As you open this post, I can hear you thinking “This is Paradise?!  Has FATman finally lost it???”.  Well, to me, in a way, yes it is paradise.  Why do I think this?  Have I finally lost the plot?  And, then again, how can I have lost something I’ve never really found in the first place?

OK, explanations.  This is a little cut through between two back lanes in south Bristol, that I regularly pass through during the 5 mile walks that I use to relax and free my mind and to (hopefully) reduce my waistline.  Its a very simple little place.  Just some grass that is roughly cut by the local council, and a stream flowing through a little culvert – water which, despite the houses close in upon either side, probably explains why this lovely little spot has never been built on.

And then there’s this absolutely beautiful and serene tree, with a canopy like some vast umbrella, which looks just ideal for sitting under on some reflective day, although I have yet to do so.  Add to all this a very friendly little ginger and white cat who has lost most of his tail, and for the brief times that I’m within this quiet little space, I feel uplifted and very much at peace, and so … paradise …

And you’re seeing this delightful little spot perhaps at its best.  The cat’s not there, to be sure, but the grass has been cut, the tree is ablaze with autumn’s hues, and all is shrouded by a soft, autumn mist.

I have for a long time, perhaps for all of my life in fact, hankered after the simple life – I warmly recall my first years in Kenya, without phone, TV or radio, but with geckos chattering back and for to each other across my living room –  and those feelings have only accelerated since my retirement from work four years ago.  Modern life and technology seem only to make things ever more complex and rushed, but I’m after far more simple pleasures and a far more leisurely pace – and maybe this little, unpretentious space goes some way towards symbolising those ideals.

The first image in this series, along with context, can be found here.

Click onto this image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it yet again.

Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Natural film preset; Whitchurch, south Bristol; 2 Nov 2017.


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.

18 Responses to BRISTOL 126 – PARADISE

  1. Sallyann says:

    Lost the plot? 😀. Nutty as a fruitcake? 😀
    Sounds perfect to me, the plot is by far too much over rated.
    You must sit under the tree at least twice, once for you and once for me. 😊
    Oh, did I tell you I had marbles in my Christmas cracker on Christmas day?
    I’m not sure these are the ones I’ve lost though. 😊


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I will sit under that tree for you, Hallysann! Tho at the moment the scene is wintery and I might get a trifle damp .. so I’ll take something else with me to eat … 🙂 …

      LOVE the marbles thing!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. Malin Ellisdotter H says:

    Oh yes. Lovely.

    And your humor… “This is Paradise?!  Has FATman finally lost it???”


  3. Meanderer says:

    What a beautiful misty scene. That very pretty tree is wonderfully shaped 🙂


  4. Paradise was absolutely the first word I thought of when seeing this photo. Love how the culvert looks almost like a path and also very much love the composition.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you so much, I’m very encouraged to hear that. Hadn’t thought of the culvert as a path, thank you for that insight. The actual path is almost invisible, below the faintly seen concrete fence posts at left centre. Adrian 🙂

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    It’s the paradise of simple pleasures, of recognizing that here is enough. Nicely done!


  6. The sublime in the midst of the mundane.
    A true poet’s eye.


  7. paula graham says:

    Indeed , a lovely oasis for those who value it. Beautiful.


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