On Sunday I was walking along the course of a former railway line near to Langsett. It was constructed in the 1890's to faciliatate the construction of Langsett Reservoir - carting waste away and bringing materials and workers in. Nature has been doing a good job of reclaiming it so that at times you would be hard-pressed to recognise that it was ever a train track at all.
I took several pictures with Shirley's little Coolpix camera but the shot to the left was certainly the best. It's simple with interesting textures and dappled light patterns amidst the greenery and the tree trunks.
As Carol from Cairns recently pointed out, I have too much time on my hands these days. Time to use the on-line photo-shopping facilities of Lunapic to create first of all, this pencil drawing version of the scene:-
But it seems like cheating somehow. Over at Katherine de Chevalle's place - The Last Visible Dog - she has recently posted two fascinating clips of real artists at work - one an oil painter and the other a watercolourist. Both clips are spellbinding. It is amazing what you can do with photo-shopping these days but when all is said and done, it's no substitute for the craftsmanship of real artists, immersed in their work and making visual choice after choice as their pictures are patiently and lovingly developed.