Frothy Blackthorn in Epping Forest

You know that winter is truly over when the Blackthorn explodes into blossom:

The hedgerows look amazing, a mass of frothy, bubble white, on the edge of the forest. But quite difficult to photograph, as I discovered last Sunday morning at about 7.30, as the first sun was coming up.

The problem is how to get a distinct picture. Go wide, and all you see is an indistinct white blob. So you need to go close and focus in on the blossom flowers themselves. But then the slightest wind and you get a lot of blur. Not easy.

These flowers are tiny, maybe the size of a 5p piece, no more. So once the camera is on the tripod, the macro lens fully extended, focus and composition decided, then the mere whisper of a breeze and everything’s messed up. Even at the stillest moment of the day I think a ratio of 5 blurred shots to 1 in focus. Gentle rocking back and forth on the tripod.

It may have been quite still, but quiet it was not. The birds were in full voice, cackling, warbling, trilling, flirting with each other. Almost deafening. The forest and the hedgerows are alive and kicking! Spring, at last.


2 responses to “Frothy Blackthorn in Epping Forest

  • free sms

    Its my pleasure to declare you that your article has fascinated me. You are into a wonderful work. Keep the spirit high.And yes i have bookmarked your site thomaspeck.wordpress.com .

    • thomas peck

      What a lovely comment. Thank you so much. Do you have a website too that I can visit. I am on hols right now with the kids so more blogging from the ski resorts of France coming up soon. Enjoy!!! Tom

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