To climb or stay on the flat?
It’s a dry day, so the path following the fence to the left will be free of the sometime, shallow, flowing stream it harbours after heavy rain. Down there is the nearest route home, and now, after much work has been completed, that rough fence has been replaced by a rugged, metal barrier to keep the wild boar (and some wild people) out of an enclosure housing beavers. They’ve already altered the environment there into a wetland that will hopefully encourage kingfishers, dragonflies, and other lovers of open water, bogs, and waterfalls. Still haven’t seen the elusive creatures, but their work is evident in many parts of their generous enclosure. Maybe one day…
Alternately, the path curving up around the hill leads to varied forest populated by oak, beech, sweet chestnut, hawthorn, silver and rough birch, hazel, fir, spruce, ash, larch, holly, dogwood, hornbeam, sycamore, rowan, elder, pine, wellingtonia, cypress, gorse, broom, bramble, and bracken, with all its attendant wildlife. Some of the climbs are steep, winding, narrow, and, just occasionally, a little risky when chains of speeding mountain bikers flash past unannounced on their adrenalin seeking chases. But most of the time, it’s a peaceful serene place full of the quiet chatter of small birds, the gentle soughing of the wind through the treetops, and the quiet conversation of walkers lost in their connection to nature.
A few of my pictures appear in the Gallery.
And you’ll find many more here for use in book covers, calendars, greetings cards, jigsaws, advertising, or anything else you fancy in print or online, or as art quality prints to decorate your home or office.