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River Stour

River Stour
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-03
Categories: River
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF-S 17-85 f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/22, 1/20 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-21 10:51
Viewed: 2978
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is something very different for me today. As you know i am not into landscapes at all. Its not something i am likely to take up either .
I was brought up just 250 yards away from this spot on the river. I must have spent most of my childhod day down here. In the summer i swam in the river . A lot of time was also spent there when i was suposed to be at school. It has not changed at all over the last 50 years.
I know this is not a very good picture but it was the best of a poor bunch.

The River Stour is a substantial river which runs 96 km (59 miles) from south east Somerset and west Wiltshire through north Dorset and the Blackmore Vale into east Dorset , the eastern fringe of Bournemouth and Christchurch where it meets the Hampshire Avon and empties into the sea at Mudeford. Its catchment covers a land area of 1,3000 km with a population of nearly 400,000.

It has about six main sources, the most well known being St Peter's Pump in the valley known as Six Wells Bottom in the National Trust's gardens at Stourhead, Wiltshire. Professor Eilert Ekwall, in his book 'English River Names' (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1928), concludes that the original meaning of Stour is 'the strong, powerful one'.

The catchment is mainly agricultural land (dairy farming) which has been heavily drained and degraded over the past 20 years. The river is fast losing contact with its floodplain. The clay Blackmore Vale is a patchwork of fields which lost its hedgerow elms in the 1970s and is now dominated by oak, alder and field maple. Land drainage has led to huge declines in the populations of snipe, lapwings and redshank.

The Stour is still a stronghold of White-legged damsel fly and Scarce Chaser Dragonfly and is seeing the return of the otter after years of persecution and removal of bankside cover. It is mainly a course fishery, salmon and trout being confined to the lower reaches. The most abundant species are roach, pike, dace, chub, barbel and perch. 'The lower Stour is nationally renowned for its barbel population. Grayling are found in the River Crane and Shreen Water, and pike in the more acidic Uddens Water. Eels, minnow, gudgeon, stone-bach and bullhead are ubiquitous. Marine species such as the thick-lipped and thin-lipped mullett, bass and flounder frequent the tidal river downstream of Iford Bridge.

Aquatic plants that thrive in slow flowing rivers such as the Stour - the Arrowhead and Yellow Water Lily abound in the main reaches, where as Water crowfoot can be found in the chalk feeder streams.

The nature of the land surrounding the river changes completely when it enters the outskirts of Bournemouth. Fields give way to gardens and houses, boats and tidal water. The river takes on a holiday mood.

A riverside walk has been created called the Stour Valley Way. It originally ran from Christchurch to Sturminster Marshall, but has recently been extended to follow the river for the 64 miles between Christchurch Priory and the source of the river at Stourhead. The walk is marked by signs bearing a kingfisher symbol.

Between 1998 and 2001 the Stour was the focus of Confluence, a project run by Common Ground helping and encouraging local people to make their own new music in celebration of the river and its tributaries, springs, wells, flora and fauna. You can read more about it on the Common Ground web-site.

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Dear Nicholas
Lovely place this great river landscape.
Colors and light are great!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-21 11:06]

Hi Nicolas,
exceptional landscape.
Welcome among landscape architects. Splendid framed with some beautiful colors and details.
Excellent feeling of distance that a picture drawing.
Greetings friendly,

Hi Nicholas,
You also make very good pictures of landscape! excellent depth, very beautiful variety of colors and atmosphere across. Nice work.

Hello Nick,
How are ya friend? Hope life will be good down there and weather fine. You should not worry about the quality of the shot, Nick, it is fantastic. The main thing is you have shared a photo of a river with us which is tied/attached to your life on quite an intimate level almost like a good friend. You have spent your childhood and boyhood here so what can be more precious than this photo.It captures the mood of the river and that is of a placid stream, not too broad like our mighty river Indus which sometimes is spread over fourteen miles.....smile. Your note, man, is fantastic. I have saved it along with the photo.....a wealth of knowledge. I being a student of English Literature know most of the rivers and lakes of England. Thanks a lot for sharing brother....take care...warmest regards/Abid

Hello Nick,
a very beautiful landscape, simple and harmonious composition, splendid bright colours, i like this quiet and mild atmosphere.
Best regards

Ciao Nicholas. Intrigant colours and light for a bright landscape. Good space's managmente for the best dephting.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-21 12:18]

Hello Nick,
What is a river for you is a ditch for me. We are surrounded by hundreds of these ditches. That's so special in the area where I live. But this water is streaming faster, is natural; our ditches are all diggen in former centuries.
Your photo is splendid. Great natural colours and good sharpness. Excellent chosen POV and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-21 12:37]

Hello Nicholas,
A lovely capture of the beautiful landscape with colorful details! I like the sharpness and POV here with great natural colors. A great composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-01-21 12:39]

Hi Nicholas!

