Flooded Birch Wood

Flooded Birch Wood

Since I first posted a photo of this wood on the second of January, I’ve had more time to decide how to present them and this interpretation is closer to my heart than the first version. The first is cold, clinical and boringly matter-of-fact. This version is more lyrical with its varying rhythms of tree trunks against the counterpoint of the water and grasses while the fence stitches the whole composition together.

I have to travel this way again on Thursday so perhaps I could try for a few more shots. No doubt, if this weather continues, I could be photographing a scene in the grip of ice and snow.



2 thoughts on “Flooded Birch Wood

  1. I really like the moving water with its reflections….

    We had miles and miles of birch along one of the roads I traveled as a child in Germany…have always loved the white bark. How long does the flood in the wood last, John?

    • Thanks Scott. We’ve had a lot of rain, and this region, being glaciated, has moraines and glacial drift that makes drainage difficult. Recently I have noticed quite a few woods with signs of flooding, often alongside roads where the natural drainage has been interrupted. In other areas I have seen woodland trees that have died because of mining subsidence resulting in flooding. Hopefully as we move into better spring time weather the ground will dry out.

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