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Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall

This 60ft waterfall, maintained by the National Trust for Scotland, is known as Grey Mare’s Tail. It flows from Loch Skene in the Moffat Hills.

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Waterfall at Stickle Ghyll, Langdale

I spent the weekend in the Lakes, enjoying the scenery and scale of the Langdale valley (when the weather cleared enough to see anything!) I was hoping to shoot some good panoramas during a scramble and walk on the Saturday, but the weather wasn’t condusive to such plans. We followed Stickle Ghyll up from the Sticklebarn pub, reaching Stickle Tarn before scrambling up Jake’s Rake on Pavey Ark. Luckily on the Sunday the clouds parted enough to catch the Ghyll in full flow in the sun for a few minutes, enough to capture this shot. We’d seen an organised party of teenagers doing a ghyll scramble here the day before … looked like a lot of fun.

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Sunset at Brimham Rocks, Nidderdale

Brimham Rocks is an incredible place: weathered towers of rock stand in scrubland on the edge of Brimham Moor in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s owned by the National Trust,and is dotted with curiously shaped columns and outcrops of eroded millstone grit. Some of the formations are quite extraordinary, and wouldn’t look out of place in a western or a sci-fi movie. I’d previously shot a panorama here in 2006, and relished the opportunity to capture another group of rocks when I visited the area recently. Time wasn’t on my side and the light was fading fast and a stiff wind was blowing, so I knew it might be tough to get a good shot. On the plus side, the sunset was glorious, and suffused the scene with a rich, other-worldly light.

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Inside Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

A quiet moment at the altar, looking down the nave of this impressive Cistercian Abbey, part of the National Trust estate. It’s also a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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This is the view inside the cellarium (a mediaeval storeroom). Although Fountains Abbey suffered in the wake of King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, several parts of the extensive buildings have survived remarkably well. This is probably the best example, with an expansive and fine vaulted ceiling, and elegant columns illuminated by natural light.

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Snowdrops: the first sign of spring?

It’s been a fairly harsh winter, so it was a welcome sight to stumble across this hidden glade filled with snowdrops in Studley Royal Park. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many snowdrops in one place before … wonderful!

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