Thursday, 13 August 2009, 1941 hours
[Canon EOS 5D Mark II | ISO 400 | 135mm | F/4 | 1/1600 Seconds]
End of another day; I was lucky to witness these ducks leave the lake in single file just as the sun was setting.
The Serpentine (also known as the Serpentine River) is a 28 acre (11 ha) recreational lake in Hyde Park, London, England, created in 1730.
In 1730 Queen Caroline, wife of George II, ordered the damming of the River Westbourne in Hyde Park as part of a general redevelopment of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
At that time, the Westbourne formed eleven natural ponds in the park. During the 1730s, the lake filled to its current size and shape.
At the time of construction, artificial lakes were long and straight. The Serpentine was one of the earliest artificial lakes designed to appear natural, and was widely imitated in parks and gardens nationwide.