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Sodden Journey

By NDODS    
This image was captured on Saturday whilst visiting Leeds Castle, a frequent port of call for me, as it a rather safe environment in which to capture as many images as I want. Furthermore there's a 'Dizzy' Bus which can take me to any point in the grounds all for free. Anyway back to this image, as you can see the weather was somewhat inclement to say the least, however it did provide me with the opportunity to get a few 'sodden' photographs such as this. "Hope you like" I was going to crop the image rather tightly and produce a letterbox format, however I decided not to, in turn retaining as much of the detail in the image as possible.

Thank you for all your most generous comments and votes following yesterdays upload 'Rochester Airport Flypast' and a special thank you goes to Lucien (ljh) and John (alsoppdigitalart) for their most welcomed and treasured UA's.

I hope that you all have a great day ahead. I on the other hand have not got a 'Scooby Doo' as to what I will get up to, however. I do know that we will be finally moving into our new home next Monday. So from that day forward I will be without telephone or internet. They reckon it will take approximately a week to get me re-connected and sorted out.

Regards Nathan.

Tags: Weather Rain Snow Sleet Water Leeds castle Wildlife and nature Washout

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jdinne 14 16 England
15 Oct 2012 7:52AM
Think it is perfect as it is Nathan, wonderful capture.


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fentiger 16 916 24 England
15 Oct 2012 7:57AM
I think in this instance it is better presented with space around the subject. A fine composition.

AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 8:06AM
Fabulous textures in the rain and the splashes in the lake. I see the swan even looks fed up with the rain. Good capture Nathan.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 8:08AM
A perfect rainy image!!
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
15 Oct 2012 8:22AM
You have really captured the atmosphere well - one feels sorry for the Swan Smile It is raining non stop here since about midnight so I can identify a little with you Brits Smile
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
15 Oct 2012 8:25AM
Certainly persisting.

Interesting shot.

NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
15 Oct 2012 8:39AM
Sodden heck you've caught the rain in great looks like it was raining cats & dogs and Swans...............GrinGrinGrinGrin
15 Oct 2012 8:40AM
Nice one Nathan, like the composition,
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
15 Oct 2012 8:59AM
A wet, but very pleasing, image, Nathan. Carol
15 Oct 2012 8:59AM
Nicely captured.
Best wishes for the move.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 9:09AM
oh dear .... poor you moving .. my sincere thoughts are with you
love this rather wet image
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 9:24AM
Superb shot Nathan, really sums up this lat summer :-(, hope you didn't get to wet Smile Best of luck with the move, hope it all goes smoothly

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1794 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 9:27AM
Unusual, beautiful, and very well thought out. A hint of movement in the rain drops, sharpness for the swan, and no background distractions.
Tibetan 5 3 England
15 Oct 2012 9:38AM
From the thumbnail I was a bit perplexed at the size as the rain was not so apparent! but on viewing in the large format well! it's a great shot!, Nathan does it again! good for you sticking to your guns, very well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Enjoy your 'Scooby Doo' moment Nathan, moving house is very stressful I will keep my fingers crossed for you that all goes well, it took two weeks for them to get my internet up and running. Onward and Upward a new house a new beginning.

cats_123 Plus
13 4.7k 28 Northern Ireland
15 Oct 2012 9:53AM
Good luck on the house move...I remember it taking BT 3 weeks to connect netbook and dongle were a life still get a payg broadband dongle for around £30-£40..if you haven't already investigated GrinGrin

great `wet' shot too SmileSmile
15 Oct 2012 10:14AM
You've certainly nailed this one, the rain makes it real!
franken Plus
15 4.4k 4 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 10:33AM
Wonderful image Nathan despite the weather.

15 Oct 2012 10:55AM
you have captured the rain drops and splashes very will with you high shutter speed Nathan with the swand nicely placed in frame. Good luck with the house move and trust all will go well and you enjoy your new home...there were some strange men in white coats seen in the street today but glad to say the door bell did not ringTongueWink

rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
15 Oct 2012 10:56AM
" Raindrops keep falling on my head "Wink Excellent weather image with a natural history slant too Nathan. Another reminder about our summer.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 11:12AM
You've captured those raindrops really well and that poor desolate swan!!!
Not easy to get an image of any quality in rain -I know I've tried to get umbrella shots.
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
15 Oct 2012 11:37AM
A splendid capture with the raindrops Nathan.
And I do hope you have a hassle free house move !!
surfinsurveyor 10 697 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 12:00PM
I'm glad I clicked on 'view large' to fully appreciate this image which works wonderfully. The swan is perfectly positioned in the context of the scene and the rain is captured to great effect. Hope you have dried out by now WinkTongue


Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
15 Oct 2012 12:32PM
Nice weather for ducks... or swans Grin Only a passing shower as my Dad would say Smile

15 Oct 2012 1:24PM
Beautifully taken.
oll1e Plus
10 57 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 1:26PM
sums up our so called summer nathan Smile,lovely capture
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 1:51PM
I'm glad you resisted the temptation to crop this image. The composition & rain really make the image for me.
gwynn56 5 87 England
15 Oct 2012 2:15PM
nicely captured , hope the move goes smoothly and it a fine day , Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
15 Oct 2012 2:19PM
Even the swan looks a bit p****d off with the wet weather! A perfect capture of the falling rain, Nathan...and the swan too, of course! Wink
Trev Smile
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 2:29PM
Bet the swan had a cob on with all the rain ha ha the rain and splashed add great depth and interest. (very well taken)

rayme330 5 17 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 2:40PM
You have caught the mood and atmosphere of this scene perfectly, Nathan.

danbrann 13 636 17
15 Oct 2012 4:11PM
An excellent image considering the conditions Nathan. I do hope your move goes along nicely. we did it about two months ago and it was all worth the hassle. a new beginning.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 4:13PM
A real winner for me
have my UA Nathan
HELANA 7 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 4:59PM
The swan looks as if he have enough of the rain Nathan.Goor luck with the new hause.
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 5:37PM
Poor swans getting wetSmileTongueWink great capture Nathan.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
15 Oct 2012 6:01PM
I like your tongue in cheek title as well as the rain on this poor swan---

I hope you move goes well!
saltireblue Plus
7 7.3k 33 Norway
15 Oct 2012 6:08PM
Great sense of space here, Nathan. I would however consider cropping out the dark strip of the distant bank at the top. Although reducing the height, I feel it would give even more a feeling of space and emptiness...just a thought.

Good luck with the move...and a dongle is a good suggestion...

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
15 Oct 2012 6:15PM
The votes have really poured in for this wonderful wet weather image Nathan, I agree with Malc about cropping some off the top to remove the bank, it doesn't really add much to this shot IMHO. I'm sure you'll bump into the Lifesnapper or Sezz on one of your visits to Leeds castle, they are frequent visitors to this place. If you spot a silverhaired fox with a Canon Camera attempting to photograph attractive young ladies that will be our man the infamous and irrepressible Lifesnapper!Grin
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 6:25PM
exactly right as is Nathan - it tells the story perfectly
15 Oct 2012 6:46PM
It sure did rain! You did good to catch the raindrops so well and capture the mood of a miserable day. Best of wishes for the move to your new house, trust all goes without a hitch. SmileSmile

BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
15 Oct 2012 7:25PM
Really lovely.
I think you made the right decision to show a
good wide view of the pouring rain on the water and rather
forlorn looking swan.
All the best for the house move.

netta1234 5 382 2 Wales
15 Oct 2012 8:04PM
Beautiful NathenSmile
15 Oct 2012 8:28PM
A lovely composition and well captured Nathan. I like it
Humblebee 5 1 England
15 Oct 2012 8:46PM
Poor bird looks quite forlorn - but a super capture all the same ... Carol Grin
Mike_Smith Plus
10 430 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 9:29PM
Superb Capture, its nice to see the raindrops too
ali63 Plus
5 775 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 10:08PM
A lovely shot of this poor Swan in the down pour,
regards Ali
15 Oct 2012 10:15PM
Don't mind the rain, especially staying indoorsTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue!!!! Even better presented by you, Nathan!!!!!!!!! AniaWink
15 Oct 2012 10:38PM
Perfect capture Nathan. It certainly "Tells it like it was". Don
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 11:17PM
Lovely comp and capture Nathan, love you caught the splashes from the rain, Peter..
15 Oct 2012 11:59PM
Great capture. Well done for staying out in the rain to take the picture. Elaine
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
16 Oct 2012 4:29AM
You've summed up Summer & now Autumn 2012 rather accurately! Glad you decided against cropping.

16 Oct 2012 6:28PM
Brilliant picture Nathan, something a little unusual for a Swan image, well done.

John Smile
17 Oct 2012 9:16AM
This is a great capture Nathan,freezing the raindrops at 1000th of a second has made the image for me,exceptional shot, regards ray
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
17 Oct 2012 10:29AM
A poor darling here but then feathers are waterproof.
Beautiful creature and unusual shot……


P.S. Do hope your move goes well……..
RobinF 11 83 1 England
18 Oct 2012 10:29PM
This is just brilliant Nathan, a mesmerising shot.

- Robin
wow love it like the rain great photo.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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