I missed my usual trip to the top of Glastonbury Tor for the winter solstice this December. Instead, this year I went to the top of Lynchcombe. The sunrise was worth the early wake-up time. And you can see The Tor in the distance.
At the end of the day I watched the sun set. In the foreground is an ash tree. We are losing these quickly.
After the sun had disappeared the distant skies turned red.
Mists regularly form over the Somerset Levels. From Lynchcombe it can feel like you are in a aeroplane looking down on the tops of the clouds.
Hills across the levels become small islands.
From Lynchcombe the views go on for miles. The dry-stone walls catch the early morning sun.
The Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve is a patchwork of trees, scrub and open grassland. It sits on the southern slopes of the limestone Mendip Hills.
No snow so far this winter, just the occasional frost.
A group of crows do not give a family of buzzards a moment’s peace.