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Danby Beacon 3178

 

Danby Beacon 3226

 

Danby Beacon 3251

 

Danby Beacon 3166

 

The Hills Great Fryupdale 3153

 

Great Fryupdale 3158

 

Stanch Bullen 3136

A climbing trip to Lochaber was curtailed due to poor weather so we headed out to the Isle of Mull where we escaped the worst of the weather, enjoyed exploring the coastline, and saw hen harriers, white tailed sea eagles and otters.

 

Mull south from Caliach Point near Calgary 3128 web

 

Mull Kintra towards Ben More 3108 web

 

Mull Carsaig 3114 web

 

Mull Carsaig 3125 web

 

February ~ Scottish Highlands

Buachaille Etive Mor and the peaks south of Glencoe from Bidean nam Bian 756 web

 

The Mamores from Bidean nam Bian 0749 web

 

Lochan na hAchlaise Rannoch Moor 643 645 web

 

March ~ ski mountaineering, Stelvio National Park, Northern Italy

796 web

 

815 web

 

817 818 web

 

784 web

 

848 web

 

854 web

 

871 web BW

 

878 web BW

 

959 web

 

976 web

 

April ~ Upper Teesdale, North Pennines, England

2704 web

 

2749 web

 

2758 web

 

3019 web

 

May ~ River Esk, Glaisdale, North York Moors

3065 web

 

3078 web

 

May ~ Moor House - Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve

015 web

 

Moor House Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve 023 web

 

 

February ~ Scotland ~ Balquhidder

Loch Doine 84 85 pano web

 

Balquhidder 641 web

 

Balquhidder 622 web

 

 

Spring time in the North York Moors

Rosedale 1964 web

Rosedale East Iron Works

 

Westerdale 696 web

River Esk, Westerdale

 

June ~ Isle of Arran

Arran 759 web

 

Arran 802 web

 

1782 84 pano 2000px web

 Arran 813 web

 

1837 LR edit

 

Arran 1756 web

 

June ~ St Abbs head, Scotland

St Abbs 1948 web

 

St Abbs 1934 web

 

St Abbs 1944 web

 

St Abbs 1950 web

 

July ~ South West England

Blackchurch 839 web

 

Blackchurch 852 web

 

Compass Point 939 web

 

Cornakey 922 web

 

Mark questing along the Culm Coast looking for Cornakey Cliff 890 web

 

slate 2090 web

 

Bats Head Dorset Coast west of Durdle Door 2050 web

 

July ~ Yorkshire Dales

Above Dentdale 2227 web

 

Scales Moor and Ingleborough 2206 web

 

Scales Moor and Whernside 2184 web

 

Upper Eden Valley and Mallerstang Edge 2159 60 pano web

 

September ~ Runswick Bay, Yorkshire Coast

Runswick 282 web

 

Runswick 333 web

 

Runswick 347 web

 

Runswick 359 web

 

September ~ Lleyn Peninsula, North Wales

Cilan Head 441 web

 

Mynydd Anelog from Porth Iago 624 web

 

Porth Ceiriad 409 web

 

Porth Ceiriad 468 LR web

 

Porth Oer 452 web

 

Porth Oer 463 web

 

Porth Oer 475 web

 

Porth Oer 488 web

 

Uwchmynydd 367 web

 

Uwchmynydd 395 web

 

Uwchmynydd 405 web

 

October ~ Westerdale, North York Moors

Westerdale October 2016 004 web

 

November ~ Danby Park Woods, North York Moors

Danby Park Nov 16 2560 web

 

Danby Park Nov 16 2563 web

 

November ~ Kildale, North York Moors

2597 web

 

December ~ Boulby Cliffs, Yorkshire Coast

Boulby 588 edit

 

2546 LR edit

 

Boulby 2507 LR web

 

 

 

 

 

A return to the Mont Blanc Massif in August and September 2015 provided a fabulous opportunity to meet up with some good friends, go climbing, do some long days running in the mountains, and of course, make some new images......

