Sunday, 31 May 2015

Thursday Evening - Showers and Rainbows Whitby

Another after work outing, this time across the moors to Whitby

Just arrived in time for a sharp shower which had everybody diving for cover. Then a walk up the Abbey Steps to work off tea. The rainbow was now amongst the Abbey buildings.

The wall plants were in flower.
 Ivy-leaved toadflax and

Wall flower itself.

Then back along the harbour
I'm tempted to say a Dinosaur in the footpath, but I assume this is a representation of  Plesiosaurus propinquus (now designated Rhomaleosaurus zetlandicus). Found at Kettleness in the summer of 1844 in an alum quarry and now on display in Whitby Museum.A reptile, not a dinodsaur.
Sea weathered wood

 and sea weathered stone.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Tuesday Evening Walk

Tuesday evening saw me at Thornton Dale for a walk after work.

We started from the car park and followed the beck northwards through the village and past the Old Mill House. A few hundred yards past the last buildings there was a Treecreeper working along the fence posts by the stream. It walked quickly up the post without appearing to take any food and then flew down to the base of the next post along and then repeated the procedure. I was not quick enough with my camera so no pictures were taken. It must have searched nearly 10 fence posts this way before it flew off to the woods.

We continued along the beck side path to Ellerburn and then continued north on the rough road into Daly Forest. Just before entering the woodland there is a boggy patch where Primroses and Violets are still in flower along with the first Valerian flowers. Quite a mixture for late May.

After missing our turning we back tracked to find the bridge. Crossing over the beck we returned south through the trout farm, where the trout were leaping out of the water for flies. It is amazing how they are able to get there bodies and tails completely above the water surface by serveral inches. But here were sheep that took an interest in me and walked towards me rather than running away. Much more photogenic!

So returned though Ellerburn and back along the same beckside paths to the car. Still daylight at 9 o'clock.  A nice 5½ mile walk and all done after a day's work!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Scavenger Hunt May 2015

Not as easy as I thought! Isn't that always true. Mostly taken yesterday either at home or on a trip to York.


Speedwell one of my favourite fowers, but lacking sharpness

2. Crystal

One of Mum's sherry glasses - not as big as you are thinking
3. Vintage
An old farm roller abandoned on a Dales Farm
4. Fluff
No I'm making that up, I don't know what he's called.
5. Global
Yellow globes on Belisha beacons.
6. Mask
Not a success, a Venetian style mask in a window.
The Ghost Bus, a once beautiful Red Routemaster, but now faded black.

8. Frame
Window Frame - framing windows.
I found this one the most difficult to find something to meet the title and I think it shows.

9. Collection
A collection of Rubber Ducks, sadly not mine! - another poor shop window shot

10. Poster

Our election is now long gone, but I managed still to find one poster - I was intrigued by the reflected patterns in the glass, which I did not see until I looked at the picture at home.

11. Ribbon
Ribbons on a florist's barrow at the roadside

12. Whatever you want

Lady's Smock or Cuckoo Flower or Milkmaids or Cardamine pratensis.
In fact, almost, whatever you want. Geoffrey Grigson in The Engishman's Flora lists over 40 names for this flower. My new found favourite is Lamb's Lakens (lakens meaning playthings) from Cumberland, we often used larking for playing when I was at school in North Yorkshire. These ones photographed in evening light in a field near Castle Howard.


Inspired by reading a number of blogs over the years, particularly Stewchat, and Quiet Walker I have decided that I should join in. My hope in this is to start taking more pictures and to start taking better pictures.

First off, from a walk at Grassinton at the end of April.

I promised Amanda some sheep pictures, so here they are looking truly frightened!

The Yorkshire Tea Loaf Kit in the shop window at Grassington

and finally the loaf made in response to seeing Amanda's delicious cake (not from the kit). This was not the first disastrous try, but the second attempt which was much better. Thank you Amanda.