OUTLANDS 8 – BESIDE THE ROAD IN WEST LITTLETON 3 (MONO)
January 15, 2017 8 Comments
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And opposite Home Farm there was also a very striking line of trees that had just been pollarded, which is to say that had just had their branches removed. They looked just like clenched fists being raised up towards the sky. And when I mentioned this to an amiable young man who had come over to chat, not only did he fully agree, but he also turned out to be the one who had done the pruning and who was obviously very proud of his work. I should have done two things but didn’t – I should have asked him what sort of trees they are, and I should have asked if I could take his photograph – perhaps a portrait, and then one with the shorn trees as a backdrop.
Anyway, do please be assured that trees are not harmed by this age-old process. By the middle of summer, the shorn crowns of these pollards will be covered in healthy new growth – new twigs, branches and leaves. You can find more on pollarding – on the Somerset Levels, where it is very widely practised – here.
I’ve left the contrails in the lower right of the shot, as they provide some interest in the dark(ened) sky, as well as slanting in towards the tree and thus (marginally) emphasising its importance in the image.
I’m trying to do new things – to take new approaches – with these Outlands posts. As well as the images of the sheep and the phone box referenced above, the main context for this first Outlands journey can be found here; other images from that journey are here, here, here and here.
X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 84mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Business Portrait preset and adding a light coffee tone; 7 Dec 2016.