There is something brooding and dark surrounding ancient churches and their grounds. Enhanced more during the bleak winter months. I never know if that is because of the history that these walls have shadowed , tarnished by the suffering and meek existence of poor folk struggling to keep warm and fed or that so many battles raged across it's lands down through the centuries, offering protection when it can. Anyway...I find what works for me is to plan a photography walk into my week, it gives me the opportunity to get creative and to look at what is about me. I can take my time, noticing everything.  As I hadn't used my twist 60 for a while, this was the perfect opportunity. I do love the dark mood effect it creates for me and I get to learn more about using my exposure and aperture settings to greater effect. I learn about how to find that sweet spot more accurately and to know when I have twisted too far!

There is something brooding and dark surrounding ancient churches and their grounds. Enhanced more during the bleak winter months. I never know if that is because of the history that these walls have shadowed , tarnished by the suffering and meek existence of poor folk struggling to keep warm and fed or that so many battles raged across it’s lands down through the centuries, offering protection when it can. Anyway…I find what works for me is to plan a photography walk into my week, it gives me the opportunity to get creative and to look at what is about me. I can take my time, noticing everything.  As I hadn’t used my twist 60 for a while, this was the perfect opportunity. I do love the dark mood effect it creates for me and I get to learn more about using my exposure and aperture settings to greater effect. I learn about how to find that sweet spot more accurately and to know when I have twisted too far!

Looking across the grounds to the path and wooden gate, where a small cluster of ‘snowdrops’ greets visitors.

 'Snowdrops' which were also known in Victorian England as the 'Death Flower' due to the fact that it grows so close to the ground where the dead are buried and it was considered bad luck to bring any indoors.

‘Snowdrops’ which were also known in Victorian England as the ‘Death Flower’ due to the fact that it grows so close to the ground where the dead are buried and it was considered bad luck to bring any indoors.

 The side entrance has an amazing wall filled with flint stones which would have been gathered by hand and what appears to be granite stonework around the window.

The side entrance has an amazing wall filled with flint stones which would have been gathered by hand and what appears to be granite stonework around the window.

 As I journeyed away from the church, I came across a neglected wrought iron gate of pitted metal with overgrown grasses at its base. I often wonder when it was working whose hand or hands had pushed the gate open.

As I journeyed away from the church, I came across a neglected wrought iron gate of pitted metal with overgrown grasses at its base. I often wonder when it was working whose hand or hands had pushed the gate open.

 My walk took me back up and along an old dis-used railway line, where its high banks were full of dried flowers and seed heads.

 

My walk took me back up and along an old dis-used railway line, where its high banks were full of dried flowers and seed heads.

 I think here I was finally getting a feel for the sweet spot and a sharper image in places. Ironically these seed head shapes reminded me of a necklace I once made using silver clay.

I think here I was finally getting a feel for the sweet spot and a sharper image in places. Ironically these seed head shapes reminded me of a necklace I once made using silver clay.

 I am often fascinated by the variety and abundance of so many seed heads on flowers that still look lovely, withstanding harsh winds and cold nights.

 

I am often fascinated by the variety and abundance of so many seed heads on flowers that still look lovely, withstanding harsh winds and cold nights.

 Water & reflections, puddles and mirrors of the old tree towering above with its bare branches.

Water & reflections, puddles and mirrors of the old tree towering above with its bare branches.

Please take a look at more inspiring photography using the lensbaby lenses like the beautiful work by Ute which is so lovely  http://www.utereckhorn.com/blog/2018/2/28/click-away-2018-amelia-island-florida