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Bluebells at Aston Rowant

Another bright, cold morning with the temperature only 4 degrees at 8.30am. We had a little rain over the weekend, but the ground everywhere is extremely dry and cracking. What happened to April showers? Over the past week, the trees have burst into leaf: even oak trees starting to grow foliage which seems very early. I drove to Aston Rowant NNR, parking at Aston Woods. The mature beech trees’ leafless canopies spread like a vaulted cathedral roof from their tall, grey trunk columns, apart from a

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Spring Spectacles (floral that is!)

I your eyes are open, the English springtime can be quite spectacular, especially when the sun shines as it is this year. Our weather is in complete contrast to last year when April was cold and wet and somehow joyless: in fact it resulted in greatly reduced butterflies through the summer, especially in the south and east. After a week of solid sunshine you can almost year the trees bursting into leaf and everywhere you look, wildflowers are blooming. I live just to the west of

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Environmental Pollution by Thames Water Much Worse Than We Thought!

As many of you know, I have been working on improving the ecology of the River Thame long-term since a disastrous pollution incident in 2013 that killed almost all animal life in the upper part of the river. I chaired Save The River Thame, which became part of the River Thame Conservation Trust which now has over 120 volunteers (www.riverthame.org). I also chair biannual liaison meetings with Thames Water at the Aylesbury Sewage Treatment Works (I do get to all the best places!). Since 2013, the

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Doug gets great reviews for party and family photography!

  I was asked to take some photo’s at a friend’s party, something I have occasionally done over the years, and they really loved the results, so I’ve started offering it as a service. As well as parties, I’ve done family group photographs often with children, who are much, much easier than wildlife!  Get in touch if you’d like a set of photo’s of people you love that bring out character and happy mood: an album, or photobook, to treasure. Here are the reviews I’ve received

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Yorkshire Landscapes – Publishing in March 2017

The text and over 120 image files are now with my editor at Oxbow Books and work has started to get the book designed and ready for the printers. Yorkshire is a fabulous county for photographers: taken as a whole (it is split into several administrative counties) it is by far the biggest in England and contains much of the Pennine Hills, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Wolds. It is full of historic towns and, as it was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution,

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A Whale Of A Time In Kerry

A Whale Of A Time In Kerry

Kerry, on the glorious west coast of Ireland, has a lot to offer, including some of the loveliest landscapes you could wish to see, great mountains to roam in and the Atlantic Ocean, where you can see seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales only a couple of miles from the coast. On our week-long holiday, the people we encountered were delightful and full of Irish charm, and our accommodation and meals were all great. The icing on the cake was that we saw it all in great weather which,

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Doug Kennedy Photography Bulletin

This is my second photography bulletin, which I’ve sent to my existing contacts list. If you would like to receive updates and new images, please send me your name and email address. Isn’t it wonderful that spring is here! April showers and the birds singing herald long days and a lovely summer (fingers crossed!) during which a lot is happening.4 Invitation to the Brill Art On The Hill Preview. I will have a display stand at Art On The Hill in Brill at the Brill School

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The North Downs Way will be on Google Street View. Get the book!

The North Downs Way will be on Google Street View. Get the book!

The entire North Downs way has been walked with Google’s street camera equipment and will be the first long distance footpath to be covered this way. “We’re putting the best of the British countryside where it’s never been before – on Google maps,” said Peter Morris, the North Downs Way trail manager. From 17 March, when the North Downs Way goes live, the national trails will start appearing on Google Street View. The Cleveland Way will be next. This means that you will be able to

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What It Takes To Take A Pic. 5: It’s all down to the light….

Holkam Beach in North Norfolk is greatly loved, particularly by those who have a passion for the area; and there are many. You emerge from the pine-covered dunes onto sand that stretches for miles to the east and west, and also quite a great distance out to the breaking waves when the tide is out. A lot of this coast is salt marsh, which is beautiful and fascinating in its own way, but darker and more muddy than this expanse of firm sand and dunes. Of course

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What It Takes To Take A Pic 4:

Most of the images in my North Downs Landscapes book were taken whilst rambling through the hills. I would decide on an area I wanted to cover, draft a walking route, then travel to the start by train or car sometimes staying overnight in a pub. The weather is always a limiting factor, so you can’t plan too far ahead: I learned that on a planned trip to Maidstone on what turned out to be a soggy, grey day, when I had to give up and go

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