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.
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.
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.
In the neighbouring Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of Cooks Fields this wall was looking good.
Back in Lynchcombe in the morning and this wall appears to lead down to the mists of the Somerset Levels.