Highlights: December 2022
So, this is my first post of the year, It’s a look back at the last month of 2022. As always I’m looking back at my highlights of the month.
December was a somewhat icy affair, the weather took a turn for the cold. And this was a source of great exploration.
I took a couple of weekend trips to woodland and the heaths. Also taking the opportunity to take a walk before heading into the office to capture the frost on the banks of the River Deben. Heading back towards the coast with my camera to capture the changing landscape of our coastline. Although I go out to the coast for work. Watching the waves crash in without care is something I really enjoy.
Three trees of Trimley
On the banks of the Orwell, there is a small inlet. In this inlet stands a group of trees. At high tide, the roots of the tree are fully submerged by the water. On this occasion we wandered into the spot. The tides weren’t quite what we hoped for and the sky was far from perfect. But it was worth taking the walk and exploring as it might be some where I will go back to visit. I was happy to come away with a few versions of the composition below. But better conditions are the order of a future visit.
Back along the Deben
As always I take a walk along the banks of the River Deben at Woodbridge before I get into the office. On this occasion, I decided to take a different route. Due to the weather, I took the route that runs parallel to the train line. The whole of the path was covered in frost, as was the vegetation on the foreshore. I carried on along the path and took myself back toward the tide mill and captured it from afar.
On the edge of the ancients
As cold as it was, I knew a trip into an ancient woodland and its surrounding footpaths would be a worthwhile visit. The frost had fully caught the edges of the woodland and along the roads. But there was as much sign as you walked into the thicker parts of the ancient oaks. As the frost was covering the edges, I took my chance and walked through the footpath to a more open area.
The sheep in the foreground with the trees in the distance seem to pull together a very idyllic English countryside scene. I met the shepherd on my way along the pathway, as a few of the lambs had got out of the pen which added an extra bit of excitement.
On the fields to the side of the woodland and footpath, was a flock of sheep. Dotted across the field they were a perfect subject to include in my images. The weather was far from pleasant as the frost with the breaking of the day a cool mist formed across the field. It was perfect for capturing the trees in the distance as a feature of the image.
I carried on exploring, capturing a few other images of sheep, in and amongst the trees and the frost. It was an interesting thought process to switch from looking at exploring the woodland to capturing the countryside.
A heavy hoar frost
The whole of the heathland was covered in frost from the heather to the silver birches. It was a perfect winter wonderland with a chance to capture so many different compositions. Along with a cold feeling the warming of the sunrise came and brought a different challenge. The predicament of working with two different colours wasn’t an easy one to capture and process.
With the cold weather, the opportunity to capture a local heathland with a hoar frost is one I didn’t want to pass up. A hoar frost is a climatic phenomenon and only occurs when the temperature is below 0 degrees and air vapour condenses on solid surfaces. It was a pretty cold morning, at one point I couldn’t move my fingers as they were clamped around my tripod.
After the sun had risen I wandered back to a composition I had seen earlier on my trip around the heath. Looking from a high point the light seemed to hit the top of the trees in a great manner. I carried on exploring to try and see if there were more images in parts of the heath I hadn’t explored.
By far my favourite image from this morning was the scene below. It was one i have seen multiple times on my drive to Aldeburgh, a big and overbearing silver birch covered in the hoar frost was in the perfect position to be bathed in the light of the sun. It brought together a very interesting morning of photography.
Christmas Eve tradtion
It’s became a bit of a tradition to go and catch the sunrise with my mate on Christmas Eve. There isn’t much to tell with the image other than it was a good chance to go and see a local patch to capture the sunrise. The sky was a nice hue of blue and orange, the clouds were pretty good.
The ever-changing Shingle Street
To finish off the year, I took a trip to the coast to shingle street, long exposures were the order of the day. My main aim was just to enjoy being out. It was the week between Christmas and new year. The ever-moving shingle is something that allows for so many more opportunities to see new images from visit to visit.
I hope you have enjoyed my quick round up of last month, i soon will be reviewing the whole year that will be out in a few weeks time do look out for that. on my social channels. Do you have a favourite image from my post?
There was one other trip which I took as a scouting mission, it ended up being a bit wet with the weather taking a turn near the end of our trip around another of our local heath.