Derek Fogg: Blog http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog en-us All images and content (C) Derek Fogg derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:53:00 GMT Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:53:00 GMT http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u289040183-o982653637-50.jpg Derek Fogg: Blog http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog 90 120 Print of the Month - January 2018 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/print-of-the-month---january-2018 2018 is the seventh year that I have been offering the Print of the Month Collection which means 72 of my prints have already been made available at the month long special price. Hopefully you will we pleased to know that I have many more in the pipeline which will keep us going for many more years to come.

Salen on the Sound of Mull on the east coast of the Isle of Mull is featured this time.  The full name of the settlement is 'Sàilean Dubh Chaluim Chille' (the black little bay of St Columba). This location is one of the most photographed on the island and shows three old boats moored up on the foreshore, one of which is called "Girl Claire" The others being "Pavonia" and "Elsie May" hence the title "The Sisters of Claire"  The image was captured a few years back so I am not sure that they all still remain. I was fortunate on my visit to be rewarded with some beautiful low light in the late afternoon which brought out some wonderful colours particularly on the side of the boats.

 

"Sisters of Claire" "Sisters of Claire"

 

Dont' forget that that each image chosen will only be placed as Print of the Month once so if you like this particular image, buy it with 20% off the standard prices before the end of January.  Even better Like my British Landscapes Photography Facebook Page and you can obtain 30% discount.  There is a choice of an 18" by 12" print which is a perfect fit when mounted for 24" by 18" frames which are readily available via the internet or high street stores OR a 12" by 8" mounted print in a 16" by 12" frame. The default frame is "Confetti Black" which can be changed to one of your own choice.

To start or add to your collection just click on the image above and then select your choice of the two products listed, add to cart and then apply the Coupon Code JAN18 to obtain your 20% off the shown price at the checkout OR 30% having first Liked my Facebook page and applying the Code FBJAN18 before completing the purchase.  If "Sisters of Claire" is not one of your preferred images then by all means please share with me your favourites and I will see if we can make them available in due course.

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Favourite Ten from Ten Years on the Road http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/favourite-ten-from-ten-years-on-the-Road It's that time of year again when most photographers share their favourite images from the past year but disappointingly I haven't got any images to share because for the first time for many years for one reason or another I haven't been out with my camera.  Maybe I have hit that "wall" and lost some of the enthusiasm that I had when I first started and now a little over ten years on from the start of my photo road trips around the British Isles there seems to be less locations that I want to visit and photograph. Whilst I dont mind returning to previously visited locations I always have the need to seek out new journeys. I think it must be something of the Phileas Fogg in me.  I did have one big trip in mind but that unfortunately did not materialise as I had not completed the location planning and if there is one thing that you must have completed it is that otherwise you could be just driving around aimlessly, but it is not forgotten and I am hopeful that it will take place in 2018 along with other locations I may decide to visit. 

So not having anything to share with you for 2017 I came up with the idea of sharing my favourite images from each year over the last ten years starting in 2007 when I had trips to Cornwall, Gower, Pembrokeshire and Scotland. For this year I have decided that Three Cliffs bay on Gower is my favourite. My first and only visit to our first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  This must surely be one of the most beautiful bays in Britain. It has a wide mouth into which the massive form of Three Cliffs Rock juts from the eastern shore.

 

Three Cliffs Bay- GowerThree Cliffs Bay - Gower

 

The Outer Hebrides or the Western Isles was my only trip in 2008 and it turned out to be one of the most memorable trips I have made. Two weeks covering from the top on the Isle of Lewis to the bottom on the Isle of Barra and I couldn't have picked a better time with mainly beautiful weather throughout my visit. This was best represented by this view, about one mile across, between Eriksay and South Uist from where this image was captured. Who would have thought that this was forty miles off the west coast of Scotland - it looks more like the Caribbean.

 

Sound of Eriksay - Outer HebridesSound of Eriksay - Outer Hebrides

 

In 2009 I made the most road trips in any year that being five including Dorset, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, South Devon, Wester Ross and the Yorkshire Dales. Phew just typing the list has made me wonder how I am going to pick one image from all those locations.  Well I have after a long process of elimination. It was a very difficult decision between one from The Trossachs and one from Wester Ross and in the end I went with the Loch Ewe sunset captured from across the road from one of my favourite campsites at Poolewe.  Framed copies of which I have in both my lounge and study. 

 

Loch Ewe - Wester RossLoch Ewe - Wester Ross

 

I'm selecting these favourites as I write the review so until I look through all the images I don't know what is going to be selected next. 2010 saw two further trips to Scotland - I just can't keep away.  One to the Isle of Arran and Islay via the Kintyre Peninsula and then the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and the Isles of Mull and Iona.  The final trip was down to the south coast of England to Kent and East Sussex with Dungeness one of my top locations to visit.  As much as I was very tempted with more images from my Scotland trips I decided to go with one from Dungeness which is such an unusual location and landscapes the like of which I have not seen anywhere else on my trips.  The view is of a long abandoned fisherman's hut and boat stand alongside the rails which were used to carry the catch in small railway wagons to the road some distance away.

 

Dungeness - KentDungeness - Kent

 

Half way through in 2011 with trips to Ceredigion and the Brecon Beacons, Lake District, Isle Of Skye, Wester Ross, Caithness and Sutherland and last but not least Somerset, Exmoor and Dartmoor.  I decided to go with the long exposure image of Lady Falls although one from the Lake District came very close.  Some landscape photographers use long exposures most of the time but for me it is fairly rare which was a leading factor in my decision coupled with having to overcome the treacherous conditions whilst climbing down to the base of the falls to get to this point of view.

 

Lady Falls - Brecon BeaconsLady Falls - Brecon Beacons

 

Essex along with a return visit to Norfolk and Suffolk were completed in 2012 as well as a short trip to the Lake District, North Cornwall and the North York Moors and Coast.  You will be surprised to see that I didn't make any trips to Scotland so I was hoping this would make my decision so much easier but having taken a look that was certainly not the case.  One from every area could have been easily chosen but I have eventually gone with the one of Ana Cross on the North York Moors.  The timing of my visit was just perfect. Driving in heavy rain across Spaunton Moor towards the cross which is located a few hundred yards off the road I could see the light and colours changing for the better right in front of me and then signs of a rainbow. Reaching the parking spot I jumped out of the camper and literally ran to the cross and quickly set up just as everything came to together apart from having to politely ask a gentleman and his dog if he would kindly move out of my view - which he did thankfully just in time.

