Late Summer wandering

Hello you lot.

So it seem that Christmas is upon us once again. Before I go any further I will say though, that I shan’t presume that every person who reads this blog is actually Christian. I was just looking at my statistics and amazingly, my blog has been read around the world. Staggeringly, I have a reader (singular) in places as far-flung as Uganda and Vietnam. Whatever religion you are and wherever you are, thanks!

Moving on to the images, I am slowly catching up to the time of year I am actually posting in. Now the clocks have gone back here I’m not out as often, so the pictures you see are from my archive still but now we are looking at late Summer. I recently went riding in the dusk on my bike and nearly became a car door handle so I’m limiting that to day time! In fact these first two images are staggered to show the colour of the local fields changing over a few days. This Summer was a pretty good one to be honest so the fields almost changed by the day from this….

A young field of crops, unmolested by the currents wind and rain we have

A young field of crops, unmolested by the currents wind and rain we have

….to this, a more golden and mature crop. Now if I could only tell what it was. I am very lucky to live in an area close to a National Park where, although we have the refinery area not so far away and an hours drive you pass the oh-so-love Port Talbot, the level of agriculture is quite high, be it diary or crops. In other words, there are always fields to admire of cows to talk to (more in the next few posts…moooo).

A mixture a maturing and young plants in the fields close to my home

A mixture a maturing and young plants in the fields close to my home

Moving on from my insane bovine rambling, I present to you more hedgerow heroes that sprout into our lanes and make it harder to squeeze down roads during Summer. Honeysuckle. Like a number of plants you may just pas by, you might want to stop and look next time you see one. The fruits of some of the 128 species are grown commercially as flavourings although some are mildly poisonous…wouldn’t want to mix them up. In the Himalaya region, there is a honeysuckle that is grown for the specific reason of using the stem as a binding to carry bags up Everest and the surrounding range. Bet you didn’t know that.

A good mix of colour from a Honeysuckle bush in the lanes

A good mix of colour from a Honeysuckle bush in the lanes

Just along from the Honeysuckle, I found this little slug that appeared to have got out of his depth and was struggling over a spider’s web full of water drops. Made me smile to wonder what he/she/it thought was going on to be honest…silly I know but don’t tell me you don’t wonder what goes through animals minds? Maybe not slugs though, that was just me.

I can only liken this to a person crawling blindfolded on a trampoline covered in water balloons...poor thing

I can only liken this to a person crawling blindfolded on a trampoline covered in water balloons…poor thing

And so, wanderings over one of my fave type sunsets and dusks with a lovely bit of cirrus. Those cloudy people amongst you will probably be able to spot it was very still this day as the images show an awful lot of haze/pollution/smoke at the low levels….

Nice cirrus swoosh up above...not so nice haze down below

Nice cirrus swoosh up above…not so nice haze down below

….hence we are able to see the disc of the sun in this last image, as opposed to being instantly blinded!

I particularly like how the sun is showing the crops in the field in front of me here. I didn't notice it at the time

I particularly like how the sun is showing the crops in the field in front of me here. I didn’t notice it at the time

There’s plenty more of these types of photos but I shall break it all up next post as I notice my archives that I took the bike to Neyland nature reserve and the Cleddau estuary near me where the weather was, amazingly still pretty damn good weeks later.

Should this post not be this side of Christmas or the festive period however you celebrate (or not) I hope you all have a good one! Hopefully, I shall post again before the year is out and will still appeal to far off nations!

Thanks for visiting….see you soon

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