Walks of the Pandemic

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Over the last few weeks I've been out pretty much every day. Owing to the heart attack I suffered last Sept, I have (ok my Garmin has) been setting daily steps/mileage targets to keep my fitness levels up. We're fortunate in having many miles of open fields/quiet lanes around here so I've been taking advantage of that - the fabulous weather has helped, of course. I always take a camera and sometimes Harley (our Flatcoat Retriever) with me for company...sorry there are so many images, but this is just a small selection:

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Thanks for posting those Richard and glad you're keeping out and about on your road to recovery.
It's been great seeing the vastly different images in this thread and the contrasts between some of them have been truly amazing.
We'd never visited the East Coast of England until our son moved to Peterborough (and weren't too thrilled at the time).
However, we discovered some lovely places over there and if nothing else, learnt what a 'big sky' really was, as demonstrated so well in a couple of your shots.
Cheers, Brian.
 

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The micro 4/3 camera was definitely built for those pandemic walks (or in my case cycle). I aimed for two fields nearby that would be respendent in poppies.

The first field was okay .... inundated with poppies ....

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It was the second field that I hit jackpot - there may have been less light but the dusk clouds were clearing and the sky was turning dramatic:
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The sky just got better and better ...
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And bettre and better - and then the sun peaked out so I took a shot into the sun.
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Cycling home, there was a nice partridge:
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And the sky would not give up:
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The micro 4/3 camera was definitely built for those pandemic walks (or in my case cycle). I aimed for two fields nearby that would be respendent in poppies.

The first field was okay .... inundated with poppies ....

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It was the second field that I hit jackpot - there may have been less light but the dusk clouds were clearing and the sky was turning dramatic:
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The sky just got better and better ...
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And bettre and better - and then the sun peaked out so I took a shot into the sun.
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Cycling home, there was a nice partridge:
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And the sky would not give up:
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WOW!
 

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Thanks for posting those Richard and glad you're keeping out and about on your road to recovery.
It's been great seeing the vastly different images in this thread and the contrasts between some of them have been truly amazing.
We'd never visited the East Coast of England until our son moved to Peterborough (and weren't too thrilled at the time).
However, we discovered some lovely places over there and if nothing else, learnt what a 'big sky' really was, as demonstrated so well in a couple of your shots.
Cheers, Brian.
Thanks Brian - you're most kind. We're so fortunate here with many miles of walks available from our front door, and whilst the scenery contains little real drama (certainly compared with your beautiful locality!) there is still beauty to be found. With lots of fresh air, miles of open country and a good camera at one's side there's so much to be grateful for.

Stay safe,

Richard.
 

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Thanks Brian - you're most kind. We're so fortunate here with many miles of walks available from our front door, and whilst the scenery contains little real drama (certainly compared with your beautiful locality!) there is still beauty to be found. With lots of fresh air, miles of open country and a good camera at one's side there's so much to be grateful for.

Stay safe,

Richard.
Totally agree with your final sentence - there is so much to be grateful for.
What I have found most interesting with the lockdown is the fact that I have to stay local. This has meant local walks or cycle rides (not really an issue on the edge of York) but seeing the farmers fields change over the season has meant a connection that just hasn't happened before. The rape fields dominating then the bluebells and now the poppies - it has been wonderful seeing the colour changes.
I also now work from home so being stuck in 8:00 -17:00, means that the trips have often been at 7pm to 9pm which again has opened opportunities for photography.
And of course the little Olympus camera always comes with me.
Will be glad when the lockdown is completely over so that I can go back to socially distance on my own terms!
 

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Didn’t intentionally shoot portrait only today, that’s just how it turned out. Pleasingly I wasn’t stuck at the extremes of the zoom the whole time either (the long end is where I normally find myself).

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Getting out with a bit more regularity, although sticking to a few routes close to home...

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I hope you'll join me on my latest "Bike Ride of the Pandemic" and will bear with me for uploading more than the recommended ten photos.
Here in Wales, we're still not supposed to travel more than five miles, though the Welsh Government have said that those living in rural areas can do more "within reason". I'd recently had a telephone consultation with a hospital physiotherapist who told me I should try some longer rides, so.....
I had a reason. ;)
My wife and I headed inland to start with and then aimed for Solva, a small coastal village. After 10 miles or so, we dropped down to Middle Mill and despite passing this property literally hundreds of times, this was the first time I'd noticed that it was once a pub, 'The Llanunwas Arms'.

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A mile or so along the valley alongside the river, we entered Solva village itself, with the quaint old cottages on our right.

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A short way on, there are cottages on both sides of the road, with those on the left adjacent to the river.
There's a sign on one, indicating a small passageway giving access to the river itself.

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We soon arrived at the main road passing through the village, with an old chapel converted to an art gallery, owned by a colourful Cuban character named Raul Speak.

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Just opposite are a few other galleries, with these signs displayed.

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Arriving at the harbour car park, we were greeted by this new mural on the end of the Public Conveniences (still closed) painted by Raul Speak.

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We were then able to ride along the path towards the harbour entrance, where one family were setting off for a short ride in different transport than ours.

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While one lady was going solo, on what has been reported on as being one of the most popular means of propulsion this year.

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For the local sailors however, they've not yet had the opportunity of getting their craft into the water.

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While one family of land-lubbers were more than happy to take advantage of the outgoing tide and give their youngest child their first experience of sand.

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After sustaining ourselves with bananas and muesli bars, we decided to ride back on the main road, as traffic was still very light given the lockdown. We hadn't tackled the steep hill out of the village for over 20 years but thankfully got to the top with a little breath left. Thankfully the next two hills weren't quite as steep and we made good time on this short-cut home.
The last downhill section is a fast sweeping descent to Newgale beach with the Duke of Edinburgh pub located opposite, where we stopped for a refreshing pint of lager (in our dreams - it was actually apple cordial from our drinks bottles).

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And then merely had the 2 mile long uphill slog back home.
Thanks for accompanying us on our day out,
cheers, Brian.
 
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Here's some insects out the other day that were happy enough 'socially distancing'. I couldn't help but think the soldier beetle on the left was saying, "Blimey, it's a long way down, innit?"

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(for those from outside of the UK, "innit" translates into "isn't it?") :D
 
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Apologies if you are sick of poppies. The petals only last 10 days and so I revisited the fieldsbefore we lost the poppies for another year.

The first field was still respendent in poppies:

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The second field though was really interesting with a battle royale between daisies and poppies going on:
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Sometimes the daisies were winning:
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Sometimes it was a draw:
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And sometimes the dandelions joined in
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All the time, the night sky got better and better:
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