My legs ache as I attempt to descend stairs without looking like an invalid. Such is my state after hiking up Leckhampton Hill a few days ago to catch the view so fondly remembered from a long-ago walk. Last time the pace was leisurely along gentle slopes. This time I ascended from the north side of the escarpment. Reaching the top, I was happy to note the excellent visibility; however, the landscape seemed a bit dreary under the clouds. But then a ray of sunlight broke through the clouds, illuminating the hillside. I love moments like these, which are so worthy of the price of an arduous trek.
Not only was I pleased with the image captured, but I’m happy it has prompted me, finally, to post again. I’m truly shocked to note that I haven’t posted anything since mid-November. I have images uploaded and some text written. I’ve got a backlog of images from multiple trips since. I think I can only chalk my absence up to a busy schedule along with a bit of SAD. My first two English winters didn’t have this effect on me, but this winter’s been a hard one. I hope the longer days and sporadic sunshine will improve my mood and motivation and re-invigorate my blogging efforts.