 

Ana Cross - North York MoorsAna Cross - North York Moors

 

Only a single trip in 2013 so selection should be somewhat easier.  The Isle of Wight and it's Area of Outstanding Beauty - the island's finest landscapes was where I was heading which I had not visited for almost 50 years and in addition the AONB were celebrating their 50th Anniversary. On the way back I spent a few days in the New Forest which is an area I had not visited before.  Well, it was more difficult then I thought with one or two contenders from the New Forest and maybe another on the Isle of Wight but I have selected Compton Bay just because of the pure scale of the view.  The bay is located on the southwest section of the island.  The northern edge of the bay is defined by a distinctive white chalk cliff called Freshwater Cliff, named after Freshwater Bay which you can see in the background.

 

Compton Bay - Isle of WightCompton Bay - Isle of Wight

 

I'm back in Scotland in 2014 - Surprise, Surprise !!! with trips to Dumfries and Galloway and the Moray Coast and the Cairngorms together with a visit to North Devon.  Now this will be a difficult one because I can already visualise some of the images I have to deliberate over.  There are so many I really like.  Eventually I was drawn to this image of Loch Gamhna at the southern end of Loch an Eilein. I just couldn't leave out that amazing tree and it's roots on the left which together with the other trees provided some perfect framing of the loch and the lower slopes of the Cairngorm mountains in the background.

 

Loch Gamhna - CairngormsLoch Gamhna - Cairngorms

 

Although I had some one day trips in 2015 my main road trip was the Pembrokeshire Coast via Ceredigion and eventually onto Carmarthenshire and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast the latter for my first visit.  Only one trip to choose from but three distinct landscapes including the UK's only coastal National Park in Pembrokeshire.  The one thing you can be certain of is that the image will feature a Welsh landscape.  As much as I was drawn to selecting one from the amazing seascapes of Pembrokeshire including one that was used on the front cover of the 2016 Pembrokeshire Visitor Guide I have gone with one from Carmarthenshire of Dylan's Boathouse at Laugharn on the Taff Estuary.  I am particularly drawn to the variety of colours on the gently sloping hills in the background and those wonderfully shaped clouds although the main focus is the famous Boathouse where Dylan Thomas gained some inspiration for his writing for the last four years of his life.

 

The Boathouse - LaugharneThe Boathouse - Laugharne

 

My last trip in the early Autumn of 2016 was driving the North Coast 500 around the whole north coast of Scotland including my long awaited visit to Cape Wrath but before then I have to consider my other trip of the year with my first photographic visit to the Northumberland National Park followed by Sir Walter Scott's Scottish Borders.  Another tough decision but I have chosen this image captured from the top of one of Scotland's most famous roads with this stunning viewpoint.  The hairpin bends and breathtaking heights of the Bealach na Ba; make it an unforgettable road to drive, and when you get to the top - at a height of 2,053 ft - you're rewarded with this jaw dropping view of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye.  Apart from the amazing view I chose this because it is so different to my normal colourful style as most of the image is made up of varying shades of grey and black with  just a touch of pastel colour in the background over Skye. 

 

Bealach na Bà View - Wester RossBealach na Bà View - Wester Ross

 

Well that's me exhausted as I feel as if I have completed the whole journey all over again although it is quietly satisfying reliving what I have seen over those ten years.  I hope you agree with some of my choices but please feel free to pass comments below if you there are others that you feel are more deserving images that should be included. Just follow the highlighted links to see more images and details of the various trips.  I would also certainly be very interested to learn which of the ten chosen is your favourite.

I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things in 2018 so thank you to everyone who has taken time to continue to support me this year. I really appreciate it. Wonder what next year will bring ?

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Print of the Month - December 2017 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/print-of-the-month---december-2017 This time Print of the Month features one of the more unusually located churches that I have come across on my travels and I remember my visit so well. Although I could have parked closer to the church I took the decision to walk to it across the marsh only to be caught in a sudden passing storm so not only did I get drenched on my way there but it also made the approach to the church all the more difficult. You can probably see from the image that I was almost in the water to get the point of view which I thought best showed the setting of the church.  Still you can see the weather eventually improved just long enough to allow me to capture this wonderful location.

Fairfield Church is dedicated to St Thomas a Becket. It is said that an Archbishop of Canterbury was journeying across the dangerous Romney Marsh, when he fell into one of the many ditches. He prayed to St.Thomas, as he came up for the second time, for a miracle to save him from a watery death. Just in time a farmer arrived to save him, and in gratitude the Archbishop had the little church built and dedicated to St Thomas a Becket. The present church is a 15th century timber framed building, which was only clad in brick in the 18th century. The church is approached by a grass causeway built in 1913. Beforehand the parishioners had to row across in a boat to reach the church for a service.

 

St Thomas à Becket Church - FairfieldSt Thomas à Becket Church - Fairfield

 

Dont' forget that that each image chosen will only be placed as Print of the Month once so if you like this particular image, buy it with 20% off the standard prices before the end of December.  Even better Like my British Landscapes Photography Facebook Page and you can obtain 30% discount.  There is a choice of an 18" by 12" print which is a perfect fit when mounted for 24" by 18" frames which are readily available via the internet or high street stores OR a 12" by 8" mounted print in a 16" by 12" frame. The default frame is "Confetti Black" which can be changed to one of your own choice.

To start or add to your collection just click on the image above and then select your choice of the two products listed, add to cart and then apply the Coupon Code DEC17 to obtain your 20% off the shown price at the checkout OR 30% having first Liked my Facebook page and applying the Code FBDEC17 before completing the purchase.  If "St Thomas a Becket Church - Fairfield" is not one of your preferred images then by all means please share with me your favourites and I will see if we can make them available in due course.

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Britain's Wonderful Wrecks - Part 2 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/britains-wonderful-wrecks---part-2 Doesn't time fly. You may recall that a while back I wrote about some of the boat wrecks I had come across on my photo trips and I promised you more; well almost eight months on here they are starting with some from Scotland. The first is at Ardgour which lies south west of Fort William on the west bank of Loch Linnhe situated at the Corran Narrows on the eastern side of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.  Ardgour, it's name in the Gaelic translates as "Height Of The Goat" was part of the ancient trade route to the Inner Hebrides, the original "Road To The Isles". I was passing Ardgour on my way through the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and came across "Capri" beached on the shore. Its a fishing boat that was built in Sweden in 1949 and now lies abandoned some 60 years later.

 

"Capri" at Ardgour"Capri" at Ardgour

 

Staying on the west coast of Scotland in Wester Ross we visit Badachro (Gaelic Bad a' Chrodha) meaning cattle fold clump. A remote fishing village about 2 miles south of Gairloch. It is idyllically situated on an inlet of Loch Gairloch. Sheltered by several islands the bay provides a safe anchorage for fishing boats and yachts. At the end of the nineteenth century Badachro was a busy fishing centre. Fish, in particular cod, landed here and at Gairloch, was dried at Badachro. There were two curing stations - one on Eilean Horrisdale and one on Eilean Tioram. Lobsters, crabs and prawns are still landed here and sent to the markets both in the south and in Europe. There are many abandoned boats in this location but this is one I have not been able to identify but couldn't resist capturing it with that wonderful backdrop.

