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I should have done this years ago!

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Quite close to where I live is a well known avenue of beech trees that have been photographed by many, many people over the past years… except me that is! You may wonder why I have never photographed these trees, being so close to home. I think that  probably was the reason why – too close to home – but it has always been at the back of my mind as a shot I wanted to get. However, this week, I suddenly had the urge to get out and do it! One day  was lovely and sunny, and I knew that the time the trees needed to be photographed was just before the sun set. Rain and strong winds were forecast for the next couple of days, and I knew that if I didn’t get the shot now, the leaves would be down and yet again another year would have to pass before I could photograph the trees in their autumn colours.

This impressive avenue of beech trees was planted in 1835 and is approximately 2 miles long. It lines the  B3082 Wimborne to Blandford Forum road in Dorset. There are 365 trees – one planted for each day of the year.

When I got there, the sun disappeared behind a cloud, as usually happens to me when I get my camera out! No doubt this happens to every photographer! But, with patience, it came good at the right time, 15 minutes before the sun set. I also had to coincide the shot with a gap in the busy traffic – no mean feat! I was quite pleased with the final result.

Avenue of beech trees, Wimborne, Dorset, UK

Avenue of beech trees, near Badbury Rings, Wimborne, Dorset.

Author: Mike McEnnerney Photographer

I've had a passion for photography for as long as I can remember and have been running my own photographic business for many years. This also carries over into my personal interests: I love the great outdoors and enjoy nothing better than to be outside taking photos and combining this with my hobbies of cycle touring, camping, backpacking, canoeing and just being out in the wilds, or as the Australians say "beyond the black stump" farther into the outback than the city lights.

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