The Photo Of The Month is a year round calendar of selected nature images and stories with contributions from visitors, fellow photographers and friends.
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Hark, Hark, the Car Park, Lark by Roger Cox
Jennycliff Car Park, Plymouth, Devon
Whether “aloft on turf or perch or poor low stage,” no bird has been celebrated more for its enthusiasm in singing than the skylark. Its repertoire of intricate melodies is an integral part of the seasonal soundtrack to heaths, moors, farmland and coastal habitats — even those with car parks!
Being widespread in rural areas, and one of the few birds there to be heard all year round, they genuinely are a quintessential feature of our countryside. Throughout spring and summer, males can be seen singing and ascending almost vertically to a great height, before making a drop-and-stop descent in full song towards the ground. A spectacle that for centuries has captivated artists, authors, and more recently, film-makers and photographers.
Whatever our fascination with the lark, it appears to be a romantic, else highly imaginative one. Perhaps it’s the angelic-way they exalt themselves that makes their “summoning” back to earth such a classic case of poetry in motion. However, capturing this one with its feet firmly on the ground proved no less sublime for both bird and photographer. For one, a closer opportunity to harken to that famously idyllic song, and the for other, a brief but immense relief, from the pressures of airborne survival amid a busy coastal car park.
 The Caged Skylark by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89)
 From The Skylark by Richard Watson Dixon