As Seen In Fresh Light ~ Over The Garden Fence


Of itself the field behind our house (Townsend Meadow) is not very interesting. It is simply a farm field, much subjected to agrochemicals in order to produce year on year wheat, or rape, or oats, or field beans or barley. On days when the light is flat it is plain dull. Most of the time it is the activity above it that catches my eye – cloud movements, and the odd effects created by a false horizon which obscures the further horizon of Wenlock Edge where the ground drops off a few hundred feet to the Shropshire Plain below. But there are moments when the quality of light bestows a certain glamour. Somewhat astonishingly the header photo was taken at first light one February morning – a piece of magic all its own since February in England is rarely a scenic month unless one is thinking about carpets of snowdrops.

Here are some more ‘best’ moments – over the garden fence, or from the office skylight.

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Lens-Artists: It’s all about light Many thanks to Tina for this week’s theme. Please go and see her very inspirational gallery of light works.

52 thoughts on “As Seen In Fresh Light ~ Over The Garden Fence

    1. Well I was trying to show it in its best light 🙂
      I like the tractor shot too. One of those lucky long-shots that was actually in focus. It looks like a story book pic.

      1. Or like the Amblin symbol of Elliot on his bike with ET going across the moon they show at the beginning of their films.

  1. So beautiful light in these, Tish! I just love the tractor silhouette. Always working, the farmers! And the last two with the same view but totally different light, fileds and flowers. the differences are very clear.

  2. I love the tractor shot – such an interesting silhouette to choose! And the two photos with the flowers in the foreground are a great illustration of the changes the seasons bring 🙂

  3. Amazing the change that the light and seasons can create. I’ve just read a very insightful book about the changing face of agriculture in England. From the 1950’s mixed small family farms (when I was working on a farm) to present day,mainly mono culture and the damage it has done to nature and the ecosystem.. “English Pastoral” by James Rebank. I think you would find it interesting.

    1. Thanks, Pauline. I’ve been meaning to read James Rebank so good to have the reminder. In a similar vein, Herefordshire farmer John Lewis-Stempel’s ‘Meadowland’ is a captivating read. He describes creating a traditional meadow – with some stark contrasts to industrial agriculture practices.

      1. Not sure why they’re so captivating but yes I like your suggestion. For me it also has something to do with a dramatisation of open space (on the one hand) and the redolence of childhood walks (on the other… nostril?!)

      2. Yes, I get that too. When the field behind the house is shorn it’s almost like a holiday. And this year it’s lasted from July until the other day when it was drilled and resown.

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