Summer Update

19th June 2016
I've not posted for a while with an update of what i've been up but I thought this post would be a good opportunity to put that right and give an insight into the sort of things i have been doing.

Over the last couple of months I have had a little exhibition of some of my landscape prints at the Old Courthouse in Shap with another local photographer Patrick Neaves. This has been a great success with numerous prints and cards sold. In addition I have also started volunteering at this great place in Shap, Cumbria which is owned by the people of Shap and acts as the local village library, free computer access, play group, a location for local people to sell their crafts. These kind of places need volunteers to keep it going. From the few weeks i have been there volunteering there are always visitors using the computer equipment, visitors popping in to look at exhibitions and people bringing their library books back. In addition lots of locals pop in for a coffee and a chat. If your passing look us up on the internet for the opening times and come and say hello.

I do quite like the time of year of going from spring into summer where there are lots of colours in Cumbria and the Lake District, Bluebells, crops ripening, bracken greening up on the fells which ensures there are many beautiful things to photograph. Dawn and dusk however are very early and late in the evenings at the moment which i have to freely admit means i struggle to get out and do as many golden hour kind of shots that I would like to.

I have recently come back from a lovely walking/photography holiday in Glencoe where overall the weather was kind, the walking sublime and some of the photographic opportunities were fabulous even if a little cliche. Glencoe has been photographed extensively so I prefer to get lots of my shots from up on the tops and anyone who visits Scotland regularly knows this can be a challenge. In May there was plenty of snow still on the tops and quite alot on the Cairngorm plateau which we visited on a day when Glencoe was dreich and drizzly. I have started to load one or two of them on this site.

I am currently trying to get my 2017 calendars ready for printing and updating websites and social media. This has been hampered a little by a broken computer and has bought home to me even more than ever. How valuable a comprehensive backup strategy is. Fortunately I back up constantly so have not lost any images or info.

To end this little post I have enclosed a few shots which for me just capture the beauty of this time of year

Summer in the Langstrath Valley, Borrowdale

Heartland Point, Devon

Sunset at Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

Ripening Barley in the Eden Valley

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