Winter Solitude

Winter Solitude
Winter Solitude

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Winter Solitude
Winter Solitude

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Winter Solitude
Winter Solitude

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This series of images have all been made in the same woodland which happens to be very local to me. It's a little known Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve that I've been visiting for many years. At least it was rather more little known before lockdown, since then of course people have found themselves exploring locally and discovering that you actually don't have to travel too far in search of beauty. It's still a relatively quiet woodland however and one can often have it all to themselves.

The 'Winter Solitude' idea came to me in 2017 and remained one of the many projects that were sat on the shelf as it were; until lockdown forced us to explore locally again. British Winter time, doesn't see particularly heavy snowfall, a winter wonderland it is not. For the most part winter is a time of grey stillness, but it is a peaceful time in the woods. Even the birds are quieter, saving their energy for the lean times ahead, until the abundance of spring. 

I really wanted to capture that sense of a peaceful, dormant woodland. Whenever there was a hard frost I'd take myself off to the woods. It really is astonishing how a simple layer of frost adds a touch of beauty to an otherwise drab winter landscape.

More to follow...