Abbottsbury Swannery on the Dorset coast is a haven for hundreds of mute swans to breed and nurture their young cygnets. At the time of visiting (August 2012) the cygnets were already quite large and just beginning to show some of their white feathers among the grey. They generally fledge in September. The sight of all these swans gathering at feeding time is amazing.
During our recent stay in England, my husband and I visited Tyneham in Dorset. We were curious about the stories we had heard of a village abandoned in 1943 by villagers who never returned. Because the area is an active military firing range, it is only open on weekends and holidays. What kind of a state was the village in 70 years later? What we hadn't expected was the sheer beauty of the place. I hope I have captured some of this in this film.
Panasonic GH3 micro four-thirds camera
Panasonic 14-140mm lens
Olympus OMD-EM5 micro four-thirds camera
Canon SX260 point-and-shoot
Zoom H2N recorder
Fader Variable neutral density filter
Adobe Production Premium CS6
Magic Bullet Looks 2.0
Nik Color Effex Pro 4.0
In 1780, Lord Milton, decided that the adjacent market town, Middleton, was disturbing his vision of rural peace. He commissioned architect Sir William Chambers and landscape gardener Capability Brown to design a new village, Milton Abbas, in a wooded valley (Luccombe Bottom). Most of the existing villagers were relocated here, and the previous village was demolished and the site landscaped.
Every two years the present villagers recreate their historic country fair to celebrate the rebuilding of the present village over 225 years ago. The fair attracts thousands of visitors and has become one of Dorset's key Summer events. The main street is closed to traffic, and residents and stall holders dress in 18th century costume. The day includes traditional music and dancing, local crafts people, stalls & demonstrations, a Dorset farmers' market, children's entertainment, Morris dancing, local food and ale and more.