Now & Then (Pine Tree)

Lonely pine tree in a harvested wheat field

Now – August 2017

A lonely bent pine now stands amongst the stubble of a harvested wheat field. It is the only survivor of a handsome clump of trees that stood among the wheat seven years before. I seem to remember several winters ago catching glimpses through the hedgerow of a large fallen tree as the bus passed along the lane. Everything changes.

A clump of trees amidst the wheat

Then – July 2010

Spring Fields in Charlton Down

Field boundary hedgerows and tree dividing fields of yellow flowering oilseed rape crop

The countryside around Charlton Down this April is a landscape of rolling hills covered by a brightly coloured patchwork of flowering oilseed rape fields contrasting with spring wheat, each patch separated from the next by boundaries of ancient field hedgerows and trees with branches just springing into life.

Fields of yellow oilseed rape crop growing around the Dorset village of Charlton Down in the English countryside

Green and yellow springtime fields in the Dorset landscape, England.

Contrasting fields of green wheat and yellow rapeseed flowers

Hedgerow and tree separating fields of yellow flowering oilseed rape in the English countryside

Rural view from a wooded valley of yellow flowering rapeseed on the hillside

Rural springtime view in the Dorset landscape

Farming country around Charlton Down in spring

Field boundary hedgerows and tree dividing fields of yellow flowering oilseed rape crop

Horizon

Vista of hazy hills in Tuscany

These photographs of the hazy horizons of successive hilltops in the Tuscan countryside are views looking southwards from the top of Brunelleschi’s dome on the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori, the Florence Duomo. Spectacular vistas of the city and its surrounding countryside are the reward for climbing 463 steep steps in claustrophobic narrow passageways of herringbone brickwork through the interior of the dome.

Vista of hazy hills in Tuscany

Vista of hazy hills in Tuscany

Parrsboro Shore

Beachscape with lighthouse at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Views of the Parrsboro shore and harbour at low tide one evening in May 2016. We stopped off there to have a seafood supper at the Harbour View Restaurant. The tidal rise and fall on this beach can be as much as 45 feet and the sea goes way out. Boats moored in the harbour are stranded on the mud at low tide. The small town of Parrsboro lying a little further inland and up river of the shore is where we based ourselves to explore the area. We stayed at the Parrsboro Mansion Inn from which we travelled out to Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Cap D’Or, Spencer’s Island, Clarke Head, and Wasson Bluff. On a previous visit to the area in 2014 we visited the Fundy Geological Museum, Partridge Island, and Joggins.

Beachscape with moored boat at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Beachscape with lighthouse at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Beachscape with red cliffs at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Beachscape with evening light reflected on mud at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Beachscape with lighthouse at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Beachscape with low tide standing water pools at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Judique

Coastal view with reflections of trees on the smooth water surface

Tranquil contrasting views of the landscape at Judique on the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail – part of the Northumberland Strait coastline in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Looking out from the trail in one direction, the slightly misty views are calm and a bit mysterious, overlooking flat tidal water and salt marsh with glimpses of sandy beach and driftwood in the distance. The vista in the other direction is of woodland trees in new spring foliage reaching right to the water’s edge with mirrored reflections in the smooth water surface making for a beautiful and peaceful scene.