Sunrise through the trees

Just for a change there’s no Monday walk this week but it isn’t for the want of trying. After a very frosty early morning yesterday it was gloriously sunny and with just enough fluffy white cloud to make the blue sky interesting so at lunch time I decided to take the short drive to a fairly local reservoir which I haven’t been to for a while. Now this place is basically in the middle of nowhere with a car park close to the dam, accessed from a ‘B’ road by a lane only just about wide enough for two cars to pass and with a steep bend a couple of hundred yards before the dam – and that’s where I began to wish I hadn’t bothered leaving home.
Just before the bend I ended up at the back of a line of stationary cars with another line of cars trying to squeeze past from the opposite direction. It seemed that the car park was full and people were turning round at the bottom of the hill, creating havoc because the lane was so narrow; added to that someone about four cars behind me had decided to pull into what he thought was an offshoot on the right, which wasn’t, and he was blocking the road so for quite a while no-one was going anywhere.
Eventually two very helpful young men got out of their car and started directing all the other cars round each other to clear the blockage and finally, with the cars in front of me having managed to get down the hill and with nothing else coming up, I had a clear run down to the car park. I’d mentally counted the cars coming up the hill, which were more than the number having gone down in front of me, so I was hopeful I would be able to get a space, however it wasn’t to be.
To get into the car park meant making a sharp right turn on an angle but several cars were parked inconsiderately on the lane opposite the entrance and with other cars coming out there was no way I could get my slightly-larger-than-normal mpv in there, so I carried on across the dam in the hope that I could park on the far side. That was impossible too, cars were parked along the lane for a hundred yards or so and with nowhere to turn round I just had to carry on. The lane ended in a dirt track and a ‘Private road – access only’ sign, however I had a good idea of where I would end up so to hell with it, that’s the way I was going.
The track was full of deep water-filled pot holes so it was a very bumpy ride but eventually I arrived at an out-of-the-way gastro-pub and a proper tarmac lane which took me past a nearby country station and across the top end of a second reservoir to the outskirts of a nearby village. My problems weren’t over however as this was another narrow lane and not far from the main road through the village I encountered another car coming in the opposite direction; with no room to get past and several cars behind me there was nothing I could do. Eventually the other driver decided to reverse back to the main road, as did the two drivers who had arrived behind him, and finally I was free to continue.
Driving back towards home the main road took me past the ‘B’ road to the reservoir I’d originally planned on going to so not being one to give up easily Plan B swung into action and I went back along that road. A second attempt at getting down the narrow lane to the car park would be sheer lunacy so I decided to drive past the lane and park on the road – except I couldn’t. Car after car after car and almost bumper to bumper, they were parked along the road for nearly two miles. It was unbelievable – where had all these cars and people come from? I’ve been round that reservoir and woodland several times in the last few years and even on a sunny weekend in the middle of summer it’s never been that bad. By the time I found a reasonable space I was a long way from where I wanted to be so I gave up completely, turned down a nearby main road and headed for home – an hour and twenty minutes in the van and I’d ended up right back where I started from, at my own front gate.
The dogs did finally get their walk but only round the nearby park which isn’t very exciting so there are no photos of that one. Instead I’m including a few shots I took three weeks ago as I was on my way to work early one morning. The colours of a lovely sunrise were just spreading across the sky as I drove down the lane to the works premises so leaving the van in the car park I walked back for a short distance and took a few shots through the trees. The sunrise promised a lovely day ahead but unfortunately it wasn’t to be; once full daylight arrived the sky turned grey and stayed like that, with just a very watery sun showing briefly and intermittently through the clouds.
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Apart from being resized and sharpened just a touch these shots haven’t been edited in any other way – the colours of the sunrise are just as I took them. Sometimes I think nature paints some wonderful pictures.

24 thoughts on “Sunrise through the trees

  1. My husband and I still miss those country lanes and especially dog walking. Lovely photos of a colourful sunrise and it is the first day of spring for you.

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  2. Yesterday really did finally feel like spring, the weather was glorious and reasonably warm too in spite of the very frosty start. It’s just a shame that I didn’t get to enjoy it the way I wanted to but there’s always another day.

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  3. What a nightmare for you, all the cars parked up must be people taking advantage of the glorious sunshine and escaping lockdown. Driving down narrow country lanes is my pet hate at the best of times. Those are beautiful photos of the sunrise.

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  4. Normally narrow country lanes don’t bother me but the situation yesterday really was a nightmare. I don’t blame people wanting to take advantage of the lovely weather but if there is a lockdown it certainly wasn’t round there! It may be quieter during the week though so if the nice weather continues I might try again. The sunrise photos turned out quite well and I was glad I took them after that particular day became so grey.

