My second visit to the fabulous Holme Fen was on a rather overcast day. I arrived in the late afternoon and spent a very enjoyable few hours traipsing through the undergrowth and admiring the view until it was too dark to really see much at all.
As atmospheric as it is during the day, at dusk that atmosphere seems to pour in from all directions. The colours may be more muted, but the rustling of leaves, the sharp movements in the undergrowth and the all pervading silence seem to close in and come into explicit clarity.
There is something special about the feeling of walking through a woodland or forest, especially one with so much character, with the light fading fast, when colours, trees and undergrowth seem to blend together into unrecognisable shapes and unfamiliar structures. I had the place to myself, so my only company were the regular inhabitants, for whom my presence was an unwelcome delay in their nocturnal activities no doubt.
Once I had left the woodland and found myself back on the drove road, I experienced the same feeling I had the last time I was there, namely, I was looking forward to coming back again. There is something very compelling about the place, plus there were parts of it I hadn't yet explored, and if that wasn't a good reason to return I don't know what was.
The following images were taken that afternoon/evening, before the light became too dusky to work with. I hope you enjoy looking through them as much as I enjoyed taking them. To see photos from my first visit, and find out a bit about the interesting history of the place please see my previous post.
|An impressive run of silver birches with splashes of golden colour.|
|This spot was in a little glade next to Boston's Mere, a man made lake at the eastern end of the reserve.|
|A close up of two birch trunks nestled among the ferns.|
|Another shot from the banks for Boston's Mere with the lemon yellow leaves and the blazing red ferns.|
|Trunks of several young silver birches with some subtle colour behind.|
|These two were a bit more experimental in nature! I panned the camera upwards as I took a shot of a |
particularly dense clump of trees.
|Same technique, just not as fast.|
|The light by now was getting dimmer and more subdued.|
|A spray of yellow leaves against the more muted background.|
|Four pale trees stand alone.|
|Burnished autumn foliage cascades down to the ferns below.|
|This dead but still standing birch stood out for its whiteness.|
|A small pathway winds its way past this particularly green little tree.|
|Warm autumn colours above and below set off the pale trunks of the silver birches.|