Two Green Lanes near the Haldon Hills (Part 1)

In April 2020, during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, I posted a black and white photograph of Holloway Lane (South Devon) on Twitter that I’d taken in autumn 2019, and it proved a popular one. I hadn’t had the time to really explore … Continue readingTwo Green Lanes near the Haldon Hills (Part 1)

On the rocks from Bridford

I’ve grown very fond of the landscape around Bridford, on the eastern boundary of Dartmoor, but it’s been several years since my last visit to Heltor Rock, just west of the village. Until recently, though, I had never visited Blackingstone Rock, a mile to the … Continue readingOn the rocks from Bridford

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

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

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

Clearing morning mist, Exe Estuary and Ship Canal, September 2015

5:15 am in early September 2015, and I was walking along the towpath of the Exeter Ship Canal. First light, almost an hour before sunrise, and I might have been dreaming, except for an unexpected coldness and the calls of birds I couldn’t see. The … Continue readingClearing morning mist, Exe Estuary and Ship Canal, September 2015