North Yorkshire Moors

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
August 2017

This evening I drove up to the Hole Of Horcum in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park to photograph the Heather which is now in full bloom. I was hoping for some nice light as well and luckily the forecast was accurate and the skies cleared enough to capture this beautiful sunset over the moors. For more landscape photography click here.

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Insects Of Summer

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
August 2017

Compared to Bee’s these insects aren’t particularly popular but Wasps are just as important for pollination and pest control even they are a bit more likely to sting you just for the fun of it. However, having been stung my insects in other countries I’m glad that Wasps are about the worst we have to put up with, and you have to admit they do look impressive close up. For more wildlife photography click here.

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Aysgarth Falls

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
August 2017

Today I’ve been to the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a commercial photoshoot but I decided to make a day of it and stop at some of the stunning waterfalls along the way. Many of these I first visited when I was a child and it’s great to be able to go back there and take some photos. For more landscape photography click here.

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Fox

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
July 2017

This morning I was at Tophill Low Nature Reserve and was lucky enough to run into this Fox on the footpath. I was downwind with the sun behind me which gave me a few seconds to swap lenses and let the Fox get a bit closer. Once it heard the camera shutter it soon disappeared into the undergrowth but I managed to get this image first. It was a very pristine looking Fox and I assume it was one of this years juveniles. For more wildlife photography click here.

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Welsh Waterfalls

Landscape Photography
July 2017

Last night I drove up to Saltwick Bay at Whitby. I’ve been here a few times in the hopes of a good sunset but it usually doesn’t work out. Last night however the light was beautiful and I was able to get some great shots including this one with the wreck of the Admiral Von Tromp in the foreground and the incredible orange sky reflected in the rock pools. For more landscape photography click here.

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Saltwick Bay Sunset

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
June 2017

Last night I drove up to Saltwick Bay at Whitby. I’ve been here a few times in the hopes of a good sunset but it usually doesn’t work out. Last night however the light was beautiful and I was able to get some great shots including this one with the wreck of the Admiral Von Tromp in the foreground and the incredible orange sky reflected in the rock pools. For more landscape photography click here.

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Common Blue Butterflies

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
May 2017

This morning I went out with my macro lens to see what insects I could find. There were numerous Damselflies, Dragonflies and Butterflies. I saw plenty of Common Blue Butterflies but they were difficult to get close to while the sun was out, but luckily as it started to cloud over I found this pair, a male and female sheltering in the undergrowth. They have such amazing colours! For more macro photography click here. and I have also written a short guide to Macro Photography which you can read here.

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A Kestrel And It’s Kill

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
May 2017

This morning I was at Tophill Low Nature Reserve hoping to capture some more Kingfisher photos amongst other things but as usual the shots you’re trying to get don’t always materialise. However on the walk round I noticed this Kestrel sat on a wall with it’s kill. Luckily it was more interested in it’s meal than in me so I managed to get quite close to take a few pictures. For more wildlife photography click here.

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Spring Showers

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
May 2017

Even grey days can produce some nice light. This week I was at Tophill Low Nature Reserve and while there was a lot of wildlife about the light was mostly terrible. However we did have a few patches of good light in between the rain and this Swan looked more than content with the much needed rain. For more wildlife photography click here.

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Fields Of Yellow & Skys Of Orange

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
May 2017

At this time of year the Yorkshire wolds are covered with fields of Rapeseed which provide some great scenes for landscape photography. Whilst out on my mountain bike at the weekend I found a great spot and since it looked like there was the potential of a nice sunset I returned later in the evening with my camera to capture a few photos in the evening light. It was one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in a while and this is one of my favourite shots looking back over the rolling hills of the Yorkshire wolds. For more landscape photography click here.

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Tour De Yorkshire 2017

Yorkshire Sports Photography
April 2017

This years Tour De Yorkshire passed through Driffield for the first time. As you can imagine there were a lot of people out to support the event as it came through the town and while it was over pretty quickly I was lucky enough to get a few shots of the riders as they travelled through the town centre. Ullyotts Estate Agents were kind enough to let me use their office to get a good view of the riders and the crowd. Here is one of my favourite photos. For more Photography click here.