 

BadachroBadachro

 

We now move over to the Isle of Mull where if you recall we visited Croig in the Historic Harbours article. Close by Croig is the abandoned "Branch". The trawler was built in 1951 in Fraserburgh and used all round the coast of northern Scotland including being based at Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

 

Last Resting Place - CroigLast Resting Place - Croig

 

Staying on Mull we are at Bunessan which is the largest village on the Ross of Mull and a small boat with the name "Dignity" for which I have no history. I was drawn to this one because of its name which in the circumstances may seem appropriate.  Originally a small community of farmers in the Scottish farming tradition called crofting, the village had a mill, weavers and a small fishing fleet until the 1900s. The village has a thriving lobster fishery with some of the largest lobsters on the west coast of Scotland can be found at the top of Loch Scridain, in an area known as "The Pool".

 

"Dignity""Dignity"

 

For our last wreck we are in Norfolk on the north coast under the cliffs at Hunstanton which make a spectacular view. They show an amazing slice of Britain's history and originate from just after the Jurassic period. This makes them 100 million years old and some of the oldest rocks visible in East Anglia.

 

"Sheraton" - Hunstanton"Sheraton" - Hunstanton

 

Built in 1907, the Sheraton started life as a trawler but was later moored on the Lincolnshire side of the Wash to be used as a target ship. In 1947 she broke free from her mooring in a gale and drifted on to the beach at Hunstanton. The ship was sold to scrap dealers and now only a section of the hull remains.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at more of our Wonderful Wrecks.  Unfortunately I think I have now run out of wreck images so if you know of others in photogenic locations please feel free to let me know so I can include them in a future photo trip.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) ardgour ardnamurchan boats british isles east anglia inner hebrides isle of mull landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints mull norfolk scotland wales wester ross wrecks http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/britains-wonderful-wrecks---part-2 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:41:00 GMT
Print of the Month - November 2017 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/print-of-the-month---november-2017 This month I am offering a print that I must confess I thought I had already made available in the Collection. It features the cliffs at Hunstanton on the North Norfolk coast which make a spectacular view. In all my travels around the British Isles I have never come across a similar or such an an eye catching cliff formation. They show an amazing slice of Britain's history and originate from just after the Jurassic period. This makes them 100 million years old and some of the oldest rocks visible in East Anglia.

 

Hunstanton CliffsHunstanton Cliffs

 

Dont' forget that that each image chosen will only be placed as Print of the Month once so if you like this particular image, buy it with 20% off the standard prices before the end of November .  Even better Like my British Landscapes Photography Facebook Page and you can obtain 30% discount.  There is a choice of an 18" by 12" print which is a perfect fit when mounted for 24" by 18" frames which are readily available via the internet or high street stores OR a 12" by 8" mounted print in a 16" by 12" frame. The default frame is "Confetti Black" which can be changed to one of your own choice.

To start or add to your collection just click on the image above and then select your choice of the two products listed, add to cart and then apply the Coupon Code NOV17 to obtain your 20% off the shown price at the checkout OR 30% having first Liked my Facebook page and applying the Code FBNOV17 before completing the purchase.  If "Hunstanton Cliffs" is not one of your preferred images then by all means please share with me your favourites and I will see if we can make them available in due course.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) british isles cliffs england hunstanton hunstanton cliffs landscape photography landscape prints norfolk print of the month http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/print-of-the-month---november-2017 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 17:34:00 GMT
Scotland's National Parks - Is this the Start of Something Big? http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/is-this-the-start-of-something-big In 2012 I published an article entitled Scotland - No more parks?  which in the year that Scotland's first National Park Loch Lomond and the Trossachs celebrated its tenth anniversary I raised concerns that despite Scotland having landscapes that rank amongst the best in the world, including wild mountains, pristine rivers and lochs, ancient forests, stunning coastline and islands, all rich in wildlife and history there were still only two National Parks and there didn't appear to be any political will towards the further development; certainly the Scottish Government had no overall strategy. At the time a project was underway to promote a National Parks Strategy by a partnership between the Scottish Campaign for National Parks and the Association for the Protection for Rural Scotland. The aspiration was that this could result in at least three new National Parks being designated by 2015, including Scotland’s first coastal and marine National Park. The project was completed and a report published "Unfinished Business" which calls for at least seven more National Parks. They were Lochaber which includes Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Black Mount, a coastal and marine National Park, centred around the Isle of Mull, The Cheviots as an extension of the Northumberland National Park, Galloway, Glen Affric, Isle of Harris and Wester Ross.

Another two years on and nothing further as happened but now Argyll and Bute Council has indicated their interest in exploring the possibility of a National Park by including a statement of support in it's local development plans to seek views on whether the council should, or should not, actively explore the potential for a National Park in the future. The area stretching from the tiny islands of Tiree and Coll all the way to the west Kintyre coast which will cover an area of roughly 2650 square miles, would become the UK’s largest National Park.  Although much of it would extend into the ocean, as Scotland’s first coastal park it would dwarf Loch Lomond and The Trossachs and would also be bigger than the Cairngorms, which sprawls across 1748 square miles of mountain terrain and is currently the largest in Britain.


Courtesy of The Sunday Post

 

Provisionally dubbed Argyll and Islands National Park, the new conservation area would cover marine, island and coastal landscapes.  While no fixed boundary has been drawn up, officials said the new park could take in Knapdale, Jura, Scarba, Lunga and The Garvellachs – as well as Mull, Coll, Tiree, Islay, Gigha and the west Kintyre coast.

Having been fortunate enough to have visited some of these locations I would like to add my support for the proposal and share some of the amazing landscapes that could be part of this new area.

Let's start on the marvellous Isle of Mull at Uisken (Uisgean in Scottish Gaelic) a settlement on a sandy bay on the Ross of Mull. Originally a small hamlet of farmers in the Scottish farming tradition called crofting, the area had a several running crofts until the 1900s. The population is roughly 20.

 

Port Uisken - Isle of MullPort Uisken - Isle of Mull

 

Or Loch Scridain in the south west of Mull, a sea loch running from the Ardmeanach peninsula on the north shore to Pennygael at the head of it, where it turns a corner and becomes Loch Beg.

 

Loch Scridain - Isle of MullLoch Scridain - Isle of Mull

 

It is also intended to include The Isle of Islay and Jura in the proposed area. On Islay is the 12th century ruined chapel of Kilnave, Cill Naoimh in Gaelic meaning the church or burial ground of the saint, has a grim history. Within this charming little chapel 30 MacLean clansmen were burnt to death in 1598 by Islay MacDonalds, the MacLeans having sought sanctuary in the chapel after a bloody battle with their adversaries on the shore of nearby Loch Gruinart. In the tiny cemetery, set in lawns of lush turf, carved grave slabs remain laid out around a 9 ft high Celtic cross, battered but still imposing, dating from around AD750.

