20 January 2020

As I rounded a bend on Height Road early this morning, a flock of about 50 redwings swept into view above the high embankment, briefly considered alighting in a small hawthorn, then turned hard-right and disappeared out of view once again.

Momentary, unplanned wildlife encounters like this are among my favourites. They remind me the natural world is getting on with being, whether anyone is there to witness it or not.

Richard Carter is a writer and photo­grapher living in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteFacebookTwitterNewsletterBooks
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