Another glorious day meant it was way to hot to venture out until 8.00pm in the evening. With sunset not until 9.20pm that’s not such a problem, the woods were still really dark with the heavy summer canopy blocking out much of the sunlight…so, this is a public footpath we (still) haven’t followed across the field of barley. I haven’t done any HDR for a while – so it was nice to run this shot through Photomatix to create this shot.

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I finally got chance to go back to Mundon to photograph the frozen oak trees there with my tripod. I was just settling down to photograph these when the landowner drove across the field and threw me off…in his words he was”really pissed off”! There is a clear sign telling people “Private Land No Access without permission” so I really didn’t have a leg to stand on and retired to the adjacent public path to take this image. I have no idea how you get “permission”, but get it before you move closer than the path to take your shots!

It’s a 9.5 minute exposure to get the clouds to streak like that using a 16 stop ND filter


From our walk this afternoon in Rowney Woods and then edited to fit the theme “Hello Darkness” in a competition on Flickr


It’s been a year or so since I last visited Hatfield Forest so it was nice to have an hour trotting around some of it this afternoon, even if it was rather drizzily when I arrived.

The sun started to break through when I got to the lake and the early evening continued to brighten up until I left in full sunshine later on. A couple more shots after the break:

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Another visit to Garnetts Wood in Barnston where the bluebells are still doing pretty well. I like how the depth of field gives the illusion that the bluebells are swirling around the bottom of the image. 

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We had a walk around Garnetts Wood this afternoon…this shot was taken just before the heavens opened and we got soaked. On returning home (about 3 miles away) we found there had been no rain at all there!


Despite dire warnings of cold weather and rain today, we ventured out in the morning and visited, for the first time in a long while, West Wood, just outside Thaxted. It was a lovely, bright mild morning…thanks weather forecasters! Lots of new growth was everywhere including the common spotted orchids that abound here. They are still a little young at the moment so today’s picture is of some new Forget Me Not’s that are starting to emerge.


There was a deer there…honest!

Glorious weather here and it was lovely and cool in the woods…and really quiet, loads of wildlife about, the local buzzards were very active as were the woodpeckers.


Killed by salt water, this is the second time I have photographed these trees…and the second time that I forgot my tripod when photographing these trees…which was incredibly annoying as there was a good breeze and the clouds were zooming across the sky…next time perhaps.

I was pleased with this infra-red shot though.


Another early morning shot of this tree from my morning walk, it’s noticeable that the green shoots are beginning to show themselves as all the birds busy themselves with the coming spring