Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

A Magical Place

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Frosted lane-1

I think this lane is a magical place, all year round; in the summer evenings it’s perfumed with honeysuckle and its charcoal darkness is pierced with darting bats. At dusk you might be lucky enough to see a woodcock, scuttling around in the leaf litter. In the depths of winter acid yellow hazel catkins, bluebells in spring and at any time of the year a barrelling sparrow hawk  will sweep ahead of the car as you drive it’s steep  narrow and  twisting contours.

It’s steepness and narrowness make it unpopular with most drivers, which is just how we like it.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

20 thoughts on “A Magical Place

  1. I just love roads like that! Of course, I live in the middle of Kansas, where such roads are common :-) (Though few as pretty as the one above!)

    Thanks again for sharing the view from your lovely little corner of the world!

  2. Great shot, well framed and pulls you in.

  3. The sense of depth and layers, the world of people surrounded by nature. I am reading a novel called Little, Big by John Crowley. This photo could be an illustration from it. It is about Faeries and worlds inside worlds. This is a picture of that kind of overlapping.

  4. It is indeed a magical place! A place to be cherished, and hidden away from the rest of the world.

  5. The photo is incredible, absolutely beautifully captured!

  6. I think I love that particular lane, and have spent the last half hour wandering through lovely posts that contain “lane” in search of a particular image. Didn’t find that, but enjoyed myself very much. There are a surprising number of magical places uphill and downdale.

  7. It certainly looks magical! It looks like the kind of place I would love to explore over and over again.

  8. My Mother used to call lanes like this one, where the trees bow their heads and meet, God’s Church.

    Memories – thank you for bringing that one to mind with a wonderful photo.

  9. A magical place indeed. I love driving on your lanes, winding up and down and never seeing what is around each bend.

  10. Why does it not surprise me one bit to know you have a magical lane! What a wonderful photo for the cover of a book…because you would know right away that you with each turn of the page you would be finding your way into the heart of enchantment.

  11. What a fabulous picture and lovely lane !

  12. I like how you have the white hoarfrosted grass and branches in the foreground and the dark vegetation on either side of that shaft of sunlight in the road. Really gives a sense of depth. Beautifully composed.

  13. damnit, why do I even bother taking a camera out anywhere when I know that Mrs UHDD is just going to trump my efforts anyway? I suppose it’s looking at all the inferior pictures that makes us recognise the really good ones when they come along. Bah!

    (Oh and great shot by the way)

    • You and me both. I rarely take a camera with me, and then get in trouble because when we go on holiday it looks as if there were only three of us there!

  14. Why thank you all for your kind words, *blush*.

  15. I love this photo – thank you for sharing it. It has everything already mentioned but also a sense of stillness and quiet which is almost palpable.

  16. This photo is SO great!! I love how you captured the light and shadows, those has aways been a trouble for me…

  17. Pingback: A Magical Place in Spring | Uphilldowndale

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