Lathkill Dale is another of the many wonderful places where the remnants of human history mingle with nature, there's old mine workings and a couple of buildings which hint at many stories, as well as nearby stone circles and sites from thousands of years ago, so recent and very ancient human history is nearby.
These images were taken last week, on one of the last days before the new school term began. I really love the work I do in schools and its a privilege to be able to work creatively with young people exploring connections with nature and questions about the world, but its also a welcomed change in pace when the school holidays enable longer walks with the camera and time for deep exploration.
For me, its times in contemplation with natural spaces where solace and peace lies, that's where discoveries are made and there always feels so much to notice. Even when its places you've been to hundreds of times there are always more and more layers to peel away - and the changing seasons mean that each day new things are revealed or changes take place.