Posted by: digibirder | April 2, 2013

Walking in an easter wonderland

It was a long weekend due to the Easter break, but snow had arrived the previous weekend and was still hanging on in places. The temperatures were also not what they should be at this time of year. We had some snow back in January, but this episode seemed a lot worse. I couldn’t get the car off the drive to get to work on the Saturday, so had to dig out and go in Sunday instead. Of course there were problems at work, with solar panel installations being cancelled, so it was quite busy on the phones.

We’ve not really ventured very far for some time, so we decided to have a walk in the Yorkshire Dales and headed for Grassington. The idea was to do a short walk, as we hadn’t had much practice for some time, so that we weren’t too shattered at the end. There was still some snow lingering, but the roads were fine, and most of the walk was no problem. Until we arrived at a gate leading into a walkway between two stone walls. The snow was over the top of the gate, and the snow between the walls was chest height! There was no way we would manage to get through there, so we went further along the road to another path leading us back into the village. This brought us back round to the top end of the path leading from the gate, and it was a little more manageable. Just! The rest of the path was still difficult to walk on, with some snow drifts reaching the top of the walls, but we managed it, after sinking in to our knees on a few occasions.

Back in Grassington, we headed for a tearoom and had a welcome soup and a roll, and a piece of cake and pot of tea. Refreshed and revitalised, we wandered back to the car and then home. Who would think it was spring?

Photos taken with Fuji X10.

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Some other highlights from several outings over the past few weeks.

Snow in January at Old Moor RSPB Dearne Valley – photos taken with Canon 40D

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We also had a visit to Hodsock Priory to see the snowdrop displays and other plants in the gardens. We went on a Sunday and they had a food and craft fair on, so it was quite busy. Photos taken with Fuji X10.

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Every year, the NEC in Birmingham hosts the Focus on Imaging exhibition, and I usually like to visit. Last year, whilst self-employed as a photographer, I got in for free, and this year they sent tickets without us having to book, so off we went. I managed to get a bargain deal on a lens hood for the Fuji, but little else of any note. I no longer had need for photo albums and other business items, and there were no talks that took my fancy, so we managed to get round in record time. Photos with Fuji X10.

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Other than that, I am continuing in the not-so-new job and time is passing quite quickly. We will be off to Spain with friends in a few weeks time, so looking forward to that trip. In the meantime, stay warm.

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Responses

  1. My goodness, that IS snow …roll on sunny Spain!

    Some great pics there and I love the squirrel… the X10 seems to work well?

    • Definitely looking forward to Spain! I’m loving the X10, even though it does have some limitations compared to a dSLR.

  2. some nice pics Di. hard to believe it was Easter!

    • Thanks. The weather is definitely not playing ball at the moment!


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