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Alwen Reservoir Undergrowth #2

Trees, fence and undergrowth at Alwen Reservoir, North Wales

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The beautiful and remote Alwen Reservoir, high on the Denbigh Moors in North Wales, is one of the most verdant places I know.

Take a walk around its seven mile perimeter footpath and you'll move through a range of diverse landscapes, each with its own ecosystem and corresponding flora.

My wife Liz and I often take the potholed track down to the small car park for a hike across the dam and along the footpath on the far side of the lake.

This area is like a giant sponge, with a thick layer of sphagnum moss oozing peaty water when you squeeze a piece.

Growing out of the marsh are bilberry bushes and bog cotton, and a little further back from the path lies mature woodland with its dark, impenetrable gloom.

There's little evidence of mans' involvement in this almost primeval landscape, but there is a rusty old iron fence at the forest edge which caught my eye for this photo.

A poignant contrast between the life and vibrancy of nature set against the slow decay of the fence.

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Filename - alwen reservoir undergrowth 02

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 58mm

Exposure - 1/6 sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Alwen Reservoir, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod, remote release and mirror lockup used to prevent camera shake.