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Inside Over Phawhope bothy

Few pleasures beat sitting in front of a warm fire on a wet afternoon, sipping a wee nip of single malt. Especially after having chopped and dried out the wood for most of the day to get the fire going …

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Bluebells in the woods

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Deer Shelter: a Skyspace by James Turrell

Deer Shelter, a stunning installation by renowned US artist James Turrell, is a permanent outdoor exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield.The constantly changing sky is framed within a sharp-edged aperture in the ceiling of this subterranean chamber in a converted deer shelter on the estate, drawing one’s eyes upwards and challenging one’s perception of depth and colour. It’s an incredible, immersive and engaging piece.

When I saw it for the first time a couple of months ago I knew it would be great subject matter for a panorama, but the park was so busy I wasn’t able to set up the kit and capture it properly. Today I was able to stop off on the way back from an appointment, rest and have a spot of lunch, all in this wonderful space. The result is almost unreal, but I can reassure the viewer that despite the hyper-real nature of the sky, there is no retouching or colour correction at all. Brilliant.

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Spring blossom

I love cherry blossoms: possibly not as much as the Japanese, but it’s always one of the main changes which herald the true arrival of spring. After a couple of mediocre springs, this year has seen a glorious and very welcome explosion of floral colour in the trees, hedgerows and flowerbeds. Wonderful, unless you suffer from hayfever …

These particular trees are in the elegantly-manicured grounds of Huddersfield Crematorium, and hopefully provide some enjoyment and positivity to those who have to visit the grounds on more sombre occasions.

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A woodland fire on a sunny afternoon

I spotted smoke suffusing through the trees as I drove back from Hebden Bridge. Unable to resist the delights of low sunshine shining through smokey woodland, I parked up and crossed the railway track to investigate. It was a dry day, and a series of small fires had broken out on the dry leaves along this old lane through the woods, although by the time I made it up the hill the fires seemed to have largely died out. After shooting this pano I beat the remaining flames out before leaving.

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