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PHOTO WALK: 08/10/17 - Along Misty Valleys

Sunday morning was gorgeous, there was no wind and the sky was almost clear. The temperature was about 9 °C. Perfect circumstances for mist. I picked the same route as last time for the first half of my walk. But this time I turned south in Ascott.

As we are heading towards the end of October the leaves on the trees are getting much more saturated in rich yellowish-brownish colours. That made me take my first picture when I left the tarmac road at edge of the village. This solitary tree really stands out and it's just beautiful.

#1 - Beautiful solitary tree

Just a couple of a hundreds yards away again a very nice scenery waited for me, rape field at the beginning of its bloom. This is very rare to see in October. I have to come back to here in the next 2 weeks when there are nice clouds with blue sky. That goes very well together with the yellow of the rape flower. But there was a drawback of the rape field. The plant grows up to waist level which is well above your gaiters. And there was a lot of mist this morning. So my trekking trousers got soaking wet. Next time I definitely have to put on my waterproofs on the top of my trousers.

Leaving the rape field I felt welcomed by an old friend, I photographed last time too.

#5 - The tree I photographed last time too

The sun started to rise when I reached that point when I took some shots of a pond and its surrounding in a little valley. This is usually when the mist starts to creep into deeper areas. And this valley was not an exception. As an extra the sun already started to light up the top of the hills.

#6 - Mist starts to creep in the valley 

Reaching the top I stopped in the long grass because in both direction there was something worth to photograph. Backlit there was the long grass gently covered by the warm yellow rays of the sun and behind me the mist covering the valley of Ascott.

As I mentioned I turned south in Ascott. Leaving the village I walked on an ascending path across freshly ploughed fields and grazing areas full of sheep.

#9 - Grazing flock of sheep

When I reached the top I carried on walking on the ridge. On my right the view was amazing although I had to walk quite a bit until I reached a point where I could take a panorama shot without power cables.

#10 - The view from the ridge

Just before reaching Great Rollright I met a bunch of pheasants. While they felt safe they let me come quite close. But after a while they lost their patience and took off. :)

#11 - Pheasants

This was the last photo I took. From Great Rollright I followed the d'Arcy Dalton Way leading back to Hook Norton. I walked across a deliberately unploughed land where some rare birds occasionally nest.
The walk was about 8 miles and took approximately 3 hours. I need to reduce this in the future as I felt that I had less time to stop for taking photos as I was in a rush. Probably a 5-6 miles would be just enough and then I can spend half an hour more with photography.