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  5. I was going to say “what a nightmare” but you already said that to Eileen – I have seen other bloggers comment on exactly the same, so glad we have decided to keep well away from the National Park at present. How is this lockdown? How is this “stay at home”?

    I am not sure whether people are just darn fed up, or do not understand. I spoke to someone local recently who is regularly going out on fell walks with other people. Just one person on each walk, but multiple people overall. He told me in total seriousness that this is OK. But half an hour later I saw the ‘advice thing’ which comes up on Sky News between programmes which says you can meet one other person from 8th March – which implies you CANNOT do that now?

    Shaking head . . . we’re not out of the woods or silly season yet.

    Lovely sunrise though, and I hope you and the dogs got a bit of a leg stretch once you were home.

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    1. The leg stretch round the local park was okay, not ideal but the size of the park is big enough to get a reasonable walk and to be honest, by the time I’d finally got home after the failure of my planned walk I felt too frustrated and tired to want to go too far. Maybe it’s a good thing that I didn’t get to do the walk, judging by the number of cars I saw the place must have been heaving – I bet there were more people round that reservoir than on Blackpool promenade, which makes me wonder what happened to lockdown! 😦

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  6. That reads like a nightmare to me. Many areas of the lake district get like that during the summer months. I make sure to avoid them, as I would find it much too stressful.
    The pictures of the sunrise are beautiful. X

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    1. The whole experience was extremely frustrating Jules and if I’d known beforehand that I would encounter so many cars I would have gone somewhere else, however I did the walk today with no problem at all. The sunrise colours were just too good to miss, I’d got my camera with me as I intended going for a walk straight from work, which I didn’t do, so it came in handy for the sunrise.

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  7. I was lucky I had my walk in a town park, and walked to it from a town car park yesterday. The sunshine was bound to bring people outside this weekend. They really need to open up more outside spaces before Easter or the over crowding will just get worse. I just love your photos, the trees look just wonderful against the sunrise.

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  8. The traffic chaos sounded amusing in your post but obviously not for you at the time. You were brave to drive down the potholed track past the Strawbury Duck.
    I don’t even bother to try and park in any well known walking area now. I think it has been a mistake for the government to start talking about leaving lockdown in June or whenever – half the population think it is today.
    Enjoy your walks from home.

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    1. It probably would have been amusing if I’d been a spectator rather than a driver – I’ve never known that place be so busy before. I’ve actually not long been back from doing that very walk – went early hoping to avoid a repeat of yesterday and it worked out well, though I parked on the ‘B’ road just past the lane. Very few cars around to start with, more later on although nothing like yesterday. The walk was good though and at least I’ve got some pics for next week 🙂

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  9. Setting off mega early wouldn’t have worked for me in this case, the reservoir is mainly surrounded by pine forest so the sun needs to be fairly high in the sky for photos otherwise most parts of it are in deep shade. Anyway I’ve been back today and done the walk with no problem so hopefully got some good pics for next week 🙂

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  10. The sunrise shots turned out nicer than I expected, I was quite pleased with them. I don’t know what it is with some people that they have to park in stupid places – sometimes I wish I was on my tractor then I could just push the cars out of the way 🙂 🙂

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  11. What a beautiful sunrise, the photos are fabulous. We took some flowers to the crematorium on Sunday and as we were passing Roundhay Park, which is one of the largest parks in Europe, we decided to take Archie with us and let him have a run around on our way home. I wish we hadn’t bothered, it was exactly the same as you describe here, cars bumper to bumper and we queued for so long as once we were in the queue we couldn’t turn round. When we eventually arrived at the car park there were no spaces, but even if there were we wouldn’t have parked up. Looking over at the park it was absolutely packed. All that space and there was no room to have a walk and remain socially distanced from others. It was madness. Instead we stopped off at Lotherton, which is near where we live. They’re restricting the numbers they’re allowing into the estate at the moment, which is sensible in the times we find ourselves at the moment.

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  12. I find it so frustrating to be in a traffic queue I can’t get out of – Sunday was a case in point though fortunately that sort of situation hasn’t happened to me very often. I can understand people wanting to take advantage of the nice weather but I’m darned sure the majority of those at the reservoir on Sunday weren’t ‘local’, which makes a complete mockery of the ‘stay home’ rule 😦

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    1. Thank you, and welcome to the Mouse House. The colours of this sunrise were too good to miss so I’m glad I had my camera with me that morning 🙂

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  13. I managed to do the walk the following day, setting out earlier than previously, and had no problems at all with traffic this time. The sunrise colours were lovely and I’m glad I had my camera with me to capture them 🙂

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