Monday, 16 November 2015

November 15th - Project Month 11

Winter is knocking on the door. After what seems months of similar views, the difference between October and November's images was remarkable. As I'd expect. Suddenly the landscape seems stark, cold and wet. Indeed after an incredibly dry October early November has provided much needed rain. I struggled a lot with these images because of the rain, grabbing odd moments in between the showers, and the failing light levels now. In fact the final three images around Wick St Lawrence had to be taken a few days later because it was just too dark.

It was the feel and mood of the landscape that has changed so much in the 4 weeks. It feels now like the countryside is going into hibernation, a long well deserved sleep. Trees are now mostly bare, though leaves remain on the hedges. Pools of water litter the fields and while taking these images the familiar cackle of fieldfares overhead reminded me that when I began this project in January, fieldfares cackled over head. The year is coming full circle again. Next month, December will be my last month, astonishing to think this year has passed by so quickly.

Still dark after hours of rain, but blue skies arriving

A brief interlude of sunshine at Woodspring on Saturday evening

Barn track looking very soggy

Maize has been cut and the field resown

I seem to keep photographing the refuse days in the village

This years rook nests now seen again in the field

A lone horse rider in the far distance breaks up the scene

What this image does not show is how wet the graveyard was to walk over.

This lane never changes and I like it for its simplicity.

The River Banwell opening up again as the vegetation dies back

Sheep still in the orchard

Thatcher's cider trees now devoid of fruit - and a lot of mud where the tractors have been working

A soggy Strawberry line taken in the 5 minutes when it wasn't raining.

Taken a few days after the images above, Ebdon Bow bridge

Wins whipped hedge looking naked now

Soon seeing black and white cows in this farm will be no more. Sad, but that's farming for you, its a business.

Next and final images 5th and 6th of December.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

October 13th - Project Month 10

Can it really be the tenth month of this project. Indeed it is. What is clear with this project is that as a learning curve it is excellent. As a finished product I'm uncertain.  But that is the fun of trying, without experimenting new ideas do not open up. That said I continue to enjoy this project, though sadly on October 3rd and 4th I had quite a hectic weekend. Time and the weather were against me somewhat, which meant that I only had an hour before sunset each day of the weekend, but I liked that, made for a fast hit and run photographic experience. Set fixed points and don't waver. Just November and December to go, then around Christmas I'll do a 12 days of Christmas - 12 photos of each image across the year each day.

And so to October............. in no specific order again!

Sand Bay on a very misty Saturday morning, the only image I took at that time.

The barn at sunset on the 4th

Can't really see much of the bridleway at sunset but I like that, its what it was like

Woodspring Priory on the 4th with sunlight clipping the tree

The maize field on the 3rd at sunset.

The village bathed in sunlight on the 3rd

The field less so

Around 7pm when this was taken on the 3rd, sun setting fast now

Almost too fast for Puxton Church

But that meant that for once the road was quite atmospheric.

Sheep still in the orchard

River Banwell quietly flowing

Thatchers cider trees ready for picking

Strawberry Line cycle-way deserted on a Saturday night

Friends over for lunch on Sunday 4th, and a charity dog we looked after, had to be removed from the following images

Life moves on slowly in the country

Sunday afternoon and the farm was deserted.

November 7th and 8th the next set, followed by the final set on December 5th and 6th

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September 30th 2015 - Project Month 9

It's almost time to take month 10 images for October, yet I still haven't managed to put up the September images. There is a fairly good reason for this as I've been away on holiday for a lot of September, just returned now. More on that I'm sure in another posting. And so, onward with the September images.

But before then, an unrelated image. My year long project coincides with the village church's Saturday Sanctuary day. On the first Saturday of every month, between 10am and 12.30pm the church is open for silent contemplation, thought, to read, to write or just to sit and do nothing. No service, no lectures, just peace and quiet (tea and cakes available - always a bonus). And I love it.

This month my day of quiet was on Saturday 5th of September. Before heading off to take the photographs I popped in for an hour with a Richard Jefferies Book - "The Hills and the Vale".  I'd not read this book, but as a Trustee of the Richard Jefferies Museum, I am learning his craft from words on the page. Without thought I opened the book and it happened to be page 36. There at the top of the page.............

.......... In so busy a land as ours there is no place where the mind can, as it were, turn in upon itself so fully as in the silence and solitude of a village church"

Fate maybe? I read on in the silence of that church. Half a dozen other people were there, equally absorbed in this silence. Outside the jackdaws and rooks were noisily flying hither and yon. At some distance a lawn was being mown, the throb throb sound of a 4 stroke engine signifying toil in an audible way. Yet indoors as I read on, a calm silence prevailed as the sun streaked across the pews illuminating my read.  I shall be doing the same this Saturday.

The images......... (and this month in a random order)