I recently visited a pocket of London that remains wonderfully ‘wild’. A ‘secret’ woodland that delights local people and visitors alike. Locals have named them Southwark Woods – referring to an area of trees, wildflower lanes and common ground where nature has taken hold around Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries in Honour Oak, London. For a city where beautiful parks are usually kept neatly under control; this woodland has been left to grow ‘untamed’ around an old cemetery, untouched for many, many years. Here there are no manicured lawns or structured floral borders; this is a wild place –...Read More
A Lake District view, that has to be said as one of the most popular to be seen in Cumbria. For those that visit Cumbria and peruse the postcard or calendar section in any of the shops, there is no doubt the image of Ashness Bridge, with Derwentwater and Skiddaw behind will be there…… What makes the view more popular is the fact that it does not force the view admirer to climb up to it. You can drive up direct to this old Grade II listed packhorse bridge, and especially in the Summer months the banks of the...Read More
It was such a pleasure to photograph and blog about the beautiful native bluebells of Epping Forest last year. Judging by the comments, the little bell-shaped flowers really do seem to capture the imagination of young and old…. So this year – camera in hand – I trod lightly through the Spring forest again, to try and capture their transient beauty once more. Entering the bluebell wood, I was reminded how time can fly when strolling quietly along the paths between the flowers. When the sun shone brightly, the flowers would light up. Back-lit and hazy, their dreamy blue...Read More
First the snow came as a light dusting, like icing on the twigs and branches. Then overnight, the big flakes fell – snow on snow – and the forest was transformed…. Bony winter branches now weigh heavy beneath the snow as sunlight streams through the trees to a sparkling floor. Like a magical icy kingdom, Epping Forest falls silent, muffled by undulating drifts. The silence is broken by the shrill squawks of magpies and jays. They have discovered a pile of breadcrumbs left for them, a simple act of kindness. In a time of food scarcity, such a feast...Read More
Beauty, peace, history, and a wide variety of nature. Not bad for one day out and exactly what I always find on an escape to Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire. Situated a few miles off the A59 between Skipton and Harrogate. Majestically the ruins sit on the banks of the River Wharfe, having started its being in 1154 as a Priory for 26 Black Canons of the Order of St Augustine. Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII led to its end in 1539 and the years since lend to the ruins we see today. Why is the village called...Read More
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