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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


This is a detail of a larger image of this tree…I preferred the detail on the leaves that you get in this cropped down version…see below for the original version…

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I always think that I’ll spend a bit of time on these sort of anniversary shots like the 250th shot of the year…I always either don’t realise it’s the anniversary or I simply don’t have the time or opportunity to get a good shot…rather like today.


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!


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


It’s Debbie’s birthday week, so we have both taken a week off work for some much needed r&r. We visited Oxburgh Hall today which is covered in scaffolding and the surrounding grounds have been badly effected by last week’s storm Doris…apparently 31 trees blown down. So some of the walking routes were out of bounds but we did find a very pleasant walk through woodland and across open meadow that, despite it still being the end of winter and with storm clouds gathering all around, made a very relaxing day out. Some more shots after the break

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Quite a lovely morning today on Beaumonts Hill in Great Dunmow, with a pretty sunrise and low mist…I’ve photographed this tree a few times, but this is definitely my favourite of it so far.


It’s nice to get a slightly different shot of Beaumont’s Hill at sunrise. This morning my normal shot of this scene, down the farm track, was just a bit samey, so I continued on my walk just another 10 – 15 yards and got this totally different sunrise shot. The lack of a leading line is a little problematic, but you can’t have everything!


It does exactly what it says on the tin – it was freezing and it was foggy!