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Winter canal

June 23, 2012

in Devon landscapes, images

The Grand Western Canal runs from Tiverton in Devon towards Taunton, and despite its stirring name is only 11 miles long and comes to an end near the Somerset border without ever connecting to the rest of the canal network. It was intended to form part of an ambitious canal system that could link the north and south coast to save the perilous crossing around Lands End. It was an expensive and arduous task, and the coming of the railways brought the end of canal building. After years of disrepair local people campaigned for its restoration, and now it’s a council-owned country park, balancing leisure access with wildlife conservation.

It’s not often that Devon winters are cold enough for the canal to freeze, but the last few years have had some long chills. The ice and snow, the dark branches of the huge oak, and the black and white cattle give the impression that this is a monochrome image. It’s only the biscuit-coloured reedmace along the canal bank that adds a little colour to the scene.

This image suits printing on Hahnemuhle photorag art paper. The giclee process captures the sharp and delicate detail of the tree branches while the texture of the paper adds a watercolour feel to the soft greys and blues.

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