a branch.

Autumn colours spread at our feet.

Autumn colours spread at our feet.

Leaf still damp from the rain.

Leaf still damp from the rain.

The heron perching higher up than usual;

The heron perching higher up than usual;

While the other heron gets right down to the water's edge.

While the other heron gets right down to the water's edge.

Written by SOKNH

October 23, 2009 at 19:33

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Dodder diary 22 October 2009

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What a difference a day makes

The river path on Lower Dodder Road is almost totally submerged as it will be on and off all winter.

The willow stands pateiently while its hair is washed by the galloping water.

The willow stands patiently while its hair is washed by the galloping water.

Most of the river path on Lower Dodder Road is under road today as it will be on and off all winter.

Most of the river path on Lower Dodder Road is under water today as it will be on and off all winter.

The angry water makes an incredible noise as it roars through the weirs and any obstacles.

The angry water makes an incredible noise as it roars through the weirs and any obstacles.

The tremendous waterfall is beautifully scary on a day like today.

The tremendous waterfall is beautifully scary on a day like today.

Plastic bottles are the most common obeject among the flotsam and jetsam to be transported down stream.

Plastic bottles are the most common obeject among the flotsam and jetsam to be transported down stream.

The water pushes its way through every physical opening available to it.

The water pushes its way through every physical opening available to it.

Land and water, side by side.

Land and water, side by side.

The autumn colours are still here and the trees are unperturbed by likely flooding.

The autumn colours are still here and the trees are unperturbed by likely flooding.

In the distance.

In the distance.

Written by SOKNH

October 22, 2009 at 13:01

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Dodder diary 21 October 2009

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Through the lashing rain this morning all the prettiness tosses and swirls.

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October 21, 2009 at 16:46

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Dodder diary, 19 October 2009

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Colour, light, texture

Click on any of the pictures to see a larger image.

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October 19, 2009 at 13:10

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Dodder diary 14 October 2009

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A little closer every day

Enough with the heron, you say. But today I got the closest ever. The heron was on the path doing his considerable business and then pondering the meaning of life. I got to within about 8′ of him before he flew off. I caught up with him down near the waterfall. I had the uncanny feeling that he recognised me and that is why I could get that bit closer.

The heron about 8' from me.

The heron about 8' from me.

The heron later on down near the waterfall.

The heron later on down near the waterfall.

Not the heron! Shurely shome misthake.

Not the heron! Shurely shome misthake.

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October 14, 2009 at 11:35

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Dodder diary, 12 October 2009

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Sweet glorious sunshine before winter dawns

Autumn Glory

Autumn Glory

Footbridge from Orwell Gardens.

Footbridge from Orwell Gardens.

Sun-dappled Dodder river.

Sun-dappled Dodder river.

View back towards Rathfarnham from footbridge on Lower Dodder road.

View back towards Rathfarnham from footbridge on Lower Dodder road.

Your photographer

Your photographer

Heron near Rathfarnham bridge

Heron near Rathfarnham bridge

Heron near Rathfarnham bridge.

Heron near Rathfarnham bridge.

Written by SOKNH

October 12, 2009 at 12:07

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