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When the year gets older it starts wearing purple

September 15, 2021

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Well that was a hectic summer, busy, busy, busy. Congestion, snarl-ups, queues and everyone wanted to head to the beach when the sun was out. It was mayhem. We can now embrace autumn in a slightly less frenetic mood. Small tortoiseshell Common Blue (male) Common Blue (female) Looking into Somerset from Devon and looking into […]

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 […]

Escape to Exmoor

May 27, 2019

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Every now and then you need to get away. Sometimes you didn’t even know that you needed to get away until you actually do it. Away from traffic, work, politics, shopping and the fraught treadmill of daily life. Back to basics and immersed in the natural world, escaping modern life and hiding in an obscure […]

Chasing shadows up on the roof

August 27, 2018

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It’s ‘heather’ time on Exmoor, mid to late August, and the stags are in full, soft velvet before it imminently sheds, to reveal their battle amour and the abruptly hard new-season antlers in preparation for the autumn rut. Rut, rut, rutting. It can be a fractious and emotional time as the new flood of hormones […]

Purple rain on Exmoor

August 20, 2017

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There’s been a lot of rain this summer. (Who’d have thought that when scientists said we would have warmer, wetter summers that we actually would?). Anyhow apart from making the tourists pissed off and having to plan when to mow the lawn, it has meant that north Devon is looking green and lush at the […]

Happy New Year! Let’s dance

January 2, 2015

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It’s fifty shades of brown on the moor at the moment and if you are lucky enough to get it ‘all lit up’ by some weak winter sunshine; the mood becomes magical. To cap off another great drive on the moor with the indomitable Neil Osmond of Experience Exmoor, we caught these two young ladies […]

Undress me now, you know how

February 13, 2013

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A bitterly, cold grey day on a flat, featureless beach. This one is Brean in Somerset on the edge of the brown, silt-filled Severn estuary. Stardate; Monday 11th February 2013. The challenge, to take a photo. The antagonists; a flat and brown beach, low grey cloud and a cold companion. However, the one good thing […]