 

Kilnave Chapel - Isle of IslayKilnave Chapel - Isle of Islay

 

And there will be this magnificent view across the Sound of Islay to Jura. The island is dominated by three steep-sided conical quartzite mountains on its western side - the Paps of Jura which rise to 785 metres (2,575 ft). Also in the image are two ferries from Port Askaig, the larger one returning to the mainland at Kennacraig and the smaller Jura ferry, the only way to access the island, which crosses the fast flowing Sound of Islay, to reach Feolin in a little over five minutes.

 

Paps of Jura - Isle of JuraPaps of Jura - Isle of Jura

 

And of course not forgetting the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula This famous beach at the north end of Machrihanish Bay faces the Atlantic and Ireland and has long been a popular surfing spot.  Machrihanish Dunes are a Site of Scientific Interest and is the biggest sand dune area in Argyl.

 

Machrihanish Beach - Kintyre Peninsula Machrihanish Beach - Kintyre Peninsula

 

There are 3,500 National Parks in the world, Scotland has only two. The first two have been a great success – surely it’s time for more. Scots-born naturalist, explorer and writer John Muir inspired the creation of the world’s first National Parks in 19th-century USA and is known as the ‘Father of National Parks’. It would be a fitting tribute to his memory if the Scottish Government committed to more National Parks.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) argyle and bute british isles isle of islay isle of mull kintyre landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints national parks scotland http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/is-this-the-start-of-something-big Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:52:00 GMT
Print of the Month - October 2017 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/print-of-the-month---october-2017 For this month's print we are back in Wales. To be more precise Pembrokeshire, the home to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only coastal national park of its kind in the United Kingdom and one of three national parks in Wales, the others being Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons national parks. Over the years Pembrokeshire's beaches have been awarded many International Blue Flag Awards, Green Coast Awards and Seaside Awards. In 2011 it had 39 beaches recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.

Barafundle Bay is a remote, slightly curved, east-facing sandy beach and is set between cliffs to the north and south; it marks the end of the carboniferous limestone cliffs of the Castlemartin peninsula to the south-west, and the beginning of the old red sandstone of Devonian age at Stackpole Quay to the north-east.  In 2004, Barafundle Bay was included in a list of the Top 12 beaches in the world.

 

Barafundle BayBarafundle Bay

 

Dont' forget that that each image chosen will only be placed as Print of the Month once so if you like this particular image, buy it with 20% off the standard prices before the end of October.  Even better Like my British Landscapes Photography Facebook Page and you can obtain 30% discount.  There is a choice of an 18" by 12" print which is a perfect fit when mounted for 24" by 18" frames which are readily available via the internet or high street stores OR a 12" by 8" mounted print in a 16" by 12" frame of your choice.

To start or add to your collection just click on the image above and then select your choice of the two products listed, add to cart and then apply the Coupon Code OCT17 to obtain your 20% off the shown price at the checkout OR 30% having first Liked my Facebook page and applying the Code FBOCT17 before completing the purchase.  If "Barafundle Bay" is not one of your preferred images then by all means please share with me your favourites and I will see if we can make them available in due course.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) barafundle bay british isles landscape photography landscape prints national parks pembrokeshire pembrokeshire coast national park print of the month wales http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/print-of-the-month---october-2017 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:06:00 GMT
Exploring Norfolk's Windmills http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/exploring-norfolks-windmills After a week of typically autumnal weather – with foggy nights, pleasant sunshine and periods of wind and rain a more unsettled spell of weather looks likely with the remnants of the recent tropical systems likely to impact our weather towards the end of the weekend and into the beginning of next week.

This as made me recall the many windmills and wind pumps that were in use in this country in the past and that are no longer in use today.  One of the areas where there are many preserved windmills and wind pumps which are unique is the Norfolk Broads. The Norfolk Broads is one of England's ten National Parks and is Britain's magical waterland, a uniquely beautiful environment shaped by people working hand in hand with nature over thousands of years. The windmills of Norfolk are perhaps the most iconic of all the county's landscape features. Scattered across the county they stand as sentinels to a distant industrial past in which they provided wind-driven power for milling and for draining the marshland.  In the nineteenth century at their peak there were around 700 working windmills in Norfolk and those that survive are important for having played their part in how the Norfolk landscape looks today. The best known of these survivors are the windmills of the Norfolk Broads. We are going to take a look at four mills the first being in Thurne, a small riverside Broadland village that either gives or takes its name from the River Thurne that flows directly by the village located at the end of a dyke with the famous Thurne drainage mill at its head. The mill was built in 1820, but the sails and cap were blown off in 1919 and it needed repair. At some stage, the mill has been highered and this gives the "waist", as the new section was made round to allow the cap to be re-used.

 

Thurne MillThurne Mill

 

Moving on we now visit Brograve Mill, a windpump located on Brograve level in the parish of Sea Palling. The mill is a protected grade II listed building of red brick construction, now lying in an extremely dilapidated and unsafe state. Built in 1771 it is thought to have last worked around 1930. Its purpose was to drain the Brograve levels into the man-made Waxham New Cut. 

 

Brograve MillBrograve Mill

 

Now we'll take a look at the rather unusual looking Boardman’s Drainage Windmill which is located at How Hill on the east bank of the River Ant. Built in 1897 by a local millwright Daniel England of Ludham. Trestle mills or skeleton mills as they are sometimes described, were a later and less expensive alternative to a brick built windmill. As a result of their mainly timber construction very few have survived the ravages of the weather and of time. Boardman’s Mill is one of only three Trestle mills left on the Broads.

 

"Boardman's Mill""Boardman's Mill"

 

Last but not least we call at Turf Fen drainage mill which was built by Yarmouth millwright, William Rust c.1875 to drain Horning marshes into the River Ant. The water levels around the mill are now kept very high and there is no footpath or land access to the mill which ceased working around the 1920s when cattle no longer grazed the marshes. 

 

Turf Fen MillTurf Fen Mill

 

I hope you have enjoyed this hort tour of some of the windmills and I am certain, that like myself there are many people who are thinking how big a part these iconic structures could still be playing in today's changing weather conditions.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) british isles england landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints national parks norfolk norfolk broads the broads national park http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/exploring-norfolks-windmills Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:52:00 GMT
Print of the Month - September 2017 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/print-of-the-month---september-2017 Twelve months ago this month I was getting ready to set off on my North Coast 500 trip, which if you haven't already done so you can read all about by following the highlighted link.  Without spoiling your reading of the highs and lows of the trip the North Coast 500 which launched in the Spring of 2015 is a 516 mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness. 

