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

Bands of Gold


Friday mornings very low temperatures drew strands of freezing fog down the valley. You could see it was going to be a dawn to savour. I togged up and trudged up the lane for a better viewpoint.  The rising sun caught under vapour trails of  passing planes, I wondered what the dawn looked like from up there.

Sunrise 1-1

Then came more light

More promise-1

and magically as the sun tipped over the ridge, it struck the fog turning it into bands of gold.

Gold mist and geese-1

And the geese* were back, honking as they came.

Band of gold -1


Band of gold  2-1

*I pondered what sort of landing they might make in fog, seeing what a dogs dinner they’d made of it the other day


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.

11 thoughts on “Bands of Gold

  1. Yes, a very nice sequence.

    I particularly like the way the geese stand out in silhouette. You couldn’t ask for better.

  2. The dawning must have been amazing to see in person, as these photos give us just an inkling of all you surveyed, I’m sure. I hope the geese weren’t blinded by the light and ended up arse-over-teakettle in some hedgerow 😉 It looks like a perfect day to stay home by the Aga … as long as Spud moves over a titch. Bravo for braving the cold morning once again!

  3. Fantastic! Loved the effects caused by the sun’s rays!

  4. Great sunrise! The geese are amazing in that light.

  5. You must have had a wonderful time inspecting your haul when you got back home! Glad you braved the cold. Glad you have those heights for a vantage point, too.

  6. Photos #3 and #4 had me swooning with delight. That does it. When I win the lottery, I’ll be looking for property in your vicinity.

  7. The geese against the fog is a truly exceptional effect. I was out too that morning, walking Meg who had ice in her paws rather than snow on her fur. We had low mist in Somerset and a remarkable sunrise though I couldn’t capture it as you have.

  8. A beautiful series of captures of the fog and the light from the raising sun that cold morning, they almost make me feel the shiver from the cold – and the wonderful light! And the last two captures are great with the geese in contrast to this light.

  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!!! Thanks for sharing and the effort it took to get them!

  10. The bands of gold are amazing. I’m so glad that you braved the cold to capture some a magnificent moment in nature.

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