I was driving home after photographing autumn colours in Dorset woodland, when I spotted a red poppy field. It's mid-November, so this is an amazing find.
PORTAL is a large-scale art installation commissioned for Arts by the Sea Festival 2023. Standing 15m high on Bournemouth beach, it will be on display until 4th October.
The visual spectacle of Dorset opium poppy fields, with mesmerising hues ranging from white to very pale pink, is an annual part of the county's rural landscape.
Harry Paye Pirate Day 2023 was organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by BCP Tourism. The June 17th event started at noon with the firing of cannons and a parade of pirates.
Poole Park's 'Garden of Memories and Reflection' is currently a floral tapestry of reds, pinks, yellows, oranges, creams and whites, that proudly display their elegant petals to passersby.
In a secluded corner of the Park a heartwarming sight unfolds. Families of goslings, with fuzzy yellow feathers and tiny webbed feet, have ventured out into the world, guided by the watchful eyes of their parent geese. Meantime, Poole Park's resident fox is on the prowl.
The 2023 Bournemouth and Poole Distinguished Gentleman's Ride was one of the biggest rides in the UK, with 941 motorcycle riders taking part.
This annual ride is the world's largest charitable on-road event, uniting classic and vintage-styled motorcycle riders from around the world.
Between Eype and Lyme Regis lies Westhay Farm, on the Golden Cap Estate. In the care of the National Trust, this area is managed via an organic tenancy agreement.
This year I was lucky enough to find several lovely Dorset bluebell woods. In previous years, for one reason or another, I've missed 'bluebell season'. 2023 has certainly been a great year for bluebells.
2023 doesn't seem to be a good year for wild-growing pasqueflowers. At Therfield Heath, in Hertfordshire, compared to last year there are barely any flowers at all. That's the thing though, a good year is often followed by a bad year. At Martin Down NNR there was one magnificent specimen though, growing all on its own.
Not far from Newbury, in Berkshire, is a 3-hectare meadow that hosts Britain's largest display of wild crocuses. This is 'Inkpen Crocus Field', which explodes in colour each spring with an estimated 400,000 purple and white flowers.
The Landmark Trust Open Day at Dunshay Manor, Harman's Cross, Swanage, Dorset (September 2022).
On 15th September I made a trip to London to see the memorial flowers for the Queen at Green Park, which is adjacent to Buckingham Palace. Huge numbers of flowers have been placed there by the public and, as I write this, they continue to be.
Photos of dogs at The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2022 (National Heritage Show) at Tarrant Hinton, Dorset.
Photos from The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2022. Traction engines, steam vehicles, WW1 and WW2 replica display & trench system.
Marsh gentians thrive in areas of wet, acid heathland or grassland. Nationally rare, this beautiful plant is on the decline.