Posted by: mynaturaldiary | June 2, 2019

Swaledale showers

Gunnerside in Swaledale is a pastoral delight this time of year.

The verdant meadow grass is interspersed with wild flowers to provide winter fodder for the cattle.

The grass and flowers blow in the breeze running through the valley.

There is an interweaving of man and nature here, with a patchwork quilt of dry stone walls, interspersed with barns for livestock in the winter.

A shower passes through…

then departs. The path continues on towards Ivelet, heading to Muker along the Swaledale valley.

Above in the skies, Oystercatchers pass overhead calling to each other with their echoing sound.

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Passing through Ivelet, a Pheasant sits in a field of flowers.

Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Looking back down the valley gives a fine view.

The dry stone walls make their way up Crackpot Side.

Chaffinches were near the woods.

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

On the road back to Gunnerside a farmer passes by on a quad bike, with a sheepdog passenger.


and sheep

walk past the houses by the road.

Swallows fly above at their fast pace.

Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

A wild rabbit sits very still by the side of a dry stone wall.

European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Back in Gunnerside

the Swifts scream out overhead as they fly at breakneck speed.

Swift (Apus apus)

and Blackbirds hunt for food.

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

The signs point the way on, deeper into Swaledale.



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