Abstract, Black and White, Landscape, Photography

Apocalypse Woods

There is a section at the end of Davidstow Woods that my wife and I always jokingly call ‘Apocalypse Woods’. For some reason, the stand of trees there is just a collection of mostly dead but still upright trunks, standing in a boggy section of ground that is slowly regenerating around it, and so that section is reminiscent of a bomb-ravaged WW1 battlefield. In fact, the Davidstow Airfield itself is a WW2 remnant.

Recently, the Forestry Commission managing the woods covering the old airfield have made this section more accessible, with an access road heading to it, so I was able to get in and wonder about to try some photographs.

I thought that the strong graphic verticals of the stark trunks might suit the intentional movement technique, so I set about trying that out.

How I feel with my health must affect how I see and edit my results. Often I am more physically drained and mentally darker with my MS when I’m editing my pictures than the – sometimes much earlier by many days – healthier time I was out and about taking them.

So I think that must account for the darker and moodier treatment of the shot that I’m showing here, not to mention the prison-bar like viewpoint out to the brighter skies and open freedom of land beyond. There is also a not quite definable sense that there is some detail in the foliage that is present there but, not unlike the many MS sufferers ‘brain-fog’, the clarity is hidden and slightly out of your grasp.

Hopefully it’ll be something more cheerful next time.

13 thoughts on “Apocalypse Woods”

    1. Thank you Mike.
      I was unsure about posting it due to the darkness, both in it and behind it, but I think it has a lot of descriptive visual strength.

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    1. Thank you Steve. Remember it’s only the ‘scary’ way I’ve chosen to show it, much like the presentation of what is going on in the world. In reality there is much more beauty than ugliness.


      1. I wholeheartedly agree. The good found in the acts of everyday people and the beauty found in the natural world far outweighs the bad actors and the truly frightening aspects of our world. But, one must look for the good and beauty with eyes and heart trained to see.

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  1. I love this, and all of the work I’ve seen on this blog so far. I wish I didn’t have such an intimate awareness of what brain fog is, but you’ve evoked it perfectly!

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    1. Thank you.
      I’ve scooted over and enjoyed your starting introductory entry on your blog too. Hopefully anyone else finding me, having come from an MS tag search, will head over too. 🙂

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  2. I like this one. I also think it would make a fantastic book cover for the right story. And I’m not thinking the horror genre, but so many of the things you bring out in your post. Stories about change and inner battles and moving through a darker life. Memoirs, maybe.


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