Landscape photographs of 2015

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01/01/2016 - 19:09

 

The end of another year enjoying the glorious landscapes of the UK, a time for reflective thoughts on my favourite photographs of 2015.

 

Much of my time wandering about with my camera has been spent in the South West of England, amongst the open moors & heaths; amongst woodlands and at the coast. During the year, I was asked to do assignments for the National Trust, which has introduced me to some areas I had not yet visited and it has been a rewarding experience to revisit some wonderful parts of the coast.

 

 

Days of heavy rain created a temporal waterfall cascading onto Cellars Beach

 

Looking east from the rugged cliffs of Prawle Point, in the South Devon AONB

 

Dartmoor's rivers have continued to fascinate me. The roaring rapids & falls, the reflected hues of the riverbank flora in the pools, the fern and moss festooned boulders - such multi-sensory things to spend time amongst.

 

 

The O Brook and the confluence of a tiny brook, descending towards the River Dart far below. it was raining hard as I made this photograph and had been doing so for two days.

 

 

 

The rugged open moors and the sympathetically charming islands of drystone walled fields, offered temporal chances of theatrical light and shade.

 

 

Low clouds shroud distant Hamel Down, photographed from the moors above Ponsworthy

 

 

Despite it's vast coniferous plantations, there are pockets of native heath land species to be found at Haldon Forest. I was rather intrigued by a collection of birches that appeared to be in conversation with one another. Another rainy day photograph, it rained a lot in the autumn of 2015!

 

 

Birches at Haldon Forest

 

What a delight it was to return to Snowdonia National Park this May, an area I had spent lots of time during weekends and holidays in my University days - climbing, hiking, winter mountaineering & mountain biking. Walks with my partner and kids, including the Rhyd-ddu Path up and down Snowdon, bouldering and savouring the magnificent views of mountains and moors for 7 days.

 

 

Transient light entering the cloud-shrouded cwm of Clogwyn D'ur Arddu from the Lechog Ridge of Yr Wyddfa (Mt. Snowdon)

 

 

 

 

Late light skimming the moors between Snowdon and Rhyd-ddu

 

The Nant Gwynant valley with it's charming views of Snowdonian grandeur - from the Sygun Mines.

 

An enjoyable year of time spent outdoors and some memorable photographs made that I am happy to gaze at. What opportunities will 2016 offer, I wonder?

 

Enjoy you time spent outdoors in 2016, may you have a Happy New Year,

 

Phil

 

 

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