Herb Riddle's photos


The Wonders of Mallorca: The peninsula of Sa Forad…

24 Sep 2014 6 4 11
As we almost come to the bottom of our steep trek down to the waters edge and lunch stop, we see the beautiful view of this small peninsular as seen from the nearby restaurant. As I look at this view again, I wonder how that hole in the rocks was made. Enjoy full size.

The Wonders of Mallorca: The wild paradise of Maj…

24 Sep 2014 20 22 41
Enjoy with me the light on these wind-swept trees high above the Balearic Sea. Continuing our fifth day near Deia, still on this West coast, we are now walking down the steep garden trail from the Son Marroig museum (see previous photo), down to the cove and headland at the waters edge itself where we will find our restaurant too. Enjoy full size.

HFF - Son Marroig fence

24 Sep 2014 45 70 115
The Wonders of Mallorca: Deia – Son Marroig This wonderful structure belongs to what is now the museum and grounds of ‘Son Marroig’, a beautiful 19th century manor that was owned by the Austrian Habsburgs. It was an emblematic possession in Deia where Archduke Ludwig Salvator lived. From here a wonderful garden path leads us to a trail down to the sea far below where more wonderful views and a fabulous little restaurant awaits. See PiPs for more view in and out. HFF, enjoy your weekend in safety.

The Wonders of Mallorca: Deià , Sant Joan Baptist…

24 Sep 2014 21 20 61
Our fifth day on this beautiful Island takes us a just few miles south of Sóller to the village of Deia, still on this Western coast. This beautiful mountain village is just a few miles from the sea. "The small coastal village of Deià, on the northwest coast of Mallorca, is one of the prettiest villages on the island. Perched in a ravine at the foot of the Teix mountain, with views out to the Mediterranean below. Deià has long been a magnet for famous artists, writers and other creative people – most notably the writer Robert Graves. Acclaimed author Helen Walsh’s 2014 book The Lemon Grove was inspired by, and set in, the ruggedly seductive setting of Deià." Enjoy full size.

August in Cumbria

17 Aug 2020 29 29 73
Cumbria, an area in the North West of England, most famous perhaps for the National Park of The English Lake District but having more to offer on its extensive coast, towns, moors and pastures. Here we see another side of the lake of Loweswater where trees and wild flowers full of bees cascade from the high Fells towards the lake. A very small portion of which, can just be made out almost middle left. See PiP Enjoy full screen PS - I shall take a break from these Lake District scenes for a week or so now and return to my 2014 Wonders of Mallorca selections.

Life on the edge

17 Aug 2020 22 9 57
As I come to the end of this days marvellous walk around Loweswater I get a glimpse of what some other people see permanently. To live and work from these traditional farm buildings and cottages with such a view it would seem to us people from the towns almost like being in heaven. Alas, life in the countryside has always been hard and sometimes a great view hardly compensates for those hardships. Anyway, lets share a bit of their life with this vista which I am sure changes by the hour. Enjoy full screen by tapping Z

The Fells of Loweswater

17 Aug 2020 20 23 60
Looking to the North West at Darling Fell and Low Fell, both around 400 metres in height above sea level. Below them lies the lake itself just behind the stone wall here to the right. Again, a hole in the clouds baths a bit of the landscape in brighter, more colourful hues as we march forever downwards now back to our waiting transport. Enjoy full screen

The Solway Firth

17 Aug 2020 20 15 64
My last photo from this high Corpse Road before dropping back down to Loweswater. The Nearest shores being about 18km (11m) from where I am standing. The far shores are actually the counties of Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. As can be seen here, great areas of our extensive coast are now filled with windfarms. Good for the planet maybe but not the most natural things on the horizons. “The Solway Firth is a firth that forms part of the border between England and Scotland, between Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway. It stretches from St Bees Head, just south of Whitehaven in Cumbria, to the Mull of Galloway, on the western end of Dumfries and Galloway. The Isle of Man is also very near to the firth.” Wikipedia Enjoy full screen

The grandeur of Loweswater

17 Aug 2020 19 21 77
A five photo panoramic view of the whole of this lake as seen from the high Corpse road. To the left. Just above the corner hills you can just make out the Solway Firth and to the right we see Crummock Water in the far distance. We now carry on walking left before returning to our car parked on the left side of this lake. With this photo, one can easily place most of my preceding photos on here. Enjoy full screen

HFF - Anybody for a boat ride?

17 Aug 2020 52 68 173
Another Loweswater fence shot for you here. In fact this is the same fence as in my last HFF offering (see Pip). This view west, towards our west coast beyond the hills has none of the exciting high vistas as can be seen to the other end behind me but I think you will agree that it is quite agreeable all the same. HFF and I wish you all, a safe weekend, Herb

On guard!