 

1398 web I

 

1207 1208 web

 

A run up to the Albert Premiere Hut in deteriorating weather was my first trip out, and the Glacier du Tour shows its scale...

0989 web I

September and October provided a few, rare days of inversions with oceans of mist over the Esk Valley up here in North Yorkshire. Unusually for me, I managed to be in the right place at the right time on two occasions.......

 

North York Moors inversion

North Yorks Moors inversion

North York Moors inversion

North York Moors inversion

 All of these images were taken up on the Oakley Walls above the Esk Valley, looking over to Glaisdale, to Lealholm and into Great Fryupdale.

 

 

At the end of May, my client and I finally met up for a much postponed photography workshop. We were particularly wanting to photograph some of the less well known limestone pavements in dramatic light. Between October 2014 and May 2015 we must have postponed about a dozen times... eventually we made it, and we were able to make some dramatic images...

 

Ingleborough 911 web a

 

Southerscales 932 web a

 

As is usually the case, it is the abstracted fine detail, rather than the wider view, that contains the real narrative....

 

Southerscales 955 web a

Back in late April we made the long trip out from Oban across the Minch to South Uist. Sunburnt on the first day and whipped by the winds and squalls later in the week. Hen harriers, cuckoos, golden eagles kept us company besides the peaceful shores of Loch Aineort, below the slopes of Beinn Mhor....

 

Loch Einort South Uist 824 web a

 

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Evening light over Hecla, South Uist....

Hecla South Uist 773 web a

 

Springtime on the North York Moors

They say that winter isn't over until the daffodils have finished flowering, and up here in Danby in the North York Moors, the daffodils aren't even out yet. Yet Spring is here, even if winter isn't over, and I'm sure we will have plenty of weather to come. Does that make sense?

At the end of February we had a trip out to Boulby Cliffs on the Yorkshire Coast (well the Cleveland coast to be exact). It was still officially winter, but try telling that to the skylark that was singing his heart out a hundred metres up.

Then Boulby revealed its secrets once more...

Boulby Cliffs, Yorkshire Coast

alum shales, Boulby Cliffs, Yorkshire Coast

alum shales, Boulby Cliffs, Yorkshire Coast

 

Up here on the Moors, the greylag geese are now flying around in pairs, the curlew and lapwing returned about a week ago, oystercatchers are pairing up in the meadows around the River Esk, and last weekend, when it was sunny and 13 degrees Celsius, there were some adders out on the south facing hillside above the village ( I wouldn't have expected to see them until sunny days in April).

Down here in the village, the blackbirds are getting pretty fractious with each other, and the starlings are lining their nests with the crocuses from the lawn......

Earlier this week, I made a return trip to Saltwick Bay in preparation for forthcoming landscape photography workshops, and made these images in very clear and bright weather....

sandstone and iron Saltwick Bay, Yorkshire Coast

iron and shale, Saltwick Bay, Yorkshire Coast

Spring might be on hold this week as we have a high pressure system over Russia which is bringing an Easterly airflow, cooling down even more as it crosses the North Sea, which will be at its coldest round about now... perhaps only seven degrees. Still, there is the solar eclipse to look forward to on Friday 20th March.

 

Ice climbing and landscape photography on Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor

Fresh back from the photography trip to the Lake District, I turned everything around and headed up to the Scottish Highlands. The Arctic blast had created some fabulous conditions for ice climbing and many of the routes, especially on Ben Nevis, were fat with ice.

After an early start, I met with friends Mark and Rob in Penrith, then we made the long drive north. We reached the Glencoe ski area about 2pm, and feeling rather lazy, I lent my skis and boots to Mark (the ski hire had run out of skis). Whilst you may think this was very generous, you haven't seen the state of my skis.....

 

The following day, we made a dawn start from the North Face car park to approach Ben Nevis...

dawn approach to Ben Nevis 624 web