A rather unusual picture from these mostly open flatlands: my car surrounded – besieged  almost – by spring flowers and pollarded Willows.  It was early in the morning and I was driving out onto the Levels from the north – on the road from Blackford to Westhay as the wonderfully aslant SCC (Somerset County Council) signpost informed me.

And I’d pulled into the open entrance of a rough track called Tealham Moor Drove, to drink a cup of coffee, savour the quiet of the early morning, and just take a look at anything and everything.

And so to peace, quiet, flowers with a shadowed field gate on their left, the leaning and wonderfully unModern signpost, dense trees – and my small, old, battered and dirty car, bedecked with lichens, spiders’ webs, mud and other less mentionable substances.  A simple scene, and an at once wonderful and very ordinary little place to be.

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

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used (mistakenly!) in DX (= APS-C) format to give 105mm; 640 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Neutral v2 profile; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Center Focus preset and adding a light Ambrotype tone; at the western end of Tealham Moor Drove, on the Somerset Levels south of Blackford; 3 May 2019.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, 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.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    A great image, Adrian, and for me, it’s the tilted street sign that makes it all sing. 🙂


  2. How beautiful to see the wildflowers on the roadside like that – I do miss those little roads 😀


  3. You’ve caught and processed so much detail, and the range of tones is impressive. The subject and composition are truly original. I like this one a lot, Adrian.


  4. oneowner says:

    Everyone knows that I take a lot of car photos but you managed to get a nice car photo AND a nice landscape in one shot. Well done!!!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, my friend, thank you! I’ve done many car pictures too, often abstract >>> clicking on the car tag in my tag cloud ought to find them – although this particular one is not so tagged! A 🙂


  5. Meanderer says:

    I love this! The quintessential English country lane. Love the light tones of the sign and the flowers contrasted with the dark tones of your car. So pretty 🙂


  6. The section where the signpost is more lit than the rest of the photo. Very cool capture, bud! Great shot.


  7. paula graham says:

    Your processing superb giving a sense of awe and wonder.


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