Photography and Local History
The photographic project began in December 2009 when the woodland was bare and apparently empty of life; a few dead remnants of previous growth lingered on. The winter light, the lifeless shapes, specks of colour, a seed balanced inside an opened brown pod: all began to fascinate. But I still could not envisage how the woodland would emerge from the bleakness of winter...
Then new life began to appear: hazel catkins in January were amongst the first signs that the woodland was waking; buds, and willow buds in the boundary hedgerows, during February.
Winter: last and first
All that dies, dies for a reason.
To put its strength into the seasons.
(from Survival, by Jon Anderson,
recorded by Yes)