A few photos of a wild and windy early winter saunter through Fulbourn Fen and along Fleam Dyke

Wadlow Wind Farm from Mutlow Hill
Yesterday I went off on my bicycle to Fulbourn Fen in order to saunter quietly along one of my favourite paths which runs along the top of Fleam Dyke to Mutlow Hill. It's one of the best places I know in which to enter into a philosophical reverie, a process that was no better described than by Henry Bugbee in his "The Inward Morning: A Philosophical Exploration in Journal Form". Here's the pertinent passage:

During my years of graduate study before the war I studied philosophy in the classroom and at a desk, but my philosophy took shape mainly on foot. It was truly peripatetic, engendered not merely while walking, but through walking that was essentially a meditation of the place. And the balance in which I weighed ideas I was studying was always that established in the experience of walking in the place. I weighed everything by the measure of the silent presence of things, clarified by racing clouds, clarified by the cry of hawks, waters of manifold voice, and consolidated in the act of taking steps, each step a meditation steeped in reality (The Inward Morning, p. 139).

In a fine companion volume to this book, "Wilderness and the Heart - Henry Bugbee's Philosophy of Place, Presence and Memory" the philosopher Daniel W. Conway notes that this passage reveals that:

Walking is not merely a calisthenic propaedeutic to the heroic labors of philosophizing. Rather, walking functions as the engine of immersion, which enables him to take the phenomenological measure of the wild he temporarily inhabits (Wilderness and the Heart, p. 6).

Well, yesterday, was a perfect example of this process, especially since at times, it became very wild and windy.

All photos taken with a Fuji X100F and are all straight out of the camera. The only changes made were to crop the two photos of Wadlow Wind Farm and the suset from 3:2 to 16:9.

Just click on a photo to enlarge

The five barred gate and beech tree at the end of Fleam Dyke hard by Mutlow Hill


The north western approach to Mutlow Hill from the end of Fleam Dyke

The north western approach to Mutlow Hill from the end of Fleam Dyke

The magnificent beech tree on the edge of Mutlow Hill (to the left)

The sun comes out for a moment lighting up the end of Fleam Dyke.

Sunset over Fulborn Fen

Sunset and its reflections in puddles near Fulbourn Fen

Another photo of Wadlow Wind Farm from Fleam Dyke

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