In response to a comment from Dan James on my last meadow images, who mentioned a Monet-like effect from some experimental shots he took, this image flagged in my memory as one that I had taken that had the feel of his impressionist style.

I had remembered posting it before but it turns out that was on my Instagram (@cornishbearsphotos) and not here. Using the same blooming hedgerow, I tried a few different pan, shutter speed and framing combinations.

I like to think my own ‘lawn’ will get like this now that I’ve embraced the ‘letting it go wild’ approach. Hopefully all the seeds for the things which grow wild anyway will arrive in the same natural way they’ve always used to spread themselves about. I know you can buy ‘meadow mixes’ of seeds these days but it seems to me using them means that it’s still gardening – planting stuff deliberately that wouldn’t get there itself, even if they’re natural elsewhere – and not really exactly ‘wild’. So I made my own ‘local’ seed mix, to help things along, by simply collecting the seeds as the flowers and grasses mature to that stage, from the hedgerows on my walks in the lane .

After just a couple of months of not mowing and letting nature take its course we’ve already found three little Oak tree saplings sprouting up, possibly from acorns stashed away and forgotten by Jays, and there are a couple of orchids too, full ID’s not yet made.

My Dad thinks I’m just being lazy by not mowing it constantly so it’s a ‘nice’ 4 or 5mm bowling green-like monoculture but it’s actually a lot more interesting now, both to me and all the life in it. Bugs, birds, butterflies and flowers are all loving it, so I have to ignore pleading to ‘get rid of those dandelions, they’ll spread once you let them seed…’

Umm.. yes, I know!

7 thoughts on “Monet-like?

  1. I like the third one in the grid of pink and purple flowers best. I’m a big fan of meadows, and often wish we had a larger garden so we could let part of it run wild(er). As it is, we do have an abundance of clover in our lawn this year – it looks more clover than grass! Which the bees seem to love, so that must be a good thing.

    Our front drive and garden is beneath huge oaks so we often see oak saplings sprouting. Ruins the cars, which get a fresh coating of sap every few hours this time of year, and in autumn we can literally rake the leaves up daily and next day the whole drive/lawn be coated with a layer of leaves again. But I’d rather have the oaks than not.

    Back to the photography, have you ever tried a long exposure, whilst (slowly, and manually) focusing? Just wondered what kind of motion effect that would give. Think I might try it myself!

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    1. Yep, I tried some of my sea glass images with a defocusing during exposure effect. It is all part of the portfolio of my ‘generally messing about to see what happens’ which is so easy to do these days with digital.

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      1. Yes can you imagine the notes you’d need to take, shot by shot, to do it with film. Then a month later get your photos back and try to work out what to change next time to get a better result… But I guess it was the only option then, so that’s what people did. We’re spoilt with digital and its instant feedback!

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