SOMERSET LEVELS 376 – ENTRANCE TO A FIELD OF RECENTLY CUT GRASS

 

 


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This picture is best viewed enlarged, there’s a lot to see – click onto it to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

I’m standing on the tiny, grassy bridge across a water-filled ditch – known locally as a rhyne – which allows access of man, beast and machine to the large, open field of recently cut grass to the left.  A period of dry weather is forecast and, almost to a man, everywhere, the farmers have been out cutting their grass.

The actual metal gate to the field is open and out of shot to the left, and such short sections of wooden fencing as the one here are erected on either side of gates everywhere in this flat landscape, to prevent animals trying to squeeze around the gates from either falling into the rhynes, or gaining access to the tiny bridges and actually escaping.

The dead straight rhyne makes off eastwards across the relatively recent landscape of Queen’s Sedge Moor, and just visible up to its right is the tarmac surface of the single track Long Drove, which accompanies the rhyne across this flatland.

In all of this wonderful flatness, two areas of higher ground can just be seen.  Look along the line of the rhyne, and there is a bluish escarpment – the uplands of Launcherly Hill and Worminster Down – and over beyond there, further to the right, well that’s where the Glastonbury Festival is held.  I have never been to the festival (tho watching lots of it on TV) but, quite simply, I think it an absolutely wonderful event, something of a shining light in an often dull world, and I can only hope that it will continue for many, many years to come.

Look over to the left and you will see a long line of more distant high ground topped by a towering TV mast – these are the Mendip Hills, the northern limit of the Levels in this area, and an important part of my early life.

And, as has happened to me many times before when viewing such pictures, the large upstanding tree near the rhyne’s vanishing point resembles nothing more than an exploding artillery shell.  Why I should receive this impression, I cannot imagine.  I’m not sure I believe in the possibility of having lived earlier lives than this one but – who knows?

Technique: X-T2 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 27mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Astia/Soft profile; Queen’s Sedge 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.

18 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 376 – ENTRANCE TO A FIELD OF RECENTLY CUT GRASS

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Super, super light, Adrian! What a wonderful moment. I appreciate the way you kept the whole image subdued, the better to reveal the beauty.

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  2. This is so beautiful, Adrian. I love the way my eye must follow the rhyne down to its apparent disappearance and then jump back to look at the fence. Repeated travels like this are quite rewarding. Maybe most of all, I love the color. Splendid job altogether.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Linda, thank you very much! Repeated travels, well I’m in love with this little part of the world; I grew up on the coast not too far from here and now, hitting 70 next birthday, I feel very little need to go anywhere else, although I have the means to do so if I wish. I feel at home in this little part of the world and, to me, that’s an important thing.

      And the colour, well this is a Fujifilm camera and, although preferring the Nikon Z 6 overall, the colours that the X-T1 and 2 have given me have always been wonderful. Thank you for your thoughts. Adrian

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  3. I’ve come back to this about a half a dozen times, that should tell you something.

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  4. David says:

    Beautiful image! You’ve got your inner impressionist going here!

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  5. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful. Love the composition and the soft light. I like that bit of fencing; the way it lies parallel with the clouds, and the way it seems to almost jump towards me, beckoning me to walk into the scene …… guiding me in 🙂

    Interesting about the tree as exploding artillery shell. Neverending curiosity at what our minds throw at us at times!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Everything – clouds, mown grass strips, fencing, rhyne and road – is converging on a point just past the tree somewhere >>> not sure I composed that, I think I just raised the camera and fired >>> and LOVE the fact you’re being beckoned into the scene!!! A

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      • Meanderer says:

        Regarding the composition, I like how you have the rhyne on the right rather than elsewhere when you took the photo; that’s what’s pleasing to my eye at least 🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Well, no false modesty, but I walked over the little grassy bridge, walking into the field, and looked right, and there was the scene >>> LOL! and it wasn’t long after this that I had that fall in the field >>> which tended to disturb the rural calm somewhat!!! The rhyne was coming out from under the little bridge, and so it naturally fell into the right of the image. Also like the reflection of the bright sky further up the rhyne, which helps to emphasise it. A

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  6. paula graham says:

    Could be a painting. Perfectly composed

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  7. Fine shot, Adrian!

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