Ah, I love The Chilterns, me. It’s now been about two years since I first moved here and I remember a really great walk I went on with a friend where I spotted my first Red Kite – a bird I miss when I’m not in the area – and loads of Pheasants. We accidentally walked into a wood, and it’s not hard round here as there are woodlands all over. Unfortunately, back then GPS on phones was shocking and we managed to find our location within a 300 metre radius, which unsurprisingly didn’t help us get out of the wood. I thought we were going to die, murdered by the psycho in the film ‘Severance’. Instead, we ended up seeing a Deer and fighting through bushes to emerge victorious in a Rugby field. First time for everything…
Fast forward two years later and my love for The Chilterns hasn’t got smaller, but has increased. I used to live in Devon so I was used to spectacular landscapes such as Exmoor or Dartmoor; stuff that just knocks your socks off…but there’s something so utterly bucolic about the Chilterns that the most stressed-out banker/rich person (around these parts they tend to be loaded) will feel calmed and delighted to be out in the open fields, the sloping valleys and wooded hills. It’s all sorts of idyllic.
Today the weather was the best it ever gets in Autumn so I made sure I used my day off wisely. I set off to Chesham Bois woods and aimlessly wondered about looking for pictures of the Autumn to take. It was one of those days where the camera can’t actually pick up what is so beautiful about the landscape as the pleasure is all internal but some images start to capture how it felt. Peaceful, relaxing…a feeling that everything will turn out ok. Generally stuff that city people probably don’t notice so much.
I startled perhaps a million Pheasants and at one point every few footsteps saw something bolt out from a bush or fly away, making me a bit angry that I wasn’t in a Disney film where all the animals would come and have a laugh with me.
I’m off to Copenhagen next week and soon to be booking a trip to Cuba where the landscape will be so different and I know I’ll be agape at the beauty. Sometimes it’s wonderfully comforting to know that home can offer the best sort of beauty.
My Chilterns set on Flickr is here.