Life in the Countryside

Living in the countryside is not all romance and tranquillity despite the wonderful landscapes and incredible views, the fresh air and lack of pollution, the feeling of escaping the rat race. Here in the UK a rural location so often means a lack of amenities as village shops close down and local schools don’t have…

My Magical Place

Summer already seems long ago; the year has swiftly embraced autumn. The light is subtly different now. The sun is lower in the sky and shadows are longer and hard-edged. There is warmth in a sheltered spot, but an underlying chill lies in the air like a harbinger of winter. The country lanes are no…

Chapel Carn Brea

Chapel Carn Brea is close to Land’s End in the far south-west of Cornwall, not to be confused with Carn Brea which is near Redruth. From the vantage point of the former on a clear day you can see all the way to the Lizard and sometimes to the Isles of Scilly. Alas not on…

Aliens?

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #60 | Framing the shot

Under the Tamarisk tree

I used to have Tamarisk trees in our garden in Cape Town. They are extremely good in coastal locations as their natural preference is for sun and sand, the salt in the air and in the moisture from the ground near the sea acts as a moisture regulator. It provides a built-in guard against transpiration….

Walking the Kelseys

On a sunny and showery Monday in June my son and I headed for West Pentire to seek out the wild flower meadows there, in particular the poppies and corn marigolds. We were not disappointed. Parking the car near the Bowjie Inn, we set off to walk over the headlands to Holywell beach though due…

Dancing Poppies

“The farmland here is managed specifically as a nature reserve for plants and wildlife associated with arable cultivation and is not commercially farmed.  It’s one of only a few such sites in Britain. Year after year visitors come to take in this much-loved sight – fields full of wild farmland flowers, and a real reminder…

cornwall in colours: red

West Pentire Poppies and Barn After a week of hesitation about when to visit West Pentire to see the poppy fields, yesterday seemed the best day to go. Although the sky was cloudy and threatening rain it was much bluer towards the coast. Whether the poppies would be in flower was an altogether different question.

Changing Seasons – July

Month seven of my photographer’s nature journal. It is frightening how quickly the year is passing by. The lanes around me have been well and truly scythed to the ground. It does make it easier to see around corners and find the passing places without fear of crashing into a stone wall, but I could…