Cairn Holy II, Neolithic Chambered Cairn, Dumfries and Galloway

Portal and chamber at Cain Holy II

Portal and chamber at Cain Holy II

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Cairn Holy I, Neolithic Chambered Cairn, Dumfries and Galloway

Facade at Cairn Holy I

Facade at Cairn Holy I

More photos of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire – Autumn 2014

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A bitterly cold autumnal morning near Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire

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Catch the Wind Kite Festival, Morecambe – July 2009

Catch the Wind Kite Festival - Morecambe, July 2009

Catch the Wind Kite Festival – Morecambe, July 2009

It has been a bit quiet archaeology-wise in the usual lull since Christmas, with all the feverish writing up of reports that I need to do rather than fieldwork. I thought I would trawl back through my photos to see if there was anything to post up and I came across these images of the Catch the Wind Kite Festival on the beach at Morecambe. I think it was a bit of a cloudier day to the more recent festival I posted on in St Anne’s last year but the scenery is a bit more interesting!

A wintery week surveying at Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby

Expired parkland tree

Expired parkland tree

It truly felt like winter had arrived in earnest this last week. I have been out surveying the parkland and formal gardens at Acorn Bank, a National Trust property located on the outskirts of Temple Sowerby, near Penrith in Cumbria. The daylight has been limited with it being so close to the shortest day of the year, and the weather has mostly been cold, overcast and drizzly. Wednesday turned out to be a fine sunny day so I will post a selection of images from that day in the parkland below. You will notice that I was interested in the bare leafless winter trees and hedges in the parkland.

Gloomy light in the Pass of Llanberis

Pass of Llanberis - December 2007

Pass of Llanberis – December 2007

One of several half decent landscape shots taken that winter when we were out surveying in the mountains above Bethesda.

Llyn Padarn and Bwlch Llanberis – July 2008

Llyn Padarn and the Pass of Llanberis - July 2008

Llyn Padarn and Bwlch Llanberis – July 2008

A nice summer photo for those people not enjoying the start of the frosty UK weather 🙂

St Annes Kite Festival 2013

St Annes Kite Festival 2013

St Annes Kite Festival 2013

Just a couple of images from the Kite Festival in St Annes, Lancashire way back in July.

Panorama shot of the kite festival, from the pier at St Annes, Lancashire - July 2013

Panorama shot of the kite festival, from the pier at St Annes, Lancashire – July 2013

Upland Peat – Ingleborough

Ingleborough hillfort viewed from Simon Fell

Ingleborough hillfort viewed from Simon Fell

I am in the middle of spending a happy couple of weeks back out in the Yorkshire Dales in the vicinity of Ingleborough. We are doing another landscape survey in advance of a programme of peatland restoration works. The survey involves looking at peat erosion scars and any drainage gullies for exposed artefacts such as flint flake scatters. I haven’t managed to get to the summit of Ingleborough so far this year but I should do, weather permitting, by the end of the project.

Trow Gill, Ingleborough

Trow Gill, Ingleborough

As I have previously mentioned I am quite partial to limestone scenery and the patterns of erosion and the forces of nature that have shaped it greatly over time. The gorge at Trow Gill is a fine example and is located sandwiched between Ingleborough Cave and the Gaping Gill pot hole. It is particularly scenic at the southern mouth where you follow the footpath up into its narrow confines.

Ash tree growing out of a shake hole, Ingleborough

Ash tree growing out of a shake hole, Ingleborough

The shake hole pocked area is a contrast between elevated sparse grassland with swathes of blanket peat and lower scarp slopes with exposed limestone pavement fringes. It is on these lower slopes where the greatest concentration of archaeological sites are to be found.

Peat erosion at Lord's Seat, Simon Fell, Ingleborough

Peat erosion at Lord’s Seat, Simon Fell, Ingleborough

Today I was quite taken with the colour differentiations between the grassland, eroded areas of peat, standing water and sphagnum mosses.

Bright green moss

Bright green moss

Close up of bright green moss

Close up of bright green moss