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Stourhead - Autumn Sun and Evening Mists

Friday 21 December 2012, 22:11
By John Baxter

Stourhead never ceases to inspire. This year the rain poured, soaking the earth and bringing much flooding to Somerset, so when we had a beautiful day of sun we set off for Stourhead for a walk around the lake, only to find we were not alone. The largest visitor invasion I have ever seen in forty years was cramming the car parks and crowding the pathways as people escaped being indoors to experience what was left of Autumn's splendour. Click the smaller pictures to enlarge them. 

Stourhead Obelisk

A tree overlooking the large Stourhead Lake

Autumn leaves under a tree, near a gate and style

The next day down came the rain again until last week when the rain held off for a clear but very different day. We arrived as the shadows lengthened in the early evening and the main temple by the lake was wrapped in a gentle mist. This time the atmosphere was mythic and mysterious and we were almost alone.

A bare treeStone urn by the lake at Stourhead

Grasses by one of the Stourhead lakes

Fungi in the grassA tree reflected in water

Twigs on the grass

The bridge over the main Stourhead lake

Mist over the lake

Cottages on the Stourhead estate

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