For the past two months I’ve been photographing the same group of trees at Bolderwood, in the New Forest. I wanted to capture the changing colours of the leaves as autumn 2019 took hold.
There’s one tree in particular that I really like, a beech tree that caught my eye last year. You can see it in the middle of my photos. What is it that is special about this tree? It’s hard to say, but it has a pleasing shape even though it’s perhaps not a ‘traditionally-shaped’ beech tree. This one is very tall and thin and for some reason, it reminds me of a tree from a Claude Lorrain painting.
I’ve made visits to these particular New Forest trees in September, October, and twice in November. The last two months have been extremely rainy, so annoyingly I couldn’t get to the Forest as regularly as I wanted, inasmuch as I’d planned to take photos every two weeks. But… almost every day was dark and gloomy, and very wet. Not at all inspiring.
You can see that not a lot changed with the trees between my first visit to the New Forest on 18th September and the one on 4th November, apart from the colour of their leaves. When I went back on 17th November, however, there was a big difference. We’d had a lot of wind, rain and cold weather, resulting in a more noticeable lack of leaves and a big colour change.
I might make one more trip to the New Forest in autumn 2019, to photograph the trees without their leaves. Maybe even in the snow – if we have some and if I can get there. 🙂