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churnetvalley

I’ve had a car for a few days, which makes a nice change, so last Sunday when it was reaching early evening I went out a few miles on the way towards Ashbourne, an area I seem to have known forever. Quite wonderful landscape is very close to Stoke-on-Trent. The light was great, a good angle. This is a watercolour landscape , with long dry stone walls, bleached fields and deep green/black coppices. It’s on the edge of the Peak National Park, but here not quite the harsh moorland, it’s sheep and cattle country, small fields. First I went through Froghall and the ironworks deep in the Churnet Valley, then up top through Whiston and onto some narrow back lanes. Some of the things I have tried for years to capture I still can’t, the only way is through drawing, so I’ll have to borrow my friends car and get out there with my sketch book. There will be a few more photographs soon.

road

sheep

birds

 

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