I was looking to emphasise and practise foreground texture and had this image from last year of the drainage channels and reclaimed agricultural land that spreads out inland from the sea around here. I liked the contrast between the spikey grasses in the foreground and softer foliage on the right. This place is close to Maghull as you edge into Liverpool from Formby and Southport. It is accessible from a dismantled railway track which runs north south through the moss.
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I have tried this view before, but with a third vessel right in the foreground and taking in more of the river and buildings behind. This time I tightened the field of view, selected two vessels and went for an elongated presentation. It certainly feels a better outcome.
Normally I go down to the Alt Estuary, which flows into the Mersey Estuary, in the evening and paint. This time I decided to see the lightening effects in the morning. The bright morning light gave some new options. The way the light is reflected off the wet mud is very powerful.
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