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

Upland Spring


The higher up the hill you go, the longer it takes for spring to catch on,

Upland spring

In the shelter of the valleys wood anemones and violets are in flowers, on the edge of the moors above the Goyt Valley things are a little more conservative, the grass is still a bleached bone white, this years bracken has yet to force through last years residual thatch

Dead bracken

and the burnt heather hasn’t yet greened up.

Burnt Heather

(Mind you, this was the Goyt Valley on April the 6th 2008, so I can’t blame nature for showing a little caution)

Bleached grass

lower down the valley the trees are flushing green, they are stealing a march  on the grass, the clour of which is shown here ‘straight out of the camera’, it is this white.


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.

6 thoughts on “Upland Spring

  1. It’s years since I’ve been in the Goyt Valley, must do something about that this summer. I wonder if the owls still line up on the stone walls as they did 20 odd years ago? Not sure what kind they were but only small – maybe short-eared owls.

  2. The bleached white grass is interesting and certainly makes for some wonderful images. xx

  3. I enjoy watching the green slowly creep its way up in elevation. And you can see flowers bloom down in the valley, and follow them up the hills for a month or so.

    Little owls, I followed the link, they are too cute! Owls are one of my favorite animals now, and they keep coming up for me in many different ways.

    Enjoy the spring energy!

  4. i love the bright green leaves at this time of year – later in the summer they get a bit dusty and tatty but now they are full of themselves.

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