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This is the source of the River Test at Ashe. In the distance is the small pond where it all starts with this wet area being the true start of the "river". Not very impressive - no visible springs, but this is the same for the source of the Itchen which is also in the book. Within a couple of miles the springs along the channel produce enough water to produce a recognisable stream.
In the book I describe the sources of the chalk streams. The two images above are of a winterbourne which feeds water to the Wylye. As the name suggests, the first image was taken early in the year when rain water has topped up the aquifer over winter resulting in springs releasing water along the channel. By the summer has dried up, shown in the image on the right.
Autumn on the upper Test
It is raining as I write this, but when the sun appears in early November it brings out the rich colours of Autumn. The bankside vegetation can look a bit haggard but by careful positioning, the mix of greens and browns can enhance the overall image and frame the main subject of the trees. The swans added a bit of extra interest. The photo needed the contrast of the blue sky to make it stand out and be worth including in the book.
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