Posted 01 June 2013 - 09:45 PM
Recently returned from a solo Somme visit. Nothing peculiar at Mametz Wood & the Dragon Memorial - as has been suggested before, all copses & groups of trees can appear a little menacing if you are there on your own. Anyway, in the evening I went to the Lochnagar Crater, & was the only one there. The sun was setting, & as I walked round to the far side, almost immediately opposite the Cross, my shadow was reflected onto the trees around the edge. Just for a couple of seconds there seemed to be two shadows - mine, & one behind. I put it down to the refracting sunlight as I was moving, as obviously the trunks of the trees are at different distances as a person walks by, thus casting a 'jumping' shadow as you continue round. However, it made me stop & look behind me. I walked round again as the light was fading, but nothing the second time. I also stood amongst the trees on the edge of the crater, looking across at the direction in which the British advanced (towards me) on 1st July 1916, & felt a little uneasy. Your mind does play tricks on you, it's true. The merest movement (there were a number of rabbits in the field) draws your eye to one place, & then you think you see something else in another direction. I decided to call it a night.