Silver Birch

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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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.


We drove out to Broxbourne Woods today for a walk. We hadn’t been for a few years so it was nice to see again. The Infra-Red camera got another outing…not as successful as previously, mainly because there wasn’t much new green life yet, but I still enjoyed this selection of shots…

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We popped out to Rowney Woods this morning for a walk. Whilst there were some pretty threatening clouds around the sun did periodically make an appearance as it did in this shot as we were leaving the woods, lighting up the young oak tree at the entrance. 

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Our week of visiting National Trust properties finished with a visit to Anglesey Abbey, our 4th property of the week. We were again impressed by the National Trust marketing and sales machine, very busy despite it being a pretty dull Autumn morning (it brightened up considerably in the afternoon), with very good facilities for the visitor.

I, obviously, had to get the cliche Silver Birch shot you see here. I think every photographer who visits gets this shot. This is actually a vertorama – 3 shots stitched vertically to give better height to the photograph. It was bright so I struggled to get a slow enough shutter speed.

More views of the Silver Birch’s after the break

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The wind dropped and the sun made a rare appearance so we dashed out to take a walk around Rowney Woods this morning. When we arrived it was a completely featureless blue sky…nice after what we have had recently, but not great for interesting photographs. Fortunately some clouds had started to appear and the sun was casting a really nice light onto the Silver Birches in the woods. I knew, becasue the sky was such a rich blue I’d be able to get a really good black and white conversion and I was very pleased with the outcome.