December Landscape: Winter Light

For me, December has been a month of short days, beautiful low afternoon light, and spectacular sunsets. I find the days of late autumn can be quite gloomy and oppressive, especially here in the north of England, where it starts to go dark in early afternoon on overcast days. This year, however, we’ve been lucky … Continue reading December Landscape: Winter Light

Silver Birch

The birch is one of my favourite trees, and the inspiration for several of my designs. I love their tall, graceful shape, the bright golden colour of their leaves in autumn, and their distinctive pale bark, which peels back in strips. Known as the goddess tree or lady of the woods, the birch is one … Continue reading Silver Birch

Found Treasures

As I mentioned in my last post, we recently returned from a holiday in Fife, Scotland. We had a great week, and one of the highlights for me was the opportunity to do a bit (well, quite a lot, if I’m honest) of beachcombing. I found one particular beach that was awash with sea glass … Continue reading Found Treasures

Snowed In

Well, that’ll teach me to talk about signs of spring. Since my last post, it has snowed every day. Sometimes all day. Our village, indeed the whole of Upper Coquetdale, is now pretty much cut off from the outside world. Roads are closed across the county, including the A1, the main north/south road. Luckily we … Continue reading Snowed In

Project Tree: January

A Lens In The Landscape is starting a new photography project, documenting an oak tree near our house through the year. This is the first post.

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“Winter dawn is the color of metal,
The trees stiffen into place like burnt nerves.”
Sylvia Plath, Waking in Winter

I am starting a photography project this month, documenting one tree through a calendar year.

It’s a very handsome oak tree in a field outside of the village where I live. This month has seen many changes, particularly with the recent snowfall and the ever changing light.

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Autumn Leaf

We recently moved house, and our new home has a number of skylight windows. Obviously, the drawback to these is that you can't actually look out of them and admire the view. On the plus side, they do frame the sky and treetops, and they let in a lot of natural light. An unexpected bonus, … Continue reading Autumn Leaf