Wednesday, 2 September 2009

090902 Grass-Encrusted Henry Moore Sculpture

I suppose the thing I like about the scenery around here is the shape of the hills. It's rather like living on top of a grass-encrusted Henry Moore sculpture. The soot-black dry stone walls etch contour lines into the land providing a guide to the underlying shapes.

12 comments:

Sunny said...

Such lovely scenery. I would love to ride horseback through the fields.
Sunny :)

Valerie said...

Alan: tell Sunny I'd love to ride horseback anywhere :) the border fences/hedges around the fields remind me of when I tried my hand at drawing. It was the only thing I could do that looked realistic. It's a good picture altogether.

James said...

The scenery is fantastic! I would love to explore such a beautiful place.
Excellent shot!

John said...

Dry stone walls, Yorkshire barns; monochrome. I must be getting one dimensional. Alan, I love the country in that part of the world.

Leah said...

You're right, it is absolutely like a living, organic sculpture. Really incredible.

Check out this link to Storm King, if you get the chance, an outdoor sculpture field an hour from where I live in Brooklyn. We go there occasionally, and it is an amazing marriage of manmade and organic sculpture.

► Abraham Lincoln said...

Thank you, Alan, for the compliment related to my posts and the backgrounds. I try my best to make the "thing" I am taking a picture of dominate the photo so that I focus on it and throw everything else out of focus. That gives me the color in the background that you and others seem to like.

And, it is never just an accident, but rather I am looking in the viewfinder at the image and I try to see what colors are there and if I move this way or that what happens to the colors in the background.

By including a bright yellow flower at the top right corner of the viewfinder, out of focus, of course, and the rest a darkish green or gray, it make the background look like a light is shining on the scene (whatever the subject is).

When I bring the whole picture into Photoshop I make sure those background colors are enhanced and that they are doing what I wanted them to do for the picture when I took it.

Since I am restricted, more or less, to my backyard, I know which way the sun goes and where I can get the deepest shadows at which time of day. Anyway, it works out for me most of the time. I don't like a "busy" background of things or colors.

I do like this photograph on your post today. I like the pattern the stone walls make and the different colors of green of the fields. I don't know what your camera is or what lenses you have but those stone walls are rich in history, lichen and moss and who knows what else. I would wander down there and have a look around.

It reminds me of the fields where my father was born and grew up. the last ice age melted out in or on the land they owned so all of the stones the glacier carried from everywhere ended up on that farm and adjacent farms. You can imagine the kinds of walls they made with that variety of stone.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

debra said...

this is absolutely gorgeous.

C.M. Jackson said...

beautiful and so green--makes me say ahhhh! c

Cinnamon said...

Ah Yorkshire! What a beautiful place- I must visit there again one day...

liza said...

[jaw wide open] This absolutely took my breath away. Sometime in this lifetime, I have to make it to the English countryside. It's no wonder there has been such beautiful poetry and prose inspired by it.

Rita said...

All I can think to say is Wow! Make that a double Wow!

To quote Lawerence Welk "Wunnerful, Wunnerful!"

The Retired One said...

I love pastoral scenes...I bet in the autumn the fields turn different colors like a patchwork quilt!
Lovely!