Draycott Sleights

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.

Beach Tree Dawn - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_4198

Beach Tree Dawn – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_4198

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.

Beach Tree Dawn - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_4225

Beach Tree Dawn – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_4225

Today the light was not as good and the trees were bare.  The last leaves already blown away in the recent winds.

Draycott Sleights - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1032

Draycott Sleights – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1032

But, I do love an orange glow on the horizon welcoming in the new dawn.

Draycott Sleights - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1035

Draycott Sleights – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1035

The branches spread out across the sloping fields.

Draycott Sleights - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1040

Draycott Sleights – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1040

They make wonderful patterns across the broad open sky of the levels.

Draycott Sleights - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1050

Draycott Sleights – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1050

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.

Draycott Sleights - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1110

Draycott Sleights – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1110

The small hawthorn trees sitting a pool of morning light along its ridge.

Draycott Sleights - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1075

Draycott Sleights – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_1075

And Finally..

Glastonbury Tor was bathing in the warmth of the morning light while being watched by the reserve sheep.

Glastonbury Tor from Draycott House Grounds - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_114

Glastonbury Tor from Draycott House Grounds – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_114

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