Whilst the weather over the last few days hasn’t been quite the summer we are starting to get accustomed to lately, it has been fantastic for landscape photography. I always feel blessed to live in such a beautiful and diverse part of the country. With the Downs to the South, the Thames Valley to the North, Europe’s oldest road (the Ridgeway) a regular Thursday night location for a bike ride and the most famous of all the White Horses, a stones throw away in Uffington.
The skies here in the downs are always big and when the storms roll in, as they have done over the last week or so, are incredibly dramatic and dynamic. At this time of the year, so much of our time in the evening is taken up with tending to our allotment (with which I hold a love/hate relationship!) so the opportunity to take a walk out of Wantage, along Lark Hill, doesn’t appear too often. However, last week it did. It’s a wonderful and theatrical route to get out into the countryside from Wantage. Your sight is forever drawn to the hole between the overhanging trees where the road disappears at the brow of the hill, urging you to take the stiff walk uphill of about 10 minutes or so, along an ever narrowing lane getting more encroached by trees and hedges as the houses finally give way to nature…
… and then you’re in the open, greeted by a vast expanse looking towards the Ridgeway across Wantage Down, with a chalk track straight as a dye leading your eyes and feet into and through this big open landscape.
If the way in which the landscape reveals it self isn’t theatrical enough, the skies can be bigger and even more dramatic. Last week they were nothing short of menacing – huge dark and heavy stratocumulus (is that right?) formations towering into space and threatening to drench the earth with more rain than you could possibly imagine, whilst the late evening sun turned the wheat fields a glowing golden yellow.
So, it may have not been a break from the perfect summer weather we had all started to acclimatise to (whilst reminding ourselves that we do sometimes get a good summer here in the UK), but it was perfect for the Landscape photographer looking for something with a big hit of drama. If you’re experiencing the kind of weather we are and you’ve not yet picked up your camera, I really urge you to do so, the results should be incredible.
If you do, please share them with me along with their story and I’ll put the best on this site with a blog later in the month. What fun!!!