ARCHIVE: LEVELS 32 – SUN RISING OVER GLASTONBURY TOR

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Sunrise over Glastonbury Tor, seen from Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 22 Nov 2013.

I’ve lightened the centre section to bring interest to the mid-ground with the two cows – but I’m sure they should have shadows … oh dear, digital … not always quite up to it are you?  Or maybe I’m not quite up to it – its probably me ….

And of course I’m pointing my magnificent if distinctly weighty telezoom straight into the sun’s glare, and so to a second, orange sun low down in the frame, and also some rather fiery glows between that sun and the real one.  I could have gone at it with software to try and make good these optical artefacts but, first, I can’t be bothered, and second, I think they add to the atmosphere and feeling of the shot – I mean, I’m pointing a x6 telephoto directly into Our Star’s incandescent face, so what do I expect, perfect and pristine optical rendition?

I like the 80-400 (but – Jan 2020 – have sold it now).  Large and unwieldy it may be and its not one of Nikon’s very quick AF-S lenses, but it is image stabilised and I can hand hold it, and it gives such reach and flexibility.

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

Technique: D800 with 80-400 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO.

SOMERSET LEVELS: SOME KEYWORDS

And finally – some keywordsthat 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.

6 Responses to ARCHIVE: LEVELS 32 – SUN RISING OVER GLASTONBURY TOR

  1. Adrian Lewis says:

    Filled up is more my style, snout down in the trough! 🐷

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  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Well, not surprised to hear your news, M, these are very trying times – very glad to hear you’re more yourself now.
    Yes – very, very sadly – the original post editor has gone, to be replaced by something which is intricate and clunky plus plus plus – FATman Photos is 10 soon, and you will see my comments then.
    Hahaha!!! werl, Little Darlin, my comments never do stack up correctly, know what I mean?! Arf arf, nudge nudge, wink wink, gobble gobble!!! 😎 An ex-manager said that I ALWAYS say the wrong thing and I replied that everybody’s got to be good at something …

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  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Thank you, my friend – and where’s yer bin, I bin worried about you!!! Hope you’re ok! I’m ok, though I must say rather ground down and exhausted by Life just now. Getting my second Pfizer on Sat. And if I can summon up my va-va-voom, maybe even try getting down to Weston or the Levels. Hope you’re both fine! 🙂

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    • Meanderer says:

      I’m not too bad thanks. Had got very down, I’m afraid. However, I’ve been completely focused on family history research these last couple of months and have found it very absorbing and interesting, and it has given me a bit of a lift – although it has taken over my life to a great extent! Still keeping away from news – which also helps. Would be great if you do rediscover your va-va-voom for a trip to the levels!!

      On a sidenote, I’ve noticed that your comments aren’t stacking correctly. Your replies are above other bloggers’ comments. Also, it looks as if WP have done away with the old dashboard. I only have to be away from WP for a few weeks and they make changes!

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  4. Meanderer says:

    Magical, my friend

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