RECOMMENDATION | Ilkley Moor
And the Cow & Calf – Ilkley, West Yorkshire
When I’m feeling blue, all I have to do, is take a look at you.
Those of you that have read the ‘about me’ page will know that I’m one of the many who have had to deal with a dollop of the dreaded ‘D’ word.
That pesky black cloud that hovers over some of us, sometimes for longer periods than others. Like many I’m sure, I tried to keep a lid on the ‘dark side’ for some time. Having a regular word with myself; telling myself to stop being so miserable, despondent, uninterested. But worst of all, for being a failing mum – regularly questioning why I didn’t really care about much at all.
For me the ‘D’ word kicked in after the birth of my daughter. For over a year I kept a lid on it hoping that I’d stop feeling sorry for myself and get a damn grip. My life was/is pretty good on paper. But that’s the easiest thing to say and the hardest thing to do when the dreaded ‘D’ takes hold as many of you will know.
Recently I’ve been making a conscious effort to get out and head for somewhere beautiful when I’m feeling blue. I’m lucky enough to live in a part of Yorkshire that is busting at the seams with areas of outstanding beauty. Even if it’s just for thirty minutes once or twice a week; I make an effort to get in my car and drive somewhere and climb to the top of a hill and just have a little time to myself whilst soaking up the beauty around me.
For some it’s the waves crashing against a deserted beach that helps to alleviate the black cloud; for others it might be a forest or a wood. For me it’s the Yorkshire Moors.
Today I took my Nikon up to the Cow and Calf just outside of Ilkley town so I could capture the beauty of this place just before sunset and share it with you all.
It may not cure me of the ‘D’ word, but it certainly helps. A lot.
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