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Garden Fox

Cheshire Wildlife Photography
April 2017

I was in Cheshire over the Easter Weekend and I was told about a Fox that regularly visited the garden, usually after dark, but one evening about 8pm this Vixen appeared through the rain. The image is a bit grainy but considering the light conditions and camera settings I had to use it came out quite well. Unfortunately on the sunny evenings there was no sign of her until it was almost pitch black but it’s still great to watch this beautiful animals. For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Gannets At Bempton Cliffs

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
April 2017

Spring has just about arrived and the wildlife is out in abundance around East Yorkshire. Today I visited Bempton Cliffs to photograph some of the sea birds that next along the cliffs. I was on the look out for Puffins amongst other birds but by mid afternoon most of the cliff face is in shadow, however I found this Gannet was clinging to the last patch of sunlight. Bempton is a great place to see these amazing birds and on a windy day they glide effortlessly along the cliff tops. For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Bolts of Blue

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
March 2017

We are lucky to have so much wildlife in East Yorkshire and one thing I see a lot is Kingfishers. Having said that it’s not always easy to get close to them, it’s normally just a bolt of blue flying past and they are gone before you have time to react. This week though I was lucky enough to get close to this Male Kingfisher as it fished from a nearby branch and when you get up close to these beautiful birds you can see just how incredible their colours really are. For more Natural History Photography click here.

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The Blade in Hull

Night Photography
March 2017

As soon as I saw the Wind Turbine Blade been installed in Hull City Centre for the City of Culture 2017 I knew the photo I wanted to take so it’s nice when a picture does actually turn out how you planned it. This is a long exposure of about 15 seconds to capture the light trails from the bus as it travelled under the Blade. I always enjoy night photography and long exposure photography as it definitely encourages you to get creative! For more stock images visit my Alamy page here.

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Land Of Dinosaurs

Travel Photography
February 2017

Morocco is famous for it’s fossils. There are numerous roadside fossil shops as you travel through the desert but if you’re lucky you can find some of their descendants still roaming this prehistoric landscape. This is one of the coolest Lizards I’ve seen, the Uromastyx is a desert species which lives throughout Africa and Asia and they can have incredible colours. I was on the lookout for Scorpions as well but the few we found scuttled off before I could get any good images. For more Natural History Photography click here. To read my Photographers Guide to Morocco click here.

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It’s All In The Eyes

Travel Photography
February 2017

During our Sahara Desert Trip we were given headscarves to protect from the sun, dust and sand but when I saw Bev wearing hers I knew it was going to make a great portrait so early the next morning as the sun was rising we walked out into the sand dunes so I could take this photo. It’s definitely one of my favourite travel portraits so far. For more Travel Photography click here and to read my Photographers Guide to Morocco click here.

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Stars Over The Sahara

Travel Photography
February 2017

I’m currently on my first trip to Morocco. We spent last night the in Sahara Desert after a short camel trek to a camp in the sand dunes. The first thing you notice here is the silence. There is no sound, no wind, not even a breeze! Perhaps it’s more noticeable after the few days of travelling on busy roads to get here but it is definitely once of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited. I took this night time images with the incredible sky over our camp. For more Landscape Photography click here and to read my Photographers Guide to Morocco click here.

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Snowdrops

Macro Photography
February 2017

It was a nice sunny day yesterday so I had to get out for a walk and some fresh air. I took my macro lens and went to Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens. This time of year they have a Snowdrop Walk through the woodland. It did mean kneeling down in the mud to get some good photos but I came home quite clean compared to some photography outings! Here is one of my favourite Snowdrop photos. For more Nature Photos click here.

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City Of Culture Firework Display

Night Photography
January 2017

Yesterday I travelled to Hull to see the launch of the 2017 City Of Culture which opened with a huge firework display on the Humber Estuary. As you can imagine there were thousands of people out to watch the show and I wasn’t 100% sure of where the fireworks would be going off so I set up on the bridge overlooking The Deep and managed to get a few shots I’m happy with. Here is one of my favourites. If you’re interested in Firework Photography you can read my guide and a few tips on how to take great firework photos!

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Spectacular Skys

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
December 2016

Well the weather has been a bit erratic but it has been creating some beautiful sunrises and sunsets. After a busy weekend at Sledmere House Christmas Fair I decided to have a more relax day starting with an early morning walk to watch this mornings incredible sunrise. Luckily I had my wildlife lens with me so I could get some nice close up shots. There was a lot of wildlife around as well but unfortunately the birds and animals weren’t as easy to get close to. For more Landscape Photography click here.

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Winter Visitors

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
October 2016

On my first trip to the Arctic I photographed a small colourful bird which I was told was a Red Phalarope. In some area’s it’s called a Red Phalarope but in the UK it’s called a Grey Phalarope. This is because of it’s drastic change of colour in the breeding season. Today I was lucky enough to photograph a Grey Phalarope in the UK in it’s winter plumage so I thought I’d share both images so you can see the stark difference in colours! For more Natural History Photography click here

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Autumn Days

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
October 2016

This week I have been back in North Yorkshire to photograph some of the Autumn landscapes. The waterfalls and rivers where flowing well which looked great but it also meant muddy and slippery paths and some areas that weren’t accessible. However Thomason Foss Waterfall is always worth a visit and today was no exception. I managed to get a few shots before the rain started and this one is my favourite. For more Landscape Photography click here.

