The Plantation re-visited

I’ve re-visited The Plantation that was the subject of my previous post ‘Discovering the Plantation‘, as I said I would.  On this second visit there was intermittent sun and a patchy blue sky and I had an opportunity to explore this area a little further.

There are really three distinct plantings. One very large area – see above – is perhaps the most visually attractive but a little difficult to get around because it is infested with Brambles, but it has a lot of potential photographically. And it presents one face when the sun shines as it did in the first picture, and another when the sun is absent as seen below.

But whatever the weather, the trunks still stand out proudly.

Both the two other areas of the Plantation have trees with slightly darker trunks and leaves that remain golden: almost autumnal in their colouring. These areas are also smaller and have a more intimate feel to them.

There is so much potential here, both at the taking stage and also in the options during processing. It is a place that I know I will return to regularly. And the joy for me is that it is less than fifteen minutes drive from home

For those in who live in Sussex (or adjoining counties), let me know if you are interested in visiting this site and I will send you details of where it is.

And a final note to thank all those of you who have kindly sent me ‘get well’ messages following my escapade with a ladder. I’ve managed to get through the last two days without painkillers and am making good progress. I’ve now used up several ‘lives’ with near misses of one sort or another over the years – not sure how many are left – but I will be a little more careful in future.

Enjoy the gallery below, click on an image and navigate through the enlargements.



About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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26 Responses to The Plantation re-visited

  1. Sue says:

    What a find, and a million photo opportunities, with the taking and the processing! Looking forward to seasonal variations….

  2. Andy, this is going to be a great series. Can’t wait to see what comes next. I have some questions. What does “plantation” mean over there, besides a place of plantings? (You may know that over here, “plantation” conjures our pre-civil war time, cotton fields, and slavery.) Is this a commercial nursery? Do you know what kinds of trees these are? Glad you are doing OK without the pain killers.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Linda. I had failed to think of the associations with the word ‘Plantation’ in the USA. Over here I understand a Plantation to be an organized planting of trees to a precise grid. On the edge of the village where we used to live there was a Plantation of Poplar trees which I grew to love. In some instances I guess the intention might be ornamental, but the vast majority will be commercial plantings. I did some searching on the Net last night to see if I could find any information about this one, but drew a blank. And I still haven’t identified the tree genus. Must do better!

  3. Heide says:

    I’m glad to hear you’re off the painkillers and feeling a bit better, Andy. I’m also glad you shared another set of your remarkable “plantation” series. They are all beautiful, but I’m particularly obsessed with DSC-4928. I would buy a print of that, were you to sell it!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Heide. This is a special place – a bit of a fluke that I spotted it, and then found it on foot. The image you mention is one I like particularly – it’s slightly soft with a hint of blur. I was messing around in Photoshop and it happened rather by mistake – a happy mistake. In answer to your query, I haven’t got into the business of selling prints. It is something I have thought about but came to the conclusion it would create too many problems. I know SmugMug provide a link to a Printing Service – maybe I should explore that again sometime. There’s never enough time for everything…

      • Heide says:

        You are right that there is never enough time to pursue every available avenue for our photography, Andy … and for my part, I’d rather you focus (pardon the pun) on making more great images than on selling them! I’m just grateful you share them here; you are an endless source of inspiration.

        • LensScaper says:

          Thanks for those very generous words, Heide. We inspire each other with our work – that is one of the great joys of being part of this on-line community.

  4. paula graham says:

    You are a lucky man to have ‘found’ this ‘plantation’ …indeed the opportunities are endless. looking forward to more.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Paula. Strangely, earlier today, I was driven up the dual-carriageway from which, a few days ago, I got my first view of this Plantation. Being a passenger you get a much better view from that obtained when you are the driver. Access is from a minor road a mile or so to the west. There will be more from this place as the seasons go by.

  5. bluebrightly says:

    You’ll have a good time there – I wonder what it will look like with snow, and in different light? I liked the photos that show the wavy tree trunks a lot. Glad you’re on the mend so quickly – even if there’s a not so good day here and there, it sounds like this episode will soon be left behind.

    • LensScaper says:

      Hi Lynn, and thank you for your comment. I’m improving fast – it’s good to know the worst is behind me. Yes, I’m looking forward to further visits through the year and in winter. Luckily I don’t have far to travel to reach it.

  6. Lisa Gordon says:

    Oh my goodness, how fortunate you were to find and be able to photograph these.
    They are really, really beautiful!

  7. Trees are beautiful and interesting in all the variety. Even a plantation like this.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for your comment, Bente. Sometimes it’s the beauty of a single tree, sometimes it’s the chaos in a forest, and sometimes – as in this case – it’s the organisation of rows of trees.

  8. An excellent gallery of a great photo subject. Well done – and glad you’re on the road to recovery. 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Frank – this was a chance find from a car journey. My wife is always telling me to keep my eyes on the road, but occasionally they roam and I see something unforgettable. Thanks too for your good wishes – I’m getting there, although today my back feels like it’s been in a boxing match for some reason.

  9. Lignum Draco says:

    Definitely much artistic scope photographically here. Glad to hear you’re off painkillers now.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for your comment and good wishes. This is somewhere to follow through the seasons – there will be more posts as I explore further.

  10. What a great series of images Andy. Love all the lines. Glad your on the mend, take care of yourself.

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  12. lisakunk says:

    I’m so glad I ran across your site. As a lover of nature and trees in particular, I’m enthralled by these photos. I’ve always loved seeing a forest of birch or maybe ash trees with the white bark and the knots that look like eyes. Your forest is equally fascinating if not more. Wow.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks you so much for your visit and for your comment – welcome. We have the Birch and the Ash too of course. Silver Birch trees with their white-ish bark and black knots always attract me. It’s not often I come across a grid of trees like this, and better still, close to home. This is a place that will get further visits later in the year.

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