Woodland Abstract

This was an attempt at some Abstract Photography!  I think everyone has had a go at this.  Slowish shutter speed and rotate your camera upwards.  It is quite a nice effect though.  I especially liked the curved trees at the edges.

I did do a couple of changes in Lightroom.

1) Decreased the Clarity

2) Applied a Split Tone.  Blues in the shadows, orange in the highlights.

3) Applied a small vignette.

 

Woodland Abstract

 

The Obligatory Bluebell Shot….

At this time of year, it’s important to go out and capture the bluebells that carpet this green and pleasant land.  I have a good reason to be satisfied with the bluebells this year, because this area in the photo is one that I have worked on as part of my volunteering with National Trust.  We have cleared and expanded the ride through the woods – mainly to help the butterflies move around, but as a bonus it helps the bluebells because of the extra sunlight.Bluebells

 

Mottisfont – Where’s The River Test??

I paid a visit to Mottisfont House and Gardens this morning.  This is where I volunteer on a Monday, mainly in the countryside.  The River Test, famous for its fishing, runs through the estate, and I’ve been watching it gradually encroach into the surrounding fields.  The change between Monday and today, is astonishing and now the fields are completely flooded.  The UK has been at the receiving end of a conveyor belt of storms coming across the Atlantic, and many areas are flooded, in some cases up to five metres deep.  It’s difficult to predict when the floods may even start to recede.  We had a storm most of yesterday afternoon and evening, and the water from that will take a couple of days to filter down.

Mottisfont

Mottisfont

Mottisfont

Resuscitare

‘Resuscitare’ is a new sculptural installation at Mottisfont House and Gardens in Hampshire by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva.  These are five trunks that have been in the woods on the Mottisfont estate for some time,  and have been extracted from the woods, cleaned, patterned with gold gilding, and then buried in the ground in a circle (within an existing beach tree circle) with the roots at the top.  My contribution was digging the holes to put the trunks into!  This is my slightly different view of the installation.  Terrific work, with the help of Mottisfont staff and volunteers, and well worth a trip up to Mottisfont to see it.

Resuscitare

‘The Twelve’

I love this.  This was created by two of the countryside volunteers at the National Trust’s Mottisfont House and Gardens in Hampshire.  It’s mother nature at it’s best.   These are posts that have been sitting in the river for… well I’m not sure how long for.  The bottom of the posts which were in the mud have been preserved and the tops which were out of the water haven’t been touched, but the middles have been worn away by the relentless flow of the river.  I think this is fantastic.

The Twelve