Birch and pine

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I thought I’d share some more pictures from my walk in our short-lived snow, on Tuesday morning.

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No canoeing today!

Chatley Heath is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and it is managed as a nature reserve by Surrey Wildlife Trust.

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Birch and pine

In its efforts to restore Surrey’s lost heathland, important habitat for several species at risk, the Trust has to do battle with birch and scots pine, the county’s dominant trees.

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They self seed freely in the sandy soil.  I have to say, however that they do look well together under a dusting of fresh snow.

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I did find a few beech trees too, some still hanging onto autumn foliage.  And one or two venerable oaks.

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My 365 is from this day in 2009.  I foolishly let on to my daughter’s headmistress that I took photos.  Next thing I knew I was doing all the photography for the school’s new prospectus.  It was a challenge for me, especially as at that time I had only a very entry level DSLR with lousy noise levels at ISOs above 400, no flash and little experience.  But I enjoyed every minute of it.  This image is from my first shoot at the school.



Snow, reflections and the English winter

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f/7.1, 1/40, 35mm, ISO 400

Another shot from yesterday’s foray into the snowy landscape.  The snow is gone now; it doesn’t last long here.  Back to grey and wet today, but it was fun while it lasted.  Looking back to this day last year for my 365 redux project, I found images of golden light and blue skies.  This little island is known for its variable climate; discussing the weather is practically a national sport.  Last year we had one of the wettest winters since records began and nary a single flake of snow.

reflections in canal



Snow, then and now

willows and snow

Finally, some snow.  Circumstances (traffic and trains) were against me this morning and it was late before I managed to get out into the landscape.  The thaw had begun, but I made the best I could of it all.  I was attracted to the bright stems of these coppiced trees against the white.

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On this day in 2009, I was also out photographing snow.  My 365/34 was captured just 200 yards from my home.  Situated south of London and within the M25, we rarely see temperatures low enough to form icicles like these, so they were a novelty I had to snap.


Two lights in one day

infra red and mist

One day last month, I managed to get out to Chatley Heath during some early morning mist.  The forest of towering scots pines looked spooky in the mist so I gave this image an infrared style treatment.  By the early afternoon, the mist had burned off and colour returned.

Chatley Heath

I love going back to familiar locations and discovering how their mood changes with the season and the light.


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f/11, 2″, ISO 50, 24mm, 0.6 ND Grad and 0.9 Pro Glass

I have had a wonderful week of photography, with two full days out in the field with fellow enthusiasts, Jenifer Bunnett and Tony Antoniou.  Conditions were perfect, with mist and patchy sun.  On both occasions I visited Boldermere, a peaceful lake incongruously nestled in the crook of the M25’s junction with the A3.  Each day was rounded off perfectly with one of nature’s most spectacular Autumn displays, a murmuration of starlings.  Those shots will follow in another post soon.  For now, a gentle panorama of this quiet, forgotten spot.

I have been outside all week, and am consequently very behind with visiting blogs.  I will try to catch up soon, before we head off on our next big adventure, Down Under!

Golden light and morning mist

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Jen and I enjoyed a wonderful shoot on Chatley Heath yesterday. For a short while, the sun burned through the early mist to cast its rays across the landscape. Chatley Heath is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and it is managed as a nature reserve by Surrey Wildlife Trust, a favourite charity of mine.
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