One of the highlights of the trip came on Day One driving the "Bealach na Ba - Pass of the Cattle" which I have driven before but this will be the first time crossing from Kishorn.  With a quick read of the warning signs I started to make my way up the Pass with clear weather and magnificent views. The Bealach is an unforgettable drive up and along one of the most dramatic roads on mainland UK.  The road is single track ALL the way, and goes steadily uphill through a dramatic mix of mountain scenery to the summit at 2053 feet where I was rewarded with a jaw dropping view of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Raasay and Rona which I am making available for Print of the Month.

 

Bealach na Bà ViewBealach na Bà View

 

Don’t forget that that each image chosen will only be placed as Print of the Month once so if you like this particular image, buy it with 20% off the standard prices before the end of September.  Even better Like my British Landscapes Photography Facebook Page and you can obtain 30% discount.  There is a choice of an 18" by 12" print which is a perfect fit when mounted for 24" by 18" frames which are readily available via the internet or high street stores OR a 12" by 8" mounted print in a 16" by 12" frame of your choice.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) bealach na ba british isles landscape photography landscape prints latest images nc500 north coast 500 pass of the cattle print of the month road trip scotland http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/print-of-the-month---september-2017 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:48:51 GMT
Isle of Arran - Scotland in Miniature http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/isle-of-arran---scotland-in-minature During a review of my portfolio to see what areas of the country I hadn't written about I was surprised to find that the Isle of Arran as either not been included at all or very rarely. So here we go. Described by many as ʻScotland in Miniatureʼ, Arran truly is the best of the mainland compressed into an island 20 miles long and 10 miles wide. As well as stunning landscapes amongst other things you will  find pretty villages, ancient castles and prehistoric standing stones.  I have only visited the island once for a few days on my way to Islay via Arran and Kintyre although I did manage to circumnavigate the island during those few days. I thought we would start off with a distant view of Arran captured from Skipness on the north west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula.

 

Arran from Skipness PointArran from Skipness Point

 

Two of the more distinctive and well known locations on the island are Holy Island and Machrie Moor. Firstly Holy Island which lies of the east coast of Arran and has been owned by Buddhists since 1992 where they have established a meditative retreat and since 2003 a Peace Centre. The earliest recorded name for Holy Island was Inis Shroin, which is old Gaelic for 'Island of the Water Spirit'. After the time when the Celtic Christian saint St. Molaise lived on the island at the end of the 6th century, it became known as Eilean Molaise, which is Gaelic for 'Molaise's Island'. This name gradually evolved over the course of centuries until early in the 19th century the island became generally known as Holy Isle and the village on the other side of the bay became known as Lamlash.

 

Holy IslandHoly Island

 

On the west coast of the island lies a windswept and mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor. Bronze Age stone circles and standing stones are strewn across its barren, undulating terrain. One of the stone circles is known as Fingal's Cauldron Seat, where sits a stone with a carved hole. The legendary warrior giant Fingal is said to have tethered his favourite dog Bran to this stone.

 

Machrie MoorMachrie Moor

 

The raised beach facing the Kilbrannan Sound southeast of Torr Righ Mor on the west coast of Arran has a wealth of rounded boulders; many have been piled into small cairns up to 3 or 4 feet high. In 2005 someone passing the area noted "It's a clever balancing act, and they surely can't survive a good gale". Well they had five years on when I visited in 2010.

 

Cleiteadh nan SgarbhCleiteadh nan Sgarbh

 

We can't leave Arran without taking a look at its famous mountain, Goatfell and its main town. Brodick is the main settlement on the island and is halfway along the east coast in Brodick Bay below Goat Fell, the tallest mountain on Arran. The name is derived from Norse roots meaning "Broad Bay". The harbour receives the main ferry between Arran and the mainland via Ardrossan.

 

Goatfell from Brodick BayGoatfell from Brodick Bay

 

I am afraid thats it for now - well it was only a short visit but one I hope you all will make. You wont be disappointed.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) arran british isles isle of arran kintyre peninsula landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints scotland skipness http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/isle-of-arran---scotland-in-minature Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:58:03 GMT
Print of the Month - August 2017 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/print-of-the-month---august-2017 This month we are just off the south coast on England's largest island, the Isle of Wight at Tennyson Down. 

Tennyson Down is a hill at the west end of the island just south of Totland. It is a grassy, whale-backed ridge of chalk which rises to 482 feet above sea level and is named after the poet Lord Tennyson who lived at nearby Farringford House for nearly 40 years. The poet used to walk on the Down almost every day, saying that the air was worth 'sixpence a pint' and looking at the trees in this shot you can maybe understand what he meant.


At the top of the Down at a height of 147m stands a huge granite cross commemorating the life of Tennyson which you can just see in the background.

 

Tennyson DownTennyson Down

 

Don’t forget that that each image chosen will only be placed as Print of the Month once so if you like this particular image, buy it with 20% off the standard prices before the end of August.  Even better Like my British Landscapes Photography Facebook Page and you can obtain 30% discount.  There is a choice of an 18" by 12" print which is a perfect fit when mounted for 24" by 18" frames which are readily available via the internet or high street stores OR a 12" by 8" mounted print in a 16" by 12" frame of your choice.

 

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) aonb area of outstanding natural beauty british isles england island isle of wight landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/print-of-the-month---august-2017 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:02:00 GMT
Britain's Beautiful Castles - Part 2 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/britains-beautiful-castles---part-2 It's almost six months since the first part in the series on Britain's Beautiful Castles and seeing as it seems to have been a popular topic I thought I would take you on another trip to see a few more. I'll start in north east England on Holy island and Lindsfarne Castle. Sited atop the volcanic mound known as Beblowe Crag, Lindisfarne Castle is one of the most distinct and picturesque features of Holy Island and can be seen from many miles around. The castle was built in the 1550's using stones from the demolished Priory and in 1901 it was purchased and created into the Edwardian country house you see today.

 

Lindisfarne CastleLindisfarne Castle

 

Across the border now into Scotland and over on my favourite west coast we find Castle Stalker. Built around 1540 by Duncan Stewart of Appin, it was gifted by him to James IV for use as a hunting lodge. In fact, its Gaelic name Caisteal Stalcair translates literally as 'Castle of the Hunter'. It sits at the mouth of Loch Laich, by Loch Linnhe on a rocky islet known as the Rock of the Cormorants which is also the battle cry of the Stewarts of Appin. In the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Castle Stalker appeared as Castle Aaaargh.