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Stoat On The Hunt

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
October 2016

This morning I went for a walk at Tophill Low Nature Reserve. The weather wasn’t great but with the storms over the last few weeks there had been a few rare birds sighted in East Yorkshire so I thought it was worth going out for a look. There weren’t any interesting birds but while walking round I saw a Rabbit sprinting down the path towards me and this Stoat in close pursuit. I just crouched down and sat still and as they got near they both paused briefly allowing me to get a few photos and then they continued there chase into the woodland. For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Woodpecker

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
September 2016

A slightly different photo for you today. Normally it would be a shame to use black and white on a Woodpecker but in this case none of the red feathers were visible and it had just fended off another Woodpecker trying to feed in the same area which is why it looks a bit ruffled. For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Whitby Whale Watching

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
September 2016

It's easy to forget what amazing wildlife we have just off the Yorkshire Coast. On Friday I was out with Whitby Whale Watching and we got to see Porpoises, Minke Whale, Seals and numerous bird species as well as some great views of the Yorkshire Coast! For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Peak District

Cheshire Landscape Photography
September 2016

I couldn’t visit the Peak District without finding some waterfalls to photograph and although I couldn’t get there as early as I’d have liked the light was still quite good. This is one of the sections of Three Shires Head. For more Landscape Photography click here.

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Harvest Mouse

Cheshire Wildlife Photography
September 2016

I’ve spent the last week in Cheshire and the Peak District photographing the beautiful landscapes and local wildlife. My favourite shot from the week has to be this Harvest Mouse. They are amazing little animals and like a lot of wildlife at this time of year they have less shelter as the fields are harvested. For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Now Part Of The Outdoor Guide

August 2016

We are delighted to be part of The Outdoor Guide. The Outdoor Guide (TOG) is a resource for people, in particular families who love the outdoors. TOG is a curated site that aims to pull together all sorts of information for walks all around the UK. From outdoor related gear and gadgets, to hotels and campsites, not forgetting the latest news from our outdoor based partners. To view our presence within TOG, click here.

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Hare In The Rain

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
August 2016

The weather this week has been very British. Lots of rain and wind. However even when it looks bleak it’s still worth going out with your camera. I was out on Monday giving a One-to-One wildlife photography course and despite the weather we saw Kingfishers, Foxes and numerous other species. I was out again tonight and even found a Little Owl nest a few miles from my house. This was the best shot I got though, an uncropped photo of a Hare in the East Yorkshire countryside. For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Filey Brigg

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
August 2016

I was out in North Yorkshire this afternoon delivering some recent print orders but it was such a beautiful day I couldn’t resist taking my camera and going for a walk down to Filey Brigg to take a few landscape shots. Normally the light in the middle of the day isn’t great but luckily there was some cloud cover diffusing the sunlight so I managed to get a few nice long exposure shots. For more Landscape Photography Click Here.

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Beverley Westwood Sunset

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
August 2016

I was in Beverley photographing an event at the weekend and on the way back home I happened to time it just right for a stunning sunset over the Westwood. Normally when I attempt to photograph sunsets it’s to cloudy or there is a great sunset when I don’t have my camera but for once I got lucky. For more Landscape Photography Click Here.

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Bat In Daylight

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
August 2016

I was at Tophill Low Nature Reserve this morning and I bumped into someone who said there was a Bat on the steps to one of hides. I went over and obviously been out in daylight we thought it must be ill or injured. I took this photo while I was waiting for the East Yorkshire Bat Group website to load and then as I was reading how to help, it yawned, stetched it's wings and flew off into a Bat box. If you find a Bat in daylight contact your local Bat group or the Bat Conservation Trust. For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Bumble Bee

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
July 2016

I’ve been very busy with commercial photography and weddings over the last month so today I took a few hours out to sit in the garden with the macro lens. Bumble Bee’s don’t sit still for long at this time of year but I managed to get a few interesting shots including this one of a Bee with it’s tongue out. For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Little Owls

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
July 2016

Today I had an early start to visit some Little Owls. The forecast wasn’t ideal but despite the wind and the rain I managed to get some shots I'm very happy with and it was amazing to watch these incredible birds in the wild, although from the look of this photo they were not impressed with the weather either! For more Natural History Photography click here.

