Blackdown re-visited

It is only six weeks since my first visit to Blackdown (click here to view), but the change in the scenery has been remarkable. Colour has erupted – the result of an unseasonably warm April. Add in blue sky and scattered clouds and Spring is dazzling.

This small pond looked dismal and grey last time but it positively shimmered when the sun shone and lit up the stunted new tree growth across the heathland.

I also re-captured the Pine trees  – so different against a dramatic sky.

This heathland is carpeted with Heathers, which have yet to bloom. August is probably the time when that will happen, and then the colour palette will be broadened further. I will be back.


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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17 Responses to Blackdown re-visited

  1. oneowner says:

    This would make a great seasonal series, Andy. Keep at it.

  2. After I got interested in native plants, one of the early lessons I learned was that same place can look so different. Of course we expect differences as we move through the seasons, but sometimes on the same date from one year to the next a place can appear remarkably different.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Steve. I agree, the seasons are not as predictable as they once were. For example, I remember a time when plants came out in a standard sequence – this Spring they have been boxed together in a very strange way. Things are never the same on a re-visit – one of the reasons that re-visiting is always a new voyage of discovery. Nature always keeps us on our toes.

  3. Heide says:

    What a couple of gorgeous shots, Andy — well done! The series you’ve begun with your two posts on Blackdown is a great example of the value of visiting favorite photographic spots again and again: Although some of the elements may be familiar, they’re never the same place twice.

  4. paula graham says:

    Interesting to see this place evolve over the year.

  5. shoreacres says:

    The photos are lovely, and I particularly like the second. The tall, dark pines recall the previous season, while the vibrant green of the new growth speaks of the season to come.

    It’s true: not only do things change, they change quickly. I’m paying more attention than ever before, and it’s fascinating to watch species rise, then decline as others take their place. I laughed when I realized that the rise and fall of the flowers was leaving me with a certain compulsion to get out and about — a feeling that I might miss something if I didn’t. That made me think about your post about how your accident slowed you down, tempering your tendency to move so quickly. In at least this sense, I do understand that impulse to move quickly — and to slow down once we get where we’re going.

    • LensScaper says:

      One of the joys of a garden (a peculiarly British thing perhaps) is that the pace of change is observable without any great effort. Each day brings a subtle change. In the garden at our old house we had the blossom on the fruit trees, and the Wisteria whose progress I could plot on a daily basis. Our garden now is a lot smaller but still excites. Places we visit on an erratic basis surprise us by the changes wrought since the previous visit. The challenge perhaps for us now is to work out ‘when’ to time a re-visit to capture the highlights of the seasons. And each place has a different mix of trees, shrubs and flowers with its own timetable of change – itself unpredictable because it is driven by the weather. We will never time our visits to perfection, but the challenge to get it ‘right’ is fun but often frustrating.

  6. Lignum Draco says:

    Lovely photos. The reflection of the sky really makes that first photo.

  7. bluebrightly says:

    There is such great pleasure in observing the changes outdoors, especially seasonal changes. I just went away for four or five days and came back to find a world transformed. This is a fast-changing time of year.
    Those cumulus clouds were marching along at a strong clip that day, weren’t they?!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Lynn. Yes, it was a busy sky and the clouds were scudding by, although at ground level it seemed quiet. April was unseasonably warm and change was almost too sudden to appreciate. We are now stuck in a cooler spell of weather with what I call ‘no weather’ days when the sky is grey and there’s no wind or rain or sun to add interest.

      • bluebrightly says:

        I used to call them white days, for the glaring, boring whitish sky that happens, especially around more polluted places. But that can work for close-ups….

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