 

Castle StalkerCastle Stalker

 

Still in Scotland and over to the wonderful Western Isles or the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Barra in particular.  Kisimul (or Caisteal Chiosmuil) Castle sits on a rocky islet in the bay just off the coast of in Castlebay. Legend has it that this has been the stronghold of the MacNeils since the 11th century. The castle gets its name from the Gaelic words cios, (tax or tribute) and mul (mound), meaning "The place where taxes are paid."

 

Caisteal ChoismuilCaisteal Choismuil

 

Travelling right down the coast to South Wales and Pennard Castle. Pennard Castle's situation is dramatic and beautiful. It is perched on the edge of the valley of the Pennard Pill, with a sheer drop below to the north and west. From it there is a sweeping view out towards Three Cliffs Bay, and across the valley to Penmaen Burrows.

 

Pennard CastlePennard Castle

 

Finally I move back into England and visit the south coast at Hurst Castle with a rather mysterious image.  Hurst Castle, viewed here over Keyhaven Mudflats, is one of Henry VIII's Device Forts, built at the end of a long shingle spit at the west end of the Solent to guard the approaches to Southampton. Hurst Castle was sited at the narrow entrance to the Solent where the ebb and flow of the tides creates strong currents, putting would-be invaders at its mercy. Also known as a Henrician Castle, Hurst was built as part of Henry's chain of coastal defences to protect England during the turbulent times of his reign.

 

Hurst CastleHurst Castle

 

So that completes this second journey round some of Britain's Beautiful Castles which I hope you have enjoyed. I still have more castles to share in this series and hopefully next time will not be as long await as it was for this second selection.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) aonb area of outstanding natural beauty barra british isles castles england gower landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints lindisfarne national park new forest national park northumberland outer hebrides pennard print of the month scotland wales western isles http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/britains-beautiful-castles---part-2 Sun, 30 Jul 2017 16:32:00 GMT
Print of the Month - July 2017 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/print-of-the-month---july-2017 It's sometime since I included one of my "Intimate Landscapes" in Print of the Month so here goes with one from my North Coast 500 trip from last Autumn. During my research for the trip I came across comments on these wonderfully coloured pebbles so I decided to take a slight detour off the NC500 to search out the beach and I was not disappointed. 

The tiny settlement of Littleferry lies on the northern shore of Loch Fleet, a large tidal basin with sand dunes, mudflats, coastal heath and pinewoods. Here you can see the old cottages that were once home to the ferryman and pilot, as well as buildings that served as an inn and stores for coal, salt and meal, all imported into the area by boat.

I keep viewing this photo either in portrait or landscape format, upside down and side to side and whichever way it is viewed it's composition just seems to work making it very versatile if you feel like a change of either orientation or placement it will be suitable for most locations.  You could say you are getting 2, 3 or 4 prints for the price of one.

 

Fleet PebblesFleet Pebbles

 

Don’t forget that that each image chosen will only be placed as Print of the Month once so if you like this particular image, buy it with 20% off the standard prices before the end of July.  Even better Like my British Landscapes Photography Facebook Page and you can obtain 30% discount.  There is a choice of an 18" by 12" print which is a perfect fit when mounted for 24" by 18" frames which are readily available via the internet or high street stores OR a 12" by 8" mounted print in a 16" by 12" frame of your choice.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) british isles intimate landscapes landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints scotland http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/print-of-the-month---july-2017 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:15:06 GMT
Dungeness – Wild, Weird and Wonderful http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/dungeness-wild-weird-and-wonderful Dungeness has a very unusual landscape with one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world at the end of a mile and a half promontory, between New Romney, Lydd and Camber on Romney Marsh in Kent.  As well as being a National Nature Reserve, a Special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest the shingle expanse at Dungeness is so large that it has been called Britain's only desert - although according to the Met Office, it receives an average of 700mm of rain a year, so cannot be formally classified as a desert.

The Dungeness Estate is owned by EDF Energy, the French company that owns the Dungeness B  nuclear power plant next door.  Each year more and more shingle is deposited on the shore, so Dungeness, unlike a great deal of the rest of the coast, is actually getting bigger until that is EDF started to move shingle along the beach in order to protect the power station from flooding. 

 

Fisherman's FriendsFisherman's Friends

 

Having seen the view above you may all be saying what a mess and what's all the fuss about. Well Dungeness is a varied landscape of international scientific and environmental importance. A remarkable and unique variety of wildlife lives at Dungeness, including more than 600 different types of plant, a third of all those found in Britain. It is one of the best places in Britain to find insects such as moths, bees, beetles and spiders — many of which are very rare. Some aren't to be found anywhere else in Britain.

 

End of the LineEnd of the Line

 

It's not just its environmental credentials that make this place fascinating though... The world's first submarine oil pipelines were laid between Dungeness and France during the second world war as part of Operation Pluto... Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of radio, conducted his tests in Dungeness in 1899, becoming the first person to transmit radio messages across the English Channel. His research shed still stands there — just!  And it's the last stop on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway — one of the smallest public railways in the world!

 

Dungeness LighthousesDungeness Lighthouses

 

Shortly after Marconi's conducted his radio tests a new lighthouse was commissioned in 1901 and this can be seen in the background in the image above whilst in the foreground its modern successor, the black and white lighthouse which was commissioned in 1961 when the old lighthouse became a tourist attraction. Its 169 steps gives visitors a bird's eye view of the shingle beach. Both of these lighthouses having replaced earlier lighthouses constructed in 1615, 1635 and 1792.

 

Beached !!Beached !!

 

In addition to its fascinating landscape and historical significance Dungeness, as you can see from the photos as long been well known for its fishing and going back a number of years the residents were predominantly local fishing families, a few of whom remain. They have, over the generations, formed the backbone of the locality and have played a large part in the manning of the numerous lifeboats that have been located on the beach. Whilst today there are still some fishing boats in use there are just as many resting on the shingle never to be used again. These along with the disused railway lines that were once used to transport the fish from the boats to the road and the decaying and rusting remains of the fisherman's huts and equipment add even more to what is a unique area and one that should be protected for as long as we are able.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) British Isles Dungeness England Kent landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/dungeness-wild-weird-and-wonderful Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:20:00 GMT
Print of the Month - June 2017 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/print-of-the-month---june-2017 It's a few months since I chose a print from Scotland so here's one from my 2014 trip to Galloway.  Lying on Monreith Bay are the ruins of Kirkmaiden church, one of the oldest churches in Scotland, and the resting place of many of the McCulloch and Maxwell family members, who owned the Monreith estate.  Above the church and overlooking the bay is the bronze otter commissioned by Galloway Wildlife Trust and sculptured by Penny Wheatley as a memorial to Gavin Maxwell 1914-1969 who spent his childhood years in the area. Maxwell, the author of the famous book "Ring of Bright Water", which was also made into a successful film was often seen exercising his tame otter, on the beach below Kirkmaiden church, when he returned to the area.

