Beautiful images of Basildon
PUBLISHED: 13:09 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:26 20 February 2013
Wintery scenes snapped by Darren Chaplin
Autumn Frost and Reflections are images taken at Northlands Park in Basildon. The park is situated between the Craylands and Felmores estates and is very often overlooked because
of its location.
November and December are the best months for early morning images with autumnal colours in the trees and clear frosts across the ponds. Extra touches to the images are the ducks which often fly in the ponds looking for food as the sun rises and begins to
warm the ice.
The park is an ideal place for a short walk as there are often plenty of green and great spotted woodpeckers and blue, great and long-tailed tits in the woodlands, not to mention jays and squirrels. There is also a small caf in the park for a warming cup of coffee.
With winter fast approaching, the robin beats the cold spells by fluffing his feathers to trap the air beneath to help insulate him using his body heat to warm the trapped air. This final image shows how this process increases a robins appearance to look rather plump and bigger than their normal size. The hoar frost also helps to show the red berries on the tree which would normally be covered when it snows. Hoar frost occurs when the moist air is met
by freezing cold temperatures.