Where: Mowsbury Park, Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK
Who: Self Portrait

While in Bedford I took a wrong turn on my way home and went past a local park called Mowsbury. What caught my eye was not the goal posts but a few trees (typical me) with lovely copper leaves still on them and a snowy backdrop. By the time I had got out of the car the snow started falling really heavily. At one point I could barely see where I was going as I was snapping away at these bronze leafed trees. As I walked further toward the trees I saw the goal posts.

By the time I started to pack up a lovely gent passed by and struck up a conversation. He had five white poodles with little jackets on. I got a shot of them too. After lots of questions later it turned out that he knew someone who was a serious amateur who had just passed away and wanted to sell their medium format equipment. I left him my number and am now waiting to hear back as to find out what this equipment is. The things that happen when your out shooting.

I hope you like it.

Canon 10D, Canon 50mm 1.4L f/11, 1/50 sec, ISO 100. Tripod
Massive amount of dust spots removed from the sensor in Lightroom. CS6 post work includes text, signature and toning. This is a colour shot it’s not isolated colour.

This shot is also available from a photobook collection called Rural Mementos by

© Copyright David Huxtable-Reid – – All rights reserved.


xmas, cool, simple, stylish, snow, redtree, rural, trees, landscape


  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    I really love the minimalist feel to a lot of your works. always very neatly done and extraordinarily creative.

  • I do wonder if I spend too long out there trying to find a picture of something simple. Your comment certainly makes my efforts worth while. :-) Thank you.

    – redtree

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 1 year ago

    This is wonderful! I love the muted tones, all the better for reading that it’s a colour shot! You sure do know how to find the beauty in a bleak day :)

    Also hope to see that motion movie of your antics. I love it when you describe what you get up to on your shoots. You’re a funny chap! :)

  • Just posted stop motion movie of the next shot to be posted. it’s a bit boring in comparison. I’ll get round to this one in a mo. Thank you for lovely comment.

    – redtree

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 1 year ago

    wonderful image & work

  • Very kind, thank you.

    – redtree

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 1 year ago

    Fabulous shot! I’d like to see the movie too! :D

  • Just posted a stop motion movie of a different scene, I’ll do this one later today. Thank you for the lovely comment.

    – redtree

  • Livvy Young
    Livvy Youngover 1 year ago

    Wonderful shot,so clever.

  • Thank you for the honour. I’m not so clever I just like having fun in the snow.

    – redtree

  • - nawroski -
    - nawroski -over 1 year ago

    So beautifully funny :)) the space left for thought in this is boundless.

  • I do like my square formats. Thank you for the lovely comment.

    – redtree

  • berndt2
    berndt2over 1 year ago

    love this shot, the fantastic composition, and the very cool (and optimistic!?) background description. Uberclassy and well thought-through (while also being quite spontaneous!) Also love the idea that there are more shots out there that you haven’t posted yet, but might 8)

  • Just posted another scene, this will be done later today. Thinking is not my strong point but thanks for the compliment. Cheers dude.

    – redtree

  • marshall calvert  IPA
    marshall calve...over 1 year ago

    love it Dave, but what’s up with the scarf To me that’s a own goal

  • :-) By jove I think your right!. Oops. Cheers for the comment.

    – redtree

  • Christopher Cullen
    Christopher Cu...over 1 year ago

    excellent (great title too)

  • Thank you for the lovely comment. It was off the top of my head.

    – redtree

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    Your time is well spent. You are one of the most unique artists I am aware of here in RB. :))

  • Now I’m blushing. :-)

    – redtree

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