|Horse Dale (Nikon D90, 70-300mm)|
|Shadows in Horse Dale|
|A view towards Horse Dale from the Huggate/Wayrham road|
|Winter Wolds landscape|
|Lovely blue winter skies|
|Cereal stubble and bales in an unploughed field|
However though the Wolds are generally quiet and undisturbed, it is not unusual in this festive season to meet more people than usual out and about, and this was the case on Sunday morning with family groups going for bracing walks, many of whom were perhaps discovering the Yorkshire Wolds for the first time much as I had some 20 years ago when I first moved down here from the Pentland Hills of Lothian in the December of 1993. If some of these walkers were indeed newcomers to this often overlooked corner of Yorkshire they certainly saw it at its best what with the low winter sun bathing the countryside in a lovely golden glow, the yellow grasses of the south facing dale sides further emphasising this attractive and warm toned light.
|A view of the point where Horse Dale meets Holm Dale|
|Upper Horse Dale|
|Another view of Horse & Holm Dales|
|The nearby village of Huggate|
Wildlife wise the morning was dominated by the mammalian life which calls the Yorkshire Wolds home, with a couple of Roe Deer out on the high cereal fields and large numbers of Brown Hares in the grass covered downs. Interestingly a couple of Hares were even seen chasing and boxing each other a little, the mild winter perhaps confusing them too, though it was somewhat half-hearted and didn't have the same intensity as would have been the case in February or March. Bird wise it was very quiet with not even a Buzzard to be seen, though a few Kestrels were spotted as were Skylarks along the wheel tracks of the cereal fields.
|Brown Hare taking flight|
|Another shot of a Brown Hare fleeing away|