Saturday, 21 March 2009
Old slate quarries in Charnwood Forest near Swithland Woods
This aerial view flattens it but this is an area of steep hills, a really lovely area of higher land. I want to do some sketching here as the weather warms up and my work committments hopefully ease off a little. It's a beautiful area of ancient forest (woods and open land) pitted with flooded deep slate quarries. A lot are on private land or inaccessible but this one is ideal - I can park next to it and sketch leaning on the old drystone wall.
That means I can take heavier media like oil paints with me.
Today the dried leaves from last autumn had a pinkish hue against the ivy and murky green water in the quarry - the bank has the pinkish hue but its reflection is deep murky greens, not what you'd expect if you didn't go to observe. It was a lovely Spring day and you can see the blue sky reflected in the water :>)
The ivy coloured building must have belonged to the slate mine - it looks like the turret of a medieval castle :>)
So some time soon this will be another phase of my Leicestershire Waterways project.