Journal

River Thames footpath


Rev Richard Coles, presenter on BBC Radio Four’s Saturday Live, once described the plastic bags suspended along the roadside on his drive home as looking like “Unfortunate wraiths snagged in trees”. Sadly a common feature along the River Thames. More ‘wildling’ trees along the Thames footpath near Mortlake. A ‘wildling’ Plane tree growing out of the cobbled embankment along the River Thames between Chiswick and Kew.  

Plastic bag in tree, Mortlake

Coast of Light, March 2018


Some recent photographs from Andalucia in the Coast of Light series. Playa de Los Bateles, Conil de la Frontera, 11.3.18 Conil de la Frontera from Playa de Los Bateles, 11.3.18 Plastic bags on high tide line, El Puerto de Santa Maria, 10.3.18 Beach café, El Puerto de Santa Maria with cycle path, 10.3.18 Straits of Gibraltar, near Tarifa, 12.3.18 Tarifa, Andalucia. Where two seas meet, taken from the same position – 1. Atlantic Ocean 2. Mediterranean Sea, 12.3.18 Shopping mall, Jerez, 10.3.18 Wildling grass in tree – El Puerto de Santa Maria, 10.3.18 Bougainvillea – El Puerto de Santa Maria, 10.3.18 […]

Straits of Gibraltar

John Brookes


I was sad to hear last week that John Brookes, the renowned garden designer, has died aged 84. For those non-gardeners reading this post, he also wrote many books on the subject and received an MBE for Garden Design and services to horticulture in 2004. A portrait of John from the Gardeners’ Hands project in 2008.  

Tate Modern


Nice to see Tate Modern using one of my River Thames photos for an event poster. Called Ten Days Six Nights, the event is being held between 16th and 25th March and incorporates performance, film, music and sculpture. The original photograph was taken at Mortlake, towards Kew Rail Bridge.  

Elements


Elements – botanical studies from the archive Tulip with petals on black background, 11.3.10 Intermediate Chrysanthemum petals on black background, 15.3.10 Rose with petals on black background, 19.3.10 Tulip petals on black background, 9.3.10 Echinops ritro seed-head on black background, 4.3.10 Echinops ritro leaves on black background, 4.3.10    

Winter colour and texture


Winter colour and texture, 2.3.18 – Castanea sativa or sweet chestnut. The bark of a sweet chestnut is quite distinctive, and often looks like a cloth draped over branches as it spirals upwards. Winter colour and texture, 2.3.18 – frozen pond Winter colour and texture, 2.3.18 – Wild flower seed heads in snow Winter colours and textures, 28.2.18 – Eucalyptus glaucescens, or Tingiringi gum Winter colours and textures, 28.2.18 – Hamamelis mollis ‘Nymans’ or witch hazel. These always look far too delicate for winter but seem to tolerate anything the British weather throws at them. Winter colours and textures, 28.2.18 […]