Whilst still in the mood for sorting out lost photo treasures etc. – I stumbled upon a bunch of images (buried in my Flickr account) from an Essential Nature visit to Bystock Nature Reserve near Exmouth, South Devon. Our visit took place back in May. I had meant to post an account of it here on the blog – but I forgot!
So, better late than never…
We explored the woodland and the heath. Looking closely, sensing everything., like small children. I absorbed the subtle differences between this landscape and my local one in North Devon… differences of scale, differences in the terrain and in the air.
I love to compare different landscapes and habitats. In fact I do it automatically, whenever I come to a new place. Somehow, put together, each intensifies the experience and understanding of the other. I suppose this is natural really, because we cannot fully appreciate things in isolation – we have to give them a context.
I gazed deep into the water
… and deep into the textures of tree bark
And we sat by the lake in the Spring sunshine, feeling protective over some new-born ducklings as a couple of gulls circled hungrily overhead.
We were shown around the Reserve by Michelle and Pauline, two South Devon members of our Essential Nature group, They were in the middle of a year-long project, exploring our relationship with nature, and planning an extensive installation for the 2013 Devon Open Studios. We saw the secluded woodland track where they planned to exhibit their installation, and where they had been making repeated visits, working with their innermost thoughts and feelings in relation to these surroundings.
Devon Open Studios has finished now. It took place a few weeks ago, and the installation worked magnificently. Here’s Michelle’s video of the final result.
Video: Michelle Wilkinson
Finally, if you would like to see more of my Bystock photos, taken on our visit – here’s the Flickr link.