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Great Yews

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Great Yews, on Wiltshire's border with Hampshire, has a grove of pure English yew Taxus baccata. The wood has an almost reverential atmosphere reminiscent of a cathedral, with great tree trunks taking the place of stone columns and sunlight filtering through the canopy as if through stained glass. Around 7pm, the low angle of the sun means hardly any direct sunlight penetrates the wood so I was able to photograph using reflected light, which reduces contrast and gives richer tones to the gnarled trunks. I searched for some time to make a composition that conveys the fairy-tale qualities of this wood, finally settling on a view of ancient yews and a collapsed branch framed by two adjacent yew trees.