Busy most of the day, I managed to slip out late afternoon for a ride. It was glorious; Chasewater was busy, yet there were deer on the dam. The countryside was alive, and bursting into leaf and bloom everywhere I looked. Then I cycled down to Wall and got there just as the sun hit it’s final, golden hour. The atmosphere was magical.
A cracking ride on a lovely day. For more, do check out my 365daysofbiking journal.
Wall itself was as beautiful as ever
The bluebells in Wall churchyard were gorgeous
The oilseed rape isn’t yet fully in bloom at Wall
Wall is very leafy
That copper beech at Pipehill is gorgeous
Wall church itself is impressive and unusual in style
I loved the interplay of sun and shade
They looked like yearlings to me. I see the moult has set in…
In the golden hour, the shadows were long and the air cool
Hammerwich from Newton, on the canal
The Roman remains always look best on a sunny evening
Such beautiful colours
Thornyhurst Lane: only a few weeks ago this was impassible due to drifting snow
Three red dear were browsing on the dam at Chasewater
Chesterfield in the golden hour is always magical
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Here’s a few clips of passing interest spotted on YouTube. I keep an eye out for these, and I thought I’d bundle these together as they’re relevant to recent topics discussed here on the blog.
First up, Karting at the Chasewater track before it was demolished for the M6 Toll. Judging by the excellent quality of the film, but still extant stadium occasionally visible, I’d say this was mid 1990s. It looks like it’s great fun.
The clip was posted by Alex Pirozek.
Next, a clip from Anthony Barrett of motocross scrambling at Wharf Lane, near Chasewater, a well loved facility also sacrificed for the new motorway. Some great shots here of the track and countryside. The video se
I’ve covered the Wharf Lane track before, and welcome further comments or recollections.
Finally, in the wee small hours of this morning, I spotted these two odd little clips. Amazing what people capture. A remarkable little film which connects beautifully with my post from yesterday. I find it oddly evocative. It was uploaded by user Fleetline119.
The same user has lots of similar clips – including this curious one of busses in Walsall town centre in 1976. Do pop along to Fleetline119′s channel and check them out.
Not all residents of Brownhills Common are as uniquely handsome as this fine fellow. Photo by Walsall Wildlife and posted in their Flickr photo stream.
Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common. If you can make time, do toddle along at 1pm and go listen to very experienced, knowledgable naturalists and conservationists talk about just what a special, rare habitat Brownhills Common is, and why it requires careful and measured stewardship.
If you’ve only heard the alarmists, it’s a good opportunity to go out and meet, talk and listen to people who understand the issues and love the wildlife.
Please go if you can.
Meet the Species Day: Heathlands
At Brownhills Common
Monday, 20th May
An open invitation for the public to spend an afternoon on Brownhills Common with staff from Walsall Countryside Services, where you will be introduced to some of the rarer and more elusive residents of our most valuable habitat!
Meet at the Holland Park Car Park at 1pm.
Just some of the interesting wildlife that lives on our common