Just back from a brief but intense trip to the Scottish Highlands ~ superb off piste skiing at Nevis Range, then a long twelve hour ice climbing day on Ben Nevis. We managed to climb Smith's Route (grade V) in a raging blizzard, but failed to climb over the large cornice onto the summit plateau. Abseiling into the gathering gloom and increasingly boisterous blizzard, then

Winter is far from over up here in the North York Moors, even though spring tried to get started a week ago. A long run over Danby Rigg and onto Fryupdale two days ago in a biting Easterly, and then today a cold run up Danby Beacon in a bitter northerly.... brrr...

I have added some new panoramas and some new images today... work from autumn 2012 and winter 2012 - 2013.

Great Gable

In a seven day period in February I presented my "Mountain Landscapes" and "Searching for Depth" lectures to four different organisations, and I just wanted to thank the organisers and the audiences for being so warm and welcoming, for making me feel so comfortable, for their interest in my work, and turning out in such dreadful weather, especially in Lancaster and Settle.


Digital Photographer magazine (Issue 132) has published a seven page interview / portfolio about my work, the work of Ruth Fairbrother, our work at the Gallery Within, and my workshops. I should credit the very charming Jodie Tyley who wrote the piece after the telephone interview.


Once again it is a privilege to exhibit at the Moors Centre, and I am excited by the images I have submitted ~ they are the best of my love letter to the North York Moors so far. Also exhibiting is Ruth Fairbrother with her gorgeously restrained images of reeds, heathers and harebells.

Starting 2nd March, "All Around Us" is a mixed show by photographers and ceramicists to celebrate the diversity of the North York Moors National Park

Up here on the Moors, the grouse have become increasingly vocal and the lapwings are returning in greater numbers by the day. It is that wonderful time of year when we have cold nights and warm sunshine during the day, especially at the moment under this large anticyclone. There are still large patches of old snow which have been around for a month now ~ the snow that fell in late January drifted so deeply that it will be a few more weeks before these patches melt out. This morning I was out early for the old snow, the frost and the fog that rolled up Fryupdale as it drifted in from the cold North Sea.

My apologies for not posting much news recently ~ a house move into the Esk Valley in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, then Christmas, then New Year.... then an intense period of photography over the last two weeks of cold and snowy weather.... all have got in the way of posting news...

To make up, here are some images from a fabulous two days in the Lake District in early November...


Our Hebridean Exhibition  at the Gallery Within, Joe Cornish Galleries finished yesterday, and as promised, we made the Prize Draw.

Congratulations to the winners....

First Prize ~ Framed First Edition Hebridean print ~ Jan Thompson

Second Prize ~ A Year's subscription to Scottish Islands Explorer magazine ~ Georgia Naylor

Third Prize ~ Scottish Islands Explorer magazine CD archive ~ David Snowdon

Fourth Prize ~ a selection of our Hebridean greetings cards ~ G Clifford-Brown

A huge thank you to all who entered the Prize Draw, and especially to all our visitors. Thank you for all the amazing conversations we had with you about the Hebrides and about our images. And a really big thank you to our guest photographers Mark Banks, Ian Paterson, Paul Harris and Steve Gosling for sharing your vision of the Hebrides and for sharing the magic.....

Thank you...

Just back from a recent trip to North Wales, this time with cameras instead of climbing gear.

Starting off at the wild and atmospheric Mynydd Mawr on the Lleyn Peninsula, with the sound of choughs and rough seas....



And then to the old manganese quarry at Porth Ysgo....


We launched our latest exhibition, Hebridean on the 13th October at the Gallery Within, Joe Cornish Galleries.

Hebridean is a collaboration between myself and fellow professionals Ruth Fairbrother, Steve Gosling, Paul Harris, Mark Banks and Ian Paterson.

From Ruth's impressionistic work to Steve's moody black and white seascapes, from Paul's contemporary abstracts to Ian's haunting images of abandoned crofts, to mine and Mark's panoramas.... Hebridean is a fascinating and delicate loveletter to these magical islands on the edge of Europe.

There is a free Prize Draw for visitors to the Gallery with prizes such as a framed First Edition Hebridean print, and a years subscription to Scottish Islands Explorer magazine.