The villages surrounding Bredon Hill are amongst the most attractive and picturesque in the land. And for many photographers they would be superb places to photograph. I’m tempted at times, but I almost always resist. The beautiful stone cottages, thatched roofs and immaculate gardens would make a photography project in its own right. But for me, primarily a landscape photographer, photographing people’s private homes and gardens and then publishing them on the web without permission from the owners is something that leaves me feeling a little uncomfortable. It isn’t unlawful; in almost all instances photography from public highways, footpaths and bridleways, is not restricted in any way. Of course, I have no qualms at all about photographing public buildings, churches or pubs for instance. I’ve been asked about photographing in the villages on a few occasions whilst hiking on Bredon Hill and a further question today has prompted me to assemble my thoughts.
My 8 mile loop starting before sunrise from Elmley Castle was both photographically productive and enjoyable. The almost complete cloud cover at the start steadily dissipated to become almost clear blue as the temperature rose. Not surprisingly, more people than usual were enjoying the hill today. A few hours on Bredon Hill is a far better bet than most August Bank Holiday alternatives! On top of the hill I watched a pair of Wheatears for while, the first I’ve seen here. I wonder whether they bred here or perhaps they’re on migration south from more northerly breeding grounds?
I’m aiming to complete 52 hikes on Bredon Hill throughout 2016, one per week on average. This is my 40th hike so I’m now over 3/4 of the way to meeting my objective but not quite 2/3 of the way through the year. So I’m well ahead of schedule, which I need to be as I’ll be taking some more time away before the end of the year. This morning’s 7.5 miles covered a loop starting and finishing in Overbury. The harvest is all but complete – Bredon Hill now is looking scalped.
The evening sky was mostly overcast until about 6:30 when the sun appeared and lit up the clouds for a while. Well before sunset it dipped behind the cloud bank on the north west horizon with hardly a hint of a colourful sunset. It was another full moon, however I left before it made it’s appearance. The full moon rises at the same time as the sun sets (8:25pm) but cloud in the east hid that event too. Notwithstanding that, the sky provided the most interesting subject matter.
Neither a breath of wind nor a single sunbeam was in evidence for this morning’s 7 mile hike around the eastern side of Bredon Hill. The soft flat lighting didn’t help with any of the potential landscape photographs so today’s photographs are all of ‘things’ closer to my camera.
Thwarted again by the weather. Last time it was the lack of snow. This time I’d hoped to be able to photograph the Perseid meteor shower from on Bredon Hill. Peak time meteor time was during the early hours of Friday morning – when it was cloudy. And the same again for early the hours of Saturday morning. I decided not to venture out based on cloud cover forecasts during each preceding evening so I can’t be certain that there weren’t any large enough breaks. Oh well.
Another short evening walk anticipating a fine sunset, but it failed to materialise. However the low evening sun provided excellent side-lighting for a couple of photographs.