ARCHIVE: LEVELS 53 – EARLY MORNING 15


Early morning: mist clearing above a field of maize on Ash Moor, revealing the higher ground of Callow Hill in the backdrop.

And if I were asked what this great dense bank of tall green plants irresistibly reminds me of, it can be nothing other than the menace of the  encircling triffids in The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. 

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended.

Technique: X-T2 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 36mm (equivalent); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Astia/Soft profile; along Ashmoor Drove, on Ash Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 23 Aug 2019.

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.



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 53 – EARLY MORNING 15

  1. I never heard of Triffids so of course I had to look it up. I watched some of it and laughed a lot. Old movies tickle me.
    Always something new from you, bud. ❤️
    XXXATPXXX

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Excellent, very glad its of interest! Its strange really, we all go through Life thinking the here and now is “how things are” and “normal” and yet all times become old times as we move on – its quite a source of wonder to me, the “old days” I’ve lived through. My late mother worked as a typist many decades ago, and so I thought I’d show her word processing on a computer. Two things happened. First, she dozed off. But second she was truly appalled at the complexity of the computer compared to a typewriter – we were from different eras. 💖 ATP xxxXXX!!!

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      • I too was a typist and can see how she would notice the complexity in comparison to a typewriter keyboard. Although at the time I was learning to type, I thought the speed of some of my classmates was insane! Computers are fascinating to me, though at times a bit daunting. 😵‍💫 ❤️

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  2. Sue says:

    I do love morning light….

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