Best Shots of 2013

30th December 2013
How was 2013 for you? For me, 2013 has certainly been a bit of a mixed bag. I have had some amazing days out with the camera - but between them has been a lot of heartache, more so than usual. I guess it’s safe to say, the weather has been rather capricious in 2013!

Silver Forest.
This one dates back to January, where a fresh snowfall covered Dartmoor. I headed to Bellever before dawn, on the grounds that I had the Tor to photograph if the sky cleared and the forest on hand if it did not. The weather remained stubbornly overcast, and so I explored the forest. After much searching, I found an area of frosted trees. Pushing through the undergrowth, this amazing vista opened up before me. A real 'Narnia' moment.

For me spring means 'Thrift' (and technically 'Bluebells' as well), which often means a trip or three to the Bedruthan Steps near Morgan Porth. This year the wild flowers put on a stunning display.

The crowns engine houses are in a truly majestic setting, perched in a remote ledge by the sea. Here the Victorians tunneled out beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Working conditions must have been horrendous, but it was an amazing technical achievement for the time. I love visiting here, and it was so inspiring sitting on the cliffs in such great light

What better way to enjoy a hot summer evening than on one of Cornwall’s beautiful sandy beaches in the company of some great light?

St Michael's Mount
I usually think of the mount as a 'dawn' location, for when the sun rises in the East, it casts lovely warm light onto the island and castle. At sunset, the light is behind; so the island is in silhouette. However, with a stunning sunset, you can still get great shots here. I had to go paddling through the seaweed to get the sweep of causeway in, and had to bide my time for the crowd to move out of the shot!

Whitsand Bay
Such a simple shot, but so atmospheric. Paths like this lead down to beaches all over Cornwall and carry the promise of fun, excitement and adventure.

Great Staple Tor
Photographing the night sky has been an occasional passion for some time. When I saw how clear the sky was, I headed straight up to Dartmoor. Probably the best display of stars I have yet seen in the UK

Pednvounder Beach (Porthcurno)
One of my last shots in 2013, and one I’m really pleased with. I love the soft tones from the sea, sand and cliffs, to contrast with the dramatic dawn above.

A bit of fun to finish up my roundup from 2013. This was taken during the Dawlish air show in August. I like the way the light has caught the planes, and the expressive sweep of the trails.

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