29 Aug 2020 18 15 53
We think this is the same heron as the one seen flying a short time before on the previous page (see Pip). Seen on a wall belonging to an old cotton mills during one of our recent local lock-down walks. I was going to have this one here just as a PiP but I think you will agree he’s (?) a bit too impressive for simply being delegated to that pip position. The winter Pip shows the area at the other side of this mill as I took the flight shot and shows the herons usual habitat. See previous photo for more info. Enjoy full screen

Flight of the Heron

29 Aug 2020 10 15 41
Seen only a few kilometres from our home on one of our local lock-down walks. In fact I saw the heron on the wall of this old cotton mill first (see Pip) before seeing it in flight above its usual waterway haunt just at the other side of this mill.(See pip2 –this mill is the one on the left). We see quite a few near here now and I like both of these heron pictures as I hope you do. Grey herons are unmistakeable: tall, with long legs, a long beak and grey, black and white feathering. They can stand with their neck stretched out, looking for food, or hunched down with their neck bent over their chest. Food: Lots of fish, but also small birds such as ducklings, small mammals like voles and amphibians. They can be seen around any kind of water - garden ponds, lakes, rivers and even on estuaries. Sometimes, grey herons circle high up into the sky and can be mistaken for large birds of prey. Length:90-98cm, Wingspan: 175-195cm, Enjoy full screen

The Corpse Road

17 Aug 2020 21 22 86
As we cross this small bridge we make a very distinctive line to that tree in the horizon. One can imagine a procession following a laden cart here. 'During the medieval period, the local population rose significantly and, consequently, so did the number of churches in the area. Keen to retain their authority and sustain revenues, senior ministers of existing parish churches made claims to burial rights over the area, thus resulting in the need for residents in outlying villages to travel a fair distance to bury their loved ones in the designated consecrated ground. Corpse roads were created to allow villagers to travel to their parish churches for this reason. One such corpse road ran from Buttermere to the church at Lamplugh, a village on the western edge of the Lake District. Part of the ancient route remains, and this walk follows it as it traverses the side of fells above Loweswater.' (https://www.thelakedistrict.org/things-to-do/walks/high-nook-tarn/) Enjoy large

High view to Crummock Water

17 Aug 2020 13 13 54
Still on the Corpse Road we get a better view of the next lake here as we walk above Loweswater. Beyond Crummock is yet another lake; Buttermere, considered as one of the Lake Districts most beautiful lakes. See Pip for alternative view "Crummock Water is a lake in the Lake District in Cumbria, North West England situated between Buttermere to the south and Loweswater to the north. Crummock Water is 2.5 miles long, 0.75 mile wide and 140 feet deep." Enjoy full size

View from the 'Corpse Road' above Loweswater

17 Aug 2020 23 28 78
Rising above Loweswater whilst walking along this eerily named road we look again up the valley, my eye firmly on the lone tree. As you can imagine our rain gear on standby :) 'During the medieval period, the local population rose significantly and, consequently, so did the number of churches in the area. Keen to retain their authority and sustain revenues, senior ministers of existing parish churches made claims to burial rights over the area, thus resulting in the need for residents in outlying villages to travel a fair distance to bury their loved ones in the designated consecrated ground. Corpse roads were created to allow villagers to travel to their parish churches for this reason. One such corpse road ran from Buttermere to the church at Lamplugh, a village on the western edge of the Lake District. Part of the ancient route remains, and this walk follows it as it traverses the side of fells above Loweswater.' (https://www.thelakedistrict.org/things-to-do/walks/high-nook-tarn/) Enjoy large

A visitor calls

19 Aug 2020 16 27 58
As we sit by the glass door of our holiday cottage I spot some movement just beyond the door area. At first I thought it a mouse of some kind but later found out it was a little 'bank vole' looking for bits of food dropped from the nearby bird feeder. A cute little mammal for sure. See Pip. "Bank vole (Myodes glareolus). The smallest of the UK voles, the bank vole is active during the day and night. The bank vole is the smallest UK vole with a reddish-chestnut coat and an off-white underside. Like all voles, it's a stocky little animal with a blunt snout, small eyes and ears. Its tail is short – just half the length of its body. At first sight, they can be confused with field voles, which are greyer with a shorter tail, or wood mice, which have a longer tail and move much more quickly. They can climb bushes in search of food. Diet: Fruits, nuts and small insects." Enjoy full screen

Whiteside

17 Aug 2020 17 14 71
Enjoy another view from the end of Loweswater towards the high fell of Whiteside.

HFF- A Loweswater fence.

17 Aug 2020 41 61 163
One of the Western 'Lake Districts' lesser known lakes here. This side of the lake has a trail running almost the entire length and with one or two fences like this jutting into the water, an ideal opportunity for me to get more photos for our HFF group. A slight difference in artistic style here with this sepia monochrome version. Hope you enjoy it. HFF. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

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