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Whitby Harbour

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
July 2016

I was up near Whitby meeting a couple about their Wedding Photography and afterwards I had a drive down to Whitby to try and capture the sunset. There were a few clouds around but as the sun disappeared behind them it left the beautiful soft light. I took this long exposure using a Lee Filters Big Stopper. For more landscape photography click here.

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National Insect Week

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
June 2016

As it was National Insect week I was out with my Macro lens at Tophill Low Nature Reserve and managed to photograph some beautiful insects including this Poplar Hawk Moth. For more Wildlife Photography click here.

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Sir David Attenborough

June 2016

We finished off this week by seeing Sir David Attenborough at The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's 70th Anniversary event at the University of York. I think anyone with an interest in the natural world will have been influenced by this inspirational man and it was a privilege to hear him speak about some of his experiences and to hear about the great work of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

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Malham Cove

Yorkshire Landscape Photography
June 2016

I’ve spent the last few days in the North Yorkshire Dales & Lake District. The first stop was the incredible Malham Cove. The cloudy sky and light winds created some beautiful conditions for landscape photography and here is one of many photos I took showing the view from the limestone pavement at the top of Malham Cove. for more Landscape Photography click here.

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North Yorkshire Adders

Yorkshire Wildlife Photography
June 2016

While in Goathland walking around the waterfalls I came across what looked like prime Adder habitat so I got my camera out and started moving more slowly along the trail. Sure enough after a few minutes I started to see movement in the undergrowth and after a short wait an Adder appeared. It was obviously on the hunt and didn’t seem to bothered by me as it slithered round the rocks and ferns. Overall I was watching it for over an hour and it was a great experience to see one so close for so long! For more Wildlife Photography click here.

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Goathlands Waterfalls

June 2016

The last few weeks I’ve been busy with commercial work but I had a few afternoons free this week so I decided to go up to Goathland to photograph the Waterfalls. One in particular I had tried to reach before but it was to dangerous at the time. I spent a few afternoons in the area and managed to photograph all the waterfalls and some interesting wildlife as well.

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Grey Heron

May 2016

Grey Herons are pretty common in East Yorkshire, you can walk down nearly any waterway and see them along the banks. However they normally see you coming long before you can get close. This one came a lot closer than most as it was fishing in the shallow water. For more Natural History Photography click here.


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Roe Deer

May 2016

I was out with my camera yesterday managed to get pretty close to a few Roe Deer. Here is a female pausing to investigate the sound of the camera shutter before heading back into the trees. For more Natural History Photography click here.


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Great Crested Grebe

April 2016

I was up early this morning to try and capture some shots of Great Crested Grebes dancing. While I did get to see it unfortunately it was too far away to photograph but I did get some nice close ups of one of the pair. For more Natural History Photography click here.


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Hawthorne Shield Bug

April 2016

Sometimes the wildlife finds me which makes it a lot easier. This Hawthorne Shield Bug had found it’s way into the house so I gout out my macro lens and a sheet of white card and took a few shots. For more Natural History Photography click here.


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Red Legged Partridge

March 2016

Red Legged Partridge are very timid birds which is not surprising as they are mostly bred for shooting. Yesterday evening though I managed to get very close to a pair on the Yorkshire Wolds. They really do have incredible colours! To view more of my Natural History photography click here.


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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon In Iceland

February 2016

The plan was to visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon the next morning but due to the weather forecast we had to fit in a quick visit on our way to the Ice Caves. It would have been nice to have more time at the beach but weather is not something you can control so you just have to make the most of the opportunities you get. You can view the Full Gallery Here or you can Read my Photographers Guide To Iceland Here.


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Landscape Photography in Iceland

February 2016

One reason I visited Iceland was to work on my landscape photography and I think this is one of my favourite landscape photos so far. Using a Lee Filters Big Stopper and a 70-200mm lens I was able to capture the waves crashing over the rocks of Hellnar on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland. You can view the Full Gallery Here or you can Read my Photographers Guide To Iceland Here.

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Ice Caves in Iceland

February 2016

One of the many things I was looking forward to on the Iceland trip was exploring the Ice Caves and yesterday I got to do it. The beautiful shades of blue in the caves under the glacier created incredible light for photos. You can view the Full Gallery Here or you can Read my Photographers Guide To Iceland Here.

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Northern Lights in Iceland

January 2016

I have been trying to photograph the Northern Lights for many years. I have seen the odd green smudge but nothing I was happy with until now. On the 2nd of February 2016 at about 3am I was in Iceland and got to witness an incredible show for over an hour. At first there were very faint colours in the darkness but after a while the colours got brighter and you could see them swirling and dancing across the night sky. You can view the Full Gallery Here or you can Read my Photographers Guide To Iceland Here.

