Up Yours

Brighton Pavillion

On a rare weekend trip away we were strolling around the famous Pavilion in Brighton when one of the guides suggested we put our phones face down on floor and take a picture looking directly upwards at the chandelier.  This was so much fun we came back when it was quite and did this in every room!

The phone camera was so wide angle we could include not just the chandeliers but the whole ceiling and some of the walls!  We also discovered that we could use our watches as a remote control to compose and take the picture.

Preferring the countryside to cities, it was time to try out this around Lynchcombe in the Mendip Hills of Somerset.

Cook’s Fields

This clump of trees is a local landmark so was a good place to start.

Evening Walk - Cooks Fields, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_8728

Evening Walk – Cooks Fields, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_8728

Wedging the phone between the trunks looking upwards was looking like a good approach.

Taking pictures up a tree - Cooks Fields, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR58496

Taking pictures up a tree – Cooks Fields, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR58496

… this was the result.

Sycamore Trees - Cooks Fields, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6003

Sycamore Trees – Cooks Fields, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6003

Deerleap Carpark

At the car park the famous pussy willow tree in the picnic area was perfect.  I liked the way picture shows how the separate canopies of leaves shape around each other.

Pussy Willow - Deerleap car park, Mendip Hills, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5858

Pussy Willow – Deerleap car park, Mendip Hills, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5858

Warning Signs

Before going on I need to mention Ash dieback.  It is not a good idea to loiter under Ash trees taking photographs.

Ash dieback sign - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5958

Ash dieback sign – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5958

This picture of an old ash was taken 15 years ago, today it is lying on the ground.

Ash - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN0006

Ash – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN0006

In this case it was probably old age!  Today growing out of its side is this bracket fungus.

Bracket fungus - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5984

Bracket fungus – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5984

This time the phone was on the grass looking up into the sky below the fungus.

Bracket fungus - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5975

Bracket fungus – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5975

The Combe

The hazel canopy covers the top part of the combe.

Canopy of the combe – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5868

The Swallet

Feeling adventurous my next attempt was around the swallet.

Ramspit Swallet - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5902P

Ramspit Swallet – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5902P

Here a small stream flows underground, only to reappear at the bottom of the hill.

Ramspit Swallet - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5916

Ramspit Swallet – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5916

It is a dark region of ferns and hazel. This is how a worm might see it.

Worms eye view - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5879

Worms eye view – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5879

… a canopy of ferns.

Worms eye view - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5885

Worms eye view – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5885

The Sycamore

Back in the light at the top of Lynchcombe.

Sunshine and Showers - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_3713

Sunshine and Showers – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_3713

These landmark trees were given the treatment before the weather closed in.  This different perspective brings out the scales covering the trunk.

Sycamore Tree - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5991

Sycamore Tree – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5991

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