Fieldfares – viking invaders

We only ever see these beautiful Scandinavian visitors when there is snow on the ground. Given that they only visit the garden briefly while there is snow on…

Low Force – ice and water

Low Force is an impressive series of falls in the Tees Valley about a mile downstream from the more famous High Force waterfall. We drove over the Pennines…

Rutter Force

Located a couple of miles from Appleby in the Vale of Eden in Cumbria, Rutter Force is a horseshoe-shaped waterfall on Hoff Beck.  The old water mill is…

Cumbrian Red Squirrels

Red Squirrels had been on our bucket list for a long time, we’d hoped to get some shots when we visited Scotland, but alas, all we saw was…

Winter sun at Castlerigg

The Neolithic stone circle near Keswick must have the most dramatic backdrop of any stone circle in the UK. On such a lovely evening just before sunset we…

Buttermere

Visiting the lake District in early February is always a bit of a risk weather wise. Despite a clear forecast on our arrival in the lakes we were…

Earl Sterndale winter huddle

Walking back to the car we couldn’t resist this group of sheep sharing a bed of straw with a couple of horses. In the afternoon sunshine it looked…

Parkhouse Hill

Nestled in the Dove valley close to the Staffordshire border, Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill (which can be seen in the background) are the remains of a tropical…

December Snow

An early morning hike across Cannock Chase after a fresh fall of snow provided some great photo opportunities as well as being a lovely way to spend the…

Ramshaw Rocks

After a fresh fall of snow and with more forecast, visiting the crags on Blackshaw Moor in North Staffordshire can be a risky business, as the minor roads…

Nant Mill

A well photographed waterfall from our day trip to North Wales. I’m trying to improve my landscape technique at the moment after a day out with our friend…

Autumn colour – Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase is our local patch and it’s always a pleasure to visit in Autumn as the beech trees put on a spectacular splash of colour prior to…

House Martins earn themselves new housing

I’ve been trying for ages to photograph the House Martins that nest under the eaves of our house. These shots were taken hanging out of our bedroom window…

Blithfield Swifts

  Photographing swifts feels a bit like playing a video game, with targets flying at you from random angles at ridiculous speeds. Helen and I have been enjoying…

Elan Valley & Rhayader

It was a decidedly windy week that we visited Rhayader in mid Wales. Exploring the Elan Valley we did a circuit round the reservoirs and the windy conditions…