Celebrating Spring, Rambling and Rosettes
Okay so I've fallen behind on this blog thingie but I've been out in the field stocking up on countryside photos. Seems I can never have enough! These days I resent intrusions on my "sacred time" - that's the couple of hours just before sunset, though sadly in recent weeks I've had far too many intrusions...that's how it is when you're trying to pack up and leave after six months here and planning to be away at least six months if not forever. Lots of things to think of and ends to tie up. Ah well, despite having to give up a lot of photographic "prime time" to commitments and things I have found time here and there to pursue one of my life's passions (looking at the world through several layers of high quality glass!)
Here is a place called the "Black Yatt" by locals; it was once the home of Mr. and Mrs. somebody-or-other whom the leader of our walk knew back in the 1940s when he was a lad!!! I loved the situation of this former homestead though surely it would be a bit too "lonesome" for many.
On another day we had a nice walk through the woods and surrounding fields of Croft Castle. The thing that impressed me the most were many of the old oaks. This one was for me starkly beautiful framed against a rich blue sky with some lovely puffy clouds. I'd have stopped a long time with those trees but the ramblers like to get back in time for their lunch so I just snapped a couple.
One of the great things about walking in the U.K. is that you see SOOOO many extraordinary sights that you'll never see from a car. This particular group don't often do very strenuous hikes and often folks way up in their 80s are among the group of 20 or so that walk regularly. There's always plenty of time for nice conversation, bird watching, or, if you prefer, reflection.