Posts tagged ‘trees’

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

Bluebells at Holyford Woods

One of a series of abstract impressions of a beautiful English wood at bluebell time. This can only begin to convey the joy of spending time in this magical place as dusk descends: the heady scent of the flowers, the clear song of thrushes high in the canopy, and the feel of soft leafmould under […]

Tags: , , , , ; taken on Thursday, May 20th, 2010

White Wood in spring

Dartmoor is commonly thought of as a bleak and treeless waste, but is home to a small number of ancient oak woodlands. In these sheltered woods, mossy boulders and lichen-festooned branches combine to lend a primæval atmosphere, almost unchanged since lowland England was almost entirely forested in Neolithic times. The oakwoods are special places at […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Friday, April 25th, 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

White Wood in autumn

A companion to White Wood in spring, this photo was taken just a few metres, and six months, from the other one. The bright russet of the bracken caught my eye, as did the repeated wavering patterns of the oak trunks. I didn’t appreciate, until I saw the image full-sized, that there was a narrow […]

Tags: , , , ; taken on Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Silhouettes, Wistman’s Wood

Wistman’s Wood is an ancient dwarf oakwood on Dartmoor, with a floor of wonderful mossy boulders. I visited it on a cool misty day, and chose this view of the trees silhouetted against the bracken-covered hillside beyond. Overcast helps to accentuate the rich colours – perhaps surprising in a late Autumn landscape.

Tags: , , , , ; taken on Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Four beeches at Bindon

In my corner of East Devon, there is a tradition of planting single or double rows of beech trees alongside some country lanes. Bindon, a couple of miles west of Uplyme, has a fine row which can be seen from the distance. I’ve photographed them several times in different lights and from different angles, but […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Tuesday, September 6th, 2005


A beech wood just down the road from my house (Furzehill Plantation), lovely at every time of year, but especially in May, when it is carpeted by drifts of bluebells and wild garlic (ramsons). In the early evening, low sunlight falls between the trees and picks out the flowers and the warm brown carpet of […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Sunday, May 16th, 2004