A fortnight back I took a walk in the Wensum Valley—Taverham to Ringland and back to Taverham, via the flooded gravel-workings of Costessey Pits. Alas, as I got off the bus the heavens opened and, apart from a brief spell, it remained drizzly and overcast for the rest of the day.
This Monday past (28th November) I tried the walk again. This time I took a slightly different route (Taverham to Costessey via Ringland and Ringland Hills). Mostly the day was bright and dry, if a touch cold. There follows a selection of the photos I took. The full collection can be found on Google+ (Crispina Kemp, follow this link). Hope you enjoy . . .
As I approach the bridge at Ringland the autumnal morning sun, low in the sky, rakes this dew-spangled meadow, casting long shadows from those rill-tracing poplars
Cows graze this meadow beside the Wensum. The scene caught more than my eye; it has something of a ‘Constable’s pastoral’ about it.
Those same rill-tracing poplars at Ringland while the sun, now gaining in height, shines upon autumnal grasses
Heading now to Ringland Hills, the lane is richly lined by red-headed oaks
The contrariness of nature! This sprinkling of hazel-catkins, usually seen in spring, barely screens the red-headed autumnal oak in the hedgerow beyond it.
One of the reasons for including Ringland Hills in this walk is the abundance there of silver birches. The birch and the oak are usually the first colonisers of health land. Until the turn of the last century Ringland Hills was predominantly gorse covered heath. (The gorse remains to torment summer picnickers)
More birch . . . what more needs be said
Towering birches, each eager to grab their patch of light
As I said . . . the oak and the birch are the first colonisers
But the oak, even in autumn, casts a dark shad
Bracken in a break at Ringland hills. Did a young deer perhaps once hide out here?
The birch is host to several species of fungi. These, a form of bracket-fungi, are scaling the tree, ladder-like
Between Ringland Hills and Costessey the River Wensum flows close to the lane presenting excellent shots for the photographer at any time of year, but particularly now with the autumn colours reflected in its almost-still waters
So many photos, it was difficult to decide which to include here (for more see the link above). I chose this one because of its richness
With my obsession with trees I couldn’t ignore this specimen at Costessey Common (although by now the light was fading)
There are several flooded gravel-workings at Costessey Pits. Anglian Water manages the largest as a reservoir; it doubles as recreation. This one, however, is small, and private. Yet it can be accessed via Costessey Common. I love these reflections, almost blood-coloured.
The full collection can be found on Google+ (Crispina Kemp, follow this link).