Winter of this particular year was a washout in terms of weather, not just around where I live but pretty much across the whole of the UK. Many places had seen record levels of rainfall with severe flooding in areas of the Lake District, Yorkshire and Wales. It had been extremely mild and didn’t look like there was going to be any snow in the South of England anytime soon, all in all a pretty disappointing season in terms of wintry photographic potential.

I had ventured out a few times and although I’ve done many photographs in the rain before I’d prefer not to given the choice, there’s an old adage amongst landscape photographers “there’s no such thing as bad weather”, like many such photographic sayings they can be interpreted in many ways, quite often I think it actually means “it started raining whilst I was out, but I’m here now so….” However, as this post proves (hopefully!) ,it’s possible to get decent photographs in what is usually uninspiring conditions.

Despite the gloomy weather I’d decided to take the dog for a walk and check out a location for an ongoing project, it was a grey dull drizzly murky and slightly misty kind of afternoon, I quite often take a camera with me when walking the dog however the only intent on this occassion was to take some recce shots for the project, which I did. It wasn’t a long walk for him so I thought it only fair to stop somewhere else, I made my way to a regular dog walking location we often go to albeit the opposite side of this forest to the one I normally go – and I’m glad I did.

This side is a large area of open heathland created by forest management within an area of mixed conifers, it is now a nature reserve and the idea (so I read) is to encourage ground nesting birds and reptiles to re-inhabit and set up home. For the record I didn’t actually see any wildlife whatsoever, but it was a miserable day so you can’t blame them for staying indoors!

As you may have guessed I have a fondness for trees as a photography subject, I try to compose my photos in an artistic way taking great care to ensure the ‘hero’ tree/s interact with the surroundings and background, the same goes for woodland shots where I have my own little system for composure.

I really liked the small groups of Scots pine trees that had been left out in the open during the recent felling operations, I presume this is so the birds can have a few places to perch, who knows. The trees reminded me of the brushes you get to wash bottles out and therefore I chose that as a title for this series. The rest can be viewed here: Bottlewashers 

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