Worcestershire Landscapes

Geoff Moore on Tue 11 July 2017

  • Image Title: A Fleeting Moment
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On going series of Landscape Photography in my home county of Worcestershire, UK

Worcestershire is my home county, apart from a brief spell away in my late teens I have lived here for the majority of my life, it is home, and I know the landscape well, the people and places that make up one of the UK's quieter and more rural locations. Being landlocked, Worcestershire has a vast and diverse array nature reserves, woods, meadows, farmlands and rivers that intersect the county from north to south and east to west. 

Worcestershire also has the most impressive and famous mountain range, The Malvern Hills which dominates the landscape from all directions, with the Worcestershire Beacon affording extensive panoramic views that includes the Lickey Hills near RedditchThe Wrekin and past Birmingham to Cannock Chase, as well as much of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, the Welsh border mountains, the Shropshire Hills and across the valleys of the Severn and Avon to the Cotswold Hills. Parts of thirteen counties, the Bristol Channel, and the cathedrals of WorcesterGloucester and Hereford can be seen. Running due east from Worcestershire Beacon, the next highest point of land is on the western slope of the Ural Mountains.

Despite all of these attractions and draws, Worcestershire is relatively small in size in comparison to other English counties at around 1,741 km² in size. It's landscape is dotted with little market towns some of which have seen little change in hundreds of years. Should you wish to visit there is always plenty to see. The following is an ongoing collection of images from my adventures in Worcestershire. I hope you enjoy.

Wetlands Moonlight Stroll
  • Image Title: Wetlands Moonlight Stroll
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Sat at home eating yet another slice of cake I was starting to feel very sorry for myself. So, with the clear skies forecast and a little free time on my hands I thought id take a walk under moonlight around my local nature reserve and get some fresh air and hopefully lift my mood.
In part inspired by Rob Pit who I have been following for a long time on Flickr, I thought i'd try my hand at adding the human element into an image.
Something different for me if you will. Watched the moon rise, and the meadows disappear in a blanket of mist and fog.

Monday Morning Blues
  • Image Title: Monday Morning Blues
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Monday morning saw me having a rare day's holiday from Work. I had a few chores to attend too around the house and in the evening I had to put a couple of pieces of my artwork up for exhibition at Evesham Arts Centre which is now on until January. (go check it out) So with this in mind I was up around 05:45 and wanting to get out in to the cold frosty morning and photograph Cropthorne Mill, in Fladbury before the chores started.

A quick dash out in the car and as I left Pershore it was soon apparent the choice to go out was going to be a good one, A thick blanket of mist and fog was rolling in off the river covering the bridges both old and new. If this was anything to go by Fladbury should be splendid I thought, and it did not disappoint. Here is the result of of watching sunrise over the River Avon and meadows beyond to my right, the morning light spilled over the waters surface and gleamed against the warm coloured brickwork of the Mill -- Magical!

Swan Photobomb
  • Image Title: Swan Photobomb
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The Swan Photobomb! I'm sure it's the same Swan, no matter where I go if I try to photograph a river, or a body of inland water this swan, this particular swan! always upstages me! I shall name him Burt!
Early morning sunrise at Eckington Nr. Pershore.

MIDNIGHT
  • Image Title: MIDNIGHT
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Facing North from Britishcamp into the bright lights of Malvern, Worcester and Birmingham beyond. Despite the obvious light pollution, its possible to get a reasonable view of the night sky from on top of the hills.

Interstellar Woodland
  • Image Title: Interstellar Woodland
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I have often wondered if my local woodland would be suitable for some night photography, tonight I found out.
Putting all my irrational fear to one side, I walked deep into the woods and held my ground as the light of the day ebbed away and the darkness of the night crept in. The creaking of branches and snapping of twigs underfoot, the sniffling and snorting of badgers, the shrieks of owls and foxes slowly raised in volume from all around, but my gaze and concentration were transfixed at the appearance of the universe above, I found perspective!

  • Image Title: "Immortality" Worcester Boer War Memorial
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The Boer War Memorial Worcester Cathedral

Memorial to men who died fighting in South Africa (1899-1902) in the grounds of Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, UK.

