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

Sun Blush


Light, we’ve had light and sunshine yesterday, what a joy. I scampered* out of the house at first light to the top of the highest (locally available) hill and watched the sun rise and kiss the hills. The sharp frost had shaded the landscape with verdigris.

Sun blush-1

In the photos below, what looks like water, just below the skyline is a pool of mist not water, that  is smothering the towns of Stockport** and Manchester,

Sun blush 2-1

From my vantage point, I had no company, save for a cackling grouse, a hovering kestrel that was in search of a warm blooded breakfast and a dead sheep that was very obviously devoid  of warm blood.

Sun blush 1-1

* When I say scampered what I mean was I drove as high as I could, parked in a layby and walked the last few hundred yards.

**There is no harm in Stockport being smothered in mist, it  is an ugly town, I can only think of one redeeming feature, a very handsome red brick railway viaduct (then I put verdigris into Google and found something very beautiful in Stockport).


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.

13 thoughts on “Sun Blush

  1. these pictures are wonderful! surreal and timeless.

  2. Wonderful, thanks for getting up and more thanks for sharing the photos.

  3. I really like that first one. The colors are a little surreal. The mist does make it look like a seacoast. You are a much more dedicated photographer than I am.

  4. Great photos, I wish I had landscape like this near to home, and the time to go and look at it..

  5. Terrific photos, and it’s good to see the sunshine again isn’t it! xx

  6. Wow! What an amazing view you have.

  7. Gorgeous photos. (BTW, I followed your link to the Verdigris website in Stockport. Love their stair railings!)

  8. Fantastic views and photos! I just love the undulating hills and walls, with that amazing light and covering. Great link, too.

  9. We were up your way – well, sort of – yesterday because we went to Sheffield.

    Having read your blog over the last few days, I made sure to dress warmly and it was just as well I did. There was plenty of the frozen stuff about, even in the famous water feature in Sheffield.

    Fortunately, all the sheep I met were live ones.

  10. I never tire of looking at your beautiful hills. The light is gorgeous.

  11. What a gorgeous view! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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