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Reykjavik Church

January 2016

I’m back in Iceland again and it’s great to be here. My first night I had some time to kill in Reykjavik so I had a walk to Hallgrimskirkja Church in the city centre to take some night time photos. You can view the Full Gallery Here or you can Read my Photographers Guide To Iceland Here.

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

December 2015

I was over in Cheshire during the holidays and took the opportunity to photograph some of the local wildlife. The mild weather meant a lack of winter visitors but I got a few shots of a Field Fare, although not at a standard I’m happy with. This un-cropped shot of a Great Spotted Woodpecker was up to scratch though so here is a nice close up for you. See more Natural History photos.

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Mediterranean Octopus

September 2015

While I didn’t have much equipment with me I did have my GoPro which meant I spent hours snorkelling in the crystal clear waters and found some amazing wildlife including this Octopus.

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Mediterranean

September 2015

I was travelling light for my recent trip. Just my 24-70mm lens and a few filters. This is one of my favourites from the jetty at Port d’Alcudia in Mallorca. It took a few early mornings but eventually the light was just right. See more landscape photos.

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British Wildlife Photography Awards Shortlisted

August 2015

I am happy to say this image, taken in the Yorkshire Dales was shortlisted for this years British Wildlife Photography Awards. Unfortunately it has not won anything but I am happy to get that far. See more Natural History photos.

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Bull Finch

June 2015

Bull Finches are such colourful birds but until now I hadn’t managed to get a photo I was happy with. This Bull Finch was feeding near a woodland pool in the Cheshire Countryside. See more Natural History photos.

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Macro Photography

June 2015

I was out with the macro lens today enjoying the sunshine and trying to find some interesting wildlife. This Hover fly was sat on a flower and I managed to get directly above it to take this photo. See more Natural History photos.

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Tour De Yorkshire

May 2015

Last weekend I was out at the Tour De Yorkshire doing a few images and for once the shot I had planned worked out and I managed to get the riders with the bright yellow fields of the Yorkshire Wolds in the background. I am now offering this as a limited edition 20x8 Giclee Fine Art Print. There will only be 250 which you can order here from 26.05.15. If you would like a framed version contact me for more details.

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

April 2015

This week I was lucky enough to get very close to this Great Spotted Woodpecker. They really do have some amazing colour!. See more Natural History photos.

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Bempton Cliffs

April 2015

Well anyone who watched Spring Watch will have seen the Gannets at Bempton Cliffs and it was a nice sunny day today so I went for a walk along the cliffs. I didn’t see any Puffins but I got lucky and had a few Gannets landing very close by to collect grass for their nests. Here is one of my favourite shots. See more Natural History photos.

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Nuthatch

March 2015

Yesterday I was photographing wildlife in the Cheshire countryside and I managed to get some great close up’s of a bird I hadn’t seen or photographed before. This Nuthatch was feeding near a feeding station and once or twice came in almost close enough to touch. See more Natural History photos.

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Rishikesh

February 2015

I mostly travel to places to see the incredible wildlife and landscapes but when your somewhere like India it’s hard not to be drawn in by the culture as well. Here is a quick portrait of a local street trader in Rishikesh. He was sat under a canopy by the side of the road with a small stove in front of him for cooking. Obviously I still had to take some wildlife photos and a common site in the forests around Rishikesh are the Grey Langurs or Hanuman Langurs. See more Natural History photos.

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Crimson Sunbird

January 2015

Well I am currently back in India. This time we have a travelled to the North to a place called Rishikesh, the home of Yoga made famous by The Beatles when they visited. But of course there is also lots of wildlife and stunning landscapes as we are in the foothills of the Himalayas! This was my first find of the trip. A beautiful Crimson Sunbird. See more Natural History photos.

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Donna Nook

November 2014

I always mean to make time to get over to Lincolnshire to see the seal pups this time of year but it doesn’t normally happen. This year however I managed to make it over for an afternoon and I wasn’t disappointed. The seal area is obviously fenced off but a lot of the seals come so close to the fences that it doesn’t really matter. There were hundreds of adult seals and pups of various ages and colours. Here is one of my favourites of one of the younger pups. See more Natural History photos.

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Autumn Colours

October 2014

Pheasants are something I see on a daily basis but I don’t have many photos of them that I’m happy with because despite having such amazing colours they are very hard to capture on camera unless the light is just right! This week the light has been perfect despite the gale force winds and I finally got a shot which hopefully does the Pheasant justice. See more Natural History photos.

