An ancient Petrified Forest lies on the shore of Curio Bay. Dating back to when dinosaurs romanced the Catlins area of New Zealand. It’s one of the world’s least disturbed examples of a Jurassic period petrified forest. Some 180 million years old. This is the view from the lookout. If you look to the right of the frame you can see some white stairs which take people down to sea level. Here you can get up close to the hundreds of fossilised tree stumps with their growth rings.
The River Mersey taken on a walk around Sale Waterpark. Having spent my childhood in this part of Manchester this is a special place to me. I have great memories of walking and cycling along the banks of this river. As you can see this was a great summers day which makes this landscape nice and colourful. I framed this photograph to show as much of the river curving off into the distance as I could. The reflection of the bright blue sky on the water contrasts against the green of the grass.
Driving along the A595 east of Workington it’s hard to miss this wind farm. It was about an hour before sunset in the middle of summer. I pulled over the car to get a few landscape photographs. Keeping the sun in the frame gives some flare but also silhouettes the wind turbines which I wanted. It was great to have sheep in the field in the foreground to give the image some scale. These turbines have a height of 81 metres. They produce enough electricity to power about 5000 homes.
Built as a packhorse bridge between Watendlath to Keswick. This bridge has become an icon for landscape photographers. I’ve seen dozens of photographs of this bridge over the years. Having wanted to visit for a long time this July I had a spare hour and was in the area so made the detour. My first surprise came when I drove over the bridge in my hire car. It was only wide enough for a single car. The trees behind the bridge have grown taller over the years. Many older photos show Borrowdale and Derwent Water behind. We can see the mighty Skiddaw mountain in the far distance.