Totney Drove, looking west
Totney Drove, looking west from the junction with Jack’s Drove, on Tadham Moor; 30 Oct 2014.

The main road east-west across Tadham Moor.  Well, I say “main road” and this drove does have a tarmac surface, but it its only single track in width.  Drivers are in the main courteous, pulling off into field gateways or onto the often perilously soft verges to let oncoming vehicles pass.  Perilously soft?  Well, make a mistake here and your car slides down into the deep ditches full of mud and water that, although unseen in this picture, border the road closely on either side.

And on the right are a couple of field gates – nothing more than the metal gate with short wooden fences to either side to prevent cattle scrambling around outside the outsides of the gateposts – with all other boundary duties left to the ditches brimming with mud and water which, once in, cows certainly can’t get out of unassisted – it will be a job for the farmer and his tractor.

And on the left a tree cut by a tractor’s brutal mechanised shears.  Facing the road, the shorn side of the vegetation is vertical up to the blades’ highest reach, while away from the road the natural spread of the tree remains.

And cows too, far off, lost in the vignette’s mist.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Plate II preset.

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. What a beautiful shot, Adrian! I DO see the cows. I DON’T see how anyone can drive two cars can do the tango to get through without someone losing their footing. Love this, bud. ❤️ATP❤️

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Gem, thank you very much for these good words – and get past on these narrow roads (though tangoing has never occurred to me …) we do – yesterday, my right side mirror was perhaps an inch from the side of a van going the other way – which luckily had his side mirror higher up than mine! But its not always that bad – cars usually spot each other some distance off, and then can get into field gateways and onto verges way before they get close to each other. Adrian xxx

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  2. krikitarts says:

    Thank goodness you have local folk who are courteous drivers. Thanks, too for the explanation about the vertical mowing of the roadside vegetation. This fellow certainly took it to an extreme.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, people down there know the roads’ limitations and act accordingly, I’ve never seen an argument. A few people commute through the area but they know how it is too – and there are occasionally huge lorries – connected with the farms or simply sat nav silly – that literally take up the whole road and make the ground shake like a jelly! A


  3. paula graham says:

    I do like Somerset Levels so much..You make it all look so desirable too! No problem with single long as there is not water on both sides…that freaks me out!!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I probably make the Levels look more desirable than they are – its really just some open and in places quite rough farmland – but yes, treacherous wet ditches all over the place – and I’m off down there early tomorrow morning >>> and I can’t swim!!! 😦


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