Saturday, 28 January 2012

Yellow brick road... oh, OK, grey tarmac then...


Sometimes I start to feel a little confined, hemmed in on the floor of the Aire valley where I live, work and conduct much of my life.  Luckily, it doesn't take long to escape; a brisk up-hill walk on either side of the valley soon sees you crest a ridge and suddenly there's a marvellous view and a great feeling of space and light.  The north side of the valley takes you up on to Shipley Glen and Baildon Moor, a large area of which still feels satisfyingly 'wild' and natural (even though it has been shaped by man's activities for centuries).  The south side, rather more built up, nevertheless has a wonderful area of open parkland, thanks to a benefactor, Sir Norman Rae, who gifted the land to Shipley Council in 1920 for the benefit of the community.  I always enjoy walking through this avenue of trees.  Even though I know exactly where it goes, I still get a childish feeling of adventure, following a path that 'disappears' into the distance.

11 comments:

  1. What a text book excersise in perspective, and yes indeed where does the path lead to as it veers off to the left in the far distance?
    A fine subject to return to in the changing seasons/differing weather conditions and time of day perhaps and take a series of images from the exact same spot . . . . but I guess that's a tad "old hat" now?

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  2. Oh! A David Hockney painting on film ! Beautiful.

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  3. Very nice shot. I get much the same feeling when we do our daily walk down the "tar and chip" road to Laureldale Cemetery. It, too, winds between rows of trees, but is a bit wilder than your park.

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  4. It is still a great path. Keeping on thinking yellow bricks as you walk.

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  5. well, it's a beautiful shot...and you get some exercise while soaking it in! :)

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  6. I agree. It's lovely to be able to walk up high; feel the open spaces and see the views.

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  7. This is a beautiful spot and a beautiful photo. I'll bet it would make an interesting study of the changes that come with the seasons and with different light and weather conditions.

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  8. yes, even the photo makes one feel like running along to see where it goes. Good converging and vertical lines does that.

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  9. The light and shadows beautifully offset the subtle color in this shot. I love the spot of red!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  10. So beautiful -- I love avenues lined with symmetrical trees.

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  11. It really is such a delightful looking path, those trees are so beautiful. ~Lili

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