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Macro Photography

September 2014

I didn’t have much free time today but I managed to pop into the garden for a few minutes and the Caterpillars were out in force as well as the Garden Spiders so I took my macro lens out and my portable flash and got a couple of photos. Not as friendly looking as Red Squirrels but I like to photograph all the wildlife I find. See more Natural History photos.

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Cormorant

September 2014

While I was in the Yorkshire Dales I also got this photo of a Cormorant. Not a rare bird by any means but while I have often seen them near the coast and on inland lakes and large rivers, I have never seen one hopping and scrambling it’s way through ravines too narrow for it to fly down. As I was taking a long exposure shot it appeared from behind some rocks and precariously made it’s way up to the large pool at the base of one of the waterfalls. It jumped in and started to fish so I grabbed my 200mm lens and as I was half way through changing lenses, the Cormorant emerged with a large fish right in front of me. It would have made a great shot but by the time my lens was on the fish had already been devoured. But now it was well fed it decided to have a rest and climbed up onto one of the rocks and started to dry it’s wings in the breeze. As I started taking shots I moved round trying to get the best angle. I eventually climbed down some rocks at the side of the path so I could line up this shot of the Cormorant with the waterfall directly behind it. See more Natural History photos.

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Red Squirrels

September 2014

While I was in North Yorkshire I also booked a day in a Red Squirrel Hide run by Wild Dales Photography and I’m glad I did. Here is just one of the shots I managed to get. See more Natural History photos.

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Yorkshire Dales Waterfalls

September 2014

I spent last weekend in the North Yorkshire Dales with my new toy. A Lee Big Stopper, which was perfect for doing long exposure shots of the waterfalls on the Ingleton Waterfall Trail. The sky was overcast and dull which is perfect for most types of landscape photography. Below is a long exposure image of Thornton Force Waterfall. See more Landscape photos.

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Kingfisher

August 2014

I was out bright and early today. Something I don’t normally get chance to do, but it was well worth the effort and managed to get one or two half decent shots. The Kingfisher actually stayed around for a few minutes today instead of disappearing straight away as it often does. See more Natural History photos.

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Chalk Stream Underwater Video

July 2014

This video is from my commercial business www.joshharrisonmedia.com , but it definitely translates over to wildlife and adventure. Mulberry Whin in East Yorkshire has a stretch of river very popular for fly fishing and they wanted something a bit different to show off the river and the fish so this was a good excuse for me to get on my wet suit and float down the river trying to film the fish and anything else I saw. It was a bit tricky in places with quite fast currents and less visibility than I would have expected giving that the river looks crystal clear from the bank. But considering its a first attempt I’m very happy with the finished video and I hope you enjoy watching it.

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Honey Bee

July 2014

This week we’ve had a few visits from a Hummingbird Hawk Moth and it was here again this afternoon so I grabbed my camera. Unfortunately it never stays around long but there were a lot of other insects so I photographed them instead. Here’s a shot of a Honey Bee feeding. See more Natural History photos.

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Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Finalist

June 2014

This year I managed to get two images to the Finals of Wildlife Photographer Of The Year which I’m more than happy with considering the competition and the standard of images that are entered! But being a finalist at least gives me a good excuse to book some more trips and try and get some unique images for next years competition! Here is one of the two images that got to the finals this year. See more Natural History photos.

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Azure Damselfly

May 2014

It was a warm afternoon yesterday which meant lots of insects where out and about so I had to have a trip out with my macro lens. Here is one of my favourites. An Azure Damselfly. See more Natural History photos.

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Cyprus Reptiles

May 2014

I’ve just spent a great week in Cyprus on an actual holiday for the purpose of relaxing, mountain biking, swimming and generally not doing much. However I still had to do a bit of photography so I took my landscape lens and my 105mm macro lens. The only issue I discovered was that unlike a 500mm lens to photograph small wildlife like lizards you have to get within about 6 inches of the animal to get the sort of un-cropped shots that I’ve added below. This means finding the animal you want to photograph and then very, very slowly moving closer and closer to it. Even that approach in 90% of cases, ended with the lizard running off before I got within 10ft. But eventually I got some nice shots of a range of the Lizard species I had found. See more Natural History photos.

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Roe Deer

March 2014

I was only out for a few hours this morning but for most of that time it was hard to know which way to look. Between the Roe Deer, Grass Snakes, Water Voles and a very fast Stoat I got a great selection of photos. Here is one of my favourites. See more Natural History photos.

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National Geographic

January 2014

Well today was quite exciting as one of my Polar Bear images was published on the National Geographic websites ‘Daily Dozen’ If you’re a member of the National Geographic My Shot community (or even if you’re not) you can have a look here MY SHOT or you can see more Natural History photos.

