Tadham Moor, looking east on a summer’s morning; 27 Aug 2014.  LOL! >>> I still remember when first posting this, that it was pointed out that its not string at all, it is in fact baler twine >>> but the title still appeals, so I’m going to stand corrected, retain the post’s original title but make corrections in the text below!!!  

Crouching down low, just above the tops of the grass, and seeing the world through a 12mm lens – seeing far more at one time than the unaided human eye can ever see sharply.

I’m  at the southern end of Jack’s Drove, where it meets another little back road, which is just out of view behind the tall grasses on the right – this other road, Totney Drove, runs on eastwards, between the two tall trees in the distance.

Instead of using fences, the damp fields around here are bounded by water-filled ditches.  Covered in floating water plants, the ditch bordering Totney Drove catches the light as it heads towards the two trees, while the one bordering Jack’s Drove is in shadow, at bottom left.

The soil here is very loose and wet and, on the corner of these two little back roads, there have been worries that the roads’ thin tarmac may give way under the weight of passing vehicles and slide down into the wet ditches, and so sheets of corrugated iron (visible lower right) have been driven into the soft ground, to try to prevent this.

To further warn passersby of the danger, a line of little sticks with red baler twine tied around them has been set up, but these have been ravaged by the elements and the twine hangs loose.

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

Technique: D800 with 12-24 Sigma lens at 12mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Contrast and Structure preset and selectively restoring colour.


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 for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    I love the juxtaposition of the ordinary fence and twine with the extraordinary sky and that bit of color – fabulous, Adrian!


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  3. Sonali Dalal says:

    lovely light and tones!

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  4. krikitarts says:

    It sounds a bit treacherous for the unwary visitor, but I suppose nearly anyone visiting this area is quite aware of the questionable surface structure. It looks like some mending and splicing is order so that, once more, the twine shall meet.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Love “the twine shall meet”!!! One thing about this area is that most of those visiting it are local, so yes, they are aware. Appearing relatively mundane to the sensation seeking eye, there are few visitors here from “the outside”, which to me is a part of its attraction.

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  5. msnyder1970 says:

    This is just incredible, it has a very graphic novel look about it.


  6. Well, I have to tell you that I am not normally a big fan of mono plus color but I’ll make an exception for this rather splendid picture. Nicely done.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Michael, thank you. I know what you mean about m+c, a lot of it is far too brash; subtlety is everything I think, plus I like the way SEP2 can often slightly discolour the restored colours, which can add to images. 🙂

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