SOMERSET LEVELS 257 – TRACTOR TRACKS, WALTON DROVE (MONO)

 

 

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Walton Drove arrows south across Walton Moor, on the Somerset Levels to the south of the Polden Hills; 13 Jan 2016.

This little back road – which angles through the upper right of the frame –  is a single track strip of battered and broken tarmac, really only wide enough for one vehicle at a time. 

And, driving along it, a tractor of some size has encountered something coming the other way, and has had to pull off onto the soft roadside grass, churning it instantly into mud and leaving the telltale tracks of its huge tyres. 

We are right down there with it, indeed right down there in it, crouching in the mud and soaking grass, viewing something small, a little scene, that speaks volumes about this whole, wonderful place.

D800 with 16-35 Nikkor at 18mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Architectural preset.
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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.

10 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 257 – TRACTOR TRACKS, WALTON DROVE (MONO)

  1. Malin Ellisdotter H says:

    Great perspective here… I really like it. My imagination runs wild when I look at this image; this could be something from LOTR, or it could be the spine of a dinosaur. I hope this weird comment makes sense. 😉 Anyway, great work as always and excellent tones too.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Not a weird comment, my friend, not weird >>> just very imaginative >>> and any mention of LOTR is guaranteed to get to me – thank you, as always, for your thoughts! All good wishes from me. A 🙂

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    Exactly – we’re right there, and the story is told.

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  3. LensScaper says:

    Great gritty ‘scape, Adrian

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  4. paula graham says:

    Yea, I often think these tracks could make a good shot…and there you are, you have done it!! Yea..landrovers are a joy, provided you can care for them yourself and not have to take it to a garage when something is wrong..it will cost you!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, unless I win the lottery, a Land Rover won’t be coming my way, I suspect! But I have many, many happy memories of driving them – their rugged dependability was a part of it but, overall, what wonderful machines! 🙂

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  5. krikitarts says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to drive around in a vehicle that would let you leave the road any time you wanted to without worrying about getting stuck or getting back on when you wanted to?

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Definitely – from my earlier lives, I might suggest a short wheelbase Land Rover with a winch mounted on the front, and a differential lock – not perfect, but still nippy and wonderfully good at getting into difficult places. A

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