Thursday, 7 October 2010

Light Extinguished

Finally, some decent weather! The rain and cloud that have blighted the past couple of weeks cleared yesterday, so I headed to Woods Mill after work. To my dismay, it was patently obvious that Autumn has caught up with me - by 6.15pm the fading sunlight was confined to the tops of the tallest trees. I realised that we have nearly reached that point where after-work photography is reserved for indoor and low-light shooters. Even landscapers will be cursing the darkness in a few weeks.

My enthusiasm, however, was not dampened. So at 7am this morning I headed back for another go - morning light had to be better, right? No - Not when you have to be in the office for 8.30. After wandering around for an hour, I headed rather miserably back to the car with nothing to show for it except a few shots of dimly-lit berries. As I packed up, light streamed into the car park and the sound of previously silent passerines filled the air. It's going to be a long 5 months until the light returns; sitting on my backside, looking out on asbestos-ridden, 1970's, pre-fab business units in the a*** end of Worthing with 18 wheelers rumbling past all day.  Of course, this doesn't mean that the wildlife disappears - in fact it will be a useful time for finding and observing nocturnal animals. Winter can also prompt shy creatures to venture out when food is scarce and I can have a go at star fields, trails and light painting. Plenty to keep me entertained until spring arrives.

And of course there's the BTCC @ Brands Hatch to look forward to this weekend. I have a few spare tickets, if you'd like one drop me a line.

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