Category Archives: environment

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

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.  

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 […]

Gunnersbury Park


Four new images – 1. Overgrown woodland, Gunnersbury Park 2. Gunnersbury Park – overgrown woodland with fallen trees 3. A bit of three tree weirdness – not sure what the front two are, but the rear is an Elder. According to folklore, if you remove an Elder, you will see the devil. And if you plant one near your house, it will ward the devil off. Get planting folks! 4. As my daughters used to call it….The Scary Tree, Gunnersbury Park. Not sure exactly what type of tree it is. Maybe a corkscrew willow?