Inspired by the recent images/light trails by Worcester photographer Mark Garness, I thought I'd pop into Worcester city last night and take a walk around, hoping for wet streets and puddles to do some reflections and city lights. The drive in from home the rain was falling I was really quite excited but alas the faithful city was bone dry! ... oh well, maybe next time, however that being said, this gave me the good opportunity to photography the Boer War Memorial at Worcester Cathedral...

The Anglo Boer War was fought by Britain and her Empire against the Boers. The Boers were comprised of the combined forces of the South African Republic and the Republic of the Orange Free State. The Boer Republics declared war on 11th October 1899 and the conflict ended on 31st May 1902, a duration of 2 years and 8 months.

I have been wanting to photograph this statue for such a long time, as I personally think it really is a stunning bit of work! and always make me pause for thought, and reflect.

Open Edition Print Of "Immortality" Available to Purchase Here


Perseid Meteor Over Broadway Tower
  • Image Title: Perseid Meteor Over Broadway Tower
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The only one I got! 300:1 - Perseid meteor over Broadway Tower, Worcestershire @ 0200am

The Perseid meteor shower has been seen over parts of the UK, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky. The shower was due to peak in the UK on Saturday night, in a display also visible in other parts of the world. Stargazers took to social media to say they had seen the display, in which 100 meteors had been expected an hour. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every July and August as the Earth passes debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.
Update: Since posting this image, it has been picked up by CNET and can be seen here https://www.cnet.com/pictures/... I'm very chuffed!

Broadway Tower
  • Image Title: Broadway Tower
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Snap decision last night to go and visit Broadway Tower, Worcestershire in the hopes of either capturing a Sunset and if clear skies prevailed a spot of Astrophotography. No chance of an Astro, the skies thickened with cloud and became very overcast, a fellow photographer and his son were also waiting as the sun set, but decided to leave when at first nothing happened. Experience has taught me otherwise and so I waited a little....

Hunting the Milky Way
  • Image Title: Hunting the Milky Way
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Frustrating, just as the Milky Way was due to make its grand entrance, the southern horizon clouded over, with a thick blanket of cloud which was not forecast on 3 independent forecast services I use. Thus the murk forced me to spin 180 to face the north, captured the last bit of starlight, the ISS and the bright lights of Worcester off to the North. Win Some Lose Some!

The Morning Tree
  • Image Title: The Morning Tree
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Pershore Wetlands & Nature Reserve

Fire Tree of Croome Court
  • Image Title: Fire Tree of Croome Court
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Morning Sunlight catches on one of the dead tress that can be found on the Croome Park Estate. Today's Mini Adventure with Mark was to Croome Court for a sunrise shoot. Despite being virtually cloudless and a ground frost it wasn't as cold as we had expected, still, as the sun rose from the horizon its radiant warmth was very much appreciated.

Panroama Tower - Sunest at Croome Court
  • Image Title: Panroama Tower - Sunest at Croome Court
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Located at the very edge of the original boundary of Croome Park is The Panorama Tower which was built for George Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry.  This domed and circular temple-style folly was designed by James Wyatt in 1801 as an eye-catcher that would enhance the landscape by attracting a person’s gaze. It is located at the top of Knight’s Hill and has been fully restored by the National Trust. It is one of nearly a dozen Follies that were once part of the first landscape designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

The Panorama Tower was constructed by James Wyatt based on ideas by Robert Adam. The building was not finished until around 1812 – at least three years after the death of the 6th Earl. By the time it was taken over by the National Trust in in 2009 it had experienced considerable deterioration. In 2010 it was extensively restored by the organisation and is now once again an exceptional part of England’s national heritage

It is a circular two level building with a central interior staircase that goes up to a viewing platform under the domed roof. There are exceptional views across Worcestershire to the Malvern Hills. It can be seen from the M5 motorway which separates the folly from the main lands of the estate. It is a Grade I listed building.

Stargate Worcester
  • Image Title: Stargate Worcester
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Diglis Bridge - Over the river Severn in Worcester. The Towers stand 26 metres (85ft) above the riverbank with an incline of 17.6°
This was a very quick recce of the location recorded point and shoot style, would have liked to have had more time to explore further.

Update: 4th August 2017 - I was fortunate enough to have this image recently featured in Worcester Evening News

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