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Please enjoy this selection of 'Masterclass' columns which I wrote for Cumbria Life magazine.

Ullswater Colour

November 2010 |

I took advantage of a recent calm misty autumn morning to pop down to The Lake (as locals to Ullswater like to call it – as if there were no others). Acting at speed I took photos of the mist rising, and then some with an agreeable fisherman in my foreground (first image).  (Note – always ask, it’s rude not to.) When I was ready to move on I went to where the lake does one of its dramatic dog-legs and came across what I first thought was another fisherman in chest waders. However this turned out...

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Ashgill, near Garrigill

October 2010 |

It is curious how many of the places I have chosen for my last two years of Masterclasses have been on the extreme borders of Cumbria, as if the county boundary has been drawn by someone wanting to further favour...

Stag versus ram

August 2010 |

They say never work with children or animals, but my advice is at least always keep your camera handy. You never know when they’ll do something funny that’s unmissable - but so often is missed –...

Flower borders

August 2010 |

I’ve been photographing gardens for close on a couple of decades, and it keeps me busy through the summer months, often around the country. Over that time I’ve worked out some golden rules (not that I...

Midsummer in Mallerstang

July 2010 |

It was inevitable that the prolonged good weather through May and early June would take a nosedive at some point into more typical unsettled stormy conditions. I’m a fan of those fine dawns and late evenings, especially in...

Humphrey Head

June 2010 |

The deadline for my latest assignment was Polling Day. Having resignedly pencilled my cross, as at every General Election, by a candidate I knew wouldn’t win, I drove south into Westmorland. I wanted to revisit the wonderful limestone...

Wordsworth’s daffodils, Glencoyne, Ullswater

May 2010 |

Spring is a whole three weeks late this year – and daffodils are only looking their best here in the north-east of the Lakes well into April. I have an admission. Don’t tell the Tourist Board but I...

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