This one of those sessions I shall never forget. It was one of those stormy-then-sunny days - bright sun with black clouds around, rain coming and going. We'd scheduled the shoot and were in touch through the day deciding whether to go for it or not. The weather appeared to be improving so we decided to go ahead. It was Billy's birthday so they were out for the day and some online research of areas that we could meet halfway brought up Laddock. I know it's beautiful around there and was delighted to find a walking route map starting from Laddock woods - it sounded ideal: accessible and easy to find for both of us.
I arrived first and was a little confused - all I found was a farm gate and some small holdings. No parking or anything as I'd imagined. I asked a dog walker about the woods and he pointed to a large copse in the distance, saying it wasn't far and confirmed that the stile behind my car and wide mud path was the way. Hmm, not sure a pregnant woman with a two-year old and small dog would manage that. They arrived and I explained the situation, but despite a sudden shower opening up on top of us, they just shrugged and said fine. So off we set, in the mud. Fortunately we all had wellies on and somehow made it over more stiles and through cattle churned muddy crossings to the small wood. The clouds lifted and the colours were just perfect for a couple of photos there. We carried on along the path to see what lay ahead, when suddenly a cow in the field alongside started to run towards us. Instead of stopping and carrying on with his business when he got to the fence, he started sort of jumping, and his herd all turned and began making their way towards us as well. There was no question in my mind that they had malicious (if not murderous!!) intentions and we were in danger of being stampeded if they figured out how to leap over the fencing. It was terrifying!!! We turned around smartly back along the path, and unsurprisingly they turned too, growing in their numbers. It was only a few meters thankfully and we got to the wooded bit and could turn off the path and get away from the field and those menacing cows!
It was very shaded and gloomy especially as it was now overcast, but the colours were really beautiful and we had a lovely spot on the edge where the light could come through. We had a fun shoot there and I'm very glad to say there were no more threatening incidents with cows!