Inspiration from the countryside in winterTuesday, February 02, 2016
The countryside is my home. I can be found (or lost) in the middle of nowhere with my camera, exploring and evaluating, pondering and wondering as often as is possible. Yes, I love summer and spring but autumn is met with mixed emotions while winter steadfastly remains bottom of the pile. Admittedly, I wish the colder months away, longing for the promise that spring holds and the new life and optimism it offers. The past few years I have chided myself into seeking out the best in everything, winter included and in my biased opinion I consider myself to have done a respectable job. If you too struggle to enjoy the darkest time of year then perhaps I can convey a little bit of enthusiasm to point you in the direction of some positives. Even if just the teeniest, tiniest bit, then my job is done.
Look up! Birds are sometimes out and about but it's a fair bet that the tallest trees will make a convenient lookout post. This delightful little crew were chirping away in such a happy manner it was a pleasure to listen to. I'm pleased with how much I like this quirky look up at them through the trees. It's a birds-feet view, if you like,
Whenever I am fortunate enough to view a vista like this my heart just swells with joy. There is something so naturally beautiful about peering out through a hole in a hedgeline into the distance, it really is a sight I crave.
The late afternoon sun reflecting on steady river ripples. The flashes and sparkles are such a natural display of magic. You cannot help but smile with simple, innocent joy.
Glimpsing a squirrel enjoying the sunshine, before scampering off to hide out of sight of prying eyes.
No leaves means that the light floods in, flowing through into nooks and crannies it often wouldn't reach come spring. Admire the difference in landscape in places you visit all year round. The changes can be vast.
Now these two photos are pretty awful in quality but serve a purpose in that they illustrate that if you keep your eyes peeled and senses alert there are some gems to be found. Above, the barn owl hunted over the field with grace and strength. My 50mm lens and the rapidly setting sun ensured a good photograph was out of the question but witnessing the display with my naked eyes was a treat. Below, a deer froze as we approached. I would have missed it but C's sharp eyes spotted something. It's always lovely to see a deer. I saw a pair of huge deer gently crossing a road last week and four smaller ones grazing on a cropped field. They are wonderful creatures.
Have I given you any inspiration for heading out into the wild this winter?