Benthall and back

A circular walk from home on a bright and sunny afternoon, perfect for an interesting outing with plenty of variety. The sky is a subject in its own right today. At the Haycop a very cheeky robin is eager to pose for me. Later, the light is fading and becoming golden as we pass Benthall Hall and its picturesque little church. In a swampy pool nearby a crocodile lurks, waiting for its next meal. (I blame global warming)

Skylines and landscapes

Shirlett Lane again. A noted landscape photographer* said (in so many words) that what we’re really doing is photographing the weather. Certainly our surroundings look different compared with the last visit, and it’s all down to the sunlight, the air, the clouds and the wind. A puff or two of white steam or smoke, many miles away on the Welsh border, catches the eye. It’s the chipboard factory at Chirk!

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Chilly Church Preen

First outing of the new year (blame the weather!). It continues to be cold, but at least it’s dry today. Last week’s snow still lies on the (slightly) higher ground around Church Preen, which adds a little something to the photos.  The light certainly isn’t going to help today, though for a few moments the sun tries to break through. By 3pm the light’s gone, and soon after, we’re heading for home.

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