An early morning visit to the Somerset Levels on Friday.  There was a storm here last weekend and the effects were still apparent: trees down, lots of surface water everywhere (tho no real flooding as yet), and farmers on enormous tractors trying to manoeuvre farm machinery through simply vast amounts of mud – and temporarily blocking the narrow roads in the process.  And, as I type this today (Saturday), yet another storm, with further vast amounts of rainfall and high winds, is hitting us this weekend.

I got to a favourite spot on Tealham Moor, where a little bridge crosses a manmade waterway called the North Drain, which helps to take the water off these frequently sodden flatlands.  It was a quiet morning, a short-lived ridge of high pressure – the calm before today’s storm! – was over us, and I looked west along the almost flat and morionless surface of the drain.  There were the reflections of three small bushes in the still water, and the waterway disappeared around a bend in the distance.  The scene was simple, almost Minimal in a way, with the blank sky and water separated by a great dark wedge of winter landscape pushing across from the right.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 195mm; 800 ISO; jpeg created and processed in-camera from a raw file, using the Graphite profile; further processing in Lightroom; the North Drain, on Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wedmore; 14 Feb 2020.

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. Mathias LK says:

    Interesting effect where the small trees, almost invisible to the ground, stand out in their reflection. Nice contrast overall. Fine picture!


  2. As beautiful as the Levels are, I urge you to stay safe, bud.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts, my dear, I will be careful; I mean, I’m no longer a spring chicken – is there a word for an old and ragged rooster??? 😉 – and I’m not as confident when out and about as I used to be, which is a good thing as it makes me take more care. So, thank you, and I’m heeding your words. ATP xxxXXX!!!

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  3. krikitarts says:

    Please send some of your rain down our way!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      My friend, you’re very welcome to it! Today’s forecast has certain parts of the country expecting a month’s rain over the weekend – and of course the ground is still saturated from last weekend’s storm. However Bristol doesn’t seem to be too badly hot at present. 🙂


  4. Oooh, Adrian. I am really digging this one.
    Love the tones and the angles.
    And I especially love the fact that the grass is so crisp on the bank, but blurry/warpy in the water. It really lends a feeling for the moment when the shutter clicked.

    A subtle wind.
    Late winter.
    I can smell the grasses…..


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