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August sunsets – looking East with a bang. I visited my favourite location with a hope for wonderful colours (the sky and clouds were looking promising) only seeing that the clouds were quickly dissolving in the evening sky with the sun setting down. But then I looked back… and I wasn’t disappointed. Taken few minutes after sunset. The Cotswold Way. Lansdown, near Bath. BANES, England, UK.

Tags:   August summer UK BANES Bath & North East Somerset Bath Somerset England British countryside Lansdown Charlcombe race course Lansdown Hill history historical heritage fields pastures views valley vista panorama Cotswold Way landscape British landscapes outdoors nature dusk sunset beautiful clouds interesting after sunset picturesque silhouettes ash trees trees walk shapes forms motion blur motion trekking National route art artistic KOOD soft GG2 6-stopper 6-stop URTH 64ND long exposure

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The Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) in B&W. Primrose Hill Community Woodland. Bath, BANES, England, UK.

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Fungi of beechwood: The Yellow Brain fungus (Tremella mesenterica) is a common gelatinous fungus that is best after the rain or in wet weather. Its scientific name ‘Tremella’ derived from the Latin word “tremere” meaning “to tremble” with a reference to a wobbly jelly-like nature of this group of fungi. The epithet means ‘middle intestine” from two Greek words ‘meso-‘ and ‘-enteron’, respectively. It is commonly called the Yellow Brain fungus, which I feel more poetic than “The Trembling Gut”. Tremella species are also a clever one in the fungi world feeding on other crust fungi which do all hard work for them breaking down the wood. The Yellow Brain feeds on Peniophora sp. which is growing under the bark and is not seen on the wood surface. Beechwood, Lansdown, Bath, BANES, England, U.K.

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The Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) on buddleia. Primrose Hill Community Woodland. Bath, BANES, England, UK.

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...on Dundas Aqueduct, Monkton Combe and the Midford Castle, and a hot air balloon. It is taken from a hot air balloon flying at about 2000 m.

Dundas Aqueduct (seen at the bottom) carries the Kennet and Avon Canal over the River Avon bordering the two counties, Somerset and Wiltshire. This famous landmark designed by John Rennie and chief engineer John Thomas was completed in 1805 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dundas_Aqueduct).
Monkton Combe (just above the image centre) is a lovely village near Bath with history going back to Romans (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkton_Combe).
Midford Castle (towering at the top of the frame, just behind a tiny hot air balloon), is a folly castle designed by John Carter and built in 1775. The castle shaped in the form of “clubs” or a trefoil (the definition depends on whether you are a gambler or a nature lover). It was also briefly owned by Nicolas Cage. Its club/clover shape is seen best from the air. Well, our balloon was not “scheduled” to fly over the castle, but I’m sure that people in that minute balloon had a much closer look. Could read more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midford_Castle.
The first flight on the hot air balloon. Bath, BANES. England, UK

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