At the end of June I went on an overnight adventure, on my own in our camper van and stayed at the small Caravan club CL site at Stourhead. A CL site is a small site which only allows up to 5 caravans, campers etc. some have limited facilities and are great if you want a quiet trip away. There was only one other caravan on the site.

I went around lunch time and it was very busy in the gardens and house and very hot it was during the very hot spell we had this year. I took a walk down to the gardens for a look around and then waited until the evening to go down with my camera. It was not the best time of year to be there the lake was low and covered in a green weed but it served the purpose of seeing if I got on with driving and staying on my own in the van.

Our van parked in the Stourhead CL.
Our van parked in the Stourhead CL.

I enjoyed a walk round the gardens in the cool of the evening, it was fairly quiet then and the light was very nice for photography, it was also very still so there were reflections on the lake.

Evening light at Stourhead
Evening light at Stourhead
Classic Stourhead view
Classic Stourhead view
Evening reflections Stourhead
Evening reflections Stourhead

The morning

Stourhead House before sunrise
Stourhead House before sunrise

Being June it was an early start in the morning, I walked to Stourhead house before going down in the gardens as the sun took a little while to reach the lake and valley. I was on my own so I didn’t have to worry about trying to take a picture without people on the grass etc.

I slowly meandered down to the gardens, I thought I was on my own until I heard rustling in the undergrowth, I peered into the bushes and spotted a baby Badger, no time for a picture but it was lovely to see one out and about before all the visitors. Farther down the path I heard something calling and realised it was a Fox who crossed the path in front of me and then farther down I caught a glimpse of one Fox chasing another, a real bonus for me as I didn’t expect that!

By the time I got down the hill the sun was just lighting the trees over the Temple of Apollo with a nice reflection in the lake. As I said before it wasn’t ideal conditions but I took a few images in the early morning light before making my way up the hill again and back home by mid morning.

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