Exercise – It’s a walk in the park

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Steering our way towards the local country park on a blue sky January morning gave us the first opportunity in ages for using the camera. Even a fair selection of birds came out to play.

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Here’s hoping the weather stays this clear for a few days. Happy new year to all our readers.

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Behind the Camera 22 – 1

Lost lakes of the Levels

This is the first time the water level has dropped allowing full access to Muchelney since last November. The village is no longer an island with the course of the River Parrett and adjacent roads now properly visible.

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Yes the sun did shine and out came a little bunny to celebrate a chance to warm up, even the swans looked as if they were a bit hearty.

Behind the Camera 16

Floody Hell

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. TheĀ  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.

Behind the Camera 14

Muchelney and the River Parrett.

After a summer of many distractions and events Micheal and Me get down on the Somerset Levels to try again with adverse weather and water, hopefully to come away with some worth keeping photographs. The rain was with us once more and has brought the River Parrett close to bursting its banks and causing major flooding. As I use any excuse I can to feature Kate Rusby to accompany my pictures I have put this collection on You Tube with her song ‘Not Me’, Something different to see, here is the link.

Does anybody like this, please feel free to comment.

LUCKY BREAK

This is an exercise designed to point you towards an audio visual production using 83 photographs to tell my story about a weekend of good weather, amazing scenery, lucky coincidences and a driver prepared to stop for taking pictures. To have all these features happening together does not often come about. The weekend involved staying with friends in Bristol; taking a local harbour cruise, crossing over to South Wales with a visit to the Brecon Beacons, concluding with appreciating a sunset seen from the Bristol Downs. Not forgetting the friendly gatherings with a more than adequate supply of good food.

Here are a few pictures to tempt you into watching the Youtube show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the promised link.

 

 

 

Before the Rain

Woken up by noises in the street outside my window it was noticeable that the sky would give us a colourful start to the day. The following few photographs let you see its progress towards fulfilling the prophecy – Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning.

Within an hour or so the rain was with us.

 

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Windswept

After a day of intermittent heavy showers the evening clouds takes on a whispy format.

The next two pictures are slightly leaning shots of a golf course at the bottom of the valley below us.

And about eight miles away on the side of another hill sits Melbury house nestled in the trees, the sun’s rays pick it out for us to see.