Came along the path on Iken shores and found this cute boat called Souffle moored up,
This is a piece written by some one discovering this fantastic piece of landscape in Suffolk,( a hidden gem,) walking from the famous Snape Maltings.
We booted up and started to wander down by the River Alde on what is known as the Sailor's Path but it was so unpleasantly muddy that we decided not to bother. We wandered over to see the Barbara Hepworth statue The Family of Man, then wandered down towards some trees. This lead on to a part of the Suffolk Coastal Path so we thought we'd try that. I'm planning to walk the whole path soon so it was worth having a wander down part of it. A great tit charmed us with its melodious song until three booms from a crow-scarer interrupted it. Then we moved away from the wooded area.
This area of Suffolk seems timeless. All we could hear was the occasional honk of faraway geese and the piping of an oyster-catcher disturbed from poking around in the soft, gooey mud. We stopped in the picnic area to read the sign explaining the area. This was Iken Cliff. The church sounded interesting so we headed off towards it. As we climbed gently out of the wooded part, a large white bird flew close overhead. It had the size and slow languorous elegance of a heron but the familiar egret shape - a great white egret, a bird that is becoming a more and more frequent visitor to Britain. In the distance we could see the spire of the church.
The timelessness and solitude of these flatlands are the landscape of a future novel for me. This really could be any time in the past, or the future really. But we're in the now. Out there in the distance beyond the twisted dead trees the various geese, swans and waders were continuing their seasonal, daily routines unworried by us and our brief snatches of solitude. Talk of "Big Skies" is appropriate - Norfolk and Scotland are always mentioned but here in Suffolk, we too can be overwhelmed by vast vistas of watercolour skies. Once around the headland we found the church up a lane where pregnant sheep that looked more like pigs in fleeces ignored us. Signs everywhere made tourists feel slightly unwelcome - no dogs, don't lean your bikes on our delicate reed fences, don't go here, private, get lost, leave us alone - but we went in anyway. It's a lovely old church supposedly the site of Ikenho and a major part of the mysticism of East Anglia. St Botolph was an East Anglian monk who set out to evangelise the pagan hoards under direct instruction from St Felix the first Bishop of East Anglia. The church has been an important religious site for some 1350 years. Most people probably don't even know it's there.
We were pleasantly surprised to see one of those shaggy coated bulls with really huge long horns - a Highland Breed I assume but will probably soon be informed differently - in the field next door. We went in to the little half-thatched church. I was stopped short by the fact that ten young men were lost in the Great War from this village. Ten. The village is tiny and this fact alone brought it home to me about the devastation wreaked upon the land. It seems that nowhere was unaffected. On Sunday on the wireless there was an interview with a woman whose father had been killed in that War. It seems so long ago but there are still families that were affected by it. My grandfather fought in that War but I realise now that I didn't really know much about what he or my dad really experienced. And it's all too late now to discover much about those experiences. But ten young men killed from one tiny village seems overwhelming in its sheer cataclysmic effect.
We wandered back out into the late afternoon sun and headed back the way we came. Some geese had come in nearer to the reed beds and were waddling about comically. The oyster-catchers were still trilling and piping in their slightly nervous way. Ahead, several times, I saw the ghostly white elegant shape of the egret keeping out of our way but just on the periphery of our vision. One solitary neglected boat was the only evidence of any human attempt to make a living from the water. Two figures padding across the duck-boards back towards the man-made elegance of the Maltings where Benjamin Britten had introduced high culture to this quiet corner of farmland and wetlands, we turned and looked out at what Nature had managed. Miles of low lying reeds and water, a landscape where bird life continued as though nothing had ever changed. Maybe the recent colonisation of the area by some European visitors, the egrets, was a suggestion that times have changed.
The landscape that St Botolph had built his church on, where ten young men had grown up in those halcyon Pre-Lapsarian days but would never return to remains the same. The almost silence broken only by the occasional plaintive cry of solitary waders and the boom, not of crow-scarer's, but of a bittern stand as a testament to those moments of contemplation and peace that is available to us still if we're prepared to go out and seek it.
