Sunday, 18 February 2018

Robin Hood Hill (September 2017)

Since I stopped posting my images in strict date order some of the photograph sessions have either been by-passed or completely forgotten.

It was only a visit to Robin Hood Hill in the last couple of weeks that got me searching back into the catalogue for a picture of the tree that had fallen down in the fields below the hill -see previous post.

Whilst searching I can across this set of images from September 2017.

I really enjoy Robin Hood Hill as a photographic venue. It is one of the few places locally where there is height and open views. The compositions tend to repeat on each visit but the photography is more about the lighting conditions on the day rather than originality. There is always a bit of scope for something different and on this occasion I made a couple of simple compositions using the shape of the hill and the clouds, and then one picking out some lines and angles in a field below the hill:









Friday, 16 February 2018

Robin Hood Hill (May 2017)

A step back to May 2017 and two sets of images taken on Robin Hood Hill.

The first set was taken towards the end of the month on a lovely spring evening - weather like this can only be dreamed about as I write on a particularly chilly February day!








The second set was taken about three weeks earlier. The trees are noticeably less green and they haven't quite developed the thick canopy seen in the first set of images:







On this visit I also noticed that one my favourite trees had fallen over or been cut down (circled below).


I will miss the compositional value of this tree either as a main subject or with others trees in the fields below Robin Hood Hill:





Monday, 12 February 2018

Autumn on the Southwell Trail - Part 7

There were still pockets of autumn colour along the Southwell Trail in the last week November 2017 - most of it from the oak trees as the leaves die off with a rusty orange brown colour:










A hazel tree and possibly a beech tree were still showing some vibrant colour (I am not totally sure about the beech tree ID, it is hard to be certain from the photo):








Natural reds in the landscape are always eye catching and invariably I find myself trying to capture them with the camera, even if it poses another ID conundrum. Most of the branches in the frame are from a hazel tree as I can see some very early catkins. If this is correct then the berries are growing intertwined with the hazel and look like guelder rose berries although there are no leaves to help make a definite ID:


Lastly, I captured these trees with a definite end of season look:




Saturday, 10 February 2018

Autumn on the Southwell Trail - Part 6

Autumn on the Southwell Trail is a series of photographs documenting the seasonal changes along a two mile stretch of a former railway line in Nottinghamshire. Following its closure in the 1960's the line was purchased by the council and is now designated as a local nature reserve popular with walkers and cyclists.

This particular selection of images captures one of the first ground frosts of the season. There was just enough frost to give a sugar dusting on some fallen leaves and ferns: