Kielder Forest part 2
one creepy head
The journey further round the waters edge took me through a varied mix of deciduous woodland, heathland and obviously pine forest. This wealth of locations meant I had a choice to make, shoot everything or be very focused on what I wanted. In the past I may have took the ‘gunning it’ approach but now I am able to control my urges and deliver my initial goals ;-)
Within the first 2 miles I found a great location near the waters edge with bull rushes poking out of the waters of Bakethin. The only issue I had was time of day, long exposures with the sun glinting off the water tend to result in an effect similar to a glitterball…not the best for soft water shots!
Bullrushes on Bakethin
The peaceful walk through the trees means its easy to miss one of the most iconic peices of art in the area. Winking through the trees some 100yrds from the main path is a 15ft tall wooden head.This is now one of the iconic places to visit. It provides a strange feeling of scale as the head is big enough to walk in too but its located with in some large pine trees. The creation is constructed as a layered series of wooden and is constructed to allow you to look out over the forest floor out of the eyes. the setting is perfect and it makes you stare and think about its context. Taking photos of the head was interesting as there are so many angles that can be used to emphasis the curves relative to the very straight lines of the surrounding trees.
u lookin at me?
This visit to the head also allowed me to take i some of the local wildlife. due to the rural nature of the area i was expecting to see a fair range of species, i was not disappointed. Most were a little too far away, like the buzzards flying above me a lot of the time, but i was lucky enough to get close enough to a sand piper scurrying around next to me while i was taking a rest stop.
part 3 will include some very dark antics with cables and tripods ;-0
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