|The North York Moors in autumn|
|The Green Knight (75029) heading out of Pickering|
|Rusty wheels and axels in the yard at Pickering|
|The Green Knight at Goathland|
|Train driver awaiting the single to depart|
|It was nice having the convenience of a zoom yesterday, something I haven't been able to enjoy for awhile|
Using my beloved D90 was like getting reacquainted to an old friend and despite having almost shot exclusively with Canon gear since spring I found myself really enjoying using this Nikon camera (whose cameras I actually prefer), though the flexibility and a convenience of a zoom lens also helped me enjoy the day even more as it allowed me to try out different compositions. I'm sure all this camera talk will bore the heck out of some of you, so please feel free to skip it, but as someone whom finds photography not only an enjoyable hobby but also a relaxing one, I personally like talking cameras and whatnot.
|The Green Knight steaming towards Goathland|
|Fantastic autumn colours near Beck Hole|
|Looking down towards Darnholme, the location of two properties currently on the market|
|The little weir behind Goathland station|
|Stunning countryside near Beck Hole and Goathland|
After catching up with the Green Knight at Goathland and getting a few more pics we headed up on to the high Moors and enjoyed a very scenic picnic with nothing but grazing sheep and the bizarre calls of Red Grouse to disturb the peace. By this point the weather had really improved and we were bathed in surprisingly warm November sunshine and as we gazed across the expanse of heather and down into the pastures and woodlands of the sheltered dales below I really felt as happy and content as I have for quite some time, this corner of North Yorkshire really stimulating something deep within me.
|Sheep up on the moors|
|Distant (and heavily cropped) view of a Red Grouse|
|The view from Darnholme|
|RAF Fylingdales (this pic was taken through the windscreen hence the slight colour cast)|
|A friendly Blackbird near Pickering station|
After our picnic it was time to check out a few properties in the area with a few in Darnholme and Goathland being of interest, the one in Darnholme being very nice indeed and well placed for not only stunning countryside but also the railway with the train line running right by the hamlet and beneath a very attractive stone bridge. The woods around the village were filled with birds too and despite some misgivings about more mundane aspects of daily life it seems like it would be fantastic place to call home. After this we slowly meandered home, though on the way we stopped off at Levisham for a last look at the trains, but by this time the light was rapidly beginning to fade and by the time we got back home to Beverley the sun was well below the horizon and nighttime had fallen across eastern Yorkshire.
|Sheep grazing beneath a berry laden Rowan|
|Railway carriages at Levisham|
|D5061 coming into Levisham (the camera makes it look a lot lighter than it really was)|