Every couple of months over the summer my parents do safety cover for wild swimming events. This means a day on the water with my camera.
Launching the boat just after 5.30am, there is no one around, the water is calm and the birds are in full dawn chorus.
Even as the boat was entering the water a Kingfisher flew straight towards us, over our heads and in to the tree just upstream.
We have a 45 minutes journey downstream from the slipway to the start of the 4km Lock to Lock race.
A Cuckoo calling, Reed warblers singing and Buzzards already soaring overhead accompanied us as we travelled through two locks to meet up with the medical team for the pre-race briefing.
As everyone else is getting sorted I got the chance to watch the hundreds of dragonflies and damselflies which danced in and out of the reeds. A couple of them hitched a ride with us.
At 31 degrees I wished I had been swimming rather than sat in the boat, but cooling off by dangling my feet in the water was enough.