Edge of Doris perhaps

I decided to take myself and camera to Blagdon Lake, in the Mendips, UK. So, as you do, I checked the weather forecast on my phone’s weather app – it suggested ‘clouds, more clouds, some rain and cloudy with a tiny amount of sun, possibly. In addition a news app mentioned ‘Storm Doris‘. Though the worst of that was likely to be Friday, two days away.
My plan then was to walk around the lake taking pictures of the view as I went. Unfortunately, the lake is at least three times further around than I had anticipated and I got a little bit lost, as there are reserved parts one can’t enter, in a wooded area . As I emerged out of the trees and rejoined the track there was a wood cabin and a portable convenience! Neither of which I required at the time though good to know they were there.a view showing a woodcabin and a plastic poratable looCarrying on the weather seemed reasonably good – as you can probably tell from the sky in the above photo – mild, not too windy and not raining. However, as I got a quarter of a mile or so further round the lake things changed.a weather front came rolling in bringing a strong wind and rainA front came rolling in bringing a strong wind and rain. Maybe this was the first touch of Storm Doris?
I wasn’t even half way round the lake. So, remembering the cabin I back tracked and sheltered inside for a while. Perfect.dark forboding shot of the sky, view and lakeWhen the rain had passed I put my hood up against the wind and made my way back to the main road. I really enjoyed the walk in the end and got some memorable shots too.
Then, as I changed out of my walking boots at the rear of my vehicle these guys happened along. Terrific!A couple on a horse and trapI am definitely going to return to this location again. So lucky to have this wonderful spot just thirty minutes or so drive away.

Demise of Branches

I took a walk in Ashcombe Park, Weston-super-Mare today, my first day out after two days of staying inside. The weather is much milder now. Milder, though with this has come wind and rain. I managed to dodge the rain squalls by staying under the, albeit pretty bare, trees.
I’m not the only one to have felt the effects of a coastal winter; so too have some of the parks trees, though, thankfully not so many this year. The tree I’ve photographed was in very poor condition.

 The tree in this photo had become diseased and needed to to be cut down. The tree in this photo had become diseased and needed to to be cut down.

The rot has emanated from the trunk, meanwhile the branches have tried to carry on functioning as normal. In the end the core became so sick that it could no longer support the branch network and this has resulted in its branches being culled too….. Unfortunately, an all too common story these days!
Hopefully cutting out the bad and managing the new growth will enable the eco-system to replenish. Its health being restored for the good of all parks users? I think this would prove a better investment on the whole.