Friday, 16 February 2018

Robin Hood Hill (May 2017)

A step back to May 2017 and two sets of images taken on Robin Hood Hill.

The first set was taken towards the end of the month on a lovely spring evening - weather like this can only be dreamed about as I write on a particularly chilly February day!

The second set was taken about three weeks earlier. The trees are noticeably less green and they haven't quite developed the thick canopy seen in the first set of images:

On this visit I also noticed that one my favourite trees had fallen over or been cut down (circled below).

I will miss the compositional value of this tree either as a main subject or with others trees in the fields below Robin Hood Hill:

Monday, 12 February 2018

Autumn on the Southwell Trail - Part 7

There were still pockets of autumn colour along the Southwell Trail in the last week November 2017 - most of it from the oak trees as the leaves die off with a rusty orange brown colour:

A hazel tree and possibly a beech tree were still showing some vibrant colour (I am not totally sure about the beech tree ID, it is hard to be certain from the photo):

Natural reds in the landscape are always eye catching and invariably I find myself trying to capture them with the camera, even if it poses another ID conundrum. Most of the branches in the frame are from a hazel tree as I can see some very early catkins. If this is correct then the berries are growing intertwined with the hazel and look like guelder rose berries although there are no leaves to help make a definite ID:

Lastly, I captured these trees with a definite end of season look:

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Autumn on the Southwell Trail - Part 6

Autumn on the Southwell Trail is a series of photographs documenting the seasonal changes along a two mile stretch of a former railway line in Nottinghamshire. Following its closure in the 1960's the line was purchased by the council and is now designated as a local nature reserve popular with walkers and cyclists.

This particular selection of images captures one of the first ground frosts of the season. There was just enough frost to give a sugar dusting on some fallen leaves and ferns:

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Autumn on the Southwell Trail - Part 5

The autumn colours that I had been waiting for arrived in November (2017) and I repeated several of the compositions I had taken earlier in the season. Many of the greens that were still evident in October had given way to the autumn pallet of rustic browns, yellows and oranges.

A feature of the trail is the tunnel-like canopy which follows the line of the old railway:

One aspect of the trail I find hard to avoid in photographs are the electric pylons. They radiate their way from the power station at Staythorpe, near Newark, with one main line of pylons crossing the fields in the direction of Mansfield. In this series I have been less fussy about including them in the background and on occasions I have made the power lines a feature of the composition:

During November there were a number fine crisp autumn days with blue skies which made a pleasant change to the mainly overcast and dull October weeks: