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This old tree in Belvoir Forest, Belfast, seen in full autumn glory. In the middle of the afternoon in November, the sun is low enough in the sky to light the tree from the side, bringing out some of the wonderful texture and character in the trunk.

(Revised colours and sharpness - 5 July.)

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The old stone bridge at Minnowburn Beeches on an afternoon in December 2009. The water is quite still on this calm, sunny but cold day.

Much of the scene is in shade because bright light from the low sun does not reach the bottom of the valley in winter.

Here I am right down at the water's edge, in the mud.

(Updated colours and sharpness - 4 July.)

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Minnowburn Beeches in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on a sunny morning at Hallowe'en 2009. The foliage is turning to red, yellow and orange shades as winter approaches. The stream at Minnowburn winds its way through the scene, and reflects the vibrant red leaves of a small tree near the water's edge.

Another view of Minnowburn on the same day.

(Revised sharpness and colour slightly - 4 July.)

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A view of the stream from the stone bridge at Minnowburn Beeches in South Belfast.

Today is very cold with ice on the ground, although most of the recent snow has melted. The water is quite still. The sun is low in the sky in December, shining only on the tree tops in the distance.

This is a combination of two exposures, for the land and the sky.

(Updated sharpness and colours - 4 July.)

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A path in Belvoir Forest Park, Belfast is covered in fallen leaves during autumn 2009. Shortly before sunset, the foliage is illuminated with the bright warm light.

Out of shot is a steep bank down to the river Lagan.

I particularly like the contrast between the leaves in the top left corner of this scene, and the lighter leaves in the background.

(Reworked from scratch - 13 July.)

The reverse view from here in summer:


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A view of Belfast and the Belfast Hills (Divis, Black Mountain, Cave Hill) from Killynether Wood, in Scrabo Country Park, Newtowards.

Beside Scrabo Tower there is a large wood on a hillside. From quite high up, the fields around Newtownards sit in the foreground, with the city of Belfast and the mountains in the distance.

The Northern Ireland countryside in some late summer sunshine.

(Reworked from scratch 17 July. This is one of my favourite Scrabo views.)

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The river Lagan near Minnowburn Beeches in South Belfast, on a not-so-rare snowy morning in January. We seem to be in the grip of an unusual prolonged spell of snow and ice.

There seems to be a thin layer of snow, and the water is quite still and calm. The clouds are rather nicely shaped today too, and these are reflected pretty well.

Taken from a similar position as this scene, and with more subtle colouring and detail.

(Updated with a sharper version.)

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Minnowburn Beeches in South Belfast, Northern Ireland. In late September, the trees are turning golden yellows, reds and browns.

Fallen leaves sit in the shallow water of the stream on a fine sunny morning.
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While out at Minnowburn Beeches, in South Belfast, Northern Ireland, I climbed the hill to the garden above. At the top of hill was this tree.

The vibrant colour of the leaves on the tree, along with the interesting curves of the branches caught my eye.
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The old stone bridge at Minnowburn Beeches in South Belfast, Northern Ireland, on a sunny but misty morning in December 2008.

Here, I thought the low winter sunlight really brought out the texture in the stonework of the bridge, so I got really close to the bank of the river.
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