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dta (71373) 2014-03-30 1:20
Hello Ian ,
The kind of scene that I can find in my region (southern Brittany) . Beautifuly composed , in this panoramic format . I like especially the light and the sky .
siudzi (34141) 2014-03-30 2:01
What a nice spring landscape post! Well seen and composed view from well selected POV to get such a beautiful and peaceful sight of this place. The cloudy sky is an asset here in my opinion to have really unique and attractive pic. TFS!
rbassin (19918) 2014-03-30 2:21
une magnifique paysage, j'aime les couleurs pastelles et la composition avec la barque et les poteaux.
Format très agréable et bien choisi.
Royaldevon (33381) 2014-03-30 2:31
Certainly your notes could be part of a novel. Thank you for this in depth opinion of the area; it all adds to the mood.
I have to admit, your photograph immediately reminded me of a timeless landscape, big sky, focal boat, snuggling cottage and trees taking us steadily into the b/g.
Your photograph has great charm and subliminally calming mood.
Have a lovely Sunday,
There have been a few programmes on tv showing the beauties of Suffolk, which reminded me that we hadn't visited the area for 30 years!! Definitely our loss!
snunney (89858) 2014-03-30 2:40
A beautiful image to view with lovely light and colours and a great sense of openness. Very well composed and perfectly suited to the panoramic format.
Grey and overcast here this morning, but dry. Quite mild, forecast to get up to 19 later this afternoon. Have a fine Sunday afternoon.
pajaran (54997) 2014-03-30 3:07
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu sa opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trentak, lepa panorama.
Lepo mesto za odmor i rekreaciju.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good article on the place with a description ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, nice place and shown the moment, pretty colors.
Good composition, well captured moment, a beautiful panorama.
Nice place for rest and recreation.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-03-30 7:12
lovely light which contributes to this a lot. I like the pretty colors of the beach and very interesting sky which has elements of cheerful and gloomy weather at the same time. The small boat has been lovely placed in the corner of the composition. Nice format compliments the image.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Sunday
PaulVDV (24367) 2014-03-30 12:36
Under that overcast sky a beautiful light illuminates the landscape and adds nice warm tones.
The small mooring poles and the white boat make an attractive foreground.
A beautiful very quiet and somewhat idyllic picture.
Best regards, Paul
abmdsudi (46836) 2014-03-31 7:38
Wow what a sky - stunning wide open landscape of a rather awe inspiring and certainly very calming photograph depicting this beach scene. A fine image - sharp, good colour and pleasing composition with the bright boat anchors the focus firmly. Tks and enjoying your in depth foreword, Congrats and tfs.
Kielia (24073) 2014-03-31 8:31
reading your notes and seeing the photograph made me feel as if I was participating in your wonderful excursion and seeing this with my own eyes (I could even hear the oyster catchers). The tranquility is conveyed very well in this shot, and the small boat is an important feature. A great TE contribution and what a delight.
cornejo (35741) 2014-03-31 10:54
Hi Lain, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition with this beautiful marsh landscape, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
ourania (36366) 2014-03-31 11:52
this is a captivating landscape, especially with the depth, clarity and lighting you captured it. The wide and sweeping curve gives great definition to your composition, the natural colours, both in the landscape and in the sky, are marvelous. I like very much the fine touches that enhance the sense of depth: the shade on the left, the poles and the boat, the whole in the cloud scape. Great work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Gigidusud (18003) 2014-04-05 13:16
Beautiful composition with splendid light and great panoramic format. I like it!
Cricri (111339) 2014-04-07 9:30
Un style d'image que j'aime particulièrement, j'aime les couleurs, le ciel est magnifique il filtre une très belle lumière, la courbe de l'eau, le placement de la barque ave les poteaux de bois, cette image méritait plus de point!!