Photos in Dorset


It was such a glorious winter morning on the way to do my weekly shopping, I made a point of stopping on the way for a short walk. This scene presented itself for just about a minute before the mist engulfed the whole of Colmer’s Hill – a well-known local landmark between Bridport and Chideock. The conical […]

Tags: , ; taken on Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Bluebells on the Spittles Undercliff

An impression of English sycamore woods in the spring. Blue flowers and a blue sky of subtly different colour. These lesser-known undercliffs are to the East of Lyme Regis, and this is where the old road to Charmouth used to run until it slipped away and had to be abandoned, in the mid 20th century. One can […]

Tags: , , , ; taken on Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Midsummer mist

A friend and I went up Pilsdon Pen to watch the midsummer sun rise. Despite a very chill breeze, we were rewarded by this wonderful view to the south, with the Marshwood Vale draped with early morning mist. Like many rural areas, the vale is disfigured by rows of electricity pylons striding across the country, […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Monday, June 21st, 2010

Four beach huts, Lyme Regis

Lyme is home to several colonies of beach huts. Glorified sheds by the sea, they have a quirky charm that has inspired me to take quite a few photos over the years. These are on Monmouth Beach, and for a few weeks each spring and autumn, the setting sun strikes the front faces at just […]

Tags: , ; taken on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Beech avenue, Kingston Lacy

This beech avenue is part of a grand estate, rather than a humble farm track like the one at Bindon. After an exploratory visit to find a good viewpoint, this photo was snatched in a few minutes just as the winter sun was setting, balancing my tripod on a steep bank at the edge of […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

From dark to light

After a disappointingly dull afternoon in Lyme Regis, the sun suddenly came through the clouds and illuminated the golden sandstone of the cliffs by Stonebarrow Hill and all along the Jurassic Coast towards Burton Bradstock. This view won’t be repeated again, since the beach was remodelled a few years afterwards, so all the wooden groynes […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Monday, April 11th, 2005

Colmer’s Hill

A local landmark, much beloved by residents and arriving holiday visitors alike: cries of “we’re nearly there” have probably echoed round more than a few cars driving west from Bridport. One of several conical hills nearby, its crown of pine trees is distinctive. Since this photo was taken, some replacement saplings now stubble the fringes […]

Tags: , ; taken on Saturday, October 30th, 2004

Full stop

Another view from the top of Pilsdon Pen, of one of my favourite fields, which has a double fold that looks quite extraordinary in low light. On this particular evening, I caught the silage harvest in progress, and one bale rolled down to the bottom of the mown strip provided what I thought was the […]

Tags: , , , , , ; taken on Monday, June 14th, 2004

Full stop

Summer evening light casting shadows on the voluptous folds of a pasture field just below Pilsdon Pen in the Marshwood Vale. I was lucky to find the field partly cut for hay, with a single bale providing the perfect punctuation for my image. This field features in many panoramic views of the Vale from more […]

Tags: , ; taken on Sunday, June 6th, 2004

Walking the dog

A freezing cold January morning, when my fingers were almost too cold to operate the shutter button. I’d been spending time taking photos of the rising sun shining on the wet sand and rocks, and eventually the sun came up, and a couple walking their dog over the sand of Spittles beach presented an irresistible […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Sunday, January 18th, 2004