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An enchanted location

This is an image from 2012, taken in Merrion’s Wood on the outskirts of Walsall. It was a finalist in a competition run by the hospital and you can see a framed print in the hospital. Merrion’s Wood is a great location for landscape photography, but it does change with the weather and seasons.

Merrion’s Wood

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I went to the same place on Sunday and it looks so different. That beautiful algae on the water have gone and the light was so different. That first picture was taken with my Fujifilm S5600 and this second picture with a Nikon D3200 DSLR. I can’t blame the camera! Locations do change for all sorts of reasons, so it is worth going back and checking them out again.

Changing location

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I went from Merrion’s Wood to Chapel lane a little farther on towards Birmingham to photograph these buildings. You can see clearly that the sky was white and the light was harsh. This photo would look so much warmer taken in the evening. We have put our clocks forward and hour and so it is closer to midday than we might realise.

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The harsh light doesn’t affect this picture so much. This is St Margaret’s church in Chapel lane and the spring flowers in the churchyard were in full bloom. I didn’t just happen at this location, I have had it in mind for some time.

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I really liked this shot from the churchyard towards Barr Beacon and so I took the shot about 10 times with different settings. The background looks a little blurred, but it was, in fact, misty. The sun had been out earlier and it was now much warmer. It was only just above freezing in the morning but by afternoon, I didn’t need a coat. After all the rain, I was making the most of the better weather and crossed the M6 once again to go to Sandwell Valley and spent an hour there capturing more images. I made sure to get some shots of the now derelict Forge Farm before that is sold and the location changed forever.

That drive out of Walsall gives you numerous great locations in a very small area, but traffic can be horrendous. It is advisable to visit on a Sunday. You will get great shots in the first hour of the day and when the sun is just beginning to set.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Mike, Wonderful photos that make me miss England. You captured both the beauty nature and the charm of historic buildings.

    My favourite photo this week is the top one. I do remember that and the colour of the scene is a tranquil teal. How interesting to see that the scene has changed over the years!

    April 15, 2016 at 13:58

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    Yes, that first photo was taken with a cheap bridge camera and I go back with a DSLR and it is all different. We have had a lot of rain so the water was flowing, so maybe the algae will return when it dries out. I didn’t explore very much because the bridges were very slippy. You can see in the last photo that it was a little misty. I shall be going back there again when the weather improves. I think we are set for a dry week next week, the first in a long time! English weather is never dull, it just keeps changing.

    Thanks for visiting. 🙂

    April 15, 2016 at 19:25

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