I'm touched by this posting. I can feel the emotions that are behind this landscape. And I don't agree that it is not a good picture. I like its simplicity, the natural aspect of the spot and the peaceful atmosphere. Together with your notes it makes a very valuable posting.

Kind regards


hello Nick

i think it is the first time i see a landscape photo from
you or i forgot, ah the good old childhood days !
it is a beautiful river scenery with fine POV,
excellent contrast between the cold
and the warm colour tones, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-21 12:42]
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Hello Nick.
A fine landscape of the lower reaches of the River Stour. The composition and colours are great!
Ulla and I lived in Dorset for a few years and we know the upper part of the Stour at Stour Provost. Ulla worked at Stourhead and I in Gillingham. A small world!
Thanks for this nice reminder!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-21 22:44]

Hi Nick

A lovely shot of the stour - I spent many childhood holidays in Bournemouth/Christchurch/the New Forest and my wife is from Bournemouth, so I know the area well. Beautiful colours and nice use of the frame.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-22 2:25]

Hello Nick,
I'm always amazed at how much beautiful nature is still left in England despite the huge population! There are many beautiful rivers I knew well, and this is one of them!
It must have been a lovely spot to spend your childhood days at. A very nice capture taken in beautiful warm light!
TFS and regards; Ulla

Hi Nick
Nice presentation of this beautiful landscape. I see you don't have a snow as we have here.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-22 3:57]

Hi Nick,
what's this? an expected but welcome shot from you. Because of this, i decided to post a bird sho for a change!
What i like most about this is the way the colour from the sky fills the river too, and the comoposition is nice, showing the water flowing in from the left into the shot, creating good depth. Nicely done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-22 4:01]

Hello Nick,
A very good idea to show the region you come from with this lovely landscape picture. For me it reminds me of my stay in England, where we went often on Sundays walk along some similar kind of river. I like the light and the fine colors of this shot. Interesting post.
Thanks and kind regards

Te alejas del motivo y muestras un tema diferente jajaja. Quieras o no es un respiro a tu bella galería.
Saludos Nicholas: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Nick, beautiful composition with lovely river, splendid natural colors and fascinating reflections, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Nicholas
great landscape, you was lucky to live not far from this wonderful place
superb serene atmosphere, beautiful Point of view
Have a great WE

Hi Nick,

An amazing lanscape capture. There are so many great aspects to this photo, Such as the composition, POV, exposure, sharpness and DOF. Love the reflections on the stream. Impressive work MF!
TFS and have a nice day and WE!


Hi Nick,
We know You're much more into birds than landscapes, but if someone's a good photographer, (s)he's good on other fields of photography, too, not only in her / his specialty. This is an excellent shot, and only from this photo the land doesn't differ too much from the Hungarian lowlands (I know it does in reality, but this photo reminds me to the lowlands area of my home country a lot). Simple yet beautiful composition with greatly chosen foreground and curves of the river. I really should like to be there to hunt for miniature fungi in the grass, like this Tubaria hiemalis, which I photographed exactly in the same conditions (winter, grassy territory on the brookside etc.). I'm not sure if You're interested in macro photography at all, but by my opinion worth a try anyway.
Tfs this fine image, have a great weekend. Friendly regards from Hungary, László

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-01-23 9:04]

Hello Nick!

Great post. I like photo very much. River looks excellent with reflected blue sky. Even dry grass is better than snow we've got at this moment :-) Fantastic note. I think everyone has got similiar place from childhood.

Hello Nick,
Very nice landscape with exceptional natural colours and very good light.
Wonderful river.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-23 19:23]

Hello Nicholas,
I have to dissagree with you, I think this is a wonderful shot of the place where you spent many a summers day playing and swimming as a young boy.
I love the composition and beautiful natural colors presented. The river draws your eye into the entire frame as it meanders up to the right hand side and then turns back to the upper left. The trees makes a natural frame on the left and the green bank just the same for the right side.
You should consider shooting some more landscape images in the future!! Well done!!

Hi Nicholas,
Thanx for the notes, and a nice quite peaceful part of the country.The water must be rather cold I presume.The dryness of the land shows in the brown grasses and trees, with small amounts of new green vegetation.I like this image, well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-30 10:36]

Hello Nick,
A fine composition in my eye, with great colors and a beautiful scene well captured.

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