This comes slightly out of sync because I had so many beautiful photos to look through after Adam and I went for a lovely walk on New Year's Eve, that I had trouble deciding which to include.
Fewston Reservoir lies just off the A59, near Blubberhouses in Harrogate, just a short drive from my home in Skipton. Parking is free and is apparent and very easily accessible from the main road.
The route around the reservoir is 3.7 miles and it took us 2 hours including a lot of stopping for photographs. It would have perhaps taken an hour and a half without the stops. The paths are very well maintained and it is flat almost everywhere and suitable for pushchairs and bicycles. We saw a lot of joggers, dog walkers and walkers of all ages.
It was very cold with a clear blue sky for the majority of the walk. It clouded over towards the end but for the most part was the picture perfect winter's day.
This is the reservoir spillway and dam at the far end from where we started the walk.
As the sun began to fade, I saw this beautiful bare tree and to me, it felt symbolic of the imminent new year.
The structure is there and although we know it will change throughout the seasons, we don't exactly know how and when, because other factors are involved. I though it was beautiful even without its leafy adornments.
Much like life really.
If the structure is there, and love and honesty are at the root of everything, then it too is beautiful and perfect and though we may enjoy other things-and let's be honest, who doesn't- they are as transient as the leaves.