This post is for Cardinal Guzman’s monthly blogging event The Changing Seasons. He asks that you post a gallery of between 10 and 20 photos for each month, all taken in an area near to you. Over the course of the year we’ll get to see the landscape changing. If you would like to know more about the challenge then follow this link.
Here are my pictures. I’d love to know what everyone thinks.
As the idea of the challenge is to see the changes of a specific area over the course of a year, I’ve photographed along the same lanes this month as last, though I didn’t walk quite as far. Unlike many places we’ve not had much snow, only the occasional light sprinkling – mainly rain, rain and more rain, making it hard to get out. I’ve also been suffering from a lingering ear infection that made it rather painful to be in the cold air for too long.
Because of this a lot of the pictures have been taken across the field nearest to my house.
This is quite a distinctive field as it has what’s known as ridge and furrow topography. In the photographs this can be seen in the regular lines of shadow that cross it. Ridge and furrow was a method of ploughing used in the medieval period, up to the 17th century, that used a plough that could only turn soil over in one direction. The ploughman worked first down one side of the strip of land and then down the other, causing a ridge of earth to be thrown into the middle. Over the years of repeated ploughing the ridge would have grown progressively bigger. During the Middle Ages each strip would have been managed by a single small family of peasants or serfs.
The evidence of ridge and furrow can only be seen now if no ploughing has taken place in the field since the method was last used. Nowadays such fields have preservation orders on them and can only be used for grazing.
Hopefully next month’s gallery will have pictures from a little further away from my house!
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