Man was this a cold day or what!It was truely perishing.
Beacon Hill is a country park in the National Forest just outside Loughborough and as the name suggests it is based around a hill with a beacon.
It's a nice quite get away (a lot busier on weekends!) from the fairly dull area of Loughborough for some walking, running (watch out for Paula Radcliffe!) or short climbs and playing on rocks. There is also a 'Labyrinth' close to the bottom car park which is great if your a big kid like me and like to explore/play and climb trees. Scattered around the park are also a number of wood carvings which are very impressive.
For animal lovers you can see llama and long horn cattle roaming around.
Random fact for you - maximum height of 248 m, it's the second highest point in Leicestershire after Bardon Hill.
On a clear day you can see over into Nottinghamshire (although the sight of Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station is the nicest!), Belvoir Castle as well as the hills in the Peak district.
Taken from a review by AJDennis on Travbuddy.com-thank you
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Royaldevon (31293) 2012-01-05 5:40
The cold is so evident in your photograph, where you have been brave enough to show the frost on the grass and have not been tempted to up the saturation.
I love how the long shadows help define the uneven nature of the field.
Good positioning of the main tree and a fine dof.
My warm regards,
tyro (20934) 2012-01-05 17:05
First of all, it's nice to know that, like me, you have never grown up! There is no doubt that we have no option but to get older but there's no rule to say that we have to grow up.
Gosh, this picture does really convey a feeling of bitter cold. We had winds and rain in Scotland but it never looked as cold as this here.
Your picture is beautifully composed, the rather beautiful tree standing proudly in front of the mist and distant hills. Lots of activity, excellent backlighting and lovely shadows. Very sharp and clear too and with faithful colours.