Sunday, 8 June 2008

Summery spell

Today is the first of a brief summery spell, with temperatures of around 27C / 80F. It is mainly sunny, but the odd fluffy cumulus cloud bubbles up. Wouldn't be surprised if there was a stray rain- or thundershower later. We duly went out for a hike of some 11 miles across the Heathlands to the north. It was very busy with cyclists, racing cycles, mountain bikers, horse riders, walkers and what not. Only when we went seriously off the beaten track did the stream of outdoor enthusiasts virtually dry up.

As I said, it was quite warm, especially in the sun, although the odd tree did bring relief with some cooler shade. It was under one of those, dotted across the Heathlands, that we had lunch. We also came across some pools over which blue dragonflies hovered, hunting for midges. They are continually on the move, so could not photograph them. Returned home at 3pm, 4 hours after setting forth. You'll have to wait about half an hour for today's pictures to pop up on Flickr, as I'm uploading them after I put up this entry.


jeadie05 said...

It is actually warm and sunny here today Jan xx

lsfp1960 said...

I guess western Washington is the last on the list for warm.  We are cold again with "drizzley showers" (the TV weatherman's words). I've had to turn the furnace on again this morning becuase of the bone chilling cold.  Loved the pictures...keep them coming.  Linda in WA

madcobug said...

That is a pretty far walk. Your pictures were great. Wish you could have got a closeup of the blue dragonfly. It's still hot and dry here. Helen

rjet33 said...

We are having a summery spell here too and it isn't even summer yet!  We live in east central Alabama here in the United States.  I had to go pick up my daughter yesterday.  She had been visiting her best friend in South Carolina.  I met Molly, Allison's Mother, in Atlanta, Georgia, about half-way for each of us.  Allison came back with us.  We took the girls to Stone Mountain in Georgia.  It was 100 degrees, so we only got out of the truck once because of the sweltering heat, but I did get some pretty good pictures.  I especially love the ones of the grist mill, the riverboat, and the covered bridge.  I would love to do a collection of covered bridge photos.  There are several in the state of Alabama.  You hiked 11 miles?  Sheesh!  I'd be lucky to make it one mile, lol.



carolelainedodd said...

It's been as warm here today and at the coast.
It's sounds like you had a lovely day.

lv2trnscrb said...

wonderful pictures; liked the one with the path

seemed like a nice day


ceilisundancer said...

Ah, 80F sounds delightful in comparison with our heat scorcher today.  Dragonflies are elusive, memory makers. :)

helmswondermom said...

The pictures were great, especially the pool.  We've been having temps in the upper 90s here, but tomorrow we get a breather.