Manual 365/72 To The Winterbourne

I do love weekends. The phone stops ringing and there’s no real need to rush anywhere so what to do? A leisurely drive from Mere to Amesbury (to visit my Grandfather) on the A303 offered up a Iron Age hill fort, spring flowers next to a crystal clear stream (complete with dog) and a fast flowing fully operational Winterbourne (Complete with swan).

Lets start at the end of the list, I pass through Winterbourne Stoke on my way to or from work often but I’ve never actually stopped and had a mooch around, that changed today. The River Till passes just to the East of the village and under the A303 right next to The Bell Inn, most of the time the water levels are low or non existent but at the moment the water is fast flowing and as clear as glass, the plant life in the river is thriving and, while  Spring is taking its time on dry land it is thoroughly underway underwater. I even spotted a young Brown Trout darting against the current.

18mm @ f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO100DSC_9205

18mm @ f/8.0, 1/125sec, ISO 100DSC_9184

55mm @ f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 100DSC_9199

River Wylye in Berwick St James the weather was warm enough to walk about in a t-shirt and not feel the chill at all. The water still looked bloody freezing though and judging the amount of time the dog was in the water I think I’m not far wrong!

40mm @ f/4.8. 1/250 sec, ISO 100DSC_9153.jpg

24mm @f/5.4, 1/250 sec, ISO 100DSC_9145

55mm @ f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 100DSC_9150

And, as I said, I’ve done this in reverse order, The Iron Age fort of Yarnbury Castle, lies just to the North of the East end of the Wylye by-pass, there’s not really anywhere to stop unless you know of the little track and are willing to take the risk of following traffic not realising you’re turning, that’s where a flashing beacon comes in handy!

None of the shots I got up here could do justice to the monument and the view was quite misty so landscape shots were out too (even though I’m going to post a couple), but as before, a revisit, maybe at Midsummer while the rowdy neighbours are crowding around the “common” stones just down the road…

Taken using the Easy Panorama effect built into the camera.DSC_9090

18mm @ f/8.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 100 (All my pics are ISO 100 unless stated from now on)DSC_9088.jpg

Thanks to the Lady with the dog who unexpectedly got a card thrust into her hand. And thanks to you for looking, liking, commenting and generally just being!






Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Peace Peeps! x





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