It’s been quite a while since the last entry on this blog. Regular readers will know that I had my first exhibition last month and I will be writing about the experience very soon. For now I thought I would share with you some images taken and made just before the exhibition took place back in the early part of November.
This wonderful avenue of beech trees can be found on the B3082 at Kingston Lacy in Dorset near Badbury Rings. They were planted by William John Bankes whilst a resident of Kingston Lacy as a birthday gift to his mother, Frances. There were 365 trees on one side of the road for each day of the year and 366 on the other, for a leap year. Planted in 1835 some of the original trees have been lost through age or disease, but they are being managed or replaced by The National Trust.
The Autumn is of course a great time to photograph this splendid and historic beech avenue, even though the autumnal colours do not feature in my depiction of the location.
I should add that these images were taken in the company of a few other photographers whilst on a day’s workshop with Anthony Blake, a Dorset based photographer who I had not had the pleasure of meeting before. Tony was an excellent host and provided valuable and appropriate tuition to all of us. We visited a number of locations which took full advantage of the misty and rather damp conditions of the day. I have to say that overall it was a most enjoyable day with plenty of banter thrown in for good measure.