Monthly Archive: December 2017

Velvet Bottom - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4119

Velvet Bottom

Velvet Bottom In Roman times Velvet Bottom was mined for lead. The remains of settling beds can still be seen along with heaps of black slag created during smelting.  For a long time this...

Lots Grassland - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4072

Lots Grassland

Lots Grassland Today I continued my winter walks – this time to Lots Grassland.  This neutral and acid grassland nature reserve is full of bluebells during spring.  Today this open access reserve was covered in...

Blackmoor and Charterhouse

Another walk in the snow on the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  This time around we made our way to the high ground of Beacon Batch via the Blackmoor nature reserve and the tiny village of Charterhouse. Blackmoor...

Winter at Ubley Warren - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_3907

Ubley Warren

Ubley Warren Recently I provided some pictures of Ubley Warren in the snow to the Somerset Life magazine.  These pictures were taken a few years ago using a much older camera.  So when it...

Beacon Hill Woods - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_3803

Beacon Hill Snow

Winter in the Wood Its Christmas time and the edge of the wood on top of Beacon Hill hides its secret winter wonderland. In the centre of the wood is an area of mature beech...

Ubley Warren - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_3557

Mendip Fog

Ubley Warren With Christmas weather getting worse I head to the hills in an attempt to capture the atmosphere of this other-worldly in the fog. The Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Ubley Warren reserve is scared with deep rakes and...

Mist - Beacon Hill Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 824_3175

Woodland Mist

Beacon Hill The weather was not looking promising for the start of the Christmas break.   The only hope was for thick fog on the top of the Mendip Hills.  Trees provide a sense...

Heron Sculpture - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 809_4748

Starling Trail

Ham Wall Car Park For many years cars squeezed into the small car park between Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall.  When it overflowed during starling season cars would line the narrow road.  Then the RSPB...

Starling Wave - Shapwick Heath, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_7554

Starling Guide

I have been watching the starlings on the Somerset Levels for over 10 years.  I have been at Ham Wall, Shapwick Heath and Westhay Moor hundreds of times.  Why?  Because I love it.  Why? Because...

Sunrise over Wells - Somerset, UK. ID 824_3018

St Cuthberts Wells

I love a good sunrise and for most of the year I can get out and photograph a sunrise or sunset and still find time to go to work in-between.  This weekend I had to work both...