One of my favourite ways to relax and unwind is to take a walk or a cycle ride in the countryside that we are lucky enough to be surrounded by. I can either take off in the direction of the lake and Marta, or if I head in the other direction it takes me into the network of lanes that lead nowhere in particular but deeper into the countryside above the lake where there are outlying properties.
The photographs I am sharing today are scenes from one such walk that I took last week, on the last day of March in fact when I actually remembered to take my camera with me.
As usual when I have my camera with me I tend to be snap happy and take rather too many shots, once taken I am then not very good at deleting them so this is just a small selection of the eighty eight photos I took! If you want to see more they can be viewed at My Flickr account in the album entitled Spring Walk March 2011
I can see this field from the house and have been watching it gradually turning a golden yellow.
Field of gold
There was a lot of nest building going on.
This young one was curious and wanted to make friends.
A view of Capodimonte on Lago di Bolsena.
A view of Marta, Lago di Bolsena.
View across the fields towards Lago di Bolsena
Lots of different wild flowers to admire, these are just a few of the varieties I found.
Carpets of wild flowers in the olive groves.
View of the town of Montefiascone.
What a beautiful day it was and I returned home feeling so much more cheerful after some fresh air and exercise.
Fresh air and sunshine are certainly good for this soul. I am spending a lot more time outside again now it is Spring and there is plenty to occupy me in the garden.