Photographs of Burnham Beeches – Spring/Summer 2016
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Photographs of Burnham Beeches – Spring/Summer 2016

September 4, 2016

I’ve been kicking through the long grass, ferns and ant battalions of Burnham Beeches recently. Working in Bourne End has it’s positives but the same spaces every day begin to lose their interest and the hard walk up Hedsor Hill which on a good day is bracing becomes a chore when anxiety is tactlessly scratching at my nerves. Work became hectic and I needed an escape so I’ve started driving out to the beeches. It’s not such a trek, and I probably get more use of my time as traveling on foot I lose the first 15 minutes of any journey just getting off the industrial estate and into the countryside.

I had forgotten what a varied and beautiful environment it was and there’s so much of it I’ve never explored. In an hour’s walk I can find meadows, deep woods, beautiful swathes of foxgloves and inquisitive deer, although only the latter on days I forget my camera. My ankles have seen more insect bites over the last couple of months than in a long time but I’ve renewed my love of this tranquil seclusion which I live so near to but rarely visit. If I can keep my focus now that autumn is here I’ll try and spend a couple of hours with the camera and field recorder putting something a bit more involved together.

Here’s a selection of recent shots of the wildlife of Burnham Beeches. Full set is here.

Beautiful but cold

Sunlight glinting through old leaves

Slowly creeping green

Creeped out yet?

Long way down

The long walk home

Something lurks

Cadbury's Flake Tree

The purple sentinel

Sound the bells

Rest now for the journey ahead

Ink your map upon my skin

A sunlit clearing

A place to hide

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