SOMERSET LEVELS 251 – THE VIEW EAST ON TADHAM MOOR (MONO)
December 12, 2015 6 Comments
Looking across these flat, damp and often drab lands. The single track road, Totney Drove, arrows eastwards straight as a die. For this is not some rambling little country lane from “Merrie England” that wanders delightfully here, there and everywhere – this is a relatively recent roadway, perhaps only 200 years old, that was laid down over what had hitherto been trackless wilderness, so that farmers could reach their newly constructed fields.
And back in those days of course it was a rough track, with only horses, carts, livestock and people passing along it. Far more recently, it has been chosen for the motorised age, and given a thin coating of tarmac, if little in the way of foundations – stand beside this little road as a heavy vehicle passes by and the ground will shake and dance around you – whether you’re drunk or not. Which always leaves me with a great sense – and a valuable sense I do think – of the fragility and impermanence of all things.
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D700 with 12-24 Sigma at 12mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Silhouette EV + 0.5 preset and adding a tone.