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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
Stop for a moment...
...and imagine stepping through the gate and sitting on the grass to have a picnic.

I snapped this gateway this morning out walking with Brith. It's the place where we sit for a moment and have a drink of water before turning round and heading for home.

Open gate

Unfortunately, the gate leads into a private field, so picnicking wouldn't be a possibility. Also, as the field is normally full of sheep, the grass is probably littered with sheep poo! :)

I've never photographed this gateway before and it's amazing how just opening a gate can really make a picture.

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: June 4th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
The gate could have been closed and I would have loved it. It's the tree! The green! The age of the gate that does it for me.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 4th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have actually seen that gate before. It's this one.
del_c From: del_c Date: June 4th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about the gate being aged, it looks like a nice new gate from Ikea to me.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 6th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
It is definitely a newish gate. It has not yet become encrusted with lichen and moss and begun to rot and sag. :)
del_c From: del_c Date: June 4th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gate closed would have made the picture full of gate. Gate open leads my eye through it and over the horizon!

I bet Capability Brown knew that trick, and the artists who make those covers for books about adventures that start on the doorstep.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 6th, 2013 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it does make all the difference. I've been taking photos for so many years that I seem to register these little changes unconsciously. I'll be walking along and suddenly something says, "That's a photo right there!" Sometime it's just that the light is shining in a different way or, as in this case, that there's been a subtle change like a gate that is always closed has been left standing open.
trenton22 From: trenton22 Date: June 4th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great tree limbs! I like to composition and the color. Sweet!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 6th, 2013 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It was the twisted tree limbs that caught my eye. It's funny how different light can bring out features in the landscape that you've never really noticed before.
artkouros From: artkouros Date: June 4th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could probably sneak in and off the owners and no one would know. And then you could picnic.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 6th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
You probably could sneak in and picnic, but it wouldn't be very relaxing! Because it's a tourist area, farmers tend to be a bit touchy about trespassing.

My general rule is that what the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over, so if I can slip quietly across private land without being seen or leaving any evidence of my passing, it's fine, but of course this field was right by the lane in full sight of anyone walking or driving past.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: June 5th, 2013 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
The open gate is SO inviting, too bad it is private land...still how about a little picnic just right inside the gate ;)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 6th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a nice idea, but there are actually better, more private places for picnics. Also, it's more comfortable to sit outside the field. There is a convenient flat stone in the wall by the gate -- you can see it on the left hand side of the photo -- which is just the right height to sit on. I usually pause for a moment there and we have our drink of water before turning for home.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: June 6th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Niiice!
lilairen From: lilairen Date: June 5th, 2013 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
The colors on that are just amazing, bordering on the unreal to me.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 6th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Everything is incredibly green at the moment. We've had plenty of rain and now the warmer weather and sunshine has made everything spring into life. It will all darken and get more tired looking by August, but late May - early June is when the foliage and grass are at their freshest.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: June 5th, 2013 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)

I've never photographed this gateway before and it's amazing how just opening a gate can really make a picture.


Of course, it did takes ages to get all the sheep back in afterwards.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 6th, 2013 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! And of course Brith was no help. The reason he ended up in an animal rescue was because he had no interest in sheep. He just stood there laughing while I chased round and round trying to get them back. :)
heatherp8 From: heatherp8 Date: June 6th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
lovely
thanks for sharing
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