52/52 Two Rivers

Well, this is it, post 52 of 52 and the project is complete. I had hoped to come up with something spectacular for the last post of the year but alas, I haven’t seen any giraffes silhouetted against an African sky at sunset or early morning mists over Buddhist temples in the past week so I will end Project 52 on two places close to my heart instead.

Like many people, we have an annual decision to make about whose family will get the benefit (horror?) of our company for Christmas. We solved this, this year by celebrating Winter Solstice (Christmas no.1) with my parents in Sussex and Christmas (the real thing) with Andy’s extended clan in the Peak District. For both families, country walks form an essential part of the festivities so these images were taken by the River Adur in Henfield, Sussex and by the Dovedale in Derbyshire.

The first are from the Winter Solstice and were taken on an afternoon walk with that low, hazy winter light that gives such muted, subtle shades.

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Low winter light, River Adur. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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An island of rushes, River Adur. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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Winter sunset over Chanctonbury Ring. Copyright Fiona Michie.

The next set of photos were taken on Boxing Day on a walk by the Dovedale. The first was taken at the start of the walk when I was mobbed by ducks whilst trying to take a photo of a stone bridge. The ducks won the day of course and this handsome chap was posing like a Kardashian.

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The next image shows the steep rock formations of the valley which the Dovedale cuts through. I liked the strong diagonal lines and decided to take this in black and white to make the most of the contrast of the white sheep.

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Sheep by the Dovedale. Copyright Fiona Michie.

The next pair make use of two different techniques for photographing water. The first was shot at high shutter speed to freeze the motion and the second at slow shutter speed to capture the flow and pattern in a more abstract way.

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The Dovedale (fast shutter speed). Copyright Fiona Michie.
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The Dovedale (slow shutter speed). Copyright Fiona Michie.

Finally, this is not river related but I love these statues created by a chap in Wetton. They sit in his front garden and always make me think of the film, The Wicker Man, they have such a pagan feel to them.

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Sculptures, Wetton. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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