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16-FEB-2010 (c) Doug Cruden

16th - Show Me The Way To Go Home

Bredon Hill, Worcs.

Bunked off school today with a friend, and we headed out to the hills. After a bright start and a long slow uphill climb, we were soon at the top of Bredon Hill. After a while we were aware of big black clouds with our names on scudding up the Severn Vale. Luckily (the top of the hill is very exposed with precious few sheltered spots) they passed us by and we continued our walk downhill to The Yew Tree pub in Conderton. But the light was strange today - bright sunny spells but dark and heavy clouds have made the post bright enough but the distant sky looks decidedly ominous and showery. Happily, our 'no rain today, thank you' luck held out until 100yds from the car

I rather liked this waymark - rather than 'Bridleway' or 'Public Footpath' some wag had scribed this DIY sign on the marker post. Now, if it had said 'Warm welcoming pub with log fire, a decent pint and good nosh a mile down the hill', it wouldn't have been any the less accurate :o)

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Alan K19-Feb-2010 10:53
This is very, VERY cool. Perfectly framed. I've often found that dark clouds with shafts of light are one of the greatest blessings it's possible to get out in a country landscape. It can make for some powerful images.
borisalex17-Feb-2010 18:58
Very good, so dramatic Shakespeare feel!
Kevin Chester17-Feb-2010 18:26
You certainly captured the drama of the pending storm Doug, I love graffiti when its done with a good sense of humour and minimum impact.
globalgadabout17-Feb-2010 15:38
perhaps that wag inscribed a route home from the pub for himself..strong comp and delicate exposure in the mixed light...V
larose forest photos17-Feb-2010 03:31
Love this shot, Doug! Reminds me of so many places I've hiked in Britain! Love the contrast of the glowering clouds with the green land. V
Cindi Smith17-Feb-2010 02:29
What a find! And, what a fun day, it seems!
Stephanie17-Feb-2010 00:43
This is excellent Doug!!! A very dramatic sky adds to the beauty of this shot! V
lou_rozensteins16-Feb-2010 22:14
Those clouds are threatening, and I would be making for the nearest shelter too. Great sign! Well done.
Phillip Normanton16-Feb-2010 21:58
Bit of a weird effect you've got going on here... I wonder where 'away' is? :o)
Walter Otto Koenig16-Feb-2010 21:39
Fine contrast, depth of field and perspective. I would have liked to gave joined you at the pub. Maybe next time. :) "V"
Ronald Bijtenhoorn16-Feb-2010 21:16
Good shot, Doug. Great light and impressive sky
Frank Brault16-Feb-2010 20:47
You are so good at capturing the light! Just beautiful with a wonderful point of view. V
J. Scott Coile16-Feb-2010 20:22
Well anchored.
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