Tanfield foxgloves

By mrswoolybill
John ( alsoppdigitalart ) inspired us to look at Tanfield Railway. Over forty years we've been in the North East, including several years just up the road from Tanfield, and we had never visited...
Anyway, walking round I recognised some very familiar 'faces' from John's uploads, but I wanted to do my own thing too. So I photographed the foxgloves, against the very photogenic backdrop of decaying rolling stock.
I took this with a view to square, see V2, but actually I think I prefer the landscape composition. The paintwork has been slightly desaturated, the original really is quite garish.
Thanks for looking,
Edit - Foxgloves choose some very inconvenient places to grow, see V3. It's not easy crawling under railway couplings carrying a rucksack!

Tags: Flowers Photo journalism Transport Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 7:44AM
Nice dof.

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SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 7:49AM
Delightful shot.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
8 Aug 2012 7:58AM
well composed and lovely flower colour Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 8:01AM
An informative and rather interesting foreword, supported by a wonderful composition captured from a great point of view, depicting the stark contrast of this gorgeous delicate Foxglove, against the rough weatherbeaten railway carriage, simply brilliant.

Regards Nathan
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
8 Aug 2012 8:05AM
Very pretty Moira, the closer view in V2 for me. - gary
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
8 Aug 2012 8:12AM
What a lovely shot Smile I definitely prefer the composition in V1, Moira. The background frames the flowers more generously.

And I have to say I REALLY love that background.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
8 Aug 2012 8:19AM
An unusual composition but most enjoyable and No. 1 gets the vote.

KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
8 Aug 2012 8:19AM
Ah, the beautiful foxglove, a true survivor. Lovely. I agree that landscape orientation suits this better.


vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 8:40AM
Manmade v nature - I knew this was one of yours, Moira, from the thumbnail. Creative as ever. Agree landscape works better.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
8 Aug 2012 8:42AM
Like the way you have made this stand out against the background Moria.
V1 for me today
Regards Richard
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
8 Aug 2012 8:43AM
A grand background for these beautiful foxgloves, Moira, landscape for me, too. Carol
Now that's devotion to duty, the places you get into, fortune favours the brave, good capture Moira, you did well good background well spotted I seem to be saying this a lot about you,

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 8:49AM
Super image Moira, well spotted and captured, for me I think it has to be V2 but it's a close run thing Smile

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 8:51AM
Still torn between 1 and 2 - so is v3 going to be Bill's upload one day I wonder WinkWinkWink
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 8:52AM
Well thanks everyone, a lot has happened while I was having breakfast!
I'm interested that most people do favour V1, I was dithering up to the last moment.
I'm off this morning to photograph our youngest volunteer at the Community Allotment, I'll be back here later.
tony64 14 204 9 England
8 Aug 2012 9:03AM
Looking forward to seeing more from this location Moira.
8 Aug 2012 9:07AM
Three cracking shots, Moira, very well composed and captured, V1 for me.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 9:42AM
V1 for me too
V3 ......SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 10:04AM
Version 1 for me Moira - lovely!

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
8 Aug 2012 10:57AM
Train was stationary I hope Wink Moira.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 11:06AM

Quote:Train was stationary I hope
That train has been stationary for quite some time Ron!
Cheers everyone,
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
8 Aug 2012 12:12PM
Coincidentally, I am going today to collect some foxglove seeds. The foxgloves my grandmother grew in her garden chose to come up and bloom this year where the barn once stood. I hope they will continue to bloom in my garden.

You are much more agile than I am....if I had gotten down there, you'd have been pulling me out by my feet!!!!!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
8 Aug 2012 12:18PM
A super place to visit and especially when these foxgloves are mingling with the woodwork and wheels of this old machinery.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
8 Aug 2012 12:52PM
Excellent capture, Moira, contrasts well against the woodwork Smile And seeing V3, well the positions one has to get into to get a photograph! Really made me chuckle Grin
Trev Smile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 1:33PM
v1 for me too Moira and I loved v3 of course!
BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
8 Aug 2012 1:45PM
Foxgloves always make for a fine subject, although try as I might, even with a load of them in my back garden, I've yet to take an image of them I'd be anywhere nears as happy with as this.
Lovely contrast with that backdrop, and as seems to be the general feeling, the landscape format suits this perfectly.

V3 is a gem of a different sort entirely - it's always great to see the lengths we're prepared to go to get that perfect shot.
Having read that the train was stationary does lessen the impact, admittedly, but still I am sure even were it moving, you'd have gone for it !
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 4:07PM
It is V1 for me too MoiraSmile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
8 Aug 2012 4:20PM
I know only too well about your difficulties Moira.
I have crawled into some awkward places to get my rust !!
Good flowery uploads and nice to see some rust at the end !!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
8 Aug 2012 5:09PM
v1 looks better balanced for me. v3 could be a 'stock' photograph, or maybe just designed to make a laughing stock of you!! GrinGrin

8 Aug 2012 5:34PM
V3 made me smile Moira, you're so agile Smile

John Smile
V1 for composition, and lucky for both of you that Ernest Borgnine is no longer with us.

You really both go the extra mile.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 7:58PM
V2 for me, more foxglove, less rustGrin!
I agree with Dougie and admire your adventurous spirit.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 8:23PM
V3 is more like the Moira we have come to know so well and could be the winner here - one of my favourite flowers is the foxglove and V1/2 good to see what the lady is seekingSmile
Ray42 10 3 England
9 Aug 2012 7:25AM

Quote:Now that's devotion to duty, the places you get into, fortune favours the brave, good capture Moira, you did well good background well spotted I seem to be saying this a lot about you,


I quite agree

Quote:It's not easy crawling under railway couplings carrying a rucksack!
now that is devotion!!!
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
9 Aug 2012 4:30PM
#2... of course Wink
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
9 Aug 2012 6:08PM
LOL...excellent V3 Grin
LexEquine 12 19 United States
9 Aug 2012 10:14PM
'Great Set Of Images,' Moira~~ Smile

Ciao~ Peter
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2012 5:49PM
Awwww, beautiful!

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