Portrait photography – A walk with Martin and Yvonne.
Martin and Yvonne were the winners of my Valentine’s competition, ‘win a couples photoshoot’ and they chose Marles wood as its one of their favourite places to spend a couple of hours walking and it’s easy to see why!
Marles wood is set deep in the Ribble Valley along the banks of the River Ribble. It is close the Salesbury Hall and west of the old Roman village of Ribchester. It is very easy to follow the path through Marles wood, but it’s a good idea to make sure you have some good footwear. It can get muddy and rutted meaning it’s not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
The woodland is home to a mix of native trees, mostly deciduous with a Scots Pine here and there. From spring onwards there is also a really strong smell of garlic as the wood is home to a large carpet of wild garlic.
The river Ribble here is rather nice, wide, shallow with a deep pool at the start of the wood. During summer months fish can be seen taking insect off the top along with the abundant bird life skimming the surface.
After an hour or so of walking, stopping in a few good areas where the light is best to capture a series of photos, we moved to another wood above the town of Great Harwood.
This unnamed wood, known locally as Pine woods was planted in 1936 consists of Norway Spruce, Stika Spruce and Larch trees. These trees give the wood a beautiful green look all year round, though its rather dark under the canopy. The path through leads down to Dean Clough reservoirs which were built in 1870 to feed the local towns with water. Great sunsets can often be viewed from the banks of the reservoirs during the colder months.
Here are a selection of the photos I took during the day.
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