As you open this post, I can hear you thinking “This is Paradise?!  Has FATman finally lost it???”.  Well, to me, in a way, yes it is paradise.  Why do I think this?  Have I finally lost the plot?  And, then again, how can I have lost something I’ve never really found in the first place?

OK, explanations.  This is a little cut through between two back lanes in south Bristol, that I regularly pass through during the 5 mile walks that I use to relax and free my mind and to (hopefully) reduce my waistline.  Its a very simple little place.  Just some grass that is roughly cut by the local council, and a stream flowing through a little culvert – water which, despite the houses close in upon either side, probably explains why this lovely little spot has never been built on.

And then there’s this absolutely beautiful and serene tree, with a canopy like some vast umbrella, which looks just ideal for sitting under on some reflective day, although I have yet to do so.  Add to all this a very friendly little ginger and white cat who has lost most of his tail, and for the brief times that I’m within this quiet little space, I feel uplifted and very much at peace, and so … paradise …

And you’re seeing this delightful little spot perhaps at its best.  The cat’s not there, to be sure, but the grass has been cut, the tree is ablaze with autumn’s hues, and all is shrouded by a soft, autumn mist.

I have for a long time, perhaps for all of my life in fact, hankered after the simple life – I warmly recall my first years in Kenya, without phone, TV or radio, but with geckos chattering back and for to each other across my living room –  and those feelings have only accelerated since my retirement from work four years ago.  Modern life and technology seem only to make things ever more complex and rushed, but I’m after far more simple pleasures and a far more leisurely pace – and maybe this little, unpretentious space goes some way towards symbolising those ideals.

The first image in this series, along with context, can be found here.

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

Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Natural film preset; Whitchurch, south Bristol; 2 Nov 2017.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

22 Responses to ARCHIVE 475 – PARADISE

  1. bluebrightly says:

    AMEN! What else can I say? (Well, I can say what a pleasure it was, reading this, and the image is lovely).


  2. It’s a lovely spot!


  3. I agree, it looks like Paradise to me.


  4. krikitarts says:

    Ah, there is so much to be said about the simpler days that nearly all of us remember with great fondness, and the sensory triggers that bring them back are frequent–if we let ourselves be attuned to them. I’m finding that the old, wonderful memories of childhood sneak up and nudge me from behind, as it were, with ever-increasing frequency, and I’m paying more attention.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I’m experiencing the same thing; these far off memories are precious, and we would do well to pay attention to them.

      We and our parents have lived through times of unimaginable technological innovation, and while that has brought many benefits – like our being able to blog eg – I do think that life has become faster paced and more complicated. Retirement is allowing me to get further towards the simpler life that has always attracted me – I suppose that digital photography and blogging are my two exceptions to simplicity, but they are both so rewarding that abandoning them for simplicity’s sake would be unimaginable. 🙂

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  5. This looks like the perfect place to find some peace. I’m happy you have such a place. This photo captures paradise perfectly. As far as the weight and the walks. I’m with you. I know it’s healthier not to eat and drink too much but the walks are better than no walks 😉❤️


  6. msnyder1970 says:

    Everyone has their own paradise, mate. Tip on the waistline, i have been working out for 30 years at the gym and otherwise the only i lose weight is when i really pay attention to what and how i am eating. 🙂 lost 2.578 stones on weight watchers, i dont drink, stopped eating out (well except for me and my wifes bday…pizza) measure out all my portions.


  7. Dave says:

    Wow! You always are able to capture the atmosphere perfectly


  8. Janet says:

    Beautiful. Looks like the cover of a fairy tale.


  9. You had me on the title. Looks like paradise to me.


  10. Arati says:

    With the mist (morning fog?) this seems like a magical place. Peaceful and soft. I would enjoy walking by there.


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