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.