 

Monreith BayMonreith Bay

 

Don’t forget that that each image chosen will only be placed as Print of the Month once so if you like this particular image, buy it with 20% off the standard prices before the end of June.  Even better Like my British Landscapes Photography Facebook Page and you can obtain 30% discount.  There is a choice of an 18" by 12" print which is a perfect fit when mounted for 24" by 18" frames which are readily available via the internet or high street stores OR a 12" by 8" mounted print in a 16" by 12" frame of your choice.

 

To start or add to your collection just click on the image above and then select your choice of the two products listed, add to cart and then apply the Coupon Code JUN17 to obtain your 20% off the shown price at the checkout OR 30% having first Liked my Facebook page and applying the Code FBJUN17 before completing the purchase.  If "Monreith Bay" is not one of your preferred images then by all means please share with me your favourites and I will see if we can make them available in due course.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) British Isles Galloway Gavin Maxwell Monreith Bay Print of the Month Scotland landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/print-of-the-month---june-2017 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:49:00 GMT
Britain's Sacred Sites http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/britains-sacred-sites Britain is scattered with sacred sites from the outlying islands off North Scotland to the far south of Cornwall. Our ancestors saw something special in certain parts of the land and deemed them more sacred than others. People are still drawn back to these places today and the belief and ritual that surround them. So what places did they deem more sacred than others and why are they so special? This time we are going to visit just four of these sites starting with one of the holy islands - Iona off the west coast of Scotland.

 

Port a Churaich - IonaPort a Churaich - Iona

 

St Columba, the man credited with converting the Scottish Gaels to Christianity, fled or was driven out of Ireland in 563 AD. He attended the inauguration of King Aedan mac Gabhrain in 574 and for his efforts was awarded the island of Iona.  A visit to Iona nowadays is all it takes to make a person understand why the place might have appealed to those early Christians.  The island is undoubtedly a place of quiet peace.  Whatever the weather the landscape is beautiful and restful to eye and heart. Religious belief is not required, Iona simply has the magic. Moving on we arrive in Glastonbury, Somerset now also famous for its Summer music festival which will with us in just a few weeks time.

 

Glastonbury TorGlastonbury Tor

 

The Tor itself is captivating, rising abruptly from a level plain which in ancient times at least, was flooded by the sea. It was for this reason that followers of the Arthur legend allowed themselves to see the Tor as Avalon, the island to which the king was carried so that he might recover from wounds suffered while fighting Mordred. Other folk myths have Joseph of Arimathea arrive at Glastonbury with his nephew Jesus Christ and the Holy Grail. His staff is supposed to have taken root as the Glastonbury thorn - that flowers at Christmas time - and the grail itself is said to be buried nearby. In 1191, monks at Glastonbury Abbey claimed to have found the graves of Arthur and his queen Guinevere and the site became a place of pilgrimage for ever after.

Staying in southern England we visit Cornwall and St. Michael's Mount which is a rocky island 5 miles south of Penzance.  Surmounted by a fortress like abbey dedicated to St Michael the Archangel, this atmospheric sacred site has much in common with its namesake across the Channel, Mont- St- Michel in France.

 

St Michael's MountSt Michael's Mount

 

The vision of St. Michael the Archangel at this site was one of many that were reported across southern Britain and northern France in the 4th and 5th centuries.  St. Michael's Mount is a prominent site on the major ley line known as St. Michael's Line. Ley lines are hypothetical straight lines between ancient sites that are believed to carry special energy and power. St. Michael's Line runs northeast across Britain from St. Michael's Mount, through sites such as Glastonbury Tor (with its St. Michael's Tower), Avebury, and Bury St. Edmunds.

Finally for now we visit Wales and Bardsey Island, the legendary "Island of 20,000 saints" which lies 2 miles off the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. The Welsh name means "The Island in the Currents", although its English name refers to the "Island of the Bards".

 

Bardsey IslandBardsey Island

 

The island has been an important religious site since St Cadfan built a monastery in 516 AD. In medieval times it was a major centre of pilgrimage but the monastery was dissolved and its buildings demolished by Henry VIII in 1537, although the island remains an attraction for pilgrims to this day.

Bardsey Island is now as famous for its wildlife and rugged scenery.  The spirituality and sacredness of the island, its relative remoteness, and its legendary claim, amongst other locations, to be the burial site of King Arthur, have given it a special place in the cultural life of Wales, attracting artists, writers and musicians to its shores.

If you have enjoyed visiting these sacred sites please let me know and I'll see if I can find other images from similar locations.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) Bardsey British Isles Cornwall England Glastonbury Inner Hebrides Iona Isle of Iona Llyn Peninsula Scotland Somerset Wales islands landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/britains-sacred-sites Mon, 29 May 2017 15:19:00 GMT
Print of the Month - May 2017 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/print-of-the-month---may-2017 Earlier this year I was pleased to find out that two of my images were to be featured on the 2017 National Trails Calendar. One was for the month of September and the month of May was to feature the image I am offering in May's Print of the Month.  The image is also currently being used as the header for the National Trails Facebook page.

It is of course one of the iconic views of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park showing the Elegug Stacks(Stack Rocks).  Elegug is the poetic sounding Welsh word for the guillemot and not surprisingly these birds are very much in evidence here in nesting season, along with a whole host of other sea birds such as kittiwakes.
They are two pillars of limestone, a geographical feature caused naturally by the sea eroding weaknesses in the rock. They stand in the sea and are inaccessible from land – not least when the Ministry of Defence has closed off the nearby area to test tanks! When access can be gained, the birds can best be viewed from the mainland throughout the spring and early summer.

 

Elegug Stacks(Stack Rocks)Elegug Stacks(Stack Rocks)

 

Don’t forget that that each image chosen will only be placed as Print of the Month once so if you like this particular image, buy it with 20% off the standard prices before the end of May.  Even better Like my British Landscapes Photography Facebook Page and you can obtain 30% discount.  There is a choice of an 18" by 12" print which is a perfect fit when mounted for 24" by 18" frames which are readily available via the internet or high street stores OR a 12" by 8" mounted print in a 16" by 12" frame of your choice.

