Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Tripping the light fantastic


I often find myself trying to capture the wonderful play of sunlight filtering through leaves.  Mostly my attempts end up far short of the beauty of the reality, but I think this one comes close.  Taken from the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath just beyond Hirst Lock, the trees are in Hirst Woods, a small but semi-ancient patch of woodland that grows on a moraine left by retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago.  Many of the trees are beech, with oak and birch too; I love their autumn colours and the way they catch the light.  I recently read that there is supposedly the remains of an Iron-Age settlement within the wood, but I don't think I'd know what to look for to discover that.  It is one of my favorite places for a calming walk; you're never far away from other people (lots of dog-walkers!) but it's very peaceful nevertheless.

9 comments:

  1. A beautiful photo.

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  2. Very nice. And I agree, those shots are devilishly hard to get.

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  3. That's a beautiful shot. Iron Age settlement?...look out for a circular ditch surrounding the site, probably at the highest point on the moraine. Go and have a look - and if you don't find it you'll have a lovely walk anyway!

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  4. This is indeed a nice image, jennyfreckles. I also like backlit scenes.

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  5. Now that is truly magical, jennyfreckles! Well captured!

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  6. You've captured the light beautifully here Jenny, how exciting about the Iron Age settlement.

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  7. Oh yes, well done, Jennyfreckles! How I'd like to just step right in!

    [I agree it is amazing how diverse our world is... and no, I'd not want to sleep in my back yard for eternity either! I'm more the "burn and sprinkle the ashes" type...]

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