Driving back to my campground my eye was caught by the late afternoon light falling on some spectacular windswept trees, fallen trunks and stumps. As I kept driving I also noticed the brick chimney standing over the ruins of the planks that had been the original building.
I pulled over to have a better look, and the light was really good, so I headed up the road til I found the nearest farmhouse and asked permission to go into the paddock. Apparently lots of people stop to take photos but to their bemusment, I was the only person who had bothered to ask permission first!
Walking up the hill I had to shoot the trees first, and then I was seduced by the foxgloves. Wherever there was cleared land or farmland I saw clumps of tall stately flowers in shades of pink or white, and there were some splendid specimens here
And the further I walked around the site, the more trees with interesting sculptural lines I found, and wonderful HUGE treestumps, this one is taller than me
Love the curving shape in the twisting tree trunk, not sure if they are pine or macrocarpa
This shot was taken with my 10-22 ultra wide lens, the tree was so tall and I had to take the shot at a very acute angle, and this lens allowed me to fit it all into the shot. Have I said how much I *love* this lens
And finally the actual ruined farmhouse. I am not sure how old it is, the lady I spoke to said the brick chimney and food safe are the only structures still standing, it had partially burned down and the weather and elements took its toll.
Not a shot I would normally have taken, but the light as I was driving up the valley highlighted all the pale tree trunks and caught my attention. Really glad I made the effort, and because I had asked permission I wasn’t rushed and could happily take as long as I wanted (or the light lasted).
I really like the first shot of the row of stark silver tree trunks, also captured with the 10-22.
What do you think? Stretching my comfort zone, was it worth it?