Spring is springing…
Monday, May 10th, 2010
…around Moyles Court in the morning and Ibsley Common in the afternoon.
Moyles Court ford looking very peaceful in the early morning spring sunshine.
From the footbridge across Dockens Water, I look down at the water sparkling through the new beech leaves.
From the top of the hill I look into the blue haze of the distant Dorset skyline. Just above the V made by the dark line of trees is the distinctive blob of Win Green Hill which is the highest point in Cranborne Chase and crowned by a clump of trees growing on a Bronze Age bowl barrow. Over 20 miles distant from where I stand!.
Ellingham Lake, one of the old gravel pits in the Blashford area that are host to a wonderful variety of wildlife and the local water ski club!
New life springing up all around – a new oak…
…a new rowan or mountain ash tree…
…and a new wild rhodedendron (I think).
Heading back to Moyles Court, the delightful avenue of beeches in the little wood that runs between the road and Dockens Water.
On Ibsley Common in the afternoon, the Whitefield Plantation is dwarfed by the huge sky.
The little valley I’ve walked up is half in shade and half in sun.
Harry follows the ball into the pond in the gravel pit.
Again, and again and again. What lovely colours though!.
Harry loves to swim!
He’d do this all day if you let him…
…but we have to get on. A lovely birch tree in the afternoon sunshine.
The gorse in full bloom – the scent of coconut fills the air.
Above this stand of birch trees the sky creates a dizzying effect.
Into the west, the cloud is much heavier.
As we head back to the car, the clouds and late afternoon sun create this wonderful spring colour in the trees.
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