6th July 2016
I am often struck by the tenacity in nature. I had seen these trees from afar for quite some time and had always meant to shoot them, finally I had the chance one evening to head up there after sunset. It was more or less dark by the time I arrived at the bottom of the hill, so I set off up the slope in relative darkness. Whilst I always carry a head torch, I try not to use it unless absolutely necessary, partly to as to keep my night vision, but mostly because torchlight seems to alien and intrusive, it’s seldom quite so dark that you can see nothing at all. It paid off this evening as I came face to face with my first badger – I don’t know who was most surprised, but it got my heart beating and he shuffled off without making too much of a fuss. How these trees cling on is a marvel, and it’s plain to see that the prevailing winds have taken their toll.