Another photo taken in the rather picturesque area known as the Furry Glen.
This was taken just at the main wooden steps on the way down into the Glen itself.
I found this pair of trees and they kind of reminded me of a pair of cacti, maybe they have some grand aspirations to slowly morph into another type of plant or maybe I am witnessing the dawning of a new subspecies of tree.
The pathway between the trees leads down to a small lake which is over to the right of the picture, I will hopefully get some good photos of the lake very soon.
This was taken only yesterday in an area of the park known as The Furry Glen. It’s a beautifully quite part of the park set in a hollow and surrounded by some awesome tall trees.
Down in the hollow sits a calming area of water, too small to be a lake and not quite small enough to be just a pond, if you try to amalgamate the words you end up with either a “land” or a “poke”, you can choose which one suits best.
It’s a real suntrap down here, even on a cold winters day you can barely ever feel even the slightest breeze.
It’s funny but every time I visit this area I always meet some highly knowledgeable local with plenty of interesting tales about this part of the park, rumour has it that there are lots of magical happenings going on down here. Just yesterday I met one man who informed me of the rather rare phenomena of seeing water travel up a hill. Apparently every time it rains there is a certain stretch of path upon which rainwater travels uphill to a shore. I also met another lad who guaranteed me that if I photographed a certain cluster of trees that the resulting photo would reveal three faces in the photo, not visible with the naked eye. I should have been immediately sceptical but I tried and tried with no success, he then told me the light wasn’t quite right for them to appear, I wonder who the gullible one is in this scenario.
There are some lovely rustic wooden steps in and out of the glen and obviously with such a love of trees I just couldn’t resist spending a bit of time trying to capture them.
Taken on a beautiful March afternoon with some lovely golden spring sunshine.
Two photos in one day, you can tell it’s Saturday and the wee lad is fast asleep in bed for a while. Obviously it’s too early for any sporting events on tv so all the normal distractions are well out of the way.
Isn’t it amazing how sports channels fill up Saturday mornings with utter rubbish while they wait for anything interesting to happen. Anyway, I digress, apologies for that.
I actually took this photo way back in July 2007, one of my earlier forays into the magical work of infra-red photography, I must admit at this stage it was all down to trial or error. I reckon I could easily come back home with at least 30 shots of exactly the same scene, I will never bemoan the onset of digital photography again, you simply can’t do that amount of experimentation with film unless you’ve just won the lotto and the prize comes with its own free darkroom. Imagine the amount of film I would have to carry around with me for a full day out in the park. I suppose I could get the young fella to follow me around with a wheelbarrow full of film for me. I also suppose I could do a fair amount of processing in Photoshop but yet again, that’s just not for me, you either record the shot exactly as you want it or you have to go back again another day.
Anyway, to say I personally love this photograph is a bit of an understatement. I truly love the symmetry of the perfectly upright trees juxtaposed with the one stray almost semi-circular branch right smack bang in the middle of the shot. I just couldn’t have asked for a better scene……well one or two fluffy Irish clouds would maybe have added to it.
So as you may know at this stage if you have visited this blog before, I am rather obsessed with trees and pretty much everything to do with them.
On occasion I do love to simply look up when I am in the middle of a cluster of trees and see what the world looks like way up there.
I love the effect of a wide-angle lens on this kind of scene, everything seems to be falling in on top of me. It’s quite rare to see people wandering around looking up at the tree tops, I suppose it’s quite dangerous when you think about it. Personally it’s one of my favourite past-times, you just never know what you are going to spot up there. I love the massive tangle of branches, at times it’s hard to figure out which branches belong to which trees. I think this photo could make a great [and rather complex] game for kids, make them trace back each branch and work out which tree it leads back to. I know it would probably melt their brains but at least it would keep them quite for a while……….and before you ask, yes I do have kids.
Anytime I look at this photo I always think how soft everything looks in it. It’s a wonderful side effect of infra-red, particularly on grassy areas, it almost makes it look like snow. Believe me it couldn’t be further from snow if I tried, this was in fact a beautiful summers day, this entire area just happened to be under the shade of the trees. I love stumbling upon this little used walkways through some of the thicker forested areas, I am sure there are plenty of other people who use them but I always get this feeling that I am the only one around, very pleasant indeed.
I wasn’t sure at first about the two main trees in the shot, both look like they are falling over but I find you tend to lean your head whilst looking at the picture and I love watching people doing exactly the same thing as me when they view it.
I find this quite a lonely almost cold feeling photograph but there is something about the trail of the pathway that always makes me wonder what is around that corner.