Sunshine after rain

Walk out of our drive, turn left and the road heads down the hill towards Beaufront Castle. The road zig-zags left, then right, then left again before passing the castle lodge.  Another turn left takes you to the only opening in the high hedges which leads to a field of cut hay. Turning left again, the road zig-zags right before the field with the longhorns and then straightens up at the back of Sandhoe Hall and our nearest postbox. This was the short walk we took on Saturday after a day of torrential rain – everything was still drenched but a harsh, bright sun pierced the trees turning forgotten corners of nature into star turns:

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  1. LaVagabonde · August 5, 2014

    The light piercing the trees is heavenly. Love the processing on these.

    • northumbrianlight · August 5, 2014

      Many thanks Julie – OnOne’s B&W package again plus I went bananas with the saturation in Photoshop.

  2. Tish Farrell · August 5, 2014

    Out-of-time images, Robin. Lovely.

    • northumbrianlight · August 5, 2014

      Many thansk Tish – I like to think that apart from the tarmac, these lanes have not changed much in the last few hundred years.

  3. Sreejith Nair · August 5, 2014

    Wow… incredible images…
    Really loved the play of light and shades…
    The color here creates a complex mood in these images.
    Nice work 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · August 5, 2014

      Thanks so much Sreejith – it was a fabulous brightly lit late afternoon. The images almost composed themselves.

  4. Cate Franklyn · August 5, 2014

    A medieval morning stroll. The second and third shots are my favs.

  5. easyweimaraner · August 5, 2014

    I love the photos, it’s always a little bitersweet to see the hay bales, it’s a sign of the end of the summer :o)

    • northumbrianlight · August 5, 2014

      Many thanks – we should take some heart from the fact that harvesting is very early this year so the end is maybe not quite as near as we think.

  6. Lignum Draco · August 5, 2014

    Nicely done.

  7. Hanne T. Fisker · August 5, 2014

    Beautiful magical shots!

  8. greenmackenzie · August 5, 2014

    Wonderful captures of the magic of light through the thick summer canopy. All the shots are lovely but the first three make my heart sing 🙂

  9. Sue Slaght · August 5, 2014

    Gorgeous lighting on these amazing photos.

    • northumbrianlight · August 5, 2014

      Thanks very much Sue – most of the credit is due to the sun and nature 🙂

  10. milfordstreet · August 5, 2014

    The hay field is my favorite. The tracks really draw you in. Great use of light throughout the shots.

    • northumbrianlight · August 6, 2014

      Many thanks – I like those tracks in the field and have used them before but not exactly a zig-zag 😉

  11. Meanderer · August 7, 2014

    Well done! Super processing. As much as I love hayfields, the first and second images are my favourites. You have captured the idyllic nature of such a day; wonderful!

    • northumbrianlight · August 7, 2014

      Many thanks, I agree, the field looks much more spectacular before the harvest. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

  12. restlessjo · August 8, 2014

    No. 2 is my favourite, Robin. I would happily stroll there. But I love the wetness of no. 3 and what a pretty post box 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · August 8, 2014

      Thanks Jo – I like that postbox too, it is much photographed, at least by me. Here it is again in glorious technicolor –
      Have a great weekend.

      • restlessjo · August 8, 2014

        Blipfoto? Very pretty 🙂 Thanks- you too.
        Paris in the morning.

      • northumbrianlight · August 8, 2014

        Lucky lady – have a grand time. Blip is a micro-blog/image per day diary. I just use it as an ongoing record of what I have been up to.

  13. enmanscamera · August 9, 2014

    Ah, so nice…I think I’ll return for another view.

  14. littledogslaughed · August 10, 2014

    These are lovely Robin-I love the sepia tone to the images-it gives them a wonderful dream-like quality, especially images #1 and #2-beautiful light!

    • northumbrianlight · August 10, 2014

      Many thanks Meg, it was a beautiful late afternoon. I was dragged reluctantly from my PC but it proved worthwhile. All the best, R

  15. Mélanie · August 11, 2014

    wow of the wow! = giant “like”! ❤ you're a genuine artist… my very best and respectful regards.

  16. litadoolan · August 11, 2014

    Stunning photographs. The path along the Castle sounds fascinating.

    • northumbrianlight · August 12, 2014

      Many thanks Lita – the lanes around the Castle estate are lovely but unfortunately that’s as close as you can get. This is the only time I have seen it lit up (for a wedding) –

      • litadoolan · August 12, 2014

        WOW! That is pure magic. Thanks for sharing that link.

  17. Malin H · August 14, 2014

    Oh yes… this is magic! I love them all!! Great work, Robin! ❤

    • northumbrianlight · August 14, 2014

      Thanks so much Malin – the trees always remind me of your images.

  18. Zara · August 19, 2014

    Brilliantly captured!

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