Lynchcombe Steps

Split Trees - Deerleap, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4930

Split Trees – Deerleap, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4930

I am a volunteer warden for the Lynchcombe nature reserve on the Mendip Hills of Somerset.  Not much happens in this Somerset Wildlife Trust during winter.  So today was a quick visit to check if there was anything to report.

Split Trees

These trees stand just outside the Lynchcombe nature reserve in the Deerleap field.  I have seen this pair many times and I like the way they lean back from each other.  Perhaps they were separated by a bolt of lightning?

Today the low light, and low dark clouds, created a mystical light – perfect for their mysterious parting.

Split Trees - Deerleap, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4930

Split Trees – Deerleap, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4930

Dry-Stone Walls

Key to the Mendip Hills are its dry-stone walls.  Imagine replacing those walls with hedges, it would lose much of its special character.

Ten years ago I took part in a Mendip Lifeline survey to check on the state of the walls.  The results for Lynchcombe were not good with many in a poor state.  However today, in the low winter light they are still contributing to the character of this hill side.

Stone Walls - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_5777

Stone Walls – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_5777

In the neighbouring Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of Cooks Fields this wall was looking good.

Stone Walls - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_5868

Stone Walls – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_5868

And Finally…

Back in Lynchcombe in the morning and this wall appears to lead down to the mists of the Somerset Levels.

Misty morning at Lynchcombe - Somerset, UK. ID JB3_3740

Misty morning at Lynchcombe – Somerset, UK. ID JB3_3740

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