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Friday, 19 April 2013

More BHGs and the Yorkshire Three Peaks

© Sharon Whitley the Rambling Artist
Black Headed Gulls

This is another painting done in memory of Dave Smith for a tribute we're having to him over on Paint My Photo.  I'm in the middle of another but it's turned into a bit of disaster and I'm desperately trying to rescue it!  Have lifted the background out twice now and am waiting for another to dry in the hope that something half decent will appear out of the mess!  

In the last post I mentioned that Gary and I were going to attempt to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks last weekend - the three highest mountains in Yorkshire over 24 miles and we walked it in just over 10 hours (the record for running it is around 2 and a half hours!!) The weather behaved itself at first but in the afternoon it started blowing a hooly on the higher ground and then came the torrential rain as we topped mountain no.3 Ingleborough ..... it was a long and very wet walk back to the start.  After a lovely hot shower at the campsite we treated ourselves to fish, chips and mushy peas from the local chippy and a glass (or two) of wine to celebrate.  I can tell you I slept well in the tent that night despite the howling wind outside!

Mountain no.1 Pen y Ghent

Mountain no.2 Whernside

A very cold and windy mountain no.3 Ingleborough

This was a good practice for the Excalibur Marathon which we're walking for charity next month - it's a couple of miles more and couple of hundred feet of ascent more - just hope my legs have recovered by then!


  1. Love the position and pose of your gulls. Well done on the hills. You bring back memories of my youth when I was an habitué of the mountains and remember well my own trips around those three peaks. I've no doubt you picked up your three peaks certificate as well. Good luck with the Excalibur.

    1. We didn't clock in at the Penyghent cafe so no we haven't got a certificate unfortunately, I'd have had it framed!

  2. I am in awe of your climbing/hiking excursions, Sharon. I remember when I used to be able to walk for miles. Not so much these days. Congratulations on completing what sounded like rather a nasty turn of weather on your hike last weekend. Love the mid air dance of the gulls.

  3. fantastic photos! your painting is stunning! you have really captured the birds in flight!

  4. La acuarela es preciosa, y las fotos fantasticas.

  5. Wow, Sharon, I am so impressed by your mountain hiking adventures! It makes me long to go again myself... but first I have ti get all the little guys in my house out of diapers and into hiking boots! In the meantime I will live vicariously through you and enjoy the journey that way - with you doing all the hard work;-)

    Your birds are beautiful - not only these but all of those in the posts below too! I love the looseness of the backgrounds characteristic to your style. Actually, I love everything about your style! Much for me to learn and enjoy here.

  6. A great tribute to David Smith with your fab paintings. Congrats on achieving your marathon mountain goal. I'm exhausted just reading about it... :-)


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