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The Perimeter

Fishing trawlers, Brixham harbour, Devon. Fishing trawlers, Brixham harbour, Devon.

Rockfish, Brixham, Devon. Rockfish, Brixham, Devon.

Lobster pots, Brixham harbour, Devon. Lobster pots, Brixham harbour, Devon.

‘Sid the Skeleton' Golden Hind replica, Brixham, Devon. ‘Sid the Skeleton’ Golden Hind replica, Brixham, Devon.

Berry Head, Devon. Berry Head, Devon.

Lighthouse, Berry Head, Devon. Lighthouse, Berry Head, Devon.

Air vent, Cold War nuclear bunker, Berry Head, Devon. Air vent, Cold War nuclear bunker, Berry Head, Devon.

Lichen, St Mary’s Bay, Devon. Lichen, St Mary’s Bay, Devon.

Trail Marker, Berry Head, Devon. Trail Marker, Berry Head, Devon.

Man Sands I, Devon. Man Sands I, Devon.

Man Sands II, Devon. Man Sands II, Devon.

Woodhuish Farm, Devon. Woodhuish Farm, Devon.

Woodhuish fields, Devon. Woodhuish fields, Devon.

Scabbacombe Head, Devon. Scabbacombe Head, Devon.

Seascape, Scabbacombe Head, Devon. Seascape, Scabbacombe Head, Devon.

Mew Stone & Start Point, Devon. Mew Stone & Start Point, Devon.

Brownstone WW2 Battery, Searchlight position, Kingswear, Devon. Brownstone WW2 Battery, Searchlight position, Kingswear, Devon.

Brownstone WW2 Battery, Searchlight position interior, Kingswear, Devo Brownstone WW2 Battery, Searchlight position interior, Kingswear, Devon

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The Perimeter

Teignmouth & The Ness, Devon. Teignmouth & The Ness, Devon.

The wind feels cold against the sweat of my back when I take the pack off to reach for the camera. I’m becoming a connoisseur of mud – today it’s redder, stickier and less slippery than previously.

Coast path above Ness Cove, Devon. Coast path above Ness Cove, Devon.

Seascape, Ness Cove, Devon. Seascape, Ness Cove, Devon.

Shelter on Walls Hill, Babbacombe, Devon. Shelter on Walls Hill, Babbacombe, Devon.

Bench, Babbacombe, Devon. Bench, Babbacombe, Devon.

I’m tired today and I groan and curse in relief to find a bench to sit down on. I look up surprised to see the only person I’ve seen for hours just coming around the corner. She must have heard me clearly but we both great each other with polite helloes.

Free Candy, Babbacombe, Devon. Free Candy, Babbacombe, Devon.

Wild Garlic, Babbacombe, Devon. Wild Garlic, Babbacombe, Devon.

Wild garlic scents the path – a few are even in bloom now in January. “Two bags of 10mm aggregate, one bag of 50/50” a contractor standing in a half built driveway…

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The Perimeter

M5 Exe Viaduct I, Devon. M5 Viaduct I, Devon.

The fragility of the frosty reed beds by the Exe contrast with the monumentality of the concrete motorway viaduct. Incredibly the river Exe starts just a few kilometres from the north coast of Somerset in Exmoor but perversely chooses to run south right across the country to get to the sea here.

Exe Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Devon. Exe Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Devon.

M5 Exe Viaduct & Exe Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Devon. M5 Exe Viaduct & Exe Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Devon.

Morning Pylon, Tumbling Hills, Devon. Morning Pylon, Tumbling Hills, Devon.

Exminster Marshes Nature Reserve, Devon. Exminster Marshes Nature Reserve, Devon.

I’m surprised that Powderham Castle and estate is actually lived in today by the Earl of Devon rather than surviving as a conference centre or National Trust enterprise. I can’t decide wether I think this is a good thing or not. I’m sitting below the incongruous burgundy powderham.co.uk sign applying blister plasters to my heels when a woman exclaims ”Oh dear!” in a Scottish accent with a smile as she…

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The Perimeter

Toffee Nosed, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Toffee Nosed, Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

‘Snow on Dartmoor, Sledges in Shop’ a chalk sign proclaims in Budleigh. There’s no snow here but plenty of mud on the winding path up and down the red cliffs. “It’s like skiing isn’t it!” I say to a fellow slip and slider “It’s like glissading” he corrects me.

Benches, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Benches, Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

East Devon Golf Club, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. East Devon Golf Club, Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

Scarecrow, West Down Farm, Devon. Scarecrow, West Down Farm, Devon.

Devon Cliffs Holiday Park. Devon Cliffs Holiday Park.

On passing a notice welcoming me to the ‘East Devon Area of Natural Beauty’ a hail of gun fire patters urgently from Straight Point range. This must make a strange sonic accompaniment for the holidaymakers in the vast Holiday Park.

The Floors, Devon. The Floors, Devon.

The Geoneedle at Orcombe Point by Michael Fairfax, Exmouth, Devon. The Geoneedle at Orcombe Point by Michael Fairfax, Exmouth, Devon.

The rock here is the oldest part of the Jurassic Coast, 250 million years before the dinosaurs. This epic journey through time…

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The Perimeter

Sunrise at Bar Ledges, Charmouth, Dorset. Sunrise at Bar Ledges, Charmouth, Dorset.

