Day 22 – 28th April 2016

A late morning / middle of the day walk today on the western end of the hill. Early on the sky was alive with cloud shapes as the chilly northeaster made its presence felt. Today’s batch of photographs are rather more ‘traditional’ than some of my work, but no less enjoyable for me for all that. From around midday there was noticeably less blue sky as the cloud cover steadily increased. And absolutely no mud.

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Driveway Trees
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Postbox
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April Sky – #1
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April Sky – #2
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Primroses
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Cowslips
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Tree Pool

 

 

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Day 21 – 21st April 2016

My 4pm start was overcast with just a very occasional momentary glimpse of the sun. Whilst I enjoyed the walk I found it hard to find any really satisfying images. I started heading back to my car from Parson’s Folly around 7:00pm when, much to my surprise, I came upon preparations underway for the lighting of a beacon at Sundial Farm to celebrate the 90th birthday of HMQ – organised by Overbury Estate. Over the next hour about 150 people arrived, for the lighting at 8:30. The National Anthem was sung as well as Happy Birthday and refreshments were served from the Airstream Caravan. So, for me it was an unexpected end to the day on Bredon Hill and the opportunity for a few more photographs – three of which I’ve included below.

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Beech Wedge
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No Further Use
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Three Tracks
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Elephant Stone and Parson’s Folly
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Happy Birthday Choir
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Beacon Blaze
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Airstream Hospitality

Day 20 – 19th April 2016

My dawn hike two days ago was in unbroken blue sky as was today’s albeit this one was from late afternoon through to dusk. Much the same challenges arise for photography. The very low angle of sunlight can certainly make for interesting and attractive lighting of landscapes. It exaggerates shadows (intensity and length) and can highlight textures to great effect. This shows up to some degree in the very wide panorama below where the contours on the Bredon Hill NNR and its huge number of ant hills are more clearly visible. The panorama is made from seamlessly stitching together six separate images and shows a field of view of about 120˚. This image really needs to be viewed at enormous size to see all of its detail. Small web images don’t do justice to this type of detailed photograph – or that’s my excuse.

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Over Bredon Hill NNR and its Ant Hills – to The Malverns
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Aaahh … #1
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Aaahh … #2
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Path Down to Great Comberton
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Parson’s Folly
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Old and Wrinkled

Did I Miss The Snow?

Early yesterday morning saw a short burst of very wet snow near Evesham that didn’t settle. I’m guessing it may have settled, at least for a short while, on Bredon Hill. I couldn’t see the hill from home due to the low cloud so I couldn’t tell.  It’s my hope that I get to photograph snow on Bredon Hill this year, even if it’s only a paltry covering. But even if it did settle for any time, I would have missed it as I had other commitments. Oh well.

Day 19 – 17th April 2016

The first cloud appeared this morning at 9:30, almost 4 hours after I started out walking from Overbury, and just 15 minutes before I finished. Clear blue sky is not the blessing that many believe, indeed the harsh contrast created by the blazing overhead sun can be very challenging for landscape photography. But when the sun is very low in a clear sky, say during the first and last hours of daylight, the light is often at its best.

Swallows have returned from Africa, I heard a garden warbler singing, watched a sparrowhawk chasing a crow, and enjoyed skylarks in display flight and song. And the bluebells are now fully open – over a month since the first ones bloomed – see Day 13.

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Dawn Barn
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Tree & Fence Shadows
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Bluebell Carpet
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Frosted Nettles
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Barn Door
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Sixty

Day 17 – 7th April 2016

Today’s photography was all about the sky. From about 4pm until just before sunset the sky offered so many possible photographs. Then by 7:53pm, the exact sunset time, the sun had been obscured by the approaching rain clouds – and down came the rain.

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Sunlit Wall
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Buds
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Anvil Cloud and Parson’s Folly
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Fence Posts
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Rain Over The Malverns- I
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Rain Over The Malverns – II