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Mow Cop

December 2013

I hope everyone had a great christmas and made the most of the intermittent good weather. It was nice to get out in the winter sunshine in-between the wind and storms. Here’s a photo I took earlier in the week from the top of Mow Cop. A small rock pool at the top made the perfect foreground. See more landscape photos.

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Grey Squirrels

November 2013

Well winter is certainly creeping up and the wildlife seems to be getting prepared. The Otters made an appearance but unfortunately any photo opportunities were obstructed by the reeds, although it was still nice to sit and watch them for a while. There was a lone Kestrel battling the winds in order to keep hunting and the squirrels were out in force. This one was collecting seeds that were being dislodged from the bird feeder by Blue Tits. See more Natural History photos.

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Swimming Hare

October 2013

After a day out mountain biking yesterday I managed to see a great deal of local wildlife including Heron’s and Kingfishers. So today I had a few free hours so I went back with my camera. Of course there were no Heron’s or Kingfishers around today probably due to the harvesting which was taking place very close by. However as I was sat there I saw a Hare coming in my direction along the river bank. It kept stopping and moving down towards the water. I assumed it was looking for food or a place to have a drink. As it approached the last tree between itself and me I just sat still thinking it would pop out any second and I’d get a great close up. Next thing I heard a splash and looked in the river and it was there swimming across to the other side. I haven’t really seen a swimming Hare before so I got a few photos for good measure. See more Natural History photos.

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Northumberland & The Farne Islands

September 2013

I have just gotten back from a very short, but very productive trip to Northumberland. The seals on the Farne Islands are pretty used to the tourist boats now which gives you some great photo opportunities and we also got quite lucky with a few other species such a Peregrin sat on the rocks of Staple Island and some other birds. See more Natural History photos.

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Spurn Point Lighthouse

September 2013

The lighthouse at Spurn Point on a sunny bank holiday weekend. We went there to find the sand lizards and despite being able to find quite a few, it was difficult to get a good shot through the undergrowth so we finished the day with some nice sea side images. See more Heritage photos.

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The Yorkshire Wolds

August 2013

The weather was quite stormy yesterday but as it started to clear I went up onto the Yorkshire Wolds and managed to get this photo of the sunset breaking through the clouds. See more landscape photos.

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The Humber Bridge

August 2013

This weekend I was out doing some commercial photography for a local company but I had a bit of spare time to do some of my own night time shots as well. Here is a 30 second exposure of the Humber Bridge at night. View more Night Time photos.

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Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen

June 2013

I’ve just returned from an incredible trip which took me to the Shetlands, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen. My first trip to Spitsbergen in 2010 was incredibly lucky and I did not expect we would have the same luck this time around. So I went with no expectations and just the thought that even if we had bad weather and few wildlife sightings it was still going to be a great adventure. Having said that, our first wildlife sighting came before we had even left the harbour at Aberdeen as a small pod of dolphins escorted us out to the open sea. The evening sun created momentary rainbows from the sea spray every time they surfaced to breathe. The next day we arrived at Fair Isle on the Shetlands where met by a local scientist from the bird observatory there. She took us up onto the cliffs to find the Puffin colonies and we spent the rest of the morning watching these entertaining little birds go about their business. I have a few dutch friends who were also on board and I had been learning a few words including the dutch word for Puffin (Papegaaiduiker) which roughly translated means Parrot Diver which I though was quite apt.

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Night Photography

May 2013

Well the weather has been pretty bad this year, I think it’s been cloudy for every astrological event for the past 6 months. Luckily this week we have had a few clear nights so me and a fellow photographer headed out to do some shots of the night sky. Here is one of my favourites of a medieval church with the stars above. This 25 second exposure revealed another window which we hadn’t even seen in the dark and as the light pollution seeped in the tree’s became silhouetted against the orange glow. See more Night Time photos.

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Florida Wildlife

April 2014

Last week I was in Vero Beach, Florida photographing a wedding. Luckily I also had a bit of spare time to go off and find some of the local wildlife. A short cruise along the Indian River revealed countless local birds, Manatee, Otters and Dolphins. The local Pelican were particularly photogenic as they waited for the fisherman to return to the harbour or kept a watchful eye out for the dolphins disturbing shoals of fish as they hunted in the shallow water. See more Natural History photos.

