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UK’s Most Poisonous Plants Photo Project

Monkshood (Aconitum napellus) growing wild in the UK

A portfolio of 6 images, for which I was awarded a RHS Silver Gilt Medal.

My ‘UK’s Most Poisonous Plants’ photo project will be on display at The Saatchi Gallery, in London, from 18th September – 9th October 2021.

Weird & Interesting Trees of the New Forest

Weird & interestingly-shaped tree in the New Forest.

A couple of years ago I started taking photographs of weird and interestingly-shaped trees that I'd found in the New Forest. To me, the shapes of many of the trees instantly reminded me of people/animals etc., although you may see something else in them, and therein lies their beauty.

Dorset Sunflower Fields

Dorset sunflower fields 2021. Helianthus.

In the summer of 2021, these huge, yellow sunflowers appeared in four fields in Dorset. Attracting huge numbers of bees, butterflies and other insects, to see such a large expanse of Helianthus flowers in one place was wonderful.

Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) in Dorset

Giant hogweed growing in Dorset.

Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is not a native plant, having originally been introduced to Britain from Southern Russia and Georgia. This impressive umbellifer can reach over 3.5m (11.5ft) in height, with flower heads sometimes as large as 60cm (2ft) across. 

Giant Crop Circle, North Dorset

Crop circle north Dorset 2021.

Well, it seems that I've become a drone owner, even though I never imagined, in a million years, that I would want one. Anyway, when out and about recently I found this giant crop circle, in north Dorset. Certainly most of the locals that I met didn't even know this was there, apart from one family who'd come looking.

Pink Poppies Dorset 2021

Pink poppy fields Dorset 2021.

I recently found a giant field of Dorset pink poppies that are still not quite in full bloom, and haven’t been ruined by inclement weather.

Red Poppy Fields Dorset 2021

Red poppy field in Dorset - 2021.

Dorset red poppy fields have been very scarce in 2021. That is..... until I found a late-blooming, giant field of red poppies, which were photographed under a moody sky, in changeable weather conditions.

Is This The Only Pasqueflower At Martin Down?

Pasqueflower plant (Pulsatilla vulgaris) at Martin Down, on the Hampshire/Dorset border. Photo taken April 2021.

For the last three years I have been photographing a pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) at Martin Down, on the Hampshire/Dorset border. During that time I have only ever found this same plant, even though reports on the Web show there used to be a few more.

Is this the only remaining pasqueflower plant left at Martin Down?

Pasqueflowers At Barnsley Warren, 2021

A single pasqueflower blooming at Barnsley Warren Nature Reserve, Gloucestershire

A solitary pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) on the hillside at Barnsley Warren SSSI, Gloucestershire. It's said there are about 20 thousand pasqueflower plants here, so in a couple of weeks or so this hillside should be full of the nodding purple heads of these enchanting flowers.

A Guide To The Best Autumn Colours In The New Forest

A guide to the best autumn colours in the New Forest.

In the past, having visited only one or two specific areas of the New Forest to see the autumn colours, this time I wanted to find the 'best' places. Of course there are lots of bits of the Forest that look great in the autumn but - and this is subjective of course - I think that beech trees put on the best display.

6 Months After The Wareham Forest Fire

Wareham Forest 6 Months after the May 2020 fire

Six months after the May 2020 Wareham Forest fire, the ground is still blackened and scarred. Many trees and bushes were badly singed, or completely burned, and won't recover. Wildlife was caught up in the fire too. Photos taken in November 2020 show the devastating consequences of the massive forest fire.