With more winter weather forecast for the coming week, I have revisited Coldridge in the Summer 2011, when this shot was taken of the golden stooks of wheat drying in the summer sun before being gathered in and processed into roofing thatch.
Coldridge was known as Coleridge even up to the early 1900's, it is a small parish situated on the River Taw, 10 miles from the ancient market town of Crediton. Coldridge was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, as Colrige - it would appear that Coldridges existence as a settlement, dates back to at least Norman times and possibly even earlier. Its name is believed to have derived from the "ridge where charcoal is made" and the fact that it is thought the area was once woodland, this is possibly an accurate description of how the parish got its name.
With no main road going through the village it gives that feeling of times standing still with a quiet relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.
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snunney (80689) 2014-01-26 4:59
A very pleasant reminder of summer. I like very much the composition and the pleasant light and natural tones. Superb control over depth of field with the well placed wheat stook making a good juxtaposition with the focal point offered by the church tower.
ktanska (24408) 2014-01-26 6:49
So these straws are meant for roofing? This is truely a nostalgic shot, which I didn't expect to see from England. Good off-centre framing. Field with those stooks reaching far background creates a strong perspective.
saxo042 (37058) 2014-01-26 7:41
This must be quite an unusual sight, I thought everything that you harvested would be rolled up in bundles, covered in white plastics. But this is very beautiful! I also learned a new word, I thought such a thing was called "sheaf". The whole view here is very attractive, with the little church in the background.
jhm (136708) 2014-01-26 10:20
I have with a lot attention looked to these grain sorts, but I think this is rye.
My father use also, rye for roofs on his barn.
I look already years for this type picture, but I can this not find in Flemish Belgium.
Colours are nice and certainly for landscape image.
Great composition, wonderful captured, splendid nature picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice evening,
mesutilgim (81392) 2014-01-26 12:32
Nice capture of this fields with good pov and good pictorial geometry.
TFS and best regards
SnapRJW (30078) 2014-01-26 22:12
I never tire of your rural Devon shots Les, they remind me of a lifestyle very much on the wane. This is such a strong composition with the large stook in the FG acting as the FP around which the rest of the shot unfolds. I like the way the rows of stooks guide the eye to the village with its distinctive church tower which makes the second FP. Beautifully managed and excellent fine detail, a shot I like very much indeed. Warm regards Rosemary
emka (75107) 2014-01-26 23:59
hello Les, How nice this old style Stooks of Wheat instead of the global ones we see now everywhere. Charming shot. beautiful rural composition.
WArm regrads Malgo
nikkitta (13953) 2014-01-28 11:40
Beautiful, interesting composition, similar at scenes in Argentina while the wheat is tied ready to be gather, at the sun
Good nature capture awith the village at the back and some barns at the left or is it a train
Well done, like enjoy it
photoray (10965) 2014-01-28 16:23
Appealing scene of Coldridge wheat stocks, stacked like huts across the landscape.
Unlike our American wheat harvesting done by machines and thrown into hoppers.
Thanks for sharing,
delpeoples (52777) 2014-01-29 3:06
Gidday dearest Les
Do you know I only learnt what a stook was when we were in Ireland last September? I saw them everywhere and asked my father in law what they were called...a stook! I love the golden light and colours here, the textures are lovely and the depth of field is stunning. Excellent work and interesting photo.
Warmest wishes to you both
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (13125)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-30
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: NikonD300s, 17-55mm f/2.8 G DX
- Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-26 4:37