In January this year Britain received a massive amount of rain. According to the Guardian, it was the wettest winter month in over 200 years and three times wetter than average.
In many parks, lawns and commons large water puddles appeared and it was in one of those temporary ponds in Bushy Park that I spotted this half-submerged lichen-covered willow branch.
I'm almost embarrassed to admit that it sent my heart racing when I saw it in the corner of my eye. It's an important feature of our peripheral vision to warn us against real or perceived danger and an image of a huge reptile must be well embedded in our subconscious. Fortunately on this occasion the "crocodile" turned out to be completely harmless! :-)
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chrislo (4151) 2014-04-17 13:13
I like the well chosen title and your imaginative idea for this shot. You couldn't find a better comparison, and it's interesting to see how the trunk is shaped to resemble a crocodile. The light brings out the textures and details brilliantly, and the rippleless mirror-like pond makes for stunning reflections. Very well spotted and nicely executed.
jjcordier (73794) 2014-04-17 21:57
L'illusion est parfaite, sur la vignette j'avais vraiment cru voir un crocodile! Bien vu!
CLODO (29358) 2014-04-18 1:06
good interpretation of this branch in the water:
holmertz (37765) 2014-04-18 2:23
Having grown up with the Beatles, I could have briefly taken this for a yellow submarine :-). It's an amusing picture, quite attractive with its strange colours and shapes, but it can of course also be viewed as a worrying sign of even worse times to come, as the climate change proceeds and floodings become more frequent. Maybe when the northern hemisphere gets considerably warmer there will actually be crocodiles in England.
timecapturer (45707) 2014-04-18 2:24
a nice piece of unique and fascinating observational imagery. Love the effect!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
dkmurphys (47024) 2014-04-18 3:07
Very original observation, you're so right, it looks like a crocodile. Well spotted, enjoy a fine day.
willperrett (6246) 2014-04-18 9:54
I don't know about harmless: willow branches can give you a nasty nip if you make them cross. Or am I thinking of tigers? I like the simplicity of the composition. I can certainly see how the colours and the "eye" may have caused your heart to skip a beat or two.
Silvio1953 (117027) 2014-04-19 2:18
Ciao Kasia, fascinating reflection, lovely composition with beautiful tree like a crocodile, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good Easter, ciao Silvio
rbassin (16472) 2014-04-19 5:14
Une magnifique photo, l'idée est originale et la photo d'un bon graphisme.
Bon W-E pascal
rychem (20099) 2014-04-19 8:38
Mnie się to kojarzy z "yellow submarine" ! ;)
takie efekty są zawsze atrakcyjne, super
emka (73877) 2014-04-21 23:22
Witaj Kasiu, Mogę sobie wyobrazić, jak sie przestraszyłas krokodyla :). I czasami zdarza sie, że ludzie przywożą sobie (nielegalnie) jakieś dzikie zwierzęta i one uciekaja, więc to wcale nie byłoby niemozliwe. Ale na szczęście to był tylko patyk pokryty porostami. Znakomita obserwacja i okazja do ciekawego zdjecia. Pozdrawiam serdecznie
lousat (72907) 2014-04-29 11:54
Hi Kasia,a very original catch-eye! In effect it seems a crocodile,the green effect of the lichens is beautiful! An excellent idea for a top class pic,i like it! Thanks a lot for your words about my pics and have a nice evening! Luciano
Waylim (25162) 2014-07-11 23:55
What? You mean it can actually rain more than it already has? I was in London twice and both times it rains and misty and depressing, though still very beautiful. Here it look really clear with warm light. For a moment, I really thought it was crocodile in the water. Amazing, I would have run if I see it in the dark. Love the reflection and the golden green of the trunk. and that eye popping out of the water to look at me.
- Copyright: Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) (5276)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D800, NIKKOR 70-300mm VR
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-17 12:26