Tuesday, 9 August 2011
This is the glorious view from in front of Dick Hudson's pub (see yesterday). As you can imagine, it can get pretty windy up here, but the evening I went it was beautiful: warm, sunny, calm and clear. Just the place for clearing one's head! You can't pick it out on the photo but I could see the Emley Moor TV mast, which must be 20 miles away. (Mind you, that is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK and will still be so when the Shard in London is finished next year, though that will be the tallest building.) Funny how it almost looks like flat scenery. In fact beyond the line of trees the land dips steeply down into the Aire valley and then eventually rises again to the hills in the far distance.
The purple flowers in the foreground are rosebay willowherb or fireweed (epilobium augustifolium - don't you just love those Latin names?), which I think is rather a cheerful plant, though its parachute seeds spread easily and it's considered an invasive pest by gardeners.