Below is a selection of quick photos taken on a recent visit to the south of Devon, meeting two of our Essential Nature friends for a perfect springtime day out.
First, the train journey from north to south of the county through green undulating hills and a soft blue sky. Then a short bus ride from Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton, where we saw an exhibition of etchings and watercolours by Norman Ackroyd, an artist focused on landscape.
A walk along the open beach to the River Otter estuary, passing through the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve amidst new green leaves bursting forth, and sparkling birdsong. Along the way we watched our first swallows of the year, diving under and through the old stone bridge, skimming along the water on the other side, then up and over and round and back to do it all over again.
Wandered along the riverside to Otterton Mill, where we lingered over lunch in the sunny garden amongst the spring flowers.
And I think we all dozed off on our return train journey home… zzz…
Reflecting later on the experience, I find I am captivated by the contrast between Ackroyd’s dark, sublime landscapes drawn from his travels around Northern Scotland and the Orkneys, and our quintessentially English experience of the countryside in springtime. Parallel realities.