On The Diagonal ~ Around Wenlock In Winter And Summer

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This week’s diagonals theme at Black & White Sunday is right up my street, or at least in my neighbourhood.  Looking through my file of Lumix monochrome images, it seems that the diagonal often features. I think it’s because it appeals to both my visual and my writing mind. Things on the slant; one thing leading to another that’s not quite in view; unexpected angles; the monochrome subliminally suggestive of the written word and printed pages: storytelling then.

The first photo was taken on my well-worn path to the allotment. It’s a scene I photograph in all seasons, but I especially like the ash tree silhouettes in winter, their boughs cloaked in ivy which always reminds me of Tolkein’s Ents. I think this is where the lost Ent Women ended up, guarding our Wenlock Edge field boundaries.

Photo 2 was taken from the old railway line, leaning over the fence and shooting from deep shade into bright sunlight and with some zoom – not quite the best thing to do, though it gives the hilltop wood a touch of dark mystery.

Photo 3 is the field path from Wenlock to Bradley Farm, once the site of a medieval settlement.

Photo 4 – we are back at the allotment, the field behind our plots looking at the ash trees from another angle. I like the way the barbed wire adds a bleak and faintly sinister air.

Now please visit Paula at the link above for more photo essays on the slant.

copyright 2016 Tish Farrell

26 thoughts on “On The Diagonal ~ Around Wenlock In Winter And Summer

  1. Lovely selection Tish. I have to agree with you about the Ents. First thing that came to mind when I saw these trees along the roadside on my first visit to Shropshire. I fell in love with their bare winter boughs adorned in ivy.

    1. In which case I would join the rant wholeheartedly. That man is responsible for so much mayhem! Wrecking perfectly good and wonderful transport systems, and in particular the Severn Valley line that had a branch into Wenlock, and thence to Craven Arms and the wide world beyond. Hmph.

  2. Apart from the third shot, they look a bit like our place today – grey and overcast, and over here in Jo’burg, it’s freezing.
    The cornfield brings back vague memories of a cornfield at the end of our street when dad was stationed at RAF Wyton.

  3. breaking the rules in that 2nd shot gives more contrast to foreground detail too – great selection but the monotoned one at the top is outstanding
    p.s. I’ve started to slant my Lumix viewer and take shots at an angle – interesting outcomes though some look as though an inebriated photographer has one leg shorter than the other!

  4. Beautiful, emotive photography. [ I especially like the ash tree silhouettes in winter, their boughs cloaked in ivy which always reminds me of Tolkein’s Ents. I think this is where the lost Ent Women ended up, guarding our Wenlock Edge field boundaries.] Apt analogy.

  5. I love them all even the forbidding barbed wire one. The chiaro scuro editing makes me think of old movies and the atmosphere evokes one of early movies based on “Great Expectations”. Thank you, Tish. You nailed this theme! 🙂

      1. hi Tish. So that is what “rye” is? Coonecting dots. It is a cereal similar to wheat, but the ear is bent. What seems to be on your picture. Have a great week-end. Brian

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