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Great Dorset Steam Fair 2019

'Chez Violet'. WW2 bar at the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2019.

Thursday was the first day of the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2019. The weather was beautiful, the problems from the year appear to have been resolved and there’s plenty to see and do.

Wickham Festival 2019

Graham Nash at Wickham Festival 2019.

Since Thursday, I've been at Wickham Festival, Hampshire. The weather has been beautiful and the large crowd, on the first day, was probably (mostly) there to see Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) performing a solo gig.  Also Matthews Southern Comfort, Judi Collins and The Proclaimers were playing. It was a great line-up, especially if you're of an age where you remember these guys when they first made it big. Graham sang song after song and talked about things that had happened in his life, and of his good friend, Joni Mitchell. I have to say that I've never seen a...

Camp Bestival 2019

Photo of Camp Bestival sign.

Today was the hottest day of the year. It also marked the start of Camp Bestival, at East Lulworth, Dorset.

Larmer Tree Festival 2019

Larmer Tree Festival 2019.

Larmer Tree Festival 2019 was a great success, albeit after a rainy start on Friday. Here are a few photographs (and some video), taken over the four days the event was on.

Red poppies at dawn, 2019

Dorset red poppy field at dawn.

This morning I was up bright and very, very early, and in this Dorset red poppy field just after dawn. I was rewarded with the beautiful sight of mist rising above the red poppies just before the sun came out.

Dorset Red Poppy Field, 2019

Dorset red poppy field 2019.

Tonight I was recceing another photographic location, and chanced upon this gigantic red poppy field in Dorset. I haven't ever seen such a large field of red poppies, so this was a beautiful site, almost bringing a tear to my eye. Very 'late to the party' because of when I arrived, I was just one of several photographers jostling for position as the sun set over the delicate blooms. Luckily I had my camera with me, but I didn't have a tripod (because this was just a recce to another area and I hadn't expected to take any photos tonight!). As a result, the camera was hand held, and I have...

Dorset’s Red Poppy Fields, 2019

Dorset red poppy field, 2019.

Dorset red poppy fields have been very scarce this year - even more so than usual. I found this lovely field of scarlet flowers tucked away in the north of the county.

The Pasqueflowers Of Therfield Heath

Pasqueflowers growing at Therfield Heath, Hertfordshire.

Rare and beautiful pasqueflowers on a hillside at Therfield Heath, HertfordshireIn March 2019, I found just one solitary pasqueflower plant growing in the wild at Martin Down Nature Reserve, on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset. Delighted to finally see this rare and beautiful plant for myself, I was keen to find more. Unfortunately, the number of pasqueflowers at Martin Down has dwindled over the years and I only found that one specimen. [You can see a photo of the Martin Down pasqueflower here]. Undeterred, I knew there was supposed to be a whole hillside full of pasqueflowers at...

Pasqueflowers at Martin Down, Wiltshire

Pasqueflower, photographed at Martin Down, Wiltshire.

Yesterday, I took a recce trip out to Martin Down Nature Reserve looking for the beautiful and rare pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris). Also known as the 'anemone of Passiontide', the pasqueflower blooms around Easter, deriving its name from the word Paschal ("of Easter"). This striking purple flower, with its furry leaves and petals covered in long, silky hairs, has 'threatened' status and is now found growing on only a few chalk and limestone grasslands. Numerous reports on the Web say that a few pasqueflowers grow at Martin Down, one of the largest areas of chalk grassland in the...

Youth Strike 4 Climate Bournemouth Protest

Youth Strike 4 Climate Bournemouth, Protestors outside Town Hall.

This morning I went along to the Town Hall, in Bournemouth, to take photos of schoolchildren, students and parents protesting against climate change as part of Youth Strike 4 Climate's worldwide protests. This was an organised protest, and part of Youth Strike 4 Climate, an attempt to force politicians to tackle growing environmental problems. Organisers said that action was planned in at least UK 60 towns and cities, from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands. The Youth Strike 4 Climate movement started in August 2018, when Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, held a solo protest...

The Decoy Overnight Shelter, Morden Bog

The Decoy overnight shelter, Decoy Heath, Morden Bog.

For some time now I’d been wanting to find the old Decoy overnight shelter, at Decoy Heath, Morden Bog. This time I struck lucky in my quest.

I knew roughly where the old shelter was supposed to be, but hadn’t been able to find it before today.

Wareham Forest: Sunshine & Silence

Wareham Forest - early morning sunshine.

Today I took a trip out to Wareham Forest, with the intention of capturing photos of trees in the morning mist. However, it wasn't meant to be, as sun came out quite quickly and the atmosphere was replaced by glorious winter sunshine.

Two photos of the woods, each with a very different feel.