Sunlight on grass and Dandilions in the churchyard at Stanton Drew, a village south of Bristol; 7 May 2013.

I went for a long and wonderfully peaceful stroll around Stanton Drew this morning, in blazing sunshine.  Its a small village not far south of Bristol and not on any great routes to anywhere, and so its always a very relaxing place.  There’s a pub, the Druids’ Arms, which I think is open again now.  Its name refers to the nearby stone circles, which were once part of a vast prehistoric monument – larger than both Stonehenge and Avebury – but which, being made mostly of wood, is no longer visible above ground.

The Stanton Drew circles have nothing of the hustle, bustle and tourism of Stonehenge and Avebury – car  parking is free, admission costs £1 in an Honesty Box and that’s it! – if you like your prehistory or your paganisn untainted by the masses, this is the place for you – you may well be the only person there.

The churchyard is even more peaceful than the rest of the village, and just wonderful for a slow, contemplative stroll.  I saw the light hitting the grass and flowers, and producing dappled shade under the trees – I raised the camera to my eye, saw this, and kept my fingers and thumbs well away from the autofocus!

Impressionist?  Yes, I think so – and as in that quote from JMW Turner, most certainly a hero of mine, that I mentioned sometime back – “I did not paint it to be understood, but I wished to show what such a scene was like” ->>> absolutely, JMW, way to go, man, way to go!!!

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Meanderer says:

    It sounds very much like Woodhenge.

    This is a really interesting image. I find it restful.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hi M! Very glad you like it – thanks! – but not many others seem to – but for me its certainly a way to go forward.

      Yes, like Woodhenge – if you’re ever over this way, I can recommend Stanton Drew.

      By the way, re our joint blog, two things. Sonali has sent a comment but I can’t approve it – I’m not at all bothered about not being able to approve it, but can you do so? Also, I’ve sent a comment with a question – what do you think? A


      • Meanderer says:

        I’ll be heading over to the new blog shortly (I know – don’t call you shortly 🙂 ). I got back from a week’s break in the Dales late Sunday evening and I’m catching up with emails and so on at present (inbetween a return to work).

        In fact, the day we did our beer tasting and I set up the blog, I was also getting ready to go away. It was pretty hectic! The good thing is – when I returned home, I had the second bottle of Duvel waiting for me – at room temperature. I found it was fizzier but I preferred the taste. (Hold on, I should be writing that on the other blog; oops!).


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Well Shortly’s better than Fatso 🙂 ! I thought you’d been away, re lack of blog activity – and hoped that was the reason and not something grimmer. The Dales – great stuff! Looking forward to the photos!

          Yes, good beers have more taste at room temperature – and there are many good beers that any degree of fridging (is that a word???) destroys. Anathema!!! Oh they still get us lit up, but the glorious flavours, including the after tastes, go right out the window.

          Homecoming to a room T Duvel – one of Life’s good things! 🙂

          I’ve had one or two ideas re beers “from my world” that you might sample – its really a case of your being able to get hold of them, as not many are in supermarkets. But Pilsner Urquell from Czechoslovakia can be found – actually from Pilsen and so a genuine Pilsner >>> and >>> always fridge cold!!! A


  2. Sonali Dalal says:

    Impressionist, definitely!! Love it!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Sonali – I love it too! But looking at the number of Likes here – and seeing that your’s is the only Comment – most people don’t like it – but that’s life, that won’t stop me creating things like this.

      I always make pictures for myself, they’re what I like. I remember reading of a man who only took pictures that he thought the judges in his local camera club would like – a very sad state of affairs! Adrian


      • Sonali Dalal says:

        oh yes!! i loved it. You are very much like me. We click what we like and all the rules can go to…!

        I recently had a discussion about it on my community on G+. Someone said that , candid portrait must show eyes,that is the rule!! One of my portraits showed one eye clearly and other was in the dark. I had to tell him that I do not follow any rules. For me what my eyes like is good for me,rule or no rule. One another photographer,excellent one,whom I admire a lot, gave a good name for my photograph, “Abstract Portrait”.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          I find it astonishing that people can believe in and adhere to such “rules” – I think it betrays insecurity maybe, and certainly a lack of courage and imagination.

          You have it exactly – “For me what my eyes like is good for me, rule or no rule.” A


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