Arbour (gallery)

Sun rays through smoke among trees Glyndbourne Wood Halland East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netBurn

Glyndebourne Wood, Halland East Sussex UK

 

Dead Oak tree by gate in corner of marshy field Glyndbourne Wood, Hamsley's Rough Halland East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netBroke

Hemsley’s Rough Halland East Sussex UK

 

Winter view downstream along river Ouse at East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netDownsteram

Barcombe Mills East Sussex UK

 

Winter view downstream along river Ouse with bridge and trees at East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netBridge

Barcombe Mills East Sussex UK

 

Chalky lane track leading along hedgerow with overhanging oak tree Heighton Street Firle Place East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netIdyl

Heighton Street Firle East Sussex UK

 

Ancient oak trees by hedge on Beggar's Lane Newtimber West Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netHegemony

Beggar’s Lane Newtimber West Sussex UK

 

Path along bottom of ditch at Bramber Castle West Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netFold

Bramber Castle West Sussex UK

 

Bog pond under tangled branches Pepper's Pond Spithandle Lane West Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netChoke

Pepper’s Pond, Spithandle Lane West Sussex UK

 

Stagnight!

Stag beetle at night lit from side, dramatic black and white macro portrait West Sussex UK © P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

I had a privileged nocturnal encounter with this handsome chap when he flew out of the darkness to settle on my brother-in-law’s shirt! Despite the dramatic entrance it proved to be a great opportunity to handle this magnificent creature and he seemed very amenable to a quick torchlit photoshoot; I then placed him safely on one of our apple trees to continue his quest for a mate.

West Sussex

28/06/19

Fujifilm XT-2 | Pentacon auto 1,8/50 | helicoid adaptor

Deer (gallery)

Having stumbled upon a large enclosure of deer at Woodmancote (West Sussex) while walking last year I thought it would be an ideal place to play with a recent acquisition (a 50 year old Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestor 4/300 lens) and spend some quiet time honing my stalking skills.

During a brief visit last week a cross wind helped mask my scent and sound while I got myself into a hollow by the pond the deer drink from. Three curious (and possibly thirsty) females came up through the woods in my direction… (click on the images for a larger version)

Fallow deer doe female in woodland with dappled sun light, Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

…making my way through the deer trails inside a hedge with the wind blowing my scent and sound towards them I was spotted by this stag wile I looked trough the cleft of a hawthorn trunk.

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass seen through cleft in tree, rural colour portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

I had some time to go back yesterday and managed to get much closer to a group of them despite the wind not being in my favour. Being quiet and crawling my way up behind clumps of common rushes peeked their interest and bought them towards me, one curious young doe got around five feet from me while I was taking pictures of this stag with it’s newly forming antlers; The inquisitive doe was too close to focus on so I looked in silent awe as it sniffed the air before me, a wonderful encounter.

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass, rural wildlife photography portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Young Fallow deer male and female in meadow grass, rural wildlife photography portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe female in meadow grass and sunlight, rural wildlife photography Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe with one eye closeup portrait, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

 


Fallow deer doe female in meadow grass, rural black and white wildlife photography Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 


Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing by hedge in meadow grass, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe looking at camera through blurred common rushes colour landscape close-up portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

This particular group seem much more approachable than the other two on site, hopefully I will enjoy more time among them soon.

 

Beasts (gallery)

Sheep and lambs in rural pasture in evening sunshine, colour landscape portrait composition Poynings West Sussex ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

April

 

Sheep with two lambs by gate post with south downs in background in evening sunshine, colour landscape portrait composition Poynings West Sussex ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

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Sheep with two lambs in field with south downs in background in evening sunshine, black and white landscape portrait composition Poynings West Sussex ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

Shepherd

 

Female sheep profile portrait, black and white portrait composition Poynings West Sussex ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

UKO 263683

 

Bullock portrait, black and white portrait composition Poynings West Sussex ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

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Bullock portrait, black and white portrait composition Poynings West Sussex ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

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Piebald horse portrait, black and white portrait composition Poynings West Sussex ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

Piebald

Two lambs in meadow one grazing one looking past camera to the right, back lit sunset scene, black and white rural farm animal photograph Poynings West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netBrothers (#79)

 

Ewe with chin raised up by metal gate, rural livestock portrait, black and white rural farm animal photograph Poynings West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

Bars

 

Poynings

West Sussex UK

Fujifilm XT-2 | Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestegor 4/200

Demon (II)

Twisted dead beech tree with boughs reaching upward surrounded by silhouetted ash trees, Chanctonbury Ring West Sussex UK black and white landscape nature ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

‘Mother of the woods’
Dead Beech tree near Chanctonbury Ring
West Sussex UK
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As I walked up through the woods on the North side of the ridge following a line of ancient Beech trees toward Chanctonbury Ring I came across a large area of felled Ash trees and feared this tree with it’s outstretched boughs may have gone. Since I first photographed this tree in January 2015 what life it had then has since dwindled and the surrounding area is strewn with fragments of dropped branches – many no doubt loosed by the stormy weather over the last few days. While I had hoped to see this tree grow further in the years to come it’s location might mean it was older than it’s size suggests. Despite this it still stands, reaching aloft among the surrounding Ash trees which may not be there for much longer.