I visited Draycott Sleights at this time of year back in 2013. Back then there was frost on the ground, a few golden leaves left on the trees and a beautiful morning sunrise.
The Beach Trees
To me this is a special time of year at this Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve. It is when the sun rises in line with its famous line of beach trees. These trees are a local landmark sitting near the top of the southern edge of the Mendip Hills overlooking the village of Draycott and the Somerset Levels.
Today the light was not as good and the trees were bare. The last leaves already blown away in the recent winds.
But, I do love an orange glow on the horizon welcoming in the new dawn.
The branches spread out across the sloping fields.
They make wonderful patterns across the broad open sky of the levels.
The House Grounds
With the quality of light not what I hoped down at the beach trees I crossed the road into the the house grounds reserve. Looking back the ridge of Draycott Sleights was starting to appear above the shadow of the hills.
The small hawthorn trees sitting a pool of morning light along its ridge.
Glastonbury Tor was bathing in the warmth of the morning light while being watched by the reserve sheep.