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Just Before Dawn

Just Before Dawn
I discovered King's Farm when I was recovering from my leg trouble. Every day for more than a year I got here before dawn and walked down the track to the Old Bedford River - about seven miles, there and back - on crutches. It was an absolute privilege. Not only did I get to know a fascinating community of farmers, wildfowlers, horsemen and anglers, but I experienced the landscape as never before. Rabbits, foxes, deer, owls, hares - an incredibly rich world that goes unseen - played in front of me. I watched the minute changes every day and my attitude to nature and much else was transformed. It taught me all I know about landscape photography, for I always took my camera :)

This was an August morning in 2008. The sun was just below the horizon, but suddenly caught a peak of cloud and the sky turned shining pink and gold.

King's/Hundred's Farm, Horseway, Cambridgeshire. Bessa R, 35mm f2.5 Skopar, Foma 200 Creative, f2.8@125th

giovanegian, Bingley0522, Jeff Damron, Dennis Smith - crunch61 and 4 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Paul Wood
Paul Wood
I can imagine being in a railway carriage, forehead pressed against the glass, watching the landscape float past.
4 years ago.
Jan Normandale
Jan Normandale
a poem
4 years ago.
Dennis Smith - crunch61
Dennis Smith - crunc…
I could do with getting out early in the mornings with a camera as well...

Wonderful shot as well :-)
4 years ago.
Bingley0522
Bingley0522
Exquisite.
4 years ago.
giovanegian
giovanegian
See on black and turn off the light in the room!
4 years ago.
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Luminousowl is away
Jan: Thank you! :) The surprising thing is, I look back on those days with nostalgia... :)

Dennis: Thank you! :) So should I :) But when your photography begins and ends in March I find there's little inclination to :(

Jeff: Thank You! :) It sounds worse than it was, to tell the truth :) They were the sort of crutch that fits on your arm, and my main reason for using them later in the period was to stay stable on the rough ground. I also thought they'd do wonders for my arm muscles, which proved a vain hope :) I still walk about eight or nine miles a day, but that is because if I didn't I'd never get up :)

Steve: Thank you very much indeed! :)

Giancarlo: Thank you! :) That would make it just as it was! :)
4 years ago.
Luminousowl is away
Luminousowl is away
At our age, Jeff, there's a lot to be said for sitting down :)
4 years ago.
orimage
orimage
Beautiful photo!
4 years ago.
Luminousowl is away
Luminousowl is away
Orimage: Thank you very much indeed! :) I wish I still took 'em :)
4 years ago.