I was due to deliver stock of cards and prints to some outlets further up Teesdale so yesterday, as the weather was so nice I thought I would take the opportunity to have a break from the studio, deliver the goods and at the same time have a look at the wildflower meadows which usually are at their peak at this time of year. Even though Swaledale is well known for these traditional haymeadows here in Teesdale there are some pretty good examples which in combination with the white painted houses of the Raby Estate make for rather good photographic subjects.
So here is a selection of the images from my trip around the dale.
A carpet of Buttercups at Aukside near Middleton in Teesdale.
A tin roofed shed, Aukside.
Red Clover and Bird’s Foot Trefoil.
The lane to Birk Rigg
Laneside under a summer sky
Sunshine and shadows, Forest in Teesdale
Fields of Gold, Harwood
Stony Hill Farm, Harwood.
Frog Hall pasture.
Summer clouds over the dale.
The now derelict Unthank farm.
Hannah’s Meadow, a traditional haymeadow that once belonged to Hannah Hauxwell, which is now under the management of Durham Wildlife Trust.
Yellow Flags at Deepdale.
It certainly was a great day to be out, not only the meadows in full bloom but plenty of birdlife to be seen as well. Teesdale is well worth a visit if you haven’t been.