When the leaves have all but gone, nature still has one or two colourful surprises left.
(220 words. A two-minute read)
Rivers are beautiful at any time of year. This one, the River Kent, flows through Levens Park on its final mile to the sea, joining three other rivers in its outfall into the north end of Morecambe Bay
Levens Park is the ancestral home of the Bagot family, whose grand house – Levens Hall – was passed to them via a tortuous route going back to Norman times, including once changing hands in a card game.
(Above: Levens Hall with its surviving Tudor garden)
Levens Hall boasts one of the few surviving Tudor gardens, but the park itself forms a beautiful landscape as it follows the long curve of the river.
At their finest in the autumn and the spring, the ancient trees are a delight, including a set of oaks that frame the best views of the river, below.
In the opening shot, an opportunistic fern has made its symbiotic home in the curve of the trunk. I had never noticed it, before, so I’ll be interested to see if it survives… and wishing it well.
©Stephen Tanham, 2020.
Stephen Tanham is a Director of the Silent Eye, which offers a distance-learning programme to deepen the personality and align it with the soul.