Summer; how it started..

July 10, 2021

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With skylarks and fresh beech with dappled shade. Plenty of fences and warm valley floors. The cotton grass nodding in the bog and sheep taking cover in the shade, while children swim in the Barle. But the summer storms weren’t to be held back, and rain and mists descend.  so it’s back to the woodlands […]

Pink Lundy

May 31, 2021

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Lundy in the unseasonably cold month of May and it’s full of the bells, the blue bells (as witnessed in the previous post) but not just them. There is also another harbinger of summer;  the iconic coast-path flower, sea thrift, the prettiest pink ever. Also known as sea pinks, or the cliff rose, cushion pinks, sea […]

Blue Lundy

May 26, 2021

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  With umpteen visits and ‘stays’ on Lundy over the last (hhummty) years, it seems that I have never had a May stopover, which seems logical as it’s a very busy time for the last of the serious surf contests and, preparation for the start of the holiday season in North Devon. Both have ran […]

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All around your hat

May 23, 2021

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An impromptu portrait session within minutes of landing on the island. David and Majorie sitting on a bench, and as ever with portraits, it’s all about the props. In this case – it’s the Lundy hat, bar tat. Oooooh, David. Fujilove

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Shinny happy bluebells

May 11, 2021

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Back to my local bluebell wood, now in full bloom but this time in a daylong downpour. Despite how good it was for the garden, was it worth the soaking, for both me and my kit? See for yourself and if the shinny leaves and delicate flowers don’t lift your spirits, have a word with […]

Border lines

May 11, 2021

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Four photos from a bimble along the border last week. No check points or machine-gun posts, just a crappy exmoor fence and freedom of movement between Devon and Somerset. Still cold but a few signs of the late spring on Exmoor finally blooming.         Fujifilm velvia Coming next; more bluebells.

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Combesgate candy

April 29, 2021

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One of the best walks around Woolacombe at the moment is; up the donkey path to Twitchen wood and back down by the stream. Short, sweet and full of colour. The bluebells are the divas of the show but there are strong supporting roles, not least the heady smells and bright white flowers of the […]

Bimble round Brownsham

April 21, 2021

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Warm winds and a tee shirt wander around Black Church rock and Hartland headland in the ancient woodlands looking for bluebells. Using the Mitakon 35mm f0.95, love this lens but it is such hard work, haha, keeps you honest tho Mitikkon!!

The irrepressible Mr. Eric Davies

April 15, 2021

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I was going to start this blog post with the line. “When I started surfing in the seventies” which you will be thankful to hear has been binned in favour of “Recent developments have got me thinking about the sport of surfing in the UK and Ireland”.  That still doesn’t sit comfortably because  I am […]

Wishing you an Early Spring Projeckt 21

March 10, 2021

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Your mum’s an early spring project. As lockdown eases, especially at weekends with the Swindon hordes descending on our beautiful beatch, I’m taking my exercise along the old ways of the parish to avoid the crowds. First spring has come, a welcome visitor, as it often does in the doldrums of February, and we look […]

That day, in the bay.

March 10, 2021

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Devon-date 27/02/21. It’s a day we will remember for a long time, a top contender for day of the winter. Super clean long range swell kissed by gentle offshores. Big but handleable if you didn’t get caught out, blue skies and arctic temperatures. The little bay looking g(r)ate.. Rights into the pipe. A few lefts […]

A heavy dump on top

March 10, 2021

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Pretty in white and a joy to photograph Exmoor is a special place in the snow, but it can get dodgy on the narrow and often un-gritted roads, especially if it snows while you’re out wandering. In these conditions it is proper 4 wheel drive territory but even then, you have to have your ‘josh […]

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Snow on the beach

January 24, 2021

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Shiredate: Sunday 24th January 2021. You don’t very often see it here in North Devon, maybe two or three times a decade, but this morning with it’s bitterly cold winds and a low tide offered a rare treat for those who were up for sunrise. Snow on the beeatch. No matter what age you are, […]

Between the lockdowns

January 14, 2021

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That is between Lockdown 2 and Lockdown3, or Christmas 2020 ‘The Superspreader Event’ as it was also known. There was alot going on in the run up to Christmas, with the usual stuff to do, some work and the release of my calendar, with all that entails including those fun daily trips to the Post Office. […]

The story behind the photos

December 19, 2020

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In the beautiful North Devon Calendar 2021. This is the twentieth year that I’ve made a calendar, the 2000 version was a single A4 card page and featured a picture of Andy Irons (the famous Hawaiian surfer who came to Cornwall for a contest in 1999). In those days I was a freelance photographer and […]