Swindale orienteering took place through a downpour. The next event, at Simpson Ground south-east of Windermere, was on a beautiful day, although I heard competitors complaining, 'horrible, too much grot.' They meant plantation with brashings. In naturalist persona, I was free to explore the flora of heather moorland - an open landscape with vistas of the fells, threaded with becks. The light was perfect for photography. Eventually, I made my way toward the finish to greet the returning orienteers. A bank of knapweed beside the track was a focus for butterflies nectaring and in courtship dance.
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)