Pollarded willow beside Godney Road, to the west of Batch Farm; 29 May 2014.

Pollarded willows – with their short but thick trunks surmounted by either numerous short branches or shaven crowns –  are a characteristic feature of the landscapes of the Somerset Levels.  Further information on pollarding can be found here.

Is this some excited being, with arms outstretched and a great thick thatch of spikey dark hair?  Remonstrating with the photographer who is stealing his soul, or maybe just pointing at something in the sky?

I’ve made all but the tree’s wood quite high key, so as to emphasise the tree’s skeleton, and I like the area just below centre, where the white leaves are set against the dark trunk.

D700 with 16-35 Nikkor at 16mm; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Floral Style preset and adding a cyanotype tone.

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:

    The treatment here works very well. I like the contrast between the tough solid trunk and the soft foliage in front and around it. A real character!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Actually, looking at that upwards pointing branch again, he could be a sylvan John Travolta – maybe he and I were out in the rain, just “Staying alive …” … or was I doing the Palais Glide? …

      I’m glad you like the picture, and especially so you being a plantist and all 😉 . I very much enjoyed that recent picture of your’s, the one showing the considerable depth, wonderful stuff. I’ve got two or three other pollard “studies”, each with quite a bit of post-production – we’ll see if they’re liked.

      I went mad and ordered some classic beers – ones no longer found in Bristol – from a specialist beer seller (Beers of Europe, in Norfolk). I haven’t tasted most of them for years, and while some were still unbelievable others were less so – my tastes changing (becoming more sophisticated????? .. not ‘alf, darlin’, know what I mean!!!) or some disciples of the Great God Profit cheapening the recipes, something which has certainly happened with some Belgian brands???

      I hope you’re doing well in your newly found tranquillity. Am I putting money on its long term continuation …. ? 🙂 …..


  2. “arms outstretched and a great thick thatch of spikey dark hair”
    Yup yup. When I read that I thought of Harpo Marx. 😀
    Great photo., A.


  3. Malin H says:

    Me like!!!


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