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Transylvania Ice Hotel

March 2013

This week I’ve being on an amazing trip to the Transylvania Ice Hotel. It’s something I had always wanted to do and I wasn’t disappointed. The Ice hotel was located at Balea Lac in the Carpathian Mountains. The Ice Hotel itself is mostly under the snow and it is filled with numerous beautiful ice sculptures and carvings and the lighting is from small LED lights embedded in the ice. While taking photos inside I noticed the daylight seeping through the ice so that evening I went outside to do some long exposure shots. The different colour lights inside the Ice Hotel rooms were only very faint in the night but with some long exposure shots the lights created some incredible patterns through the ice! There were also two local foxes that had discovered the Ice Hotel kitchen and had little fear of coming within 10ft of you. See more travel photos.

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Kerala

January 2012

India is not somewhere I had ever had the urge to visit because it wasn't somewhere I thought I would enjoy. I much prefer the cold places. But my girlfriend convinced me it was worth visiting so we headed to the hill stations of Kerala in southern India. Our first experience after a long flight was on the roads of India, which is certainly an eye opener but in a strange way I think their system sort of works because they all drive as if a lorry is coming round the corner on the wrong side of the road, usually because it's an accurate guess. After arriving in Thekkady we found a local guide and began exploring the area for the next week or so. Although we didn't get to see any tigers, the abundance of other wildlife more than compensated for it and the experience of seeing the wild elephants moving through the jungle in the morning mist was a memorable site.

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Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Semi-Finalist

September 2011

Well this was the first year I entered Wildlife Photographer of the year so I didn't expect to get very far, if you have seen some of the previous winners you can understand why. There are some amazing wildlife photographs. I entered 10 different photos in a number of categories. As expected most didn't make the cut but I managed to get to the semi-final in 3 categories which I'm quite happy with. I will have to hope for more lucky shots next year to stand a chance of getting any further. Here is one of the semi-final photos.

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Skarnsundet

May 2011

This week I was back in Norway again visiting some friends and taking photos for a few of the local businesses including Nordic Sport Fishing and and a local restaurant. See more travel photos.

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Snowdonia National Park

March 2011

This weekend I’ve been in Wales photographing a holiday cottage for a client. They said we could spend the weekend there so I took the opportunity to go visit Snowdon and some other sights as well. Here is one of the many waterfalls in the area. See more landscape photos.

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Croatia

October 2010

Warm places have never appealed to me as much as the cold places but my girlfriend convinced me to give them a try so we visited Dubrovnik in Croatia on the Dalmatian Coast and I wasn’t disappointed. There was plenty to see and photograph including these fisherman sorting their catch on the harbour. See more travel photos.

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Spitsbergen & Svalbard

June 2010

Well I’ve just got back from a trip to Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic. I’ve spent the last 8 months working and saving for this trip and it has been worth every minute. I have always wanted to go to the Arctic and having finally gotten the chance I wasn’t disappointed at all! After flying to Spitsbergen I spent the first night in a hotel. It was unusual to say the least, mainly because at 2am its still quite light outside and your body gets quite confused as to when it should be asleep. The next day I boarded the ship that would be taking us further north to explore the fjords and sea ice and hopefully take us to see some Polar Bears among other wildlife.

After a brief sighting of some feeding polar bears of the sea ice the day before, I don’t think anyone was prepared for what we would find the next day. The previous year a whale carcass had washed into a small inlet and over the winter had frozen solid but now as the temperature increased the whale was defrosting and this was attracting Polar Bears from miles around. We counted around 15 bears in the few hours we were there, this included large males, mothers and cubs and even new born cubs all feeding. And since they were so pre-occupied with large feast in front of them they didn’t really pay much attention to us except for the young bears who would occasionally walk over to investigate us. At the closest we got within 20ft of some of these bears which was an incredible experience. It’s hard to remember how dangerous they are because they do look so docile and friendly until you see them feeding.

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Winter Survival

January 2009

This weekend I have been on a winter survival course in North Yorkshire and luckily for me we had very wintry conditions which meant sleeping outside in temperatures of -10°C. The advantage of this is that your up early enough to see the incredible winter sunrise! See more landscape photos.

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Niagara Falls

October 2008

I’ve spent the last month in America travelling round with some friends and it’s been an incredible experience. We visited numerous places in New York State, Philadelphia and Florida and even got to do a skydive in Florida. See more travel photos.

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Vesterålen

September 2008

I spent the last week in Northern Norway visiting some friends and exploring a bit with my camera. I was in the Vesterålen region which is a popular and incredibly beautiful part of Norway. See more landscape photos.

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The Land Of Ice & Fire

January 2007

Last week I was in the Iceland to see the incredible scenery and I was also hoping to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately I didn’t have much luck with the lights but the landscapes and waterfalls made it up for it. See more landscape photos.

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