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

Back Road


I’ve been to a meeting this morning, I took a different route home than usual,

Over the top

instead of ‘the road to nowhere’ I took the back road, I saw a buzzard,  it’s only in the last couple of years I’ve been seeing them in this area,

I lack the equipment and patience to photograph them, or the kestrel I watched quartering for prey. It was cold and windy, bracing and the light was changing very quickly


I heard curlews calling you can listen to them here, but I didn’t see them, but I did see a flock of redwings

But sometimes nature isn’t pretty, I’ll warn you the next photo isn’t cute, I came across a rabbit, showing the signs of the virus Myxomatosis  it appeared to be blind and in a bad way, Philip Larkin wrote a poem about the plight of rabbits with this disease

Rabbit sick

If I had known how to kill it humanely I would like to think I could have put it out of its misery, I don’t imagine it will have survived very long, it’s just the sort of thing the buzzard will be looking for, as

prey up to 500g is taken by active predation, anything heavier is usually carrion or seriously enfeebled individuals. 

‘enfeebled’ just about sums it up; apart from the sick rabbit, I enjoyed my little detour and the afternoon brightened up to give another interesting sunset,


As I write this post at 9:30 PM, our kitchen is full of fell runners and there is a growing  atmosphere of nervous anticipation, but more about that tomorrow.

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.

4 thoughts on “Back Road

  1. Really nice pictures. It is nice to see the English country side. Sad about the rabbit for sure. I read the poem – thought provoking.

  2. Wonderful atmospheric landscape photos!
    I’m a tiny bit envious of the birds you’ve mentioned as I’d like to see them hereabouts.

  3. You might like this then.

    I see Buzzards regularly, especially the daft hours I keep. Wish I kept my camera with me – reminder to self.

  4. We did, and WEB’s little story too, LOL.
    This taking the camera every where with me is becoming slightly obsessive… as though I haven’t got enough kit in the car already, must dash and get the camera,the light is changing 🙂

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