Spring in Longwood

Today I made a return visit to Longwood.  On my previous visit the sun was very bright creating lots of harsh contrast.  Today I had hoped for some softer light – things did not go entirely to plan.

Spring in Longwood - Somerset, UK. ID 821_0461

Spring in Longwood – Somerset, UK. ID 821_0461

Poor Weather

A high layer of cloud can act as a big soft box. On the woodland floor the light would have been dreamy.  Unfortunately, we got too much cloud and with so little light reaching under the leaves photography was a challenge.  Of course, the wood was still beautiful.

Spring in Longwood - Somerset, UK. ID 821_0457

Spring in Longwood – Somerset, UK. ID 821_0457

The woodland floor is covered is dropped branches that have been left to decay where they fell.  Good for nature but finding an uncluttered spread of flowers is getting harder at Longwood.

Spring in Longwood - Somerset, UK. ID 821_0468

Spring in Longwood – Somerset, UK. ID 821_0468

Longwood Swallet

The stream through Longwood is nearly always dry as the water sinks below ground at the Longwood Swallet.  These pictures were taken at the far end of the reserve before the water disappears.  Not that there is much water as we have had virtually no rain for months.

Spring in Longwood - Somerset, UK. ID 821_0506

Spring in Longwood – Somerset, UK. ID 821_0506

Spring in Longwood - Somerset, UK. ID 821_0527

Spring in Longwood – Somerset, UK. ID 821_0527

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