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.