On Jacob’s Pond

Jacob's Pond, End of Time February 2014The Pines at Jacobs Pond, End of Time, February 2014 – click any image for the full-size version

The Pines at Jacob’s Pond is a part of the End of Time estate, which I first visited in September 2012 (and which I really should get back to and re-explore). The region gained a lot of exposure over the winter period, when it was covered in snow and was featured  in a number of blogs. While I did drop-in back then, I decided to wait for the snow to melt before paying a “proper” visit.

Jacob's Pond, End of Time February 2014The Pines at Jacobs Pond, End of Time, February 2014

As with most of the rest of the estate, “The Pines” is open to the public to wander and enjoy – and it is a beautiful place to visit and photograph. Central to the region is the “pond” from the name, although given its size, “lake” would perhaps be a better description! Around this sits a fabulous landscape in places heavily wooded, in others relatively open, with all of it being a haven for deer.

Jacob's Pond, End of Time February 2014The Pines at Jacobs Pond, End of Time, February 2014

From the arrival point, paths wind around and through the island, offering plenty of opportunities to explore and discover photogenic views and spots as well as one or two hidden secrets.  One the far side of the island from the arrival point sits a small farm, complete with a thatched roof barn, with horses grazing nearby.

Jacob's Pond, End of Time February 2014The Pines at Jacobs Pond, End of Time, February 2014

Wandering along the paths and up over the hills, the amount of care put into the region is obvious; there is a completely natural feel to the lay of the land and the various elements all roll together to present a genuinely natural environment which feels much larger than the region in which it sits. It is also a place where  not everything may reveal itself to first looks; patience and care will be rewarded the longer you explore and take the time to carefully look around.

This is one of those regions where it would be so easy to wax lyrical about, and in doing so perhaps sound like you’re over-egging it. But the fact is, it really is gorgeously done. Don’t just take my word for it, however, go see for yourself 🙂 .

Jacob's Pond, End of Time February 2014The Pines at Jacobs Pond, End of Time, February 2014

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