 

To start or add to your collection just click on the image above and then select your choice of the two products listed, add to cart and then apply the Coupon Code MAY17 to obtain your 20% off the shown price at the checkout OR 30% having first Liked my Facebook page and applying the Code FBMAY17 before completing the purchase.  If "Elegug Stacks(Stack Rocks)" is not one of your preferred images then by all means please share with me your favourites and I will see if we can make them available in due course.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) British Isles Elegug Stacks National Parks Pembrokeshire Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Print of the Month South Wales Stack Rocks Wales landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/print-of-the-month---may-2017 Sun, 07 May 2017 14:06:00 GMT
Britain's Wonderful Wrecks http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/britains-wonderful-wrecks In the Autumn of last year I published an article on Britain's Historic Harbours and following on from that I thought it worth taking a look at some of the more notable boat wrecks I have discovered on my journey round the British Isles. The wrecks usually provide a really good focal point with plenty of character and if you are lucky, also in some wonderful coastal scenery. Of the four locations I'm recalling two are in Scotland and one each in England and Wales. We'll start in Scotland on the Isle of Mull and certainly the most photographed wrecks on the island if not in the whole of Scotland.  On the east coast of the island on the Sound of Mull is the village of Salen, approximately halfway between Craignure and Tobermory. The full name of the settlement is 'Sàilean Dubh Chaluim Chille' (the black little bay of St Columba). Nearly all of the boats names are no longer visible but after some research I have established one of is called "Girl Claire" The others being "Pavonia" and "Elsie May" hence the title of the image.

 

"Sisters of Claire" - Salen"Sisters of Claire" - Salen

 

On another of the Scottish islands - Islay I discovered the wreck of the trawler "Wyre Majestic". She ran ashore on passage from Oban close to the Bunnahabhain Distillery. The rusting remains, visible in the middle right of the image still sit resting on the rocks, across the Sound from the Paps of Jura. The area in and around the Sound of Islay is a notorious graveyard of ships with over 50 wrecks catalogued. There are strong rips and currents that boil through the narrow sound and these have caught many vessels unawares. 

 

 

Sound of IslaySound of Islay

 

Moving on now to the south east corner of England in Kent and the wonderfully strange landscape of Dungeness which is at the end of a mile and a half shingle promontory, between New Romney, Lydd and Camber on Romney Marsh. Motor fishing boat "Tina" lies on the beach and is a long way from the shoreline, which through a natural phenomenon known as Long Shore Drift, is now about 700 yards away. The sea has retreated from Dungeness for many years, and at this point along the beach there are dozens of boats and winding engines long since abandoned.

 

"Tina""Tina"

 

For our final location we are visiting Wales and the wonderful coast line of the Gower Peninsula and in particular one of the most dramatic bays in Europe, three mile wide Rhossili Bay presents a staggering view across the adjacent clifftops which rise above 200 feet. The dramatic hillside setting of Rhossili Down rises to 600 feet above the sweeping bay. Down on the beach the ocean-stripped oak carcass of the "Helvetia" which was shipwrecked in 1887 is still visible today and an easily recognised landmark of Rhossili.

 

"Helvetia""Helvetia"

 

Researching the history of these wonderful wrecks always brings another dimension to my landscape photography and sharing this with others always makes the extra effort worthwhile. I hope that you share my interest as I have other such wrecks and locations I hope to share with you another time.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) boats british isles dungeness england gower inner hebrides isle of islay isle of mull kent landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints scotland wales wrecks http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/britains-wonderful-wrecks Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:39:00 GMT
Print of the Month - April 2017 http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/print-of-the-month---april-2017 At the foot of Yr Eifl, the tallest hills on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, lies the village of Trefor, which owes its very existence to the quarries on the hills above it. Granite from Yr Eifl quarry has been used to make Olympic Curling Stones, as well as many curb stones in the larger towns and cities of England and Wales.
Views from Yr Eifl, on a clear day, extend to Ireland, the whole of Cardigan Bay, Anglesey, Snowdonia, and the northern mountains of England. The centre peak, and tallest at 1,850, is called Garn Ganol; the most seaward, and smallest peak, is Garn For, which is home to the quarry.

 

Trefor - Llyn PeninsulaTrefor - Llyn Peninsula

 

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty British Isles Heritage Coast Llyn AONB Llyn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Llyn Heritage Coast North Wales Print of the Month Trefor Wales Yr Eifl landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/print-of-the-month---april-2017 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:26:00 GMT
More Beautiful Lighthouses from around the British Coast http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/more-beautiful-lighthouses-from-around-the-british-coast My previous posts on Lighthouses around the British Coast have proved so popular that I have decided to share even more.

This time I am starting at Rattray Head historically Rattray Point, a headland in Buchan, Aberdeenshire. To the north lies Strathbeg Bay and Rattray Bay is to its south. The 120 foot Rattray Head lighthouse was built on the Ron Rock ("Ron" is the Gaelic for "seal"), part of the Rattray Briggs in 1895. It was built by the engineers and brothers David Alan Stevenson and Charles Alexander Stevenson. In February 1982 it became unmanned and self-working. The lighthouse is accessible by way of a causeway that is usually underwater being only visible at low tide. It is wide enough for a vehicle to cross.  

 

Rattray Head LighthouseRattray Head Lighthouse

 

Now for one that seems to have been forgotten in the other lighthouse posts. Still in Scotland but this time way out at the tip of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, due west of Fort William. Its southern coast runs alongside Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull. The northern coast looks towards the Hebridean islands of Skye, Muck, Eigg and Rhum. The coastlines meet at Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the British mainland. The granite tower soars 180 feet above the rocks, and was built in 1849 using granite from the Isle of Mull. Once again it was designed by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson, whose family designed most of Scotland’s lighthouses over a period of 150 years. It is the only lighthouse in the world designed in an “Egyptian“ style.

 

Ardnamurchan PointArdnamurchan Point

 

We will be back in Scotland shortly but here's one from my trip to North Devon. There has been a lighthouse at Bull Point since 1879, as a result of a series of shipwrecks on this length of coast. The present lighthouse was built in 1972. Bull Point features in the highly influential novel "Tarka the Otter" by Henry Williamson, first published in 1927 and having never been out of print since first publication. It was the place where Tarka, making his way along the coast on the trail of his mate White-tip, first picked up her scent.  

 

Bull PointBull Point

 

The final lighthouse takes us back to Scotland and one visited on my trip to Dumfries and Galloway. Scotland's second oldest lighthouse is located on the Southerness headland, known as Southerness Point, at the north side of the entrance to Solway Firth.  A square tower it was built in 1749, on the instructions of Dumfries Town council, as a marker to make sure ships passed safely into the Nith estuary. The light was switched off in the mid-1930s and the lighthouse is now disused.

 

Southerness PointSoutherness Point

 

I hope you have enjoyed visiting these further lighthouses around the British coast and who knows there may even be more in the Archives.  Keep following to make sure you don't miss the next series.

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derekfogg@britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk (Derek Fogg) Aberdeenshire Ardnamurchan Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty British Isles Dumfries and Galloway England Hartland Heritage Coast Heritage Coast Holyhead Mountain Heritage Coast North Devon North Devon AONB Scotland landscape photography landscape photography prints landscape prints lighthouses http://www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/more-beautiful-lighthouses-from-around-the-british-coast Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:58:00 GMT