ARCHIVE: LEVELS 90 – JANUARY, TEALHAM MOOR, JUST BEFORE SUNRISE


Tealham Moor, in winter, looking to the east.  This is winter: harsh and bleak.

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

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 83mm (equiv); 8,000 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Astia/Soft profile; Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 27 Jan 2017.

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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      • It’s so interesting to hear your meaning of this photograph, Adrian. When I looked at it, I thought about how peaceful it made me feel, and it reinforced my resolve to get out with the camera earlier in the morning to catch the feeling for myself. The colors are beautiful, but I always say that a photograph of a sunrise or sunset has to have more going for it than the sunrise or sunset itself, and this one does, with the tree in the foreground and the line of trees in the distance. The elongated aspect ratio helps convey—to me—the feeling of peace.

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        • Its always good hearing from you, Linda, and I’m interested to hear what this image means to you. That’s the bottom line really, we are all of us individuals with our own thoughts and views, that’s the thing we must always keep in mind. Not to do this makes us dogmatic and self-centered.
          I very much agree about sunsets/rises needing to be more than just the event.
          Finding somewhere nearby and convenient to visit early in the morning would be good, somewhere you can easily get to. I have long felt that the opening hours of each day have something special of their own, and the time just before dawn too – and these hours are much more accessible in winter. NB be prepared to use large apertures and high ISOs!!! >>> LOL! faint heart never won fair image!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
          Age and pandemic stresses are catching up with me a bit now, and I no longer feel confident about driving through the night to be down on the Levels before dawn, but I might try some v early photography nearer home – perhaps traffic on our busy main road. 🙂

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