Now that winter's here I have plenty of time (not that I couldn't do with some real work) to work on processing pictures and uploading them to the website. So here's the first batch - all my images of Minehead. I like Minehead. Yes there's Butlin's but even the local acknowledge it's a necessary evil but I like the light and the colour of the lovely red sandstone everywhere, including red roofs and, unlike so many places around here, it's actually got a promenade you can walk around.
To see all of my pictures of Minehead, have a look here.
Now that's summer's over and the weather has returned to being dismal and grey it gives the wind a chance ro rearrange the sand on Braunton Burrows back into pleasing shapes. If you get there after some wind and before everyone has wallked all over the dunes (which people do, very quickly) then there are some lovely pictures to be had. These dunes are just at the back of Saunton Sands and they merge into the beach so it's debatable whether they're part of Saunton Sands or Braunton Burrows.
You can see all my images of Saunton Sands here or all of my pictures of Braunton Burrows here.
Nearly every time I've passed this hill - Mill Street in Great Torrington - I've been in a hurry to get somewhere via Taddiport Bridge or been coming home in a hurry or the weather's been wrong but the other day I found myself there and there was some sun so I took a few pictures. You can't go wrong with houses on a hill, especially when they're on a raised pavement and there are railings. Shame about the cars of course but, if you're photographing towns, you have to live with them.
Have a look at all my pictures of Mill Street here or all my pictures of Great Torrington here.
This is the River Taw just inland from Barnstaple at a railway halt called Chapleton. I only found this bit of river as it's mentioned in the Wild Guide, a spin off book from the Wild Swim books that are out at the moment. I was carrying it in the car during the heatwave in case there as anywhere I could swim and it was on the way home from a very long hot drive so I couldn't resist getting the water and then, of course, photographing it.
Have a look here for the rest of my pictures of Chapleton.
This is at Uffington in Oxfordshire, where the White Horse is. The whole site is made up of elements - the white horse itself (which you can't really photograph decently from the ground); White Horse Hill (the hill on which it sits); Dragon Hill (the smaller hill below it), and this combe called The Manger. This was about half an hour before sunset and as it's still summer the sun was enough in the northern sky to illuminate the rounded spurs of the chalk escarpment.
If you'd like to see all my images of Uffington, have a look here.
Only at the height of midsummer is the coast of North Devon and Exmoor in the sun, and then only early in the morning and in the evening so I eagerly await those few weeks but invariably I'm defeated by the weather but this year there has been a chance to photograph some of the north facing scenery.
This is Eastern Beach (aka Blacklands Beach) at Lynmouth, and in the background, Foreland Point. I had plans to walk along this beach at low tide to Sillery Sands, the inaccessible beach beach below Foreland Point but the way is interrupted by rocks which I was hoping would be less of an obstacle at low tide but they were so incredibly slippery that I had to give up that plan and maybe find my way down from the cliffs above.
In the foreground are white bluebells which the wood up to the right, Blacklands Wood, was full of. To have a look at all of my pictures of Lynton and Lynmouth, have a look here.
One advantage of our incredibly long winter is that all the wild flowers have had time to save their resources and have sprung up with more abundance than I've seen in years. The bluebells especially this year have been not only brilliant but have cropped up all over the place. These woods are beside Combe Road between Winterbourne Abbas and Abbotsbury in Dorset and I discovered them purely by accident whilst looking for somewhere to have my lunch. Have a look at all the pictures of bluebells at Combe Road, Winterbourne Abbas here.
I hadn't really been to see Damien Hirst's statue "Verity", at the end of Ilfracombe harbour, since I photographed it being erected but I thought I'd go in morning at low tide so I could get her front in sunshine and get a low angle. I can't really understand why she faces away from where anyone can see her but there we are. My feelings about the statue haven't changed, I still think she's Damien Hirst plagiarising his own work - but I find myself fascinated but the statue's height and thus not being able to get close to the face or pregnant belly. It keeps you looking. Anyway, it was a sunny morning so I took some of her and some of Ilfracombe High Street. You can see the pictures of her being erected and then the pics I took the other day, here.
Those watching "Broadchurch" might be interested to know that it's filmed in two places: Clevedon in Somerset and West Bay in Dorset. Above are the church where the dodgy vicar (Rory from Dr Who) presides and then the high street where the newspaper office is (it's half way down on the right). And then below are the cliffs at West Bay where Danny fell (or was pushed) from.
Look at my pictures of Clevedon here. You can look at my two pictures of West Bay here but if you're interested in more then watch this space as I've got more to upload.