River bank, Tealham Moor; 15 Mar 2016.

Quite early in the morning, out on Tealham Moor, last Tuesday.  The sun has barely risen, there is not the slightest breeze, and the frost is still crisp in all places that the sun has yet to reach.  High above me a lone skylark sings, sensing spring’s onset.

Well, what can we see?  We are looking across a small, water-filled ditch, not a river at all really, and on the far bank of this little waterway there is a barbed wire fence and some tall, pale plants.

At top left in the frame, there is just a hint of the pale vegetation beginning – gratefully I’m sure –  to receive the sun’s warming rays.  But the bank itself is facing away from the sun and so remains in deep, cold shadow.

And below this dark bank, lower right in the frame, the motionless water reflects both the sky’s blue, and the sunlit fence and plants that are, otherwise, out of our view.

Looking at a little part of somewhere, the camera has captured it in an otherwise unremarked moment in time.  It is a calm moment and the resulting image is calm, and calming, too.  And looking at this, I am able to get away for awhile from always doing, doing, doing, and instead get more towards being, being, being – enjoying, and valuing, the moment.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO.

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.

7 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 260 – RIVER BANK 1

  1. Meanderer says:

    Yes – being. So important, and yet, so undervalued. I’m pleased you made time to be, there, at that place.

    By the way, knowing you are a Dylan Thomas fan, we discovered a new version of Under Milk Wood on iplayer a couple of weeks ago. Quite modern and different, but I enjoyed it. It’s still availabe on iplayer until Thursday here:

    We’ve just arrived home from just over a week in Wales – the West coast – and New Quay is supposed to be one of the places of inspiration for Milk Wood. I could see why – very quirky! Much more so than Laugharne, which is also said to have inspired.

    New Quay wasn’t my cup of tea, but a couple of smaller beaches a little further South were: Llangrannog and Penbryn: beautiful, rugged, wild – and very interesting from a geological point of view.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hi, M! Its so good of you to think of my liking Dylan Thomas, THANK YOU!!! >>> but as It happens my wife pointed me at this version of Under Milk Wood – which is far and away my favourite of Thomas’s works – on catch up TV, and then I was able to buy two DVDs of it (one to give as a present) from the BBC Shop, an institution that is just about to disappear forever! I LOVE this version, its so well done, and the photography is out of this world.

      We were in New Quay a couple of years back, to see the dolphins, and are thinking of doing another trip there – I was at university in Swansea, and it was then, despite being ignorant of Thomas overall, I got to know and love Under Milk Wood. Thanks again! A 🙂

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    And the branches reach deep into the water – their reflections anyway – and disappear, just like we all need to do once in a while.


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