SOMERSET LEVELS 157 – SACRIFICE (MONO)

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Beside Middle Drove Rhyne, south of Catcott Burtle; 3 June 2014.

A roadside flower, looking as if it is being offered up as some kind of sacrifice to the darkness.  The dimly seen rhyne and its fringing reeds are behind.  (Rhyne rhymes with “scene”, and is the local name for the small waterways that, as here, form the boundaries of fields.).

I was out on the Levels looking for the big cat (i.e. as in substantially larger than Domestic Cats), which a local farmer has seen in the area many times.  I found the rough, stony track the farmer mentioned and searched extensively, but at this time of year the vegetation has grown up so much that the creature could have been feet from me and still totally invisible.  It seemed odd to be carefully and unobtrusively scanning terrain through binoculars again, something I’ve done very little of since giving up birdwatching over a decade ago.

And it was a sad day too, for a very favourite pub – Ye Olde Burtle Inn at Catcott Burtle – was closed and derelict, soon to be replaced by new houses.  It was a delightful old place, with open fires, settees, newspapers and magasines, stuffed wildlife from long ago up in glass cases around the walls, a skittles alley, onions and herbs hanging from the ceilings, good beer and cider – and a Sunday Carvery (complete with trolley of homemade desserts) to die for!  A fond memory is that the gammon steak, cut to the customer’s choice and priced by the ounce, came as standard with four fried eggs – I remember the chef’s look of utter astonishment when I thought that I could only manage two – “You don’t want four fried eggs?!”.  I must have been a little under the weather that day.

D700 with 12-24 Sigma at 12mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Harsh preset.
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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.

12 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 157 – SACRIFICE (MONO)

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    Absolutely stunning my friend. Composition, processing all top class!

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  2. Brilliant! A great imagination and a great photo!

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  3. LensScaper says:

    What a great way to show off an Umbellifer, Adrian. And the joys of a wide wide-angle lens. Sadly, Pubs are closing daily unable to compete with the cut price Supermarket booze. we are losing them round here too. The heart is being ripped out of small communities.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Umbellifer? Why is it I often get nervous around the botanically minded??? But I’m glad you like the shot, Andy – thanks! – and I wholeheartedly recommend 12mm!

      You’re right about the small communities. This particular pub incorporated a post office in an effort to survive, after the local PO closed, but to no avail. But I hold my hand up as a guilty party here – I buy nearly all my booze from supermarkets or specialist shops now, and we use pubs as restaurants rather than drinking places. Adrian

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      • LensScaper says:

        My father was a Botanist in his spare time – I still recall a few technical terms, but not many. I think if pubs are to survive then they have to attempt to go down the Gastro Pub route, but only the best will survive.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, I agree about Gastro Pubs. The one mentioned here originally had excellent food, but then the quality declined and I read of the dining room being completely empty on a Saturday night. A great pity.

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  4. karijeppesen says:

    …wonderful story, Adrian…and a breathtaking image to go with it… just beautiful… the light in the dark place… (…smiling for you…)

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