A bit of a change today.
(For a lady half way round the world, but missing a bit of England. Hope you enjoy it Gemel)
A few days ago, I had an enjoyable day out at three different places; all within a 30 minute drive from where I live.
I started at Ivinghoe Beacon; a prominent hill and landmark in the Chiltern Hills, standing 233 m (757 ft) above sea level. Some fantastic views on a clear day, and my intention was to get the sunrise.
Next stop was Wilstone Reservoir, just up the road. A mixture of water, farmland and woods; it's part of the 'Tring Reservoirs', and a great place for birds. It was constructed in 1802 to provide water for the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal.
Finally I stopped off at College Lakes, a nature reserve managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxford Wildlife Trust. Once a chalk quarry, College Lake has been restored over 20 years into a mix of different habitats and is now one of their flagship reserves.
Maybe I should do this in 2 or 3 parts; it might turn into a monster; especially with the video.
After making my way to the top, I was ready to die. I struggled to get my breath, and my chest felt a bit tight. It certainly got the heart pumping!
The anticipation of the rising sun was growing, as the sky took on a red hue.
And soon the sun rose on the horizon.
The view from the top of the hill was pretty good.
The early morning mist shrouded the landscape like water.
As the sun climbed the sky, everything took on a brief golden glow.
An amazing amount of Harebell adorn the summit too.
Birdlife from the top of the hill included Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, and a large flock of Linnet, that took a liking to a particular tree.
A few butterflies; amongst them this one,
And then the easier walk down towards the car park. The sun, now higher in the sky, backlighting the trees in the distance.
Next stop, Wilstone Reservoir. I'll do that in part two.
A video, to try and capture the 'feel' of the morning.
Enjoy the upcoming day and weekend.