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After several days of exceptional heat, today we had dark brooding skies, rumbles of thunder and heavy showers for most of the day. My photography plans were shattered! Certainly no trip was going to be possible to the Northumberland National Park for a sunset and so I resigned myself to the fact that it was going to be a night in the house. After dinner however, the sky began to clear slightly and the showers became less frequent, we even had a glimpse of the sun through the clouds.

As the evening progressed towards the time for the sun to set, the sky began to clear even more and traces of pink and purple were becoming very evident in the evening sky. I grabbed my camera bag on the spur of the moment, made sure that I had my ND grad filters and headed off to the edge of a large woodland, which is nearby.

On my arrival I was greeted with a scene which truly resembled that of a rain forest in some far off land! Mists were beginning to rise from the woodland floor which gave the scene such atmospheric ambiance it was almost magical.

This image may look like paradise and totally idyllic but the truth is very much different. Council owned woodland, frequented by the local youth and other riffraff who generally abuse all it has to offer in the way of beauty. It is constantly littered by people who don’t have the decency to take their large household items to a recycling depot…but for just a few moments in time it lifted my spirits and made the whole day worthwhile.

There is no moral to this story but the words of Marcel Proust come to mind: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”

This posting was somewhat inspired by an on-line acquaintance and fellow photographer who’s work can be found at this location.

The image is a small panoramic composite of four portrait images stitched and cropped in Photoshop.

Woodland Sunset

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