Photo Journal – May 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

Five photos taken on walks in the countryside around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley, interspersed with views from Elmet Farmhouse in the village of Pecket Well. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!                        (Lesley Jackson)

 

31 May 2016

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The last hurrah for the bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

 

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One of the most extensive bluebell woods in England

 

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Spectacular as ever this year

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A round of applause, please! 

 

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Book early at Elmet Farmhouse for more of the same next year!

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

30 May 2016

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Bluebells in full flower in Hardcastle Crags

 

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They colonise every surface…

 

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… from mossy rocks

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… and sylvan groves

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… to woodland glades

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

29 May 2016

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A spectacular display of bluebells on the lesser-known upper slopes of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Tender new oak leaves

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

28 May 2016

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Table Rock – woodland vantage point hidden away in Hardcastle Crags

 

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View from Table Rock

 

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More bluebell woods hidden away in the recesses of Hardcastle Crags

 

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Seek and ye shall find…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

27 May 2016

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Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

26 May 2016

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Reflections in the dam near Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags

 

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Same old, same old… bluebell infinity in Hardcastle Crags

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

25 May 2016

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Young stag with petite antlers full of the joys of spring in Crimsworth Dean

 

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The verdant slopes of Shackleton Hill in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Glimpse of bluebells through the trees above the dam near Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

24 May 2016

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Heavenly scenes in the bluebell woods of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebells and ramsons (wild garlic) in perfect harmony

 

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Purest blue and purest green

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

23 May 2016

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Bluebell meadow in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebell woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

22 May 2016

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Bluebellerama in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

21 May 2016

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Cascades of bluebells and wild garlic (ramsons) in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bluebells and wild garlic (ramsons)

 

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Lambs and ewes sheltering under trees in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

20 May 2016

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Fifty shades of green – lush canopy in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Purple haze – dense carpet of bluebells in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Bluebells in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean spring woodland splendour

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

19 May 2016

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Carpet of bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – far side of the river near Gibson Mill

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

18 May 2016

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Purple haze in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

17 May 2016

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Bluebellerama in Hardcastle Crags – it just gets better and better!

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

16 May 2016

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Bluebellerama in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

15 May 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Tulips and daffodils in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

14 May 2016

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Hebden Water in Hardcastle Crags

 

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Woods in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

13 May 2016

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Trio of geese in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Roe deer in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Goose on chimney of Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

12 May 2016

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Early morning in Hardcastle Crags – sun streaming through the trees

 

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Rocky outcrops in Hardcastle Crags

 

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The Crags themselves

 

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View of Hebden Water from the upper slopes of Hardcastle Crags near Widdop Gate

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

11 May 2016

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Bracken-covered slopes at Blake Dean

 

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Confluence of Graining Water (left) and Alcomden Water (right) at Blake Dean 

 

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Graining Water and Alcomden Water merge at Blake Dean to form Hebden Water 

 

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Steep steps leading down from Widdop Gate into Hebden Dale and Hardcastle Crags

 

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Blake Dean at the head of Hebden Dale and Hardcastle Crags

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

10 May 2016

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“We’re ready for our close-up” – family group posing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Bucolic Blakean scene in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A lovely spring morning in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Not bad for an early morning commute

 

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Spinks Hill Mob – near Stone Booth Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

9 May 2016

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Zooming in on Crimsworth Dean…

 

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And zooming out again…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

8 May 2016

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And still they come… 

 

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More lovely lambs in Crimsworth Dean

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

 

7 May 2016

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Crimsworth Dean is awash with migrants… Two lapwings briefly touch down, taking a break from their wild aerial acrobatics

 

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This oystercatcher has obviously been busy foraging in the mud, judging from its slimy beak

 

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Dunlin – another long-beaked wader which heads inland to the high moorlands to breed in the spring

 

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This is where they all flock to… Crimsworth Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

6 May 2016

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Zwartbles sheep at the upper slopes of Crimsworth Dean – an unusual breed of Dutch origin

 

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The ewes have a distinctive white stripe on their face and white ankles. The young lambs are dark brown all over.

 

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It’s still busy in the Crimsworth creche…

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

5 May 2016

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A beady-eyed thrush in Hardcastle Crags

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

4 May 2016

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Bluebells in Hardcastle Crags – still early days… watch this space!

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

3 May 2016

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Bluebells unfurling in Hardcastle Crags…

 

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… the start of a month-long spectacular

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

2 May 2016

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Evening sunshine – view from Elmet Farmhouse 

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon

 

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Spring flowers in the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse with spectacular view behind

 

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Daffodils in full bloom in the field in front of Elmet Farmhouse

 

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© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 May 2016

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Cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse with primroses, daffodils and hellebores

 

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A big clump of white hellebores with a lovely view behind

 

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Dark purple hellebores with a row daffodills behind

 

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Pulmonaria and primroses

 

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Orangey-red tulips just coming out – a new addition to Elmet’s cottage garden this year

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

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