Walks of the Pandemic

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Yay, Victoria! We made it through our snap 5-day Covid lockdown, just in time to be let out for Schnitzel night at the local. Even the magpies seemed pleased about it!
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Although I've managed a few short bikes during this latest UK lockdown, today was the first chance I've had to get out and enjoy a bit of scenery.
So, armed with my Olympus TG5 Tough camera off I went.
Once I'd headed inland away from the cool sea breeze the sun came out and it was a balmy 10 degrees or so.
I was just passing this driveway when I noticed a splash of white and discovered the first snowdrops I've seen this year.
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A mile or so on, I noticed some cattle. I reckoned the calf was perhaps only a day old, so I didn't want to disturb it (and Mum) by getting any closer.
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There's usually a fine display of colour along the drive of Lochturffin, but I was a bit early, with only these two clumps of crocus in flower.
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And as proof I was pedalling and not driving, I took advantage of a selfie opportunity.
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At Lochturffin, there's usually a lovely display of colour. Unfortunately I was too early, with only two clumps of crocus in flower.

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To prove I was pedalling and not driving, I took advantage of a selfie opportunity.

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On this western Atlantic coast, it's rare to find established trees, but this lane had some fine examples.
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Though look across the fields and you see what happens when some are exposed to the westerly winds.
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While others, like this Hawthorn, have an even tougher time surviving.
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The recent storms, with record levels of rain have left some field entrances rather "gloopy" thanks to the farm machinery.
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While others have fared better, like this one, where a new gatepost has replaced the rather more geological one.
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As I climbed higher the views opened out, where I noticed these sheep were enjoying the sunshine too.
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A bit further along is a farm, where the owners are a trifle eccentric and obsessive, so I was wary of actually stopping to take any photos.
However, as they were apparently filming me, I thought I'd capture them too.
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Turning around, I spotted these hens and admired the colours on the cockerel.
However, seeing the old knife embedded in the tree trunk, I don't fancy his chance of a long life! View attachment 871152

I'd planned to turn back for home from there, but decided to press on to the village, though I was pretty sure I wouldn't be able to get any supplies to keep me going.
It looks like I'd got there just after closing time.

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And even the village pub was closed due to the pandemic. View attachment 871156

There was nothing to do but carry on, and another ten miles brought me to the glimpse of home (I live just beyond the castle) and journey's end.
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Thanks for accompanying me on my latest escapade.
Let's hope it's not too long before we can all enjoy a bit more freedom. :friends:
Sorry but I have to ask, did you not rotate your photos on purpose?
 
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Yes, Aaron, for some reason everything went haywire halfway through loading the photos.
I realised at the time and deleted the photos, but then couldn't put them back in the correct order.
Once they were back in, I couldn't even delete them again.
I did note on a follow-up post that for some reason I'd turned into a cow when taking my selfie. :(
 

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On the way to the North Pole ;-)
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We are still in lockdown in the UK. You can only walk a number of places from your home and so must make the most of the weather to present new opportunities.

This morning there was a mist with the sun trying to break through. Below as I walked past the water tower, the sun had just risen and the fog was quite thick.

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A little later on passing the same place (there and back walk), the sun was higher up, stronger and producing some great shadows - there is 30 mins difference between the photos

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Around Chichester, West Sussex
 

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A few randoms from my local walk on Sunday morning.
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Last weekend’s stroll was near Derwent reservoir. Weather promised beautiful sunshine all day. Finaly, at 12:15 we got a few rays.

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This isn’t particularly notable, but it was the “christening” of my Leki walking pole/monopod, a birthday present from Mrs. S!

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The gate to....nowhere? I guess this was a gate to someone’s property, before they flooded the valley for the reservoir.

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Last weekend’s stroll was near Derwent reservoir. Weather promised beautiful sunshine all day. Finaly, at 12:15 we got a few rays.

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This isn’t particularly notable, but it was the “christening” of my Leki walking pole/monopod, a birthday present from Mrs. S!

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The gate to....nowhere? I guess this was a gate to someone’s property, before they flooded the valley for the reservoir.

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Great photos Steve, which brought back mixed memories.
The last time we were there was 20 years ago when our lad were at Uni.
We did a walk up to Kinder Scout but the mist came down and we could hardly see.
We got back to our son's car in the lay-by and someone had smashed one window and broken into it.
He had his sports gear and wallet stolen but the mess and intrusion was more upsetting.

We've also come across that gate, but it was locked, so we had to walk all the way round. :whistling:
 

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Great photos Steve, which brought back mixed memories.
The last time we were there was 20 years ago when our lad were at Uni.
We did a walk up to Kinder Scout but the mist came down and we could hardly see.
We got back to our son's car in the lay-by and someone had smashed one window and broken into it.
He had his sports gear and wallet stolen but the mess and intrusion was more upsetting.

We've also come across that gate, but it was locked, so we had to walk all the way round. :whistling:

Thanks Brian. I’ve avoided Kinder fairly often, tbh, it’s fairly featureless and easy to get lost on.

There are always some bar stewards around to spoil things, aren’t there. We’ve been quite lucky, I think, in that far too many times I’ve left the car unlocked when off walking for the day, but not had anything stolen (as yet! It happens so often I’ve stopped telling Mrs. S about it if I can get away with it!). Good job no-one knows I have a blue bmw regist.........only joking!
 

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Well before the pandemic, but just a couple of kilometres from our place. Mentone beach and surf lifesaving club.

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went for a walk along the coast to Elmer. Windy day made it interesting
 

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When walking around the neighborhood, most everyone was masked up and staying away from us. I was happy to make some new friends along the way. You can meet some of my new friends.

For the technically inclined, the camera was my G85 with that amazing 7-14 mm zoom. Software? Yes. Lightroom, photoshop and InDesign.
 

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A recent pandemic walk around Tockwith airfield, near York. Disused airfields (especially those that date back to WWII) are fascinating places with an eclectic mix of buildings and worth taking the camera.

The main runway at Tockwith is still intact although parts of the airfield has been turned over to learner drivers and a gokart track:
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It is the delapilated buildings around the perimeter that make great subjects:
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And the very old and very ornate water tower
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The original barracks are also here. During the war, a certain Captain Clark Gable (the hollywood megastar) was stationed here for a while.
So below we could easily be looking at a picture of Clark Gables home!!!
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The Grand Pier at Weston Super Mare, closed to visitors whilst the beach is almost empty.

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Cornwall Park during our lockdown in Feb 2021.
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Roads through the park were closed and the fog helped us feel the correct lockdown mood.
 
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