SOMERSET LEVELS 333 – MISTS RISING, QUEEN’S SEDGE MOOR (MONO)

 

 


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With these spring mornings getting light earlier and earlier, I left home at an even more gruelling(!) hour and, hammering steadily but speedily down almost empty main roads, was soon up on the top of the Mendip Hills – very much the uplands of my childhood – and looking down on the Somerset Levels laid out flat as a pancake far below.  The sun was already up and, although sunshine bathed most of the flatlands, there were still pools of mist lingering here and there.  I thought how wonderful it would be to get into one of those mist pools but, far away and far below as they were, I wasn’t able to identify any of their locations exactly, so I just put my foot down and hurtled onwards >>> lol! onwards and downwards!!! >>> towards the diminutive city of Wells, one of the many gateways to this flat and wet countryside.

So, through Wells and immediately out onto the Levels, heading for the truly long, Long Drove, a single track, tarmac lane that cuts right out across the middle of Queen’s Sedge Moor.

I reached the junction, turned left off the main A39 road onto Long Drove and, really, was just smacked – visually – right across the face!  I just couldn’t believe it, I just gaped.  For there was the long, dead straight drove, arrowing out ahead of me, but mist was rising from the water-filled ditch (the rhyne) on its left, and this narrow ribbon of slowly rising vapour was bring caught by the rays of the still low sun.

And thence to dangerous comedy >>> pulling over wildly over onto the narrow lane’s precarious grass verge and feeling the car slide and tilt ominously.  Then, camera in hand, tumbling out of the car and running out in front of it, to get a view looking straight up the ditch – and almost sliding into the ditch’s chill embrace in the process – there are times when I think I’m getting too old for all this!!! 🙂

And then, having just managed to stay safe, I came to a feature of the new camera which is really starting to get to me – the work literally of a second to convert the 300mm reach (= x6 magnification) of my telezoom to 450mm (= x9 mag), and I was suddenly looking up the rhyne at x9 magnification and, quite simply, gasping.

And so to taking pictures, followed by another few, high speed moments on the car to reach another promising viewpoint, and more pictures – and the mist was gone, dissolved in an instant by the sun’s slight warmth.  And the time between my first seeing this mist and its almost instantaneous disappearance???  Well, at most 10 minutes.  Quite simply, an incredible visual adventure.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 450mm; 250 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Neutral V2 picture control; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Orange Filter, and adding a light coffee tone; looking eastwards along Long Drove, on Queen’s Sedge Moor, south of Wells; 26 Apr 2019.

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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.

27 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 333 – MISTS RISING, QUEEN’S SEDGE MOOR (MONO)

  1. This is WONDERFUL! But maybe you should bring someone along to either keep you safe or take your photo if you should fall. 😱
    Good stuff, bud.
    XXXATPXXX

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad you like it, my friend >>> NB what I said about requesting jpegs if you want them. What did you think about my ideas/comments re your making a photobook?

      LOL! >>> yes, maybe I do need a minder/alternative photographer >>> the job’s your’s if you want it!!!!!! 🙂

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  2. Meanderer says:

    What a fabulous moody photo! I love your description of the events leading up to taking it; the wonderful excitement and enthusiasm! Great stuff, my friend 🙂

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  3. bluebrightly says:

    Gorgeous, and yes, how quickly the mists evaporate (and how often I berate myself for not going out early to find them). It would be fun to see this with other, similar images you’ve taken in these places. I love your text here, it captures all the excitement of someone who is truly passionate about life. Looking forward to more, and always to more of your enthusiastic wanderings.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, my friend, thank you – more pics from this morning are in the pipeline. Yes, I suppose I am passionate about life – lol! especially this sort of life!!!!! I’ve always thought, if something’s worth doing, its worth doing flat out, with maximum effort.

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  4. Wow! And what an adventure for us just reading what you wrote—topped off with a spectacular photograph! I have a feeling you are going to keep putting yourself in danger this way. It would be hard to stop, given the rewards you have been reaping. Not that I encourage you. I’d like you to be around longer.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, I don’t know, I always arrive back shattered from these Levels trips, but that’s a part of it >>> as is the then sitting down with excellent quality Belgian beer – and looking at maps to see where I’ve been, and at the pics on my cameras – and often using in-camera processing to get a first idea of their potential, a decidedly useful exercise that leaves the original files intact. So I don’t know.

      But if you’ll forgive Brit “humour”, re ” I’d like you to be around longer”, at my age I’m just not sure I’m going to grow any taller …. 😉 ….

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  5. oneowner says:

    Great shot!

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  6. Mist waits for no one. Well worth the effort.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, absolutely too true – LOL! could be a film title >>> The Quick And The Photoless!!! I love getting into mist with a camera, but the occasions are all too rare – still, that’s Life! Glad the shot gets to you, Michael. A 🙂

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  7. Nice shot, but be careful in future!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you >>> and yes, good advice, very good advice >>> I am now longer in the full flush of youth(!!!) and, even if I were, that would not count for much if the car had gone into the rhyne – there was such a fatality here recently. A 🙂

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  8. Sherry Felix says:

    Timeless and romantic.

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  9. esterkiki says:

    I feel like I’m looking at a place in a classic movie…..👌🏻

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  10. Great mood; wonderful shot! Cheers for the weekend, Amigo!

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  11. paula graham says:

    Beautiful photo, beautifully processed.

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  12. StillWalks says:

    An image well worth the adventure 😊

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