Sometimes you need to lift your head up, get out and open your eyes against the bright lights and strong winds in order to see further.

The stunning views of piercing blue sky and the earthy horizons that I found waiting for me when I did just that early on Sunday morning, as I ventured along the river near Downham, made me think further ahead than I had for a while.

This photo (a stitch by a Pano app on the iPhone 4) doesn’t really do it justice; and I hadn’t noticed that one section is completely wonky…but it was close to freezing with almost gale force winds that made it more like -4, so I had to keep running to keep warm!