A Dorset landscape in March

I walk in all weathers and always carry a camera. I like to record what I see and the changes I notice even if the conditions are not always favorable, as on this occasion. This March day on Charlton Down was marked by hazy sun, cold wind, and the merest hint of spring. Ploughed fields were white with chalk and flint nodules. Short shoots sprouted from the furrows. Sugar beet greened some fields. Trees bare but for lichen cast weak shadows on the turned soil, while neat laid hedges divided the vista. Farms and barns topped the horizons. Rusting agricultural equipment stood isolated along the pathways. A rolling misty landscape of intersecting curves surrounded my hill-top village.

A view fro the top of Charlton Down in Dorset.

Old rusting iron water tank

Agricultural countryside around Charlton Down in Dorset, England.

View of ploughed chalk field on the hill at Charlton Down

View from the top of Charlton Down across farming countryside

Country view on Charlton Down in March

Mist-shrouded fields on Charlton Down in March.

Rusting agricultural machinery on Charlton Down

Green shoots sprouting among flint filled fields on Charlton Down

Green shoots sprouting among flint filled fields on Charlton Down

Green shoots sprouting among flint filled fields on Charlton Down

Hedgerow trees casting weak shadows on the pale turned soil of the intersecting slopes around Charlton Down

11 Replies to “On Charlton Down in March”

  1. You live in a beautiful area, Jessica, and I love your photos – a little bit dreamy and distant, and still a bit of Thomas Hardy in there, despite the vast fields!

  2. Thanks, Jo. It is a lovely area and changes so much through the seasons. Up high there is such a sense of space, isolation and freedom. You can walk for hours without seeing a soul. Although it is more likely to be the farmer on his tractor or a lone dog walker, It is not difficult to imagine meeting Thomas Hardy coming round a bend. He was born in a picturesque cottage about six miles away. He lived as an adult in town closer still. Hardy undoubtedly would have been familiar with this place and would have trodden the same paths.

  3. Loved this post Jessica. Some great compositions with the gentle curves of the slopes and the subtle colours. Perfectly done to suit the light you were presented with.

  4. Thank you, Adrian. I know that the pictures didn’t truly capture my experience of the surroundings on my walk but it was a record of a moment in time which I can use as a baseline for comparisons through the changing seasons of the year.

  5. They definitely seem like more than “record” shots Jessica. I really like them all, and no’s 5 and 13 particularly stand out to me. No 5 has a quality almost like a watercolour, and I love the sweeping curves in no 13 and the shadow of the tree leading the eye in.

  6. Thank you for the encouraging remarks, Adrian. It is an expansive landscape and difficult to photograph. May be I should try a few panoramic shots?

  7. Definitely worth experimenting Jessica. I ‘ve never tried stitching shots myself, and I honestly think it will be hard to improve on some of the photos above, but worth a go.

  8. I must have a look at my camera manual and see if I can work out how to do panoramas .. but thank you for for your support about the images as taken.

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