Heading north on the East Coast Main Line I always hope for a seat on the right hand, east side of the train. That’s the side with views of the North York Moors, Durham cathedral, Newcastle’s Tyne bridges, the Northumberland coast and Holy Island. Yesterday I had a window seat on the left, west side offering a gently uneventful succession of landscapes with clouds.
(Click on the first photo to follow the journey)
The spire of a village church appears over a belt of trees – a typical view in the English Midlands
Ferrybridge power station seen across a newly ploughed field
Landscape with reflections – the woman in the seat in front is working her way through the Sunday papers, starting with the news section
Green pasture divided from golden stubble by a traditional hedge and ditch
Pylons, rough grass and a hint of the distant Pennine hills
Copse and cornfield stubble – moving on to the colour supplements
Wheat or barley ready for harvest and a lone boundary tree – with a magazine view.
Lowland sheep in short, shorn wool – lunch time papers
Higher ground and a break in the clouds
Like all landscapes seen from a moving train, this is a partial view. The line passes through large and small towns, cuttings and woodland but they are more of a challenge for a snatched photo. These are some of the open landscapes in between.