One of my favourite walks is on Stinchcombe Common. The views are wonderful, and I love to watch the countryside changing through the year. Right now summer is in full throttle everywhere.
There were dozens of these moths (cinnabar moths?) on the many scabious flowers along the path.
It reminded me of a line from Mick Inkpen's "One year with Kipper", "... Kipper lay on his back and watched as little things with legs and wings climbed the spindly grasses and whizzed into the big, blue sky. There are a lot more little things with legs and wings than you would think, thought Kipper".
The walk is around the edge of the high common area, the middle being taken up with a golf course. The boys like to hunt for lost golf balls. Other half likes to check out people's swings. I like the views and looking for the elusive skylarks that you can hear overhead.
It's not too long a walk, even for little legs, with plenty of things to keep them going - bits of woodland, different views from different spots, the odd bench for eating cookies, golfers to watch, a little hut to hide in and nature everywhere. Also lots of exciting slopes for scrambling up and down.
The woods are mossy and cool, even on warm summer days. I found this early sycamore key lying in a patch of sun on this beautiful tree root. I do so love the little details.
Halfway through the walk a corner is turned and a new view opens up, that of the Severn estuary, the river that is never far away.
I've done this walk in all of the seasons, but summer has to be my favourite. Or maybe that's because summer is right now, I'm not sure. Whichever it is, I love it here, in the beautiful English countryside, with the pulse of nature everywhere. The best tonic for whatever ails.
Wonderful walk, and great photos!ReplyDelete
Thank you Sandra, and thanks for visiting.Delete
Beautiful photos of the moths and bees. Looks a great walk - fantastic views! xReplyDelete
The views are indeed lovely, I could gaze at them for ages.Delete
Peaceful and beautiful: thanks for sharing, I love your pics! Laura, http://camillaandroman.blogspot.com/ReplyDelete
Thanks Laura, and thank you for visiting.Delete
A favourite walk of mine too!ReplyDelete
It's a great spot isn't, I never get tired of it.Delete
Simple pleasures like this are often the best ones. A delightful post about what appears to be a truly lovely place.ReplyDelete
Lucky you seeing the cinnabar moths as I've never seen one. Flighty xx
Thanks Flighty. There were so many cinnabar moths on the scabious, they just loved it. So it might be a good plant to attract them, I am going to look out for it in the garden shop.Delete
Beautiful post CJ...I'm in love with the photo of the moths!ReplyDelete
Thank you Tanya. I liked the golden straw colour of the background to the moth picture, it just says August to me.Delete
Gorgeous scenery CJ - it looked an ideal day for a bit of a hike. Great mothy photos. Have a good week.ReplyDelete
Thanks Elaine, it was. Hope you have a good week too.Delete
That first picture is breathtaking. What a beautiful countryside. I love how you captured all the detail along you walk as well. Looks like the perfect day to explore:)ReplyDelete
Thank you Kari, it is indeed beautiful.Delete
What a beautiful place you live in!ReplyDelete
Oh wow - look at those moths. What a lovely walk.ReplyDelete
oooo just wonderful took me right back to my childhoos when i was blessed to live with views like this living right on the edge oof the brecon beacons just outside hay on wye! gorgeous xReplyDelete