Sunday, 29 May 2011

Saturay Morning Bike Ride

I was lucky with the weather, I only got rained on twice and the sun actually shone most of the time.

The countryside is looking lovely and green so for those of you in drier parts, this is what it looks like when it rains practically every day of May!

A nice little bench at the top of the hill from the village.

Looking westwards over a pond, there are swans but they're out of view. Pesky pylon lines above, tumbledown stone wall and cow parsley in front.

So many shades of green.

This weeks bird on wire photo. These are house martins. There were at least thirty or so of them flying around this little area. It's next to a farm and above a burn so there are plenty of insects around.

I managed to catch one of them in flight. They were darting around so swiftly, it was quite a spectacle. I stopped and watched them for about ten minutes.

The pretty farm sign is surrounded by hawthorn blossom at this time of year.

Looks like a favourite spot for itchy sheep!

I love this view. The little tree mound I like to photograph can be seen in the far distance.

Bands of colour; blue sky, white then grey cloud, green fields and trees, white hawthorn.

A closer look at the hawthorn.

The red gate post, beech hedge and tree sillouhette.

A little further on and looking back, the same tree can be seen on the left of the above photo.

Lovely open countryside and big skies.

A little further on I take a detour into the woods beside a little loch.

A fungus covered branch lies on the ground.

Bike shot.

Then home, with rain for the last three miles or so. This is my favourite short bike ride route (about 10 miles) for when (i) I can't really be bothered/(ii) have left too late/(iii) the weather's rubbish. The weather turned out fine so only conditions (i) and (ii) were met today!

10 comments:

periwinkle said...

I think May and April got themselves muddled up this year as we had no rain in April but lots of showers this month. Lovely bike ride as always , great house martin pic . I like to watch them swoop too.

**Anne** said...

Lovely photos of your bike ride. I especially love the one with the birds on the wire. No cows this ride? :)
Anne xx

June said...

Another beautiful bike ride! Lovely photos!
June

Simone said...

You have an artists eye Anne. The photos are stunning.

Mrs. Micawber said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who takes short 10-mile rides when pressed for time (although 10 is my minumum - it's not worth putting on all the gear for anything shorter). My other cyclist blogging friend is already up to 1000 miles this year. (If I hit 1000 miles by November I'd be happy.)

I love to watch flying birds too - especially when they wheel and sweep in unison. Great shot of the bird in flight. So glad you had a mostly sunny ride.

Julie said...

Lovely photos. I think we've been having similar weather over this way too. It's impossible to dress correctly, one minute cold and wet and windy and the next, out of the wind, quite warm in the sun......as you say it does keep things very green! Juliex

Northern Hi-Lights said...

Hi Anne, what a lovely blog you have, so many interesting photos and things to read - which area of Scotland are you? Elaine

by Teresa said...

Dear Anne,

It was nice to see you visited my blog. Thanks for the nice comment! I enjoyed seeing your latest post. Pretty photos!

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Annaboo said...

Aahmmmm, feel like I've just take a huge gulp of fresh air reading this post.
Beautiful countryside. Xx

Sue said...

You won't believe this but our hawthorn has berries on it that are actually turning red.

Anne I must thank you for recommending North and South. We've just finished watching it.
'You coming home with me?' I should bloody say so Mr Thornton.

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