A misty start to the day at Abbotswell and Ogdens and a late afternoon walk on Ibsley Common.
The misty morning light creates lovely colour graduation in the distance over Hallickshole Hill towards Holly Hatch Inclosure.
Zooming in on Hallickshole Hill.
A lovely house on the hill opposite the old Abbots Well. Unremarkable perhaps except you turn around and….
…see this view. I wouldn’t mind washing up looking at that!
I know I’m not supposed to take photos directly into the sun, but I can’t help it. I like this. The view across Windmill Pond – still in the morning light.
On the other side of the pond, a reflection of a lone tree.
No more reflections as Harry plays ball in the pond.
These deep tracks run right across this area. Low light cast in the morning or afternoon throws them into sharp relief.
I read somewhere that they may have been created by the weight of wagons carrying harvested bracken that used to be taken for animal bedding. I don’t know if this is true or not.
Heading down towards Latchmore Brook in the bottom of the valley, the various bushes and trees create an almost monochrome succession of dark through to light.
Down at the river now the tussocks around the edge of the water are also lit by the morning sun.
In the other direction, Latchmore Shade beside the bright blue water. In the New Forest a Shade is a place where the Forest livestock gather during hot weather. Oddly, very rarely a shaded place, but rather where the air is cooler and flies are less concentrated.
A little walk and a look back at the Latchmore Brook from a different angle.
A tramp back up the hill to the pond and more reflections with a little ice round the edges.
Ibsley Common – surrounded by rain and snow showers, but enjoying a wonderful sunset.
I park at the top of Newtown Lane and head along the north side of Summerlug Hill with gathering clouds lit by the lowering sun.
A little further on and zooming in the bright spot produces a very different side to the sunset.
In the opposite direction again, the clouds are pretty and brightly lit by the setting sun.
Looking back to the setting sun, crepascular rays are creeping out of the gathering clouds.
Looking directly south a sharp shower of rain or sleet is making someone very wet, there were visible snow showers to the north but this looked too dark.
I walk through Chibden Bottom and then up the steep hill to Robin Hoods Clump – a disc barrow.
A little walk around the barrow and putting the sun behind it provides a wonderful array of shadows towards me.
Back into the heavens and the sun’s rays move to an upward slant.
The normally dominant shape of the Whitefield Plantation is dwarfed by the cloud build up behind it.
Walking back across the common, the setting sun caught between huge sheets of clouds gives the appearance of a huge fire.
A little further on and the disc of the sun has appeared as it drops below the cloud base. Almost too low light for my poor little compact camera!