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The transmitter tower at Emley Moor

Looking from Emley Moor, between Wakefield and Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, on a exceptionally cold, clear evening. The giant concrete TV transmission tower at Emley Moor is the UK’s tallest freestanding structure, and photos can’t do justice to the sheer enormity of it. Its predecessor, a smaller steel tower, came to an ignominious end in the winter of 1969 when it succumbed to an unfortunate combination of low frequency oscillations and accumulated weight of ice on it. This version is built to withstand even the most extreme conditions, and can be seen from over 30 miles away on a clear day.

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Feeding the horses at Lumb Bank, near Heptonstall

This is the sight at Lumb Bank which greeted me when I went with friends to feed their horses in the nearby fields. A cold layer of freezing fog clung to the bottom of the valleys all day; as the sun crept down behind the hills it was still wrapped, wraith-like at the bottom of Colden Clough. The light changed and the temperature dropped rapidly as I shot this. It was very cold, very still, and incredibly beautiful.

Ted Hughes, the former Poet Laureate, used to own Lumb Bank: now the Arvon Foundation run it as a centre for writers.

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Outside Perlan at dusk

Another view of the magnificent Perlan building, overlooking Reykjavik.

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On the roof of Perlan, Reykjavik

Enjoying the view from the viewing deck on the top of Perlan (The Pearl). This is a giant geothermal water storage facility on Öskjuhlíð hill, with magnificent views overlooking Reykjavik. Although it’s only a few minutes from the city centre, it feels strangely distanced from the hum of urban life, insulated by forests and parkland. The dusk light was magical, and the views over the city stunning; a perfect introduction for our first evening in Reykjavik.

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Summer meadow, evening sun

Summer meadow, evening sun

Early evening sun falls across a typical meadow between Luddenden and Warley in the south Pennines. The light was gorgeous as I shot this, and as spring turns into summer there seems to be a surfeit of chlorophyll across the valley. Everything is a shimmering, vivid green.

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