I’ve been walking around the Lake again today. With all the changes going on Seasonal-wise, I was quite surprised to find myself back on a cool Summer’s Day. I made it my mission to search for the Spirits of the Trees or the Lakeside Guardians, and to photograph them through my trusty mobile phone. I do have a camera, but my mobile is so much easier!
The first place I looked was on and around the Plinth. Apart from a couple of ducks and gulls, I couldn’t see anything.
A closer look of the Plinth didn’t reveal any tree spirits, although I could see a face appear and disappear down the left side of the stone, below the gull that is fully in shot. Does the face appear to you?
Panning back a little revealed the first Tree Spirits – top centre is a cheerful smiling face and at around one o’clock there’s a deer peering through wearing a monocle, of all things:
No Spirits over by the Rocks, I thought… then I noticed the large rock smiling back at me:
Nothing on the Bank, until I spotted the Water Spirit taking the form of a pig (at around three o’clock):
The two ducks from the first photo were giving nothing away to help me:
I continued searching the Bank. The water hens also didn’t provide any clues, but I spotted another Rock Spirit disguised as ET (centre):
And a Plant Spirit taking on the appearance of an owl peering through the grasses (top right):
Suddenly, from everywhere a flock/armada of ducks arrived:
Seemingly hundreds of them swimming in:
I realised the weather was changing again. Looking up, the sky was still blue, but the clouds were closing in. No Spirits up there:
I looked over to the other side of the Lake, and saw the clearest Spirit to date. The figure of a lady sitting, looking at her hands, is clearly seen at the centre of this photo:
Here she is in a closer shot – she’s certainly contemplating something!:
And finally, peering from out of the trees, just above Salamander’s Bridge is the Black Panther (around eight o’clock, toward the centre):
And here’s a closer view (slightly enhanced) of the Panther:
Apologies for the photo overload today, but I couldn’t resist sharing the images from this walk. Maybe you can see other Spirits or Guardians in these photos that I haven’t spotted or mentioned… if so, please let me know in the comments.