Mist on the Tyne

Mist in the Tyne Valley from Ryal (c) Duncan Hutt

Mist in the Tyne Valley from Ryal (c) Duncan Hutt

This morning’s drive up to Kielder was so typical of early autumn.  The sun broke through after two days of gloom but the chilly dampness left a carpet of mist and fog lurking along the valleys of the North Tyne and Rede.  The drive climbed out into the sun then dropped down to the haze,  repeating twice before the dam of Kielder Reservoir was reached.  Here the stillness left a mirrored lake hanging with wisps of low cloud.  The one constant along the journey, and now a clear landmark in this part of Northumberland, was the relatively new Green Rigg wind farm near Sweethope Lough.  It stood out particularly well this morning with the sun on the white structures viewed across a sea of mist. 

There was some wildlife too.  A visit to the hide at Leaplish was rewarded by close views of red squirrels and great spotted woodpecker among a flock of smaller birds. 

Green Rigg Windfarm from Ryal (c) Duncan Hutt

Green Rigg Windfarm from Ryal (c) Duncan Hutt


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6 Responses to Mist on the Tyne

  1. That first photo is beautiful.

  2. The mist lends a magical air to the scene. Beautiful photos, as usual.

  3. restlessjo says:

    I haven’t been up to Kielder for a long time. I guess Autumn would be good. 🙂
    Are you an advocate of wind farms, Duncan?

    • thehutts says:

      Wind farms are ok at the right scale and in the right place. In my opinion the one Duncan photographed isn’t either of these. I now pass these twice on Saturdays and Sundays and it is interesting to see which are turning and which aren’t. They are in the wrong place from a habitat perspective and caused major disruption to travel north when they were installed due to logistical problems and one lorry carrying one of them falling off the road. I find all wind turbines close to major roads very distracting when driving as they can be mesmerising.
      If you are thinking about a trip to Kielder avoid next weekend as it is the Kielder marathon and the place will be very busy. Sally

      • thehutts says:

        To add to that. The opinions on windfarms are ususlly over aesthetics and this is entirely subjective. What is more important is the habitat damage and, in particular, damage to peat or peaty soils from both the turbine pile and the access roads. Anything that degrades peat causes carbon emissions from the oxidising peat thus negating the carbon benefits from a renewable source of power. Duncan

      • restlessjo says:

        Thanks, Sally 🙂

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