SOMERSET LEVELS 374 – LOOKING WEST FROM THE JACK’S DROVE BRIDGE

 

 


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As the single track lane of Jack’s Drove cuts northwards across Tealham Moor, it crosses a little bridge and, looking left – that is, towards the west – this is what you see.  Here are the dark, peaty waters of the North Drain, speckled with water lily pads and moving slowly away westwards.  This drain is totally manmade, to help shift water away from these often sodden flatlands – and the fact that it is full almost to the brim in the first week of July only goes to show just how much water there is around here.

The land on either side is flat, rough pasture right out to the horizon, but there is some slightly higher ground at top right – higher ground that used to be part of an island when all of these flatlands were largely underwater.

And if you enlarge this shot (which you should!!! >>> the enlarging method is given below) >>> then tightly screw in your monocle (ouch!) and fix the horizon at upper left with a fierce and penetrating stare, you may just be able to make out a long, shadowy line of high ground, the Quantock Hills, far off to the southwest.  Travel on past them, and over the horizon you’ll find the Brendon Hills, the Blackdown Hills and Exmoor and – before you know it – you’ll be in Devon!

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

Technique: X-T2 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 15mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Provia/Standard profile; Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 5 July 2019.
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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.

7 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 374 – LOOKING WEST FROM THE JACK’S DROVE BRIDGE

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Enlarging the photo brings the light in, and makes it wonderful….

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, my friend. That’s one of the very few problems with these blogs, I think, that the usual size at which they show images is not sufficient for, for example, large landscapes – its only by enlarging them that we can “get right into them”. Glad you like this, Lynn. A 🙂

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  2. Meanderer says:

    That’s just beautiful: the colours and the perspective ….. how it widens out in front of us. I did wonder whether you had to walk on water to get this shot and then spotted the title 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, my friend. LOL! not walking on water! But its on my bucket list, mind, but with so many other things to do, it’ll be a miracle if I get round to it … 😉 …

      The way it widens out towards us is the effect of using a very wide angle lens (15mm full frame equivalent – the human eye sees things at about 40mm).

      And can you see the Quantocks far, far off??? A

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      • Meanderer says:

        Ha, ha; love it 😉

        Yes – I can see the Quantocks. Visited that area a few years back and walked up somewhere (can’t remember where exactly – I posted a couple of photos on my blog at the time) 🙂

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