Wilverley Plain, The New Forest, England by Clive Hollingshead

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I am based on the edge of the The New Forest National Park in the UK, (an area of 566 km2 or 219 sq miles unsown/unfarmed lowland), a fantasy land of ponies, deer, open scrub/heathland and densely packed forest. A late autumn (fall) after the visitors have gone is now my natural habitat.

This shot was taken as part of a small project to try and capture the spirit of the woods, usually late afternoon as the sun was approaching its end of day toils. I was trying to capture the "endlessness" of the forest, as well as its beauty and colour.

Finding a through-route empty of dog walkers and sheltered from the winds I ended up on Wilverley Plain, between Holmsley and Brockenhurst, where I set up the tripod and waited for peace and light to gel, taking several shots of varying times. Limited post-production in LightRoom.

The Forest very rarely lets you down - even if I don't have a camera with you. It is old, comforting, forgiving and welcoming. I hope this shot conveys my love of this small oasis of calm.

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