Hollow Ponds

Whipps Cross Roundabout
Whipps Cross Roundabout

If you take a 56 bus from the Angel in the direction of Whipps Cross, this is where it will eventually drop you off: at a big roundabout busy with endless streams of traffic. Why would anyone come here?

Things look better here
Things look better here

But if you walk along Whipps Cross Road, things begin to look a little better. Today the sun had put in an appearance and there was a spring-like feeling in the air.

Buds were bursting
Buds were bursting

There was blossom on bushes and shrubs, and buds were bursting open with new green leaves.

Hollow Ponds
Hollow Ponds

Leave the road behind and cross through a fringe of grass and trees and this is the sight that meets your eyes. Anywhere else, this would probably be called a lake but here it is called Hollow Ponds.

You can go boating, if you feel like it
You can go boating, if you feel like it

The area is well used, especially at weekends. You can go boating, stroll along the paths or sit on the bank and watch the water fowl.

You can walk along the paths
You can walk along the paths

People do feed the birds, of course. It’s probably not a good idea but both people and birds seem used to it so the custom is not likely to change in the near future.

Pigeons feed and fly away
A nervous flock of pigeons

A flock of pigeons lives here. The birds perch in the trees and then drift down in twos and threes to feed. Soon the whole flock is feeding happily and then something spooks them and in a single movement they all fly up, wheel around the pond, and settle in the trees again.

Canada geese greet and meet
Canada geese greet and meet

As we walked around the bank, this pair of Canada geese came forward to meet us. However, as soon as they realized we had no food to give them, they lost interest in us and stalked off.

These graylag geese settled nearby
These graylag geese settled nearby

We spread a rug and sat down beside the water. A pair of graylag geese came and settled nearby. They were not after food and took no notice of us. It was pleasant sitting near them as they groomed and watched what was going on around them.

How to stand on one leg
How to stand on one leg

On our way back to the bus stop, we met the two Canada geese again. This time they were too busy to take any notice of us. They were both standing on one leg grooming. I have noticed this about bird pairs before: they often both act in a way that mirrors each other’s activity.

Beautiful blossom of startling whiteness
Beautiful blossom of startling whiteness

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About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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4 Responses to Hollow Ponds

  1. WOL says:

    I think the Canada geese are very handsome birds. Do they migrate back and forth from Canada, or have they colonized other places on that side of the Atlantic. They must stairstep through Iceland, as an overwater route would be quite trying. Looks like you had nice weather and got some fresh air and sunshine.

  2. Ishar says:

    Wonderful shots, specially the last pic reminds me apple flowers, though I haven’t seen apple flowers in my real life.

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