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March Fields by River Tweed

 

brown fields

Tweed Landscape

There is still snow on the hills, or rather the sprinkling of snow has come back.  The fields are being ploughed, revealing the chestnut and chocolate  earth of Berwickshire and North Northumberland. The new machines turn the earth and render it to  fine grains and smooth it out, the newly-ploughed field is a thing of beauty and elegance. But if you walk along the edge of the fields across the river, there is little evidence of wildlife or even birds, apart from the crows and the ubiquitous wood pigeons. I remember many years ago living in the Liddel Valley, on the edge of the Middle Marches, looking at the fields after they had been drained and thinking how wonderful they looked.  But now that the fields over there have been left to roughen up again, become rushy and bumpy, or thick with flowery long grass, there is an abundance of wildlife. Saw a deer on the edge of the woods. And merlins up on the hillslope. Small flowers among the stones on the pathways. Nature taking over again, sharing with the hefted sheep.

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March 31, 2014 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. great photo, the landscape looks so smooth, soft and silky, very nice!

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    Comment by debiriley | May 13, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi, Debi. Thanks for your comment. The colour of the earth in this part of the world is dark reddish brown, sort of chocolate, it is very fertile, which is why so many of the farms here are arable – a lot of wheat and barley grown.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | May 13, 2015 | Reply


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