Welcome to December
One Day in December
The cold weather arrived with December. I stopped on an early morning ride across the Somerset Level to photograph the frost in the fields.
But my day started a few hours earlier. I travelled to Knapp Hill above the tiny City of Wells. I was hoping to see the cathedral rising out of the mist. But while you can see it there in the background the mist never reached the city.
The word knapp means a hilltop, so Knapp Hill is a the Hilltop Hill. Just out of the picture is Ben Knowle Hill which translates to Mountain peak summit hill – so hill, hill, hill. Alternatively, with a bit of Cornish in the mix, it could be Mountain dwellers hill.
On the side of Knapp Hill is Beryl Farm.
Soon it was time to get home for work meeting. Like many I am currently working from home. Meeting complete I was soon out for the cycle ride. Wrapped up to keep warm this was a beautiful morning.
All too soon was back home designing some more software.
I rushed up Crook Hill in the Mendip Hills to photograph the huge NHS written in the stone. I missed the sun so the letters had fallen into shadow.
This stone circle was much easier to fit into the viewfinder.
Below the hill, at Crab Hole, is this wonderful example of ridge and furrow. Strangly, the parish boundary follows the loop around the ridges. Clearly, a lot of history to discover about this hill.
I do not go out to take photographs without a plan. I knew about this patch of old-man’s beard at the lay-by at the side of the road below Crook Peak. I had seen it on several cycle rides. Today I hoped to capture it backlit against the sunset.
A near cloudless evening as the sun sets behind Brent Knoll near the Somerset coast.
Always time for another photograph of the sunset.