Monday, 2 March 2015

March Hare at Peasemore

Another quick exploration of two more possible routes for a walk in June. As these cover ground previously covered this is just a series of photographs and no map. There is only one reason why I posted these pictures will soon be evident.

The first walk was from Peasemore to Leckhampstead and back, I started at the attractive but Victorian church at Peasemore. Much of this walk I did in August 2013

Peasemore Church

The area is fairly good farmland with some old lanes and pieces of woodland. I walked other fields to Leckhampstead which has an extra-ordinary war memorial, not only is it unusual in having a clock but many of the parts are made from World War I materials (note iron link fence).

Leckhampstead War Memorial

I then walked through the Grove Pit Nature Reserve, not much to see in early March. The only flowers to see apart from snowdrops were gorse.

gorse

At the north end of the reserve was a tree with three strange boxes attached. They seem to be of concrete and have oblong holes, I cannot think what they are there for (bats??).

boxes

Now the only real reason for this posting is that I was on the look out for one thing in early March, and I happened to see it where I thought most likely - a field that was ablaze with wild-flowers in summer. The hare first looked as though it was poised to dash away as they usually do.

hare

But it did not think I was much of a threat, so it sat back down again, I had my back to woodland and was reasonably well camouflaged, it was at about the limit of the camera's range.

hare

And then it twitched back its ears as you often see in pictures and illustrations.

hare

My path took me closer towards it and as I approached it scampered off a little distance but then sat down again.

hare

As I continued to get a bit closer, it had had enough and ran away to a far corner of the field out of view. Still I have never observed a hare for such a long period of time before.

hare

I then returned to the car and drove to my next possible walk route, this was intended to include the West Woodhay Chalk pit that has some nice orchids when I visited last summer. It is located near to Inkpen and has the highest point on the chalk ridge in England. As it was so windy I did not see many birds but the cold breeze made the views exceptional. Must have been able to see 40 miles or so.

Inkpen ridge view

Looking back East, the low sun brings the landscape into high contrast. Somewhere in that direction is London.

Inkpen ridge view

I walked back to my car at West Woodhay church. It has quite an attractive design set amongst clipped yew and conifers.

West Woodhay church

I decided to take a look inside, and there was not much to see, except for the stained glass of the East Window. Looking online this seems to be the work of Morris & Co. from a possible design by Edward Burne Jones. It certainly has a pre-Raphaelite look to it. The colour contrast of the two Marys standing on flowers to represent the garden sets the central figure with a lovely tree of life and heavenly host.

West Woodhay church,stained glass,burne jones