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and azaleas add some beautiful colour to the woodland. However, the area can be photographed well at almost any time of year and, like all woodlands, looks incredibly atmospheric when choked with mist and fog.
At the southern- edge of Rhinefi eld Ornamental Drive is one of the forest’s most beautiful woodland river settings. At Puttles Bridge, Ober Water slowly meanders through beautiful oak woodland. A large car park and a footbridge provide easy access to photograph the river from both banks.
Moving away from the woodlands, the huge expanses of open heathland o er a very di erent fl avour to the New Forest. While these areas make wonderful places to roam, for much of the year they are too featureless to o er signifi cant photographic potential. The exceptions to this rule are late summer and cold winter snaps. In late summer huge areas of the heath turn vivid pink and purple when the native heather is in fl ower. Although very appealing, the heather on its own is usually not enough to make for a strong landscape photograph; fortunately you can usually fi nd photogenic lone pine and occasionally birch trees growing on the heath to complete compositions. If trees don’t appeal, look for the characteristic free- roaming ponies to include in your composition. Any area of heathland is ideal at this time of year, but with its undulating terrain and solitary trees Rockford Common is of particular appeal.
During cold winter snaps, the heathland once again takes priority for landscape photography. Snow is unusual in the forest and should be cherished if you are lucky enough to experience it. Frost is a more common occurrence and gives the heather and decaying bracken a delightful sugar- coated appearance that makes the landscape irresistible to photograph. The best- known area in the forest for heathland photography is probably Bratley View, just past Bolderwood. For many years landscape photographers have fl ocked to photograph the beautifully- shaped pine tree just beside