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CANNOCK CHASE

Being born and bred in Staffordshire in the UK, I count myself blessed that I have Cannock Chase which is an area of amazing woodland and heathland and a place which is full of some many things I am interested in, almost on my doorstep and I have visited the Chase many, many times over the years.

Although to be truthful my first visit didn’t take place until my late thirties as I was ‘mistakenly’ told that Cannock Chase was full of hidden deep mining pits which can open up and swallow you!    This, naturally made me keep away from the place.

Thankfully two very close friends assured me that although because of Cannock Chase’s mining history such things can happen, it is very, very rare and walkers on the Chase should always stick to the defined tracks.

So these same very good friends took me on my first visit to Cannock Chase and to say I was overawed by what I found is an understatement.   I fell under its spell completely and I still feel the same about the place.

You see Cannock Chase ticks several boxes for me.   I love all aspects of nature – flora and fauna, the seasons of the year and history, all of which can be found and seen on Cannock Chase and of course a good long walk in these surroundings with good company will always be something to be grateful for.

Cannock Chase rightly deserves the title of an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and it easy to see why it is so popular.

Over the years I have taken hundreds of photographs of the Chase and its inhabitants during my visits there, in fact my photos of the Chase is the biggest file on my computer, so to choose just a few to include on this page has not been easy and with hopefully many more visits I will soon have enough photos to do a part two or even three…….

Cannock Chase - Winter
Cannock Chase - Winter
Winter, my favourite season. This photo was taken many years ago with my first digital camera. I love digital photography.
Cannock Chase - Wintwer
Cannock Chase - Wintwer
One of the many streams my dog loves swimming in any time of the year
Cannock Chase - Winter
Cannock Chase - Winter
Walking on a cold frosty morning on the Chase is hard to beat
Cannock Chase - winter
Cannock Chase - winter
Womere - a swampy area in summer with white cotton grass swaying with the genetle breeze and again an attraction to my dog... but in winter it takes on a lovely mantle of frost and snow.
Cannock Chase - Autumn
Cannock Chase - Autumn
Next to winter I love autumn, the amazing colours, the breath taking views I have seen on the Chase in autumn have often stopped me dead in my tracks.
Cannock Chase - Autumn
Cannock Chase - Autumn
The views on Cannock Chase are constantly changing. Pine trees once covered that hill, which is now covered with bracken ready for re-planting with saplings. Nothing stays the same and on the Chase that adds to its beauty
Cannock Chase - Autumn
Cannock Chase - Autumn
Catching the rays of the sun breaking through the trees hitting the golden bracken, digital photography makes it easy, no 'f' stops or speeds to worry about - love digital
Cannock Chase - Autumn
Cannock Chase - Autumn
Tranquillity - enough said
Cannock Chase - Summer
Cannock Chase - Summer
My walks on the Chase always include my dog who loves the place as much as I do. Alabama Rot has curtailed our visits somewhat, but we wash her paws with a week solution Hibiscrub before and after each walk, which we hope will give her some protection
Cannock Chase - Summer
Cannock Chase - Summer
Summer is somewhat a 'still' season to me. Spring bursts forth in all its re-birth glory, autumn's golden colours speak for themselves, but summer is slow and barmy, everything in flower with masses of trees with green mantles.
Casnnovk Chase - Summer
Casnnovk Chase - Summer
Summer shade beneath the trees
Cannock Chase  - Summer
Cannock Chase - Summer
The Chase in late summer with the heather in full bloom is an amazing sight. It doesn't last long - around two weeks, and you cannot always guarantee it will be this good.
Cannock Chase - Spring
Cannock Chase - Spring
The many different species of trees on the Chase, but most of them are conifers and pines. Here is a sign of spring on one of the trees
Cannock Chase - Spring
Cannock Chase - Spring
I love this bridge, but I have never been able to take a decent photo of it. This is the one best so far but I'm still after a better shot.
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