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Monday, 17 December 2012

Day 10 - Saturday 8th December 2012

I've left it far longer than I intended since my last hike. This was a brisk afternoon walk in the breeze and cold sun. Imagine my surprise when, in the early afternoon whilst walking along the top, a butterfly flew by - in December! It's by far the latest in the year I've ever seen one flying. At first sight, though very brief, it seemed it was a variety of fritillary, then an even poorer view suggested a small tortoiseshell. Either way - amazing.

Wyche Way?
Earnslaw Reflections
Reflected Trees

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Day 9 - Thursday 2nd August 2012

Two full moons since my last hike here. I was hoping for some evening photographs with the rising full moon but was thwarted by the cloud remaining after the daytime rain. Not many people about - I'm guessing that many are glued to the TV watching the Olympics.

Earnslaw Lake Abstract
Foxgloves for Next Year
Bredon Hill - After the Rain
Weathered Bench - Missing Knot
God Beams

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Day 8 - Tuesday 4th June 2012

It's been eight weeks since my last day on the Malverns.
This walk was during the evening and early night.
The beacon for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on the Worcestershire Beacon was the spur to get out again.
It's not too often you see a couple of thousand people on the Malverns, at night!

Foxgloves must be the most beautiful of our native flora
Full Moon Rising Over the Diamond Jubilee Beacon
Fly the Flag
Making Tracks Back Home

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Day 7 - Tuesday 10th April 2012

Started from Hollybush with a loop up and beyond The Gullet.
Then, for the first time, hiked the southern end of the Malverns south of Hollybush.
Despite the April showers we managed to miss it all bar a few spots of light hail on a couple of brief occasions.

April sky over the far distant Malverns
Copyright - Felled Oak
Storm over The Cotswolds - from Chase End Hill
Thanks again to the Cloud Appreciation Society for posting this (above) photo.  It's linked here.

April Showers over Castlemoreton Common

Monday, 26 March 2012

Day 6 - Monday 26th March 2012

Began hiking from the North car park about 30 minutes before sunrise. The start of a glorious spring morning. I don't take the start of spring as a date in the calendar or when the temperature reaches a certain level, no, for me it's when the first of the spring migrants arrive from Africa. Today there were several Chiffchaffs singing on the wooded north and east slopes.
So, it's spring.

Before Sunrise
Half Risen Sun

Earnslaw Lake - Reflection
North Malvern Clock Tower

Friday, 23 March 2012

Day 5 - Monday 19th March 2012

Hiked mid afternoon to just after sunset.  A beautiful spring afternoon.

Little Malvern Priory
Bench Bolt
Going Down in the West

Friday, 2 March 2012

Day 4 - Thursday 1st March 2012

A glorious spring day - perfect for hiking.  Started foggy then warm sun and lovely sky with cirrus clouds.

Fog on Castlemoreton Common
Midsummer Hill Hillfort
Gullet Quarry Reflection - Silver Birches
Saw Marks

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Day 3 - Tuesday 14th February 2012

The forecast in the morning for the afternoon was for a mix of sun and cloud.  Not a sunbeam in sight from 1pm to dusk.

Over Malvern to Bredon Hill
The Parting of the Ways

Friday, 10 February 2012

Day 2 - Friday 10th February 2012

Fog, ice and a little snow - perfect for photography.

White Path
Iced Branches
Lonely Glove
Snow Bench

Day 1 - Friday 27th January 2012

Arriving at British Camp car park 45 minutes before sunrise on a crisp clear morning the conditions were promising for early light pictures - though a few more clouds would have been very welcome.

Sunrise at British Camp Reservoir
South South West to Eastnor Obelisk
Shining Path