Making the best of a break in the wet weather Michael and me took to the high ground for some landscape and big sky photography. An opportunity predictably in vision at the local beauty spot of Ham Hill, all looks fine until you look closer at the watery features seen in the distance.
At first glance the small lakes look to be naturally placed within this landscape but anyone who has seen the recent news will know this is certainly not a regular sight seen at this angle. From Ham Hill we moved over to Yeovilton village for a closer look, luckily the roads were clear so access was not a problem. The result of an accumulation of rainwater over the summer and, more pertinently, the heavy storms over the last few weeks, was there before our eyes.
The light was playing tricks with us, the pictures above were to our left facing north, then to our right and into the sun the reflections and the shadows make for a completely different perspective on the scene.
The next two pictures are there to challenge you blog readers to play spot the difference, the first is a few months old and shows the River Yeo in normal flow; see if you can spot the changes made by adding a bit extra water.
Yes that is the same weir in both pictures.
Looking left again we see the river heading off to the Somerset Levels proper and the scene that greeted us from Langport which overlooked the main area of flooding.
The last picture is of Muchelney Church, those with a memory will have seen shots from a few weeks ago when there was a flood by the River Parrett, but no where near this scale of a problem. For a recap see Behind the Camera 14.
Miracle of miracles the evening remained dry for the whole two and a half hours of the Bridgwater Carnival Parade, payback was waking up to a snowstorm the following morning. The pictures start with a date for the 2013 parade so make a note and try to get there to see the second largest carnival in the world, knocked off the top spot by Rio.
Only a few of the 200 plus images will be shown here hoping to give a glimpse of the time and effort put in by the participants in aid of the charities chosen for donations. The smiles from some and looks of dedication from others say it all.
The floats display a great deal of creativity in transmitting the themes suggested by the organisers, again shown here are but a few that display the diverse skills needed to produce a mind bending show.
Not forgetting those who choose to walk the route showing just as much dedication as the riders on the carts.
How spectacular are these horses????
To finish there is a touch of naughty humour that puts a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Chicks with Sticks’.
Out on our seemingly monthly photographic outing the weather again was overcast and testing, and where ever we go Sutton Bingham often is on th route. This time on passing the gathering of three lads with their remote control yachts gave us our first photo op of the day. Once again the conditions determined the outcome.
Not sure which boat won the day but the cold wind blew us back into the car.
Part two of the journey into Dorset found us taking a narrow back road which, after a short while, we found to be blocked by a 4×4 and a horsebox. The driver was not with it so we thought to see if anything of interest could be found as a possible photo op; on entering the field by the obstruction we were greeted both by the owner and by a surprising find. Andrew, the owner of the field, took much pleasure in sharing with us his collective pride and joy, a large run containing over ten types of rare and exotic fowl. The names of which I cannot remember, but when you see the pictures just google the discription if you need to know what they are.
Not only was there a bird or two in the hand, there was a handful of horses too. Thank you for allowing us access Andrew.
My friend Carl bought a new camera and wanted to give it a trial run somewhere with almost guaranteed results,Stourhead comes to mind immediately as an old faithful. Landscape photographers from all over seem to have at least one or two shots of these gardens in their collections, magazines, slideshows, travellogues, the instantly recogniseable lake scenes with the bridge and folly collection are made for taking memorable pictures. Just a few to be shown here of the 160 pictures taken on 30th October, not much sun in evidence but who needs the sky when confronted with this range of photogenic opportunities.