Looking in to puddles

Some of you may have noticed that recently it has been raining quite a bit. You never took me for the Sherlock Holmes type did you?

The roads round us have been awash some mornings when I have gone out on the bicycle. Mud from the fields flowing on to the flooded roads has created an even bigger problem.

I decided there had to be something meretricious (good word that) in the situation and so I took along the camera and started looking in to it.

Amazing what you find in a puddle

In addition to the reflections there are swirls, ripples and all sort of exciting geometrical shapes.

As ever I am indebted to members of the public who sought to assist me in my quest.

“Have you lost something mister?” was the most usual comment. “You’ll get your camera wet if you hold it there!” came second. There were kind couples out for a stroll who would tip toe up alongside me and stare in the direction the camera was pointing… “We didn’t want to scare whatever it was you were trying to take a picture of.” Came the explanation.

First prize goes to the tractor driver who suggested “Most people use a rod and line in the river  mate!” – yet another failed comedian.

It’s great to be popular.

In reality when taking pictures of puddles a great deal depends on the direction of the light, the time of day, the strength of the wind and how many people have driven at full speed through the water in the last ten minutes – ah golden memories of water splashes on the North Yorkshire Moors – a favourite pastime of mine.

The weather forecasters tell me it may snow this weekend. Beware of next week’s blog – there could be a snowball in it.