SOMERSET LEVELS 237 – RED STRING IN THE MORNING (MONO + COLOUR)
August 27, 2015 14 Comments
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Tadham Moor, looking east on a summer’s morning; 27 Aug 2014.
Crouching down low, just above the tops of the grass, and seeing the world through a 12mm lens – seeing far more at one time than the unaided human eye can ever see sharply.
I’m at the southern end of Jack’s Drove, where it meets another little back road, which is just out of view behind the tall grasses on the right – this other road, Totney Drove, runs on eastwards, between the two tall trees in the distance.
Instead of using fences, the damp fields around here are bounded by water-filled ditches. Covered in floating water plants, the ditch bordering Totney Drove catches the light as it heads towards the two trees, while the one bordering Jack’s Drove is in shadow, at bottom left.
The soil here is very loose and wet and, on the corner of these two little back roads, there have been worries that the roads’ thin tarmac may give way under the weight of passing vehicles and slide down into the wet ditches, and so sheets of corrugated iron (visible lower right) have been driven into the soft ground, to try to prevent this.
To further warn passersby of the danger, a line of little sticks with red string tied around them has been set up, but these have been ravaged by the elements and the string hangs loose.
D800 with 12-24 Sigma at 12mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Contrast and Structure preset and selectively restoring colour.