Those who come here often know that our Shropshire cottage overlooks a field that once marked Much Wenlock’s northerly boundary. It’s all in the name of course – Townsend Meadow. In times past it was pasture for dairy cows. The farm, long gone, was in the corner of the field, and the dairy, where the milk was collected, was a few doors down from our house on Sheinton Street. But in the years since we’ve lived here the field has been used solely for growing arable crops; wheat mostly, but now-and-then oil seed rape, oats, field beans and barley.
Our further view, beyond the field, is of the woods along the summit of Wenlock Edge. You can just make them out in the middle distance of the first photo. This vista and this field and the sky above, are the places where I endlessly discover events and effects. In this sense you could call it a source of rich sustenance; the everyday world that is never commonplace.
When it comes to photography, I belong to the ranks of happy snappers. I have zero technical skills, though somewhat perversely I’m particularly drawn to taking photos in challenging light conditions – to see what will happen, I suppose. The first photo is a good example. It was taken by opening the rooflight window in my office to the horizontal position (which also involved standing on the spare bed) resting my Lumix point-and-shoot camera on the back of said window – that is, on the outside frame nearest me – engaging some zoom, and hoping things are as focused as can be. And there we are. It is a strange photo. A bit quantum physics-ish. Lost realms and parallel universe kind of stuff.
Here are some rather more obvious low-light Townsend Meadow moments.
Lens-Artists: Follow Your Bliss Lindy has set the challenge this week.
71 thoughts on “Chasing The Light Over Townsend Meadow”
Ah, the light.
Ah, indeed, Thom 🙂
Georgia O’Keeffe once claimed that the light was the reason she lived in New Mexico.
It can make all the difference in the world.
Absolutely. I’m hooked on watching out for it.
These are truly blissful images! I especially love that last image with the stark branches reaching towardi the changing cloudy sky. Gorgeous!
Many thanks, Lindy. As I said, this is such a great challenge you’ve set us. V. thought provoking.
I love a bit of perversity, Tish. But I especially like that first photo.
Hello, lovely you. Knew I could rely on you to embrace my perverse moments 🙂
How lovely it must have been to have the field where the cows lived almost next to the dairy itself! I think your beautiful pictures show that you are so much more than a ‘happy snapper’ – they really do make the most of that other-worldly light.
Thank you, Emma. And yes, it is a nice thought to think of the cows being so close to the dairy. Ah, those were the days!
If those are point-&-click, they’re every one of them fabulous and all so different. Wonderful light.
I can only do point-&-click, Margaret. So thank you very much for saying these are fabulous. I do of course have an editing programme!!!
You sound my kinda photographer 😉
I also do a lot of cropping!
Stunning captures, Tish 👏 I’m a fan of low light shots as well; I think this time of year is great for it 😃
Many thanks, Jez. And I agree. It is just that time of year.
Your photos are amazing. I will get a good photo now and again and I will be just mesmerized that I captured that specific shot.
Thank you, Anne Marie. I think we all only get good photos now and then. I take a very large number before finding the ones that ‘work’.
Beautiful Tish – so glad to hear you survived your bed-top/window reach without incident! The photo is really amazing. No skilled professional would have done better whatever equipment they used. For me, the i mage of the tall green grasses in front of t he green field is the favorite of your lovely set this week.
Thank you for that resounding seal approval, Tina. You’ve made me very happy 🙂
Given that you claim to have zero technical skills, these images are marvellous, Tish!
You are very kind, Sue.
Happy snappers is the best way to be. Keep it happy and challenging! I love all these photos.
Cheers, Manja. I like your point of view 🙂
Wow… I love this series, Tish!
Thank you, Amy.
I don’t think photos are good or great because of the technical skills, but because of the photographer’s eye for detail, composition and a feeling for what they see and want to convey. And you do this well.
That is a very pleasing comment, Jude. Thank you.
That is certainly light worth chasing
So happy you think so, I.J.
These are awesome, Tish!
Many thanks, Peter. Am glowing with praise.
I just love your happy snapping, Tish. You have the most amazing results from it. These are so atmospheric.
well you may think yourself a happy snapper, but you are so much more – fabulous.
Aw. Such a sweet comment, Becky.
I mean it, I love your light captures and landscapes. Truly wonderful x
🙂 🙂 🙂
happy is the secret of success – we get too strung out on technicalities, especially when we enter the lost realms and parallel universe kind of stuff. 😉
Lots of good thoughts there, Laura. Many thanks 🙂
For someone with no skill for photography you takes some damn good photographs!
That is one very lovely comment, Brian. Much appreciated.
Great images Tish!
Thank you, Anne.
What a fruitful source of varied photo opportunities your meadow is! I especially like the low perspective shot (third one down) 🙂
Thank you, Sarah. That ‘feathery’ barley vista very much caught my eye as I was to-ing and fro-ing the allotment back in the late spring. The ground rises quite steeply from the path at the point where I took the photo.
Absolutely wonderful series, Tish! True bliss! And you say you are a snapper only? Ah, the light, the colours, the feeling…extraordinary. I had to go back and look several times. On my wall in a triptyk or any kind of montage…Yes!
That is very lovely of you, A-C. Thank you for those v. encouraging words.
You may not be technically accomplished, Tish, but you have an excellent eye and a definite talent for photography (and writing of course). There is an apparent effortlessness to both and that’s very hard to achieve.
Well that’s a very heartening and spurring-on comment to read on this cool and gloomy morning, James. Thank you.
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I like your sort of minimalist approach to these photographs. Great lighting as well!
Thank you, Teresa. I do try to follow to ‘less is more’ principles. Doesn’t always work of course 🙂
Beautiful, love it.
Wow. Beautiful photos. That opener is stunning!
Absolutely stunning images. You have managed those difficult light conditions so well.
You are writing me some very nice comments. Thanks very much.
I felt like I wanted to walk into your world and run my hand over all the plants in the fields. The is a sense of stillness in your photos that I loved. donna
Thanks for that lovely comment, Donna. That’s a lovely image, having you run into my world.