At Churchill College Ponds

For the second time in the space of a few days I saw a heron beside the water in a built-up environment. This time it was the ponds outside Churchill College (one the Cambridge University colleges), not more than thirty feet (10 metres) from the road.

It stood so still that again I thought it might be a model – this time a model put there to decorate the ponds. But then it moved.

Just for a split second I have a disconnect – I simultaneously see it is a living creature, and at the same time see the model move. It is a delicious moment of uncertainty.


  1. Joan E. Miller says:

    Herons can be quite obliging models!

    On another subject, I believe lily pads are considered invasive in many places. However, I think they are lovely. I don’t know where they are native to, or how they become invasive. I see them frequently in ponds, but was surprised to read that they are not necessarily welcome.


    1. I to think they are lovely. I am not 100% sure, but I don’t think they are considered invasive. They are definitely planted in ponds as a decorative feature. Maybe if the climate changed they might grow more (or less). We have algae bloom – and that is invasive. It kills off everything because it chokes the oxygen supply in the water.


  2. Tamara Colloff-Bennett says:

    Lovely photos of TWO cuties, David!


    1. Thank you, my dear 🙂


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