Serenity on the Norfolk Broads



Grey sky blushes pink

All is calm on the water

Crested Grebes head home


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I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

61 thoughts on “Serenity on the Norfolk Broads”

  1. Oh, I needed it to be a photo of a Coot. The Norfolk Broads always makes me think of The Coot Club (part of the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome). I loved those books! Coot or no coot, I’m still so happy to see a photo of the Broads. 🙂

    1. There may be a coot in that picture H (I keep calling you Helen, but I think perhaps it is Heather? Better set me right on that or you’ll be called the wrong name forever!)
      And if not you can pretend there is… 😉

        1. I must have seen a reference to Helen and it stuck in my mind. I do apologise [grovel, grovel…] and yet you come across to me as a Helen (strong and fearless like Helen of Troy, whereas I see Heather as being soft and gentle and quiet 😉 ] I’ll shut up now…

  2. This looks very much like my idea of serenity, Jude. Calm water is a fine choice for the challenge. Where is this lovely spot on the Broads? I haven’t been to Broads for years and years, nice to see a photo without a crowd there. 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Dina xo

    1. Thanks Dina, I love calm water too 🙂

      This is taken at Ranworth – but along a lovely quiet boardwalk, not at the marina where we did see a lot of people berthed up for the night. And it was in mid August so probably the busiest time!

  3. The Broads can be very calm indeed Jude, and you were lucky to find this place without a lot of boats passing through at the time. Great shot.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Boats were passing to the right of us, to the marina but this part is private I think. It was a lovely evening. I love mid-summer evenings like this. Even the midges didn’t bother us 😉

  4. Lovely light and shadow, and water textures: the embodiment of serenity.

    I’ll nick the images to look at if serenity escapes me as I travel. But it won’t. The journey will be a piece of cake. Only two more sleeps at home.

  5. The composition and texture on the grebe are wonderful, funny I probably would have tried to shoot without the piers, but I like it with!

    1. I thought I’d have a go. I used to write a lot of poetry years and years ago, mainly teenage angst! Thought I’d try something a little different 🙂

        1. Apologies are unnecessary Jo – I can’t expect you to remember every blog you read – you have a BIG fan club 😀

  6. You know how much I love the Norfolk Broads Jude, and when I think of serenity I always think of my days on the water there. Lovely photos (I seem to have a lot of photos of Grebes too) and I enjoyed your Haiku 🙂 I thought when I saw the ‘serenity’ prompt, yes, nice photo of the water and a short poem might be coming up for the ‘serenity’ challenge…just so you don’t think I’m copying you, but then I still haven’t decided, you know I’m always late for everything… 🙄

    1. Thanks Sherri. Now you are the queen of poetry so no way would I think you were copying my idea! More likely the other way round. I think we bloggers inspire each other to change things around sometimes. I thought of you as a writer friend, but then you started posting more photos (very good photos I might add) whereas I started with photos and now add more words. Waffling as usual – must head out whilst the sun is shining to grab some ‘season’ photos for another interesting challenge. See you later 😉

      1. Ahh, Jude, well, that is so lovely (and you reading anything I write always encourages me, you know that), but I don’t know about the queen of poetry, I just chuck a few words down in the moment and I haven’t written anything – poetry – in ages! This is the first time I’ve felt one coming on for ages…But you are right, we do all inspire one another to create in different ways. I started using my photographs to illustrate my blog posts from day one because I didn’t know how to access all those fancy images that other bloggers seemed to be using. I’ve always enjoyed snapping away but never got into photography in a big way, so when expert and amazing photographers like yourself tell me you enjoy them, well, I am always quietly thrilled! I was so glad to find the weekly photo challenge, love the way the right photo brings out the writing. And it really is lovely to read your Haiku 🙂 xx

        1. I wouldn’t call myself anywhere near an expert Sherri, but I am happy that you enjoy my photos. Looks like we are in a mutual admiration society 😉

  7. jude – great serenity entry – and rthe little structure in the lower middle was like an art structure and added so much interest to this gorgeous water shot.

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