Mute Swans about to land on flooded Tealham Moor, south of Wedmore, on the Somerset Levels; 7 Feb 2014.

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

Much against good sense, I ventured down onto the Levels recently, to my habitual haunts on Tealham and Tadham Moors.  Not daring to take my usual cross-country route because of the many places where even small amounts of flooding might cut it, I drove down the main A38 road south from Bristol to Highbridge, and then went eastwards into the flatlands along another, relatively large road.  All was well on these main roads, but as soon as I got onto the smaller lanes, problems with water appeared.

Tealham and Tadham were mostly submerged, with just just the roads sticking up above the waters and little traffic about, but the floods in this more northerly part of the Levels are nothing like those further south, south of the Polden Hills, where whole villages are being overwhelmed, main roads have been cut for weeks, cutting edge pumping technology has been brought in from Holland, and the Army has been called in to help the local people.

This image is starting to look rather unphotographic, more like a painting maybe, and I always feel good when this happens.  Henrietta Richer and Dave Battarbee have both made suggestions about this image, which I’ve incorporated.  

Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 200 ISO. 



  1. I’m with Jane – love the light on the wings when the photo is seen larger. Terrible about the flooding but these days….you just can’t depend on thigns being the way they were.


    • Glad it gets to you, my friend! Well, the Levels “are designed to be” flooded (by freshwater), indeed in at least some areas, they rely on the incoming nutrients. And so these Willows come and go, this is Nature >>> but that doesn’t stop me getting attached to some of them, and regretting their passing. But then, also, I’m a geologist, and I know that absolutely nothing on this planet stays unchanged >>> its the changes that occur in our “blink of an eyelid” lifetimes that bring grief. 🙂


  2. Ah, shades of some of the Old Masters here, old master! The light is soft but warm and the details also softened but fully adequate. I like very much that you chose not to enhance the contrast or brighten the highlights, both of which I feel would have detracted from the mood.


  3. Hi Adrian, I am very glad I clicked to view larger (which I usually do). The sunlight on the wings of the swans is very beautiful and the muted backdrop with the bare trees is wonderful. Terrific work, friend. Hope you are staying safe.


    • Jane, thank you very much – this is very much a favourite picture of mine, and I’m glad it gets to you too. Yes, thank you, we are taking all the precautions and, at the moment, are fine. You stay safe too, my friend. 🙂

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