Sunday, 15 July 2018

Curbar Edge - May 2018

In this selection from Curbar Edge I am continuing some themes from previous posts. The first theme goes back to last autumn and winter where I captured the trees below Curbar Edge in their seasonal condition. I was keen to update those images now the spring leaves were in full bloom (I am not sure that leaves bloom but it seems an apt description):

The second theme is similar to my recent post on Stanage edge where I tried to capture features of the landscape rather than wide angle views. For example, in addition to the trees shown above I included subjects like: gritstone studies, cotton grass, abandoned millstones, intimate landscapes of Curbar Edge, drystone walls, and the moorland.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

North Somerset (May 2018)

These are a selection of photographs from North Somerset, taken on a short non-photographic break away from home, visiting family. On these occasions I do tend to take a camera and if I get the opportunity I will try to get out and take a few photos.

The first opportunity was a walk around the marina in Portishead. This is relatively new development of land that was previously a power station, a deep water dock, and a chemical works, most of which stopped operating in the 1970s with the dock finally closing in the early 1990s. I can certainly remember ships docking in the port during the 1980s and power station chimneys that served as a landmark for the small coastal town.

Today, this area is a vibrant, modern and busy marina; transformed from an industry dependant on fossil fuels into multi-billion pound real estate including, residential homes, hotels, shops, restaurants and light industry. Having seen this development, and many regeneration projects in cities and towns across the country (including Nottingham), it is hard not to be impressed by the results and the pace of change. It is evident that other aspects of society, e.g the High Streets, are in decline and it will be interesting to see how these redevelop in the coming years. Judging by places like Portishead, I think there are reasons to be positive for the future rather than lamenting about the loss of banks and stores that are rapidly being replaced by the internet; if they haven’t been already.

The second opportunity to get out with the camera was a bluebell wood near to Cleeve. The conditions were very bright which made the photography difficult but I did spot a copper beech tree high in the canopy surrounded by beech greens and illuminated by the sunlight:

Lastly, some ransom (wild garlic) under a beech tree:

Friday, 13 July 2018

Spring on the Southwell Trail - Part 14 (May 2018)

This selection captures the last stages of the spring transition for many of the trees on the Southwell Trail. The leaves are still fresh but the canopy is not fully developed. By the time I return from a short break there will be a mass of darker green leaves, the shadows will be deeper, and whilst the hawthorns blooms will be a reminder of spring, it is evident that the trail is entering its summer condition.

Looking back I might have taken greater photographic advantage of this transitional phase but it is hard to judge the speed of change at the time and easy to be wise after the event, especially with the benefit of being able to review a timeline of images in Lightroom.