SOMERSET LEVELS 310 – CATTLE, TADHAM MOOR

 

 


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Cattle grazing at sunrise: a scene that was almost silent, save for the animals’ faint shuffling, and the subdued sounds of birds, running water and a light breeze.

I’ve been turning out old papers, and have come upon copies of a long defunct birding magazine.  One of these has an article on the area of the Levels that I regularly visit, in which there are two quotes that I think really encapsulate the place.  I’d like to share them with you:

There are many features in common throughout the whole area; the quiet scene of grassland and cows, rhynes and pollarded Willow trees, windbreaks and thick old hedges and dead straight roads and droves.

And then, secondly:

All seasons have one important factor in common, that is a peaceful scene with very few people in it, no summer crowds and no traffic clogging the quiet roads.

These words say it all about the Tadham and Tealham Moors.  They are of course not natural landscapes, they are (fairly rough and untidy) open pastures that have been reclaimed, over the centuries, from large areas of lakes and marshland.  But they are plain and simple, what you see is what you get.  And I will end by quoting from this post’s opening sentence:

… a scene that was almost silent, save for the animals’ faint shuffling, and the subdued sounds of birds, running water and a light breeze.

There are other images from this early morning shoot here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 .

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 106mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 19 Oct 2018.
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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.

8 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 310 – CATTLE, TADHAM MOOR

  1. Such a lovely photo. An area I too would like to visit.

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    It all ties together nicely, and I’m feeling like I know this place pretty well now! I like the last sentence, describing sounds, a lot. Sounds are so important. Did I tell you that a major reason we moved north from the Seattle area was to be nearer to open agricultural land? The landscape opens up and flattens out at a certain point on the drive north from Seattle, and one instantly breathes a sigh of relief. Your levels area has the added advantage of a deep history. I’m glad you’re able to wander the roads there regularly, camera in hand.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, my friend, I’m very glad you like this. I can well imagine your liking for being close to farmland. Yes, wandering the Levels’ roads – and another reason I like the Tealham and Tadham Moors is that pedestrian access is easy, both along the roads and the network of unmetalled droves. Other parts of the Levels, especially those in more affluent areas, have far more “Private” signs up. A 🙂

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  3. Your first quote says it all. And the common factor? It sounds lovely. I wish I could see it for myself. Thanks for sharing the Levels. 💚
    XXXATPXXX

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m glad this gets to you, Gem. But, to be honest / realistic, as I try to be, there are few people around this area because it does not hold great crowd-pulling potential. If you were to go there, you might be surprised at how ordinary – even dull – it is. But it is a real place, a quiet place, and it speaks to the soul – well, it speaks to mine, anyway. ATP XXXxxx!!!

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  4. paula graham says:

    Beautiful photo, could be on some African plain! Yes, as soon as I am settled I will venture out to the levels and hopefully meet up with you but not at 7.30 am though!!

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