Flashback Friday Looks Skywards

Eight years ago, none of us knew that five years later, our local tracks – the only ones permitted to us during our Lockdown Daily Exercise – would become almost as familiar to us as our own garden path. This is a post I wrote about a nearby walk on January 27th 2015, when I thought that I’d seen all there was to be seen locally. I was wrong as it happened, and later realised how very much more there was to discover when Lockdown provided the incentive. For Fandango’s Flashback Friday.

Only Sky

The days are short
The sun a spark
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

John Updike, 'January', A Child’s Calendar

A bright winter’s afternoon.  Just time, before the evening cold sets in, to get out for a couple of hours of brisk walking: 5 miles or so along familiar paths.  So familiar that this time, I focus on the sky: changeable, unpredictable.

Sometimes it’s moody, sometimes cheerful, sometimes simply rather grey and colourless: at other times dramatic, particularly towards sunset.  Come and walk with me to watch the clouds.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

52 thoughts on “Flashback Friday Looks Skywards”

  1. It’s rare that there’s not something to admire when looking at the sky. I’ve lived in Bath for decades and, like you, thought I’d seen all there was to see but both rediscovered and discovered walks and sights during lockdown when walking was a sanity-saver.

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    1. You’re right. Actually, I had a good lockdown, and that was mainly due to the daily walks of discovery. Though today’s walk will be a bit of a challenge. Gunmetal grey throughout.

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    1. I couldn’t believe how many new paths I found (though some have since acquired big Not A Right Of Way signs). And it’s odd how even doing a walk the other war round can make it quite different.


  2. Wonderful cloud and sky views. But yes, need to look back to earth now and again to keep on track. Spoke to someone from Hebden Bridge who discovered local walks and wild swimming in lockdown! Not for me!

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  3. Ever changing skies certainly make one appreciate our smallness and insignificance. I also think the pandemic did that too. The best thing about the lockdown walks was seeing so many people out walking purely for the sake of walking.


    1. Yes, perhaps: though walking has always been quite a ‘thing’ here (maybe with dog attached). Your area will be the one for skies, I think. East Anglia does skies – big time.

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  4. The clouds make every photo unique. It’s even more interesting when you see them all together, like your photos circles show.


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