Mist lifting, Herons Green 1
Early morning mist lifting at Herons Green Bay, Chew Valley Lake, south of Bristol; 6 Apr 2015.

Driving through the Chew Valley, heading for the Mendip Hills, I came out onto an open stretch of road beside Chew Valley Lake and was suddenly enveloped in thick mist.  But over to my left the sun was starting to rise, the mist was lifting and changing colours in the most visually seductive ways – and I swerved into a layby, jumped out and started taking pictures.

I was there for about an hour, and this is the first of a short series of images from that misty morning.  I love images with little detail, and the telezoom that I’m married to was just right for picking out scenes in that warm softness.

Chew Valley Lake is a large reservoir, the 5th largest artificial area of water in the UK.  It was opened in 1956, to supply Bristol with drinking water.  It has many memories for me because it was here, in 1967, that two school friends first opened my eyes to birds and birdwatching, and so set me on a path and interest that continued through to 2002.  I no longer go birdwatching, but I retain a deep love and feeling for birds, and see them as an essential facet of all land-, water- and skyscapes.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 78mm; 200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

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. Helen Cherry says:

    You know how much I enjoy minimalism and this is no exception.. lovely


  2. Malin H says:

    Magical indeed!


  3. Sallyann says:

    An early morning light show from mother nature. They’re the best aren’t they. 🙂
    I’m glad you left the duck to play in the foreground. 🙂

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  4. Meanderer says:

    Lovely serene image, Adrian.


  5. paula graham says:

    Yea..not much to say..just: lovely.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I think that’s the thing, isn’t it, that there isn’t much to say about an image like this other than to express approval or disapproval (and thanks for the former, Paula) – its Minimal, there’s very little in it apart from soft colours and tones – but it isn’t Impressionist because its real, its what the camera saw. And I had thought about going even further by removing the duck and its wake, and still can’t decide whether retaining that piece of sharp reality was for the best. A


  6. This is magical. xxxATPxxx


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