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Scarf, gloves, woolly hat

Two weeks ago, on the last Saturday before the clocks fell back, I got up at 5:30, threw on some warm clothes, and drove down to Teignmouth beach to photograph the pier. I’d photographed it previously before the dawn, and liked the contrast between the … Continue readingScarf, gloves, woolly hat

Somewhere down the Crazy River

It’s hard to beat this kind of walk: you plunge through dense woodland, steeply downhill, with views of the hills all around, descending deep into the valley, until there is the first glimpse of the river straight ahead, right across your path. The kind of … Continue readingSomewhere down the Crazy River

19240 Shrouds of the Somme, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter

Somerset artist Rob Heard began a new project in December 2013. He wanted to find a way to illustrate the scale of the loss of life on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  He started creating 12 inch figures, each wrapped in … Continue reading19240 Shrouds of the Somme, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter

The simple pleasure of recognising familiar landmarks from new vantage points

A couple of weeks ago I had to drive across the Haldon Hills, but couldn’t stop to have a proper look around or take photographs. The last time I did so was when I made my second visit to the Pet Cemetery, near the Haldon … Continue readingThe simple pleasure of recognising familiar landmarks from new vantage points

When the image that means the most means the least to everyone else

Late in May I made the traditional visit to Holwell Lawn on Dartmoor for the usual outrageous display of Bluebells. Most images we all make of the ‘bells were cliches a decade ago, and even more so now, but I still go because just witnessing … Continue readingWhen the image that means the most means the least to everyone else

A winterbourne pool, Top Tor

I remember attending a talk a couple of years ago by the renowned landscape photographer Jem Southam, where he talked about his book The River Winter. He mentioned how the beautiful word ‘winterbourne’ originally referred to a river or stream that runs only in winter, and … Continue readingA winterbourne pool, Top Tor

Source of the Devonport Leat

It’s been a rough 3 months with Penny, our beautiful 11-and-a-half year old Cocker Spaniel. In November she began suffering from an (unexplained) infection in one of her paws; it was red-raw and began to swell significantly. She spent several weeks on antibiotics and had … Continue readingSource of the Devonport Leat