I took a complete break from the computer this weekend and journeyed out to do a recce of an area that I’m thinking of using as a location for some sunrise shots, right at the top of a very steep hill with a view over the plain below.
It was a very rainy day and I decided it would be perfect for a drive out, (if you ignored the flooded roads!), the country roads were quiet so I could pull up whenever I wanted, blocking the road to have a peer over hedges or through gates.
The area around this particular village has been calling to me for a while; it’s a lovely English village, a sandstone church stands high on the hill overlooking the village below, a country pub is the sole commercial activity and opposite, a tiny triangle of village green which is dominated by a huge old oak tree.
As I drove around the lanes I noticed important things I hadn’t seen on my previous visit, footpaths – rights of ways across farmland. As the ground was sodden from many days of rain, yesterday wasn’t the time to take a walk and see what new views can be seen from the fields. I’ve made a mental note though and will be back soon to investigate.
Driving back down the steep hill that affords a dramatic view over the valley below, past a golf course with a footpath crossing it – who would risk that Sunday lunch walk? Winding my way down the road past grand houses I glanced to my left and on a grassy bank below the trees were daffodils in bloom. I couldn’t believe my eyes, daffodils in February, so I pulled in and got out to investigate. It was going to be tricky to take good shots, the ground was sodden so not great for kneeling or lying down and the daffs were on the lowest part of the bank. It was worth a shot though, I decided. I love taking photos with raindrops on petals and as the rain was bouncing down I couldn’t fail to get some. Read More→