I wrote on Tuesday about how the hedgehog silhouette was inspired by a visit to the Wiltshire countryside last year, and this is a good opportunity to share a few (or maybe slightly more!) photos from that evening, when a chance hunt for bluebells turned into the opportunity to see a local area in a whole new light.[Insert your own “Why did the pheasant cross the road?” joke here.]
I find pheasants to be paradoxical birds: a traditional symbol of the countryside, yet an introduced species to Britain. Almost as bright and gaudy as a peacock, yet viewed more as dinner than decoration. This particular pheasant made our evening, allowing us to get incredibly close for photos before he ambled on his way.
Late April and early May sees fields across the southwest turn bright yellow as rapeseed (canola) begins to flower. This, plus the purple and blue of a patch of bluebells, meant that the golden hour before sunset was full of colour.
But wait, there’s more!
We couldn’t resist just one more stop as the sun disappeared over the horizon. This land near Lacock is known as Bewley Common and owned by the National Trust. And at sunset on a May evening, it is absolutely stunning.