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Title: The Heath Burner. North York Moors,Yorkshire.
In the late winter/early springtime patches of old moorland heather are burned by
gamekeepers to make way for new young shoots.Small fires are controlled so they
won't spread or damage the peaty soil. At this time there are no birds nesting on the
ground and the soil is still wet. The moorland is managed this way in order to
maintain optimum living conditions for the Red Grouse that inhabit this interesting
place. Red grouse feed off young heather shoots and build their nests and shelter in
the taller, older plants. Burning the heather is essential, for without it the plants
would grow tough, woody and would eventually collapse.
Title: Into the Unknown.
This dreamlike scene represents the future in contrast to the scene below which
represents times gone by. Taken on the Northumberland coast at Dunstanburgh on a
snow covered beach, very early in the morning. The figure walks boldly into the
future with confidence, depicting an air of optimism.
Exhibited at the Cube Manchester: Northern Skies; June 2011
Notes: This is a very personal work, reminiscent of fishing trips with my late father. One may call this the ‘nostalgic sublime’, a dream of times past, long ago. The sepia tones suggest that it is an old photograph. The mist adds weight to the atmosphere and the deliberate, slightly out of focus technique gives the scene a sense of a blurred vision of a fond memory. Taken in May on an early morning, in the Lake District, Cumbria.
All Images Copyright 2013© Julie Dawn Hamilton - hamiltonfineartfoto.co.uk.
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