In the search for subjects it is all too easy to overlook what is nearby, and I am guilty of sometimes believing I am going to have to drive into the Peak District to get an image. Fortunately my wife does the thinking for me, and told me there was a nice tree over at Strelley Hall that I should photograph, due to its perfect shape and autumn colours. So, being the obedient person-that-just- presses- the-button that I am, off I trotted – a whole mile away.
The image seemed to suit a 16×9 crop, and is indeed a really nice tree. Ideally a bit more foliage on the trees behind to help it stand out, but I am happy with it. If you look closely you can see the root bole (is that the right phrase?) sticking out on the left, where the tree has fallen over. The right hand side is crushed and gone, but the left hand side has developed into a very attractive shape. Since I had traveled all that way, in the car, it seemed a waste to just turn round and come home, so I wandered a little.
Next to Strelley Hall is the parish church, locked up to prevent vandalism. There is a small graveyard in the church grounds, and a larger one across the road. As you can tell from the sky, the weather was not improving.
The church, and its enclosing wall, are made of sandstone which weathers beautifully over the years as the rain and the wind erode the stone blocks.
However, whilst sandstone may be acceptable for building walls and churches, just, is is fairly useless for gravestones. Hopefully there is a record of who this poor soul was.
Until next time, and maybe waterfalls? Definitely not those deer!