SOMERSET LEVELS 265 – RAINY MORNING
May 12, 2016 35 Comments
Particularly as my years accumulate, there are times when I’m immensely grateful for the shelter afforded by a car – and this was on of those times.
Early morning, and as I pushed on westwards across Westhay Moor, the skies opened. The road was soon awash, and all of my car’s windows were firmly closed. Then a large tractor loomed inexorably at me out of the murk and, on the single track highway, there was no alternative but to try and get my smaller car off the road – and I ended up on (thankfully!) firmish ground beside the gateway to a field.
The tractor rumbled by and, as usual, the ground all around shook like a jelly from the shock of its weight – the roads and indeed the ground around here have few foundations, for 60 or more feet below the surface of the ground there is only wet peat and clay.
I made to pull back onto the road again but glanced left as I did so – and found myself looking into this face, that was peering out at me through the gate’s bars.
The rain was still sheeting down, the car windows were running with water and so was he. I felt for him, I have to say, I was so glad to be dry. And I lifted the camera off the passenger seat, cranked up the ISO and, with little hope of success, took his picture.
Top quality it certainly isn’t, but maybe it gives a feel for the moment.
D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 3200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.