I’m rather lucky, or at least I think I am. You see every day I drive down the road where I live at least 4 times, and often walk the dog and ride my horse along it as well. So I know it rather well, and notice the little changes in light, foliage on the trees, colours in the sky or when i can spot the church steeple in Doesburg, or when it is covered in mist.
I’ve taken lots of photos from the road, but yesterday the light was soft, there was a slight mist, and it made the layers of trees from near to far really soft but with a contrast.
I won’t pretend there was a beautiful blue sky – there wasn’t. And i have worked for years on including good skies in my landscape images. But this collection are about the trees in the middle of the image. You will just have to accept the sky was pretty grey and boring! Hence my removal of colour from the images.
I love taking to my bike for my local photography, it means i can stop whenever I want, and i cover a bit more distance than on foot.
My favourite line of trees on the road are these old willows on the edge of a water logged maize field. The mist was hanging at trunk height and there was the tiniest bit of sunlight trying to come through the clouds. Their unique shape is so strong.
In contrast looking across the other side of the road I spotted this landscape which almost reminds me of a Tuscan landscape minus the rolling hills of course!
The Dutch do love everything to be neat, but this perfect balance of large and small trees is pretty impressive in its mirror image from the centre.
A little further along I spotted the tiny spiky tree next to the huge beautiful mature tree. Just the contrast of these made me laugh.
Finally a line of trees which has caught my eye many a time. Look at the second two of these images and notice the layers of trees. Separated by a field between the hedge and small round trees and the towering taller more upright trees, again the contrast is noticable.
I know people often think i’m a bit weird when i rave about trees and the beautiful patterns that i see in the landscape. Maybe this little blog post has given you an insight into how my eye sees and my mind works!