Duddon Valley

Duddon Valley
Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley is in the south-west of the Lake District, running north to south just to the left of Coniston. It isn’t popular, perhaps because it doesn’t have any big mountains, but it’s one of the most beautiful valleys of Cumbria. Spring is a good time to visit because of the blackthorn and hawthorn blossom, wild garlic, bluebells, and the delicate bright green of new leaves.

The road climbs very steeply for half a mile as you enter the valley and as soon as it levels out you give an internal “ooh” as you see the view. The fields, walls, barns and hills are laid out just so and the trees look like they’ve been chosen to make an arboretum. This is one place where the view is better down near the road than from the hill tops.

The rain that started at lunch time wasn’t just a shower and eventually I gave up early and retired for a cuppa at an empty cafe in Broughton, a very pleasant little market village close by.

Happy Christmas and here’s to the new year

Two Swans
One of my most popular pictures taken in 2017, two swans on the River Lambourn in Berkshire

Happy Christmas for 2017! I haven’t posted anything here for a while for the simple reason that November and December are my busiest months in the year by quite a long way. Doing three markets per week instead of two per month, extra sales through the web, plus all the restocking that’s needed, leave no time for going out taking photos. That’s all finished now and hopefully back to normal. Weather permitting I hope to be back in the hills next week and taking more photographs. Here are some other new things for 2018:

  • Facebook

You can now find me on facebook. I have a page at @artoflandscapephoto on which I’ll be posting updates and news. Please take a look.

  • Market dates

I’ve started adding market dates to my events page on the main site.

  • New pictures available to buy

I’ve been slack at keeping up my galleries page and my Etsy online shop with my latest work, so I’ve started adding new work to Etsy and will continue with that over the coming days and weeks.

  • Photography workshops and tuition

I’m planning to start offering photography workshops and individual tuition at some point in 2018. Not sure when yet but I’m currently trying it out on some willing test subjects. Let me know if you’re interested.

That’s all for now. Good shooting for 2018.

Anthony

Snowdon under a blanket

Working at the computer for any length of time is currently giving me muscular problems, hence why I haven’t been posting much. Here’s a shot from yesterday that I like. I did a round of Snowdon, up the Rhyd Ddu path and down the Snowdon Ranger path. As usual, Snowdon itself was under a thick blanket of cloud. This isn’t just bad luck, as Snowdon usually makes its own clouds even if everywhere else is clear.

Anyway, this is a shot looking north-west from the ridge of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu towards Moel Cynghorion and Y Garn. This also marks the return of my lovely little Olympus OMD-EM10, for which I’ve finally managed to save up and buy a replacement lens. I’m now convinced that the picture quality from the Olympus is better than from my Pentax so I’m really happy to have it back.

Windgather

Windgather is a wonderful outcrop of perfect gritstone on the western edge of the Peak District, not far from Macclesfield. It’s a wonderful rock climbing crag, especially if you like easy climbs (which I do). Good rock, easy access, wonderful views. I wanted a bit of bouldering and soloing and thought I’d have the place to myself on a weekday. No such luck. There were several minibuses-worth of school children on a day out, though they did stick to just one part of the crag so no too much of a problem. Continue reading