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Old Lewes Racecourse and The Wild Campion Meadow

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The former racecourse just outside of Lewes is a picturesque vantage point for Kingston Ride and Ashcombe Windmill. Pretty hedgerows and cowslips line the gallops all the way down to the Y-shaped junction by Ashcombe Bottom. The gallops is now used to train horses. I enjoyed going up there several times earlier in May, when we enjoyed the uncommon presence of settled weather, clear visibility and low angle sunlight. Wild Campions grow every spring in two small enclosures on the South Downs, near Brighton, which have been given over to wildlife by the farmer. A roe deer unexpectedly jumped out when I arrived and I decided let him move away, before continuing with any photography. It would have been lovely, had the deer been tolerant enough to remain, but it wasn't to be. I will be enjoying plenty of encounters with Roe deer over the next few weeks, as I begin my early summer project in West Sussex. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy my latest work and please leave a comment, if you w

Bluebell Woodland Project 2019

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Welcome to my bluebell woodland project for 2019. I hope you enjoy looking at my photos as much as I enjoyed visiting beautiful bluebell woodlands in Hampshire and West Sussex over the last two weeks. Please leave a comment, if you like. Bluebell woodlands are easy to photograph, but very challenging to photograph well. It is tempting to get carried away, without giving much thought to composition, exposure, focal length, viewing angle and lighting. I am all too aware of the many difficulties photographing bluebells, which is why I enter bluebell woods, looking for distinctive subjects, many hours before I intend to begin any photography. I am always looking for groupings of tall flower heads, uncoiling ferns, white bluebells, deer and any other elements, which will help me produce something truly memorable.  I am also very tempered about positive feedback — once again this spring, I have seen quite talented photographers lauding bluebell images that I would have immediate