Saturday, October 18, 2008

An October Morning on Salisbury Plain

There won't be too many days, going forwards, when the weather will permit a walk out on the plain, so we decided to make the most of it. Tramping along the tank trails, after an hour we came to this copse, strikingly illuminated against the sky.

A copse on Salisbury Plain

A regular sight on Salisbury Plain is an aircraft dropping parachutists - too far away from us to make a good photo, unfortunately. There were army gliders too, thermalling under a beautiful cloudscape similar to the one pictured below.

Cloudscape on Salisbury Plain

As we walked back to the car, I mentioned to Clare that the kind of super-power which would allow us just to levitate off the ground and skim the remaining few hundred metres seems to be sadly lacking in imagination. Comic superheroes do things which can actually be easily accomplished with technology. They just internalise it in their bodies.

The author, photographed by his wife

We struggled to think of genuinely-imaginative super-powers. I suggested time-travel to the past, but Clare objected that this would just be voyeurism. Much better to do archaeology, where you 'visit' the past without disturbing the privacy of the inhabitants thereof!

Oh, and here's one we took earlier. Clare at Danebury Hillfort a couple of week's ago.

Clare at Danebury Hillfort