Morning mist rising from woods and fields near Bruton, Somerset, on a winter morning. Image © Stephen Spraggon.

Bruton, Somerset

An Arboreal Study

This location wasn't where I expected to end up when I set out before dawn in search of mist one November morning. For several mornings in a row the weather had been superb, with mist forming on the Somerset Levels, covering much of the landscape. On this morning, however, it was elusive and I thought I'd run out of luck. I drove from the Mendip Hills to Wells and saw no mist, except for a small patch far off on the south eastern horizon. I travelled in that direction for miles until I reached Bruton. Driving over Creech Hill into Bruton I was relieved to at last find what I was looking for, with much of the landscape shrouded by mist. I parked on a hill and followed a public footpath upwards until I reached its crest. This was the view to my left; an interesting copse of trees followed by undulating fields. The sun was slowly evapoting the mist, making it look like the landscape had been freshly unveiled.

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