Fairly recently my wife booked a cottage in Birchover, Derbyshire for a few days to celebrate our 4th anniversary. We had planned to take in a few sights and explore the local surrounding bronze age sites which are in great abundance in these parts. This particular day we left Poppy Cottage in Birchover, which we can highly recommend, and headed off towards the Nine Ladies Stone Circle at Stanton. The countryside around these parts is quite magical. The weather was cloudy at first but eventually out popped the sun, with a little bit of late September warmth.
Just beyond the stone circle was a copse of trees, nothing out of the ordinary really, just plentiful, thin and extremely tall Silver Birch trees. From a photographic point of view they had a real painterly quality and seemed to complement their surroundings perfectly with the afternoon sun illuminating that wonderful silver bark.
My wife really noticed these trees and we wondered how we could build a composition with the absence of any real foreground interest. But the light and the trees were quite mesmerising as they gently swayed with a kind of hypnotic quality. We tried all kinds of shots, the landscape format just didn't capture the majesty so we opted for portrait and used the magnification and compression of the longer lens to pull the trees closer to us. The shot was captures and that is very much what you see here.
Both Kay and I hope you too can feel some of the magic of the Stanton area as you drift into the magic of the Stanton Birches.
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