The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Forest of Dean

Sunburst through the trees near Beechenhurst Lodge in the Forest of Dean. Available to buy at my Photobox Gallery.

Now the nights are drawing in and the Welsh Marches are getting to feel distinctly autumnal, it feels like the time time right to roll out a few of those colourful woodland photos I’ve been holding back on…before you know it we’ll be onto the snow bound ponds and forests! Not yet sure how I feel about that -this year is sliding by so fast!

This photo comes from a visit to the Beechenhurst Sculpture Park last autumn with friends. It’s a great place to go for a Sunday afternoon walk when you’re not in the mood for a mountain walk or for when people come for a visit. That’s because it’s not a strenuous walk and there’s a lot of really good sculpture (and some not so good) to keep it interesting -you can become an art critic for the day 😉 I particularly like the stained glass window that’s suspended from a timber frame near where this photo was taken. It’s called Cathedral and it draws on the sense of space created by the tall conifers and wide rides in this part of the forest, creating quite a special atmosphere and catching the light in a myriad of different ways, both reflective and refractive. I think it’s especially good in the autumn when the light penetrates the canopy at lower angles, and you get the sunbursts through the tree trunks. I’ve always loved coming to The Forest anyway -many happy childhood memories of picnics and school trips, and now, living where I do, it’s even easier to get to, so have been back a number of times over the last few years, and come to appreciate the photographic possibilities there. The Giant’s Chair is another sculpture that I find fascinating -all angles and textures, but as yet I haven’t been able to create an image that’s captures it to my satisfaction. So still plenty of reasons to go back -I’ve got a growing list of places like that!

Another thing that I like that this photo (and The Forest generally) is the Star Wars-y feeling. But perhaps that’s not something to own up to… I think I’m right in saying that the Forest Moon of Endor is at least in part the Forest of Dean, so it’s not just imaginary (…at least it’s the original trilogy…?). I have yet to find out exactly where they did the filming though…

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All images © Stephen Tyrrell, Mountains, Wild Place & Water, 2013. All rights reserved.

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