Landscape

Man made river in the Wetlands of Somerset

Originally created to drain the Somerset Levels it never really worked. Luckily as part of the wetlands of the Somerset Levels it still has scenic and wildlife value. Finding myself here for the fist time in years, having moved away. I took the opportunity to capture the scene. Restoration and improvement for wildlife continues. The scope has increased in recent years. Improving the area for wildlife and the visitors. A unique place, come and see if you’re in the area.

Painting of South Drain a river in the wetlands of the Somerset Levels.

Painting of South Drain looking east from Edington Road, Burtle, Somerset

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Impressionistic painting of the Tiverton Canal at Holbrook Bridge with ducks swimming past.

Tiverton canal painting at the Holbrook Bridge, Devon

Tiverton canal at the Holbrook Bridge, Devon

The canal is a remarkable place to walk, cycle or just sit and enjoy the view. A a thin ribbon of water full of interesting wildlife and scenery. In the early summer the ducklings and other young waterfowl can easily be spotted. Ducking in and out of the reeds following their parents. Dragonflies and damselflies emerge throughout spring and summer. They zip around and perch on the vegetation only being disturbed as we pass them by. A popular yet mostly tranquil place.