What a fantastic way to spend a cold, dark, and not a little wet winter evening! Wassailing is the ancient custom of giving thanks for the past cider apple harvest and wishing for a good forthcoming year. Much Marcle in Herefordshire is the home to Westons Cider, where members of the Silurian Border Morris men led the ceremony with great gusto, beginning with a flaming torch lit march into the orchard to gather around a tree to sing, to chant, dance, and drink from a bowl of cider passed round the crowd. The VR feature on newer Lumix cameras than my GH3 would have been useful shooting only with available light, but a steady hand and high iso, and the wonderful light given off by hundreds of flaming torches was enough to get sharp enough photos. Maybe some more cider would have helped too...?
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