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Widdop Reservoir on a summer’s eve

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Another view of Widdop Reservoir and the dam on a beautiful summer’s evening. I’d come here to carry out another photoshoot for a friend, but this vista (one of my favourites in the Pennines) was too good to leave with capturing in in 360°.

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Yet more buttercups

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Another field coated in buttercups, under a glorious summer’s sun.

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A visit to Heap’s Dairy, home of Calderdale Cheese

Not long after moving to Calderdale, I came across a cracking market stall on Todmorden market. Seduced at first by the wonderful pies on sale, I soon sampled the locally made cheese, and struck up a conversation with the proprietor, Robyn Heap. She told me about the farm she and her husband David ran, and how they’d started to produce their own commercial farmhouse cheese, the first in Calderdale, based on a century-old recipe they’d found whilst carrying out work in the cellars. I’m a sucker for good Yorkshire ales paired with equally good Yorkshire foodstuffs, and I’d found a great half of the equation at this stall.

Fast forward eighteen months, plently of pies and cheese from the stall, a royal visit and much official recognition later, and I was finally able to visit their farm on the tops at Hubberton above Sowerby Bridge. I really couldn’t have asked for a better day: not a cloud in the sky, and only the sound of bees and curlews in the sky above. I shot the panoramas in this post, and a regular photoshoot of farm life as well, and enjoyed the banter, wisdom and hospitality of David and Robyn during my visit. I think the views below capture a little of the magic, beauty and hard work which this successful farm exudes. I can’t finish without urging you to try and sample some of their wares if you’re in the area (see their website for stockists) because it’s great stuff: somewhere between a Lancashire, Wensleydale and a Cheshire cheese. Perfect with some homemade bread and a bottle of locally brewed beer!

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A brief window of sunlight …

Wheat in the late summer sun

If you live in the UK you’ll know it’s been an unremitting dull summer … endless gloom, rain and murk. I drive past this field every day, and as the wheat in the field has slowly ripened I’ve been trying to get a good opportunity to shoot it. Finally I drove home and caught the field as the sunlight started to hit the magic hours: rich, oversaturated colours and majestic stillness.

You’d never think this bucolic scene was next to the M62 motorway, but sometimes the most beautiful rural scenes seem to thrive in the hinterland next to these vehicular arteries that criss-cross our landscape. Although you can’t tell from the photo, the ground was sodden and saturated: the rain we’ve suffered so much of has delayed the harvesting, but at least the hedgerows are verdant and fecund right now, weighed down with fruit. I need to go picking berries.

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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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