Beneath the Boughs

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I was out early today, a half-moon still high in the western sky.

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It was my intention to watch the sunrise from Castlebarrow, but a line of cloud in the East was going to delay the sun’s first appearance and it was far too cold to stand around waiting.

Instead, I took a turn around Eaves Wood and watched the sunrise from the Ring O’Beeches.

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Later, I was out again with A. She chose the route and took me for another, longer tour of Eaves Wood. I hadn’t noticed the Snowdrops flowering there when I passed the in half-darkness earlier.

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I’ve walked past this new(ish?) bench once before…

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…, but didn’t notice then the small plaque attached to it.

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I’m sure I’ve quoted W.H.Davies poem ‘Leisure’ before. It must be his best remembered poem. I found his ‘Autobiography of a Supertramp’ very entertaining.

During both walks I saw, and heard, a buzzard coasting above the treetops.

I noticed last weekend that the Robins were singing, seemingly from every tree and bush. Great tits have begun to join them and I think I heard a Chaffinch today too.

I was out for a third time later, briefly in Eaves Wood, then crossing the Lots, but having set-off in the half-darkness again, didn’t take any photos.

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Beneath the Boughs

10 thoughts on “Beneath the Boughs

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes, but….
      My camera does the opposite – over-emphasising colour wherever it finds it. It’s quite a complicated camera with lots of options and soon after I bought it I also bought a book about how to use it. That had a chapter on recommended settings, which I slavishly followed, and that maybe why I get all that colour. Whatever the reason, I like the results, even if the photos usely look somewhat more spectacular than the reality.

  1. Trying for the umpteenth time to leave a comment… What is it about WordPress blogs?
    Over the last few months I’ve tried frequently to leave comments, but all to non avail. Which is strange, because I *do* manage to leave comments on Robin Evans’ WP blog.
    *sigh*
    Gorgeous, Mark. As have been all your previous posts.
    🙂

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Thanks for persevering Alan, it’s much appreciated. Like Andy I’ve also sometimes had problems with posting comments on Blogger posts, although not always – no problems with ConradWalks for example. Curious.

  2. We were both out early then (me and TJS had a breakfast in the Black Mountains). Gorgeous early morning shots.
    On my pocket camera I have a setting called “vivid” which I use and ehances the colours. My old Panasonic also used to have feature called “auto-bracket” which took 3 shots at high, medium and low exposure settings. Fiddling with the ISO settings also creates some rather stunning if unrealistic sunset images
    Mr Sloman – I have exactly the same problem with Blogger as it really doesn’t like my WordPress ID and I often have to publish comments several times and I always have to log out of my Google ID (which I need for the Reader) in order for it to even consider accepting my WordPress ID. Clearly WordPress and Blogger have had a lovers tiff and now behave like an estranged couple fighting over who has the teasmade (70’s reference) 🙂

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      My camera has a bewildering number of options of which I only use a very limited amount, except when I occasionally accidentally change the settings! It has a specific sunset mode which is often good, but sometimes rather over-eggs the pudding.

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