This shots was taken at a local nature reserve, many other shots in my gallery were taken around this reserve, so I know it very well. Usually at this time of the year the water is glistening and the whole place look wonderful on a summers walk. I was there only a couple of weeks a go and the above description fitted it fine, and yet I went yesterday to find the water covered in this. It appears to be algae(*sp), but it has grown at an incredible rate and you cannot see any of the waters surface in some areas. this is normally a scene that is witnessed during autumn, just before it gets to winter... well it is at this particular lake. So whats happened differently this year? Is this turely a consiquence of global warming? Is the crazy weather we have been having here in the UK to blame? (record rainfall followed by intense heat) I don't know, but I find it quite worrying. and another thing... It was only this lake that was covered, there are 3 other lakes dotted around the reserve and they are crystal clear. I'm pretty sure the bird seen here is a baby Coot. Report from the scene, Matt *sorry about the softness to the shot, it was shot at 1/60th second at 600mm (200mm + 3x converter) partcially handheld resting on a fence.