SOMERSET LEVELS PICTURE GALLERY 1: POSTS 1 – 10

 

SOMERSET LEVELS PICTURE GALLERIES

I’m currently posting images from my large archive of photos from the Somerset Levels, an area not far from where I grew up that holds particular meaning and attraction for me.  These photos are being posted singly, with full text.

To make viewing of these images easier for those with little time to spare, I’m also posting groups of these images with minimal titles – and this is the first.

Clicking onto each image will open a larger version in a separate window: doing this often enhances the image.

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1: Early morning along the North Drain, seen from the Jack’s Drove bridge on Tealham Moor; 17 Sept 2010.

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2: The view westwards over Tealham Moor, at sunrise; 19 Oct 2018.

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3: Cow, Tadham Moor; 1 Nov 2013.

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4: Tripps Drove, a single track road on Godney Moor; 27 Nov 2014.

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5: The rising sun lighting a willow along Hurn Drove, Ash Moor; 28 Oct 2014.

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6: Low angle sunlight and mist on Tadham Moor; 10 Apr 2014.

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7: Roadside fence, Walton Hill, on the top of the Polden Hills; 13 Jan 2016.

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8: Inquisitive as ever, Tealham Moor; 29 Aug 2013.

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9: Standing on Long Moor Drove, looking at anything and everything, when a motorbike shot past me. Like many of the little roads (droves) around here, this one has minimal foundations and, because of the wet, unstable clays underlying it, its often prone to adopting convolutions and textures quite of its own choosing; 3 May 2019.

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10: Napkins (aka serviettes) and wine glasses on our table in the Cottage Cafe, Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset; 9 Oct 2010.

SOMERSET LEVELS: SOME KEYWORDS

And finally – some keywords that will often be mentioned in this archive series:

Droves:  to avoid crossing other peoples’ land when accessing their own, the farmers constructed a series of tracks, known as droves, between the fields. Some of these droves are now metalled roads and many persist as open tracks – all of which allow wonderfully open access to this countryside.

Rhynes: the fields are bounded by water-filled ditches – which both drain the ground and act as stock barriers. Hence strange landscapes – where fields appear quite unbounded, except for a gate with a short length of fencing on either side of it, where a bridge crosses the water-filled boundary ditch to provide access the field.  These small wet ditches communicate with larger rhynes (“reen” as in Doreen), which in turn flow into larger drains, e.g. the North and South Drains in the Brue Valley. All of these waterways are manmade and, by intricate series of pumping stations and flood gates, all of them have their water levels controlled by local farmers, internal drainage boards or the Environment Agency.

Pollarded Willows: the banks of the rhynes were often planted with Willow trees, both to help strengthen the banks and also to show the courses of roads and tracks during floods. These Willows are often pollarded, i.e. their upper branches are cut off, which results in distinctively broad and dense heads to the trees. Pollarding keeps trees to a required height, while ensuring a steady supply of wood – more important in the past than now – for fires, thatching spars, fencing and so on.

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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.

12 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS PICTURE GALLERY 1: POSTS 1 – 10

  1. bluebrightly says:

    As you might guess, I like seeing them together. 🙂

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  2. paula graham says:

    Yea, I remember them well, everyone a topper.

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  3. Love these, 1,4, 7-9 my favorites , love the atmosphere.

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  4. The Levels. Always my faves. Numbers 4 and 9 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼. Love these roads. And of course the cows😉
    XXXATPXXX

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  5. krikitarts says:

    Formidable flashbacks, and looking forward to more.

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