I’d been put up the previous night by Mac Mackenney, a friend from the Royal Geographical Society who’s company Max Adventure, provides logistical support to Everest expeditions, Ranulph Fiennes’ exploits and far flung vehicle based TV shows. Tales of adventure flowed and it was some reluctance that I accepted the need to turn in. The morning is still night as he waves me off at Charmouth from one of his well travelled 4x4s.

River Char at Charmouth beach, Dorset. River Char at Charmouth beach, Dorset.

At the deserted beach in Charmouth waves break in quick succession, threatening and insistent. A red smear above the horizon hints at the dawn about to break, Golden Cap is shrouded in mist.

Golden Cap from Canary Ledges, Dorset. Golden Cap from Canary Ledges, Dorset.

The cliffs here are tiers of landslip and the whole thing looks like it may slide into the sea at any moment. In parts the mud oozes down the…

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Partial solar eclipse 2015 photographed in Pittville Park, Cheltenham, England using a Canon 6D with 400mm lens and 1.4x teleconverter (560mm equivalent) with a homemade filter made from “Baader Astrosolar Safety Film”.

Towards the end of the eclipse the sun clouded allowing live view images without the use of a filter.

Images available for licence or as prints contact me for details.

SAFETY NOTE: If you are trying this yourself you must use live view and a solar safety film or equivalent filter (Neutral density is not sufficient) to prevent permanent damage to your eyes and your camera. Don’t look directly at the sun and even worse through any magnifying device.

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Infinite Forest, Kemble, England

Infinite Forest, Kemble, England

Medart Forest, Wales

Medart Forest, Wales

Jungle highway, Cubatão, Brazil

Jungle highway, Cubatão, Brazil

Doethie Valley, Wales

Doethie Valley, Wales

Cloud forest, Marcapata, Peru

Cloud forest, Marcapata, Peru

Severn Way. Shrewsbury to Ironbridge

Mirrored Forest, Cressage, England

 

Laggangarn, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Laggangarn, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Dipterocarp tree at Poring Hot Springs. Sabah

Dipterocarp tree, Poring Hot Springs. Sabah

Divided Silence, Westonbirt Arboretum, England.

Divided Silence, Westonbirt Arboretum, England

Glebe Wood, Abergavenny, Wales

Glebe Wood, Abergavenny, Wales

Ulu Temburong National Park, Brunei

Ulu Temburong National Park, Brunei

Fforest-faw, Wales

Fforest-faw, Wales

Wyre Forest, Worcestershire

Wyre Forest, Worcestershire

Danum Valley, Sabah

Danum Valley, Sabah

 

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
John Muir

Signed 90x90cm Prints available in a limited edition of 7

1 Severn Source to Hafren Forest, 13km

Source of the River Severn, Plymlimon, Powys, Wales
2 Hafren Forest to Caerswys, 25km

Severn Way: Hafren Forest to Caerswys
3 Caersws to Welshpool, 33km

Severn Way: Caersws to Welshpool
4 Welshpool to Shrewsbury, 40km

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5 Shrewsbury 

Tudor half-timbered houses of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
6 Shrewsbury to Ironbridge, 30km

Severn Way. Shrewsbury to Ironbridge
7 The Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge, Spanning the river Severn at Ironbridge Gorge
8 Ironbridge to Upper Arley, 33km

Ironbridge Power Station Cooling Towers. Severn Way. Ironbridge
9 Upper Arley to Worcester, 33km

Dawn at River Severn at Upper Arley
10 Worcester

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, UK
11 Worcester to Tewkesbury, 30km

Severn Way between Worcester and Tewksbury
12 Tewkesbury Abbey

Choir vault and stained glass
13 Tewkesbury to Gloucester, 21km

Severn Way between Tewksbury to Gloucester
14 Gloucester Docks

Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, UK
15 Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral Cloisters, Gloucestershire, England
16 Gloucester to Upper Framilode, 32km

River Severn between Gloucester and Upper Framilode
17 Newnham to Gloucester, 31km

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18 Newnham to Lydney, 20km

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19 Upper Framilode to Dursley, 22km

River Severn between Upper Framilode and Cam & Dursley
20 Purton Hulks

Purton Hulks - Ships' Graveyard
21 Chepstow To Lydney, 18km

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22 Oldbury Power Station, 6km

River Severn Near Oldbury-On Severn
23 Chepstow & Lydney, 14km

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24 Dursley to Severn Bridge, 36km

Severn Way. Cam & Dursley to Severn Bridge
25 Severn Aust Powerline 

Aust Severn Powerline Crossing. West Pylon
26 Chepstow to Severn Bridge, 13km

Severn Suspension Bridge  connecting England and Wales. Built 19 
27 Calidcot to Chepstow, 23km

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28 Severn Bridge to Avonmouth, 15km

The Severn Way: Severn Bridge to Avonmouth
A 488km walk beside the River Severn, Britain’s longest river, from the source on the boggy flanks of Plynlimon in Wales to the industrial landscape surrounding Avonmouth. One of the many fascinating aspects of the river is its huge tidal range which reveals great swathes of sand and mud at low tide in the tidal stretch of the river, below Gloucester.

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