Ever Increasing Circles

The overnight gales offered us a brief respite this morning, during which the

sun was permitted an appearance and the rain lessened. This was not to last, but we were fortunate for a time during which we ventured into the forest.

A dip in the landscape as we head towards Burley from Holmsley Passage, dry until recently has filled with water the surface of which ripples with reflections while fat, pendulous, raindrops slip from the branches above, sending ever increasing circular patterns into play.

Clay Hill is closed to traffic when small birds are nesting among the undergrowth. Today its own pond was fuller than it has been so far this year.

It, too, reflected the surrounding woodland,

containing dripping rose hips.

On the moorland to our left as we drove back down Holmsley Passage, several damp ponies enjoyed a small spot of sunshine, while

a fire on the opposite side of the lane seemed to be a bout of controlled burning of gorse.

This evening we dined on more of Jackie’s pasta Bolognese, this time with stir fried vegetables al dente. I drank more of the Malbec while the Culinary Queen, Flo, and Ellie, all abstained.


  1. Wonderful images of the expanding rings on the water surfaces from the drops hitting. And the image of the single drop hanging onto the rose hips has a sense of anticipation for the drip! Well captured Derrick!

  2. I was wondering what was making those perfect circles in the water. To think, they were simple raindrops! The Clay Hill pond water looks perfectly still in a way I’ve seldom seen before.

  3. SPECTACULAR photos. The circles of life … or of the fairies. Or both? I’m reading a new book by Geraldine Brooks called “Horse,” and I have such a new understanding of the magnificence of that animal.

  4. I’m so pleased that Ellie abstained!

    Those little ripples in the pool make for lovely images.
    I’m sorry you are still suffering from those wretched gales. Hopefully the weather will calm for you before long.
    Oh, and the image of the standing pony is stunning.

  5. Seems those Gales have been hitting your region hard Derrick… Here just Fog, then rain all week…
    Love the photo’s I am surprised the Gorse would burn given all the rain… Our ground now absolutely soaked and soggy..

  6. I love how the pond reflects the tree trunks. The pony photos have an intriguing contrast and definition. I think it’s the light.

  7. What a beautiful collection of impressions after the wind and rain! I enjoy the ripples in the water as well as the clear reflections 🙂

  8. Some of the most pleasant visuals are the simple things available for all to enjoy. I especially enjoyed the fat drops of water falling on the water and their ever increasing circles.

  9. “Clay Hill is closed to traffic when small birds are nesting among the undergrowth.”. That’s wonderful! whose responsibility is to watch out for the nesting birds?

  10. Ellie is a smart girl to abstain! 😉
    Brilliant photos! Love the water droplet…and love the ripples in the water!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    ?❤️ ?❤️
    PS… Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water – it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.” – Bryan Matteo

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