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A swift return to the Lake District two days ago began with a run up and over Bowfell and back down to Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale.... and then a couple of sublime hours alone at Hodge Close ~ what an amazing and powerful location it is.... here are my favourite images from that evening.

Hodge Close

Just back from a fantastic week photographing in the Lake District ~ spring time really is a great time to be there. We photographed around Derwentwater, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Honister, Bassenthwaite, and Great Wood in Borrowdale.Highlights were the Rannerdale bluebells, courting common sandpipers on Crummock Water, and the pied flycatchers at Buttermere.

A selection of images from the week.

Across-Derwentwater

It's now the middle of May, and we have been enjoying seeing Springtime unfold up here on the Moors. The moorland birds are a real draw for me and I feel privileged to step out of the house for a hike or a run on the Moors and be in the company of lapwings, golden plover, curlew, greylag geese, woodcock, oystercatchers. Highlights have been hearing the cries of the black headed gulls, and finding three woodcock chicks. Last week the swifts arrived back, and a month before them, the swallows. We have heard cuckoos, and last month, Ruth saw an osprey overhead.

The colours and textures on the Moor have gradually changed and softened, even though we have had keen frosts and misty morning until quite recently.

A few recent images from Danby Dale and Westerdale.

Danby-Dale

Back in early March, I was preparing for a landscape photography workshop in the Yorkshire Dales. In the two days prior to the workshop I visited a few locations that had been on my list for a while, and here are a few of the images from those two days on Ingleborough, in Crummackdale, in Kingsdale and on Scales Moor.

Ingleborough

We are delighted to announce news of our forthcoming exhibition "Colours of the Wind" which launches at Newby Hall and Gardens, North Yorkshire.

"Colours of the wind" features a wide range of work, from landscapes (North Yorkshire, the English Lake District and the Hebrides) to flower studies and abstract images.

Newby Hall is one of Britain's finest Adam houses, set in 25 acres of award winning gardens, and the 2014 season starts on Tuesday 1st April, open daily except Mondays, through to 28th September. Please do come and see our exhibition and enjoy a wonderful day out in a really beautiful setting.

We have passed the Spring Equinox, the clocks have gone forwards into British Summer Time, and tomorrow we enter April, so here is a recent image from the North York Moors to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

Towards-Westerdale-North-York-Moors

Heartfelt thanks for all the lovely people who came to our recent lectures "Mountain Landscapes" and "Hebridean" here in Danby a couple of nights ago ~ your warmth and enthusiasm made for such a lovely evening...

Another image from a recent trip to Ben Nevis, on a very snowy Tower Ridge, this time courtesy of my friend Mark.

Copyright-Mark-Lowe--Tower-Ridge-Ben-Nevis

Just returned from a short trip to Scotland ~ there are incredible amounts of snow above 700 metres, so the skiing and ski touring is fabulous. The strong winds have been a problem since the New Year, though we were lucky to do part of the Ballachulish Horseshoe and also a brief sojourn up Ben Nevis. Unfortunately, the climbing conditions aren't great at the moment as any ice that is present is well buried under the snow, and in the West Highlands there hasn't been the freeze - thaw cycles necessary for a good ice build up.

Ben-Nevis-I

We are delighted to be presenting "Mountain Landscapes" and our brand new "Hebridean" lecture here in Danby at the end of February, and also at Long Newton in March.

Danby lecture flyer

It has been a busy few weeks, meeting with clients and planning the rest of the year. The mild, windy and very wet weather has been a challenge at times in terms of photography, but we have made the best of the cold, sunny days after frosty mornings. Up here on the North Yorks Moors, the Moors themselves are fairly quiet though the red grouse are just beginning to think about their courtship rituals..... and a few days ago there were 80 redwings in the field behind the house....

Danby Rigg

Ruth and I are delighted to announce our forthcoming exhibition "Where shadows dance...."