Arriving before dawn, I chose my spot to capture the spirit of Castlerigg as the sun broke free of the horizon. The crows were a lucky addition. It’s easy to see how our ancestors chose powerful places to site their sacred places, leaving us a legacy of mystery and wonderment to enjoy.
Cotton Grass weaves together the structure of the peat bog. It’s one of the vital species that ensure the survival of this delicate habitat. Here, volunteers are collecting seed heads from an abundance of plants.
Tens of thousands of individual seeds will be potted, tended and grown on before being planted onto restored moorland where sheep and erosion have decimated cotton grass population.
Connection with nature is vital if we are to rebuild the links between nature and humanity. Forest schools and outdoor centres play an integral role in helping reconnect with the joy, beauty and buzz of doing ‘stuff’ outdoors.
Tree climbing is becoming a lost art and here children are enjoying the thrill of the high vantage point!
The dry summer almost emptied the reservoirs in Lancashire. The levels fell to the lowest in living memory. Perhaps the rain and hail of the coming weeks will do a good job of topping them up again.
Unimproved grasslands, field edges and woodland glades are important habitats for our dwindling populations. With an increasing interest in organic and free range produce perhaps our invertebrates will have a fighting chance.
Choosing an ethical diet benefits both ourselves in nature in many ways.
Interest in permaculture is on the increase as more of us see the need to be as self sufficient as possible in the face on oncoming changes.
Countryside courses play a role in educating us in the old ways of food and energy production.
Rain always seems to accompany whenever I visit the Lake District in the autumn. Of course this is exactly how it should be, rain did after all create the countryside and constantly refreshes it.
Saturated colours and sparkly reflections and highlights are some of the visual benefits of a day out in the rain.
We’ve been looking for a source of ethical pork for a while now, local producers telling us that it’s too wet up north to keep pigs outdoors.
Luckily I was commissioned to shoot a farm that rears pigs ethically in Yorkshire. Yes, it rained all day as if to prove that the land could deal with pig pressures!
One of hundreds of shots taken recently to illustrate the beauty of the Windermere catchment area. Windermere Reflections have commissioned me to produce a slideshow to help engage visitors with the deeper stories of the area.
I’m finding out that there’s much more to the area than pleasure craft, busy car parks and angry swans!