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Troubled Waters

Derwent Water

The Plough over Howden

The Plough, or Ursa Major over Howden Reservoir in the Peak District

Winter Sunset

Newborough Warren beach at sunset

Valkyries

Aurora Borealis over Lauvesnes village; Flatanger Komunne, Nord Trondelag. The bright light on the left is my friend Oles' back yard light - one day I'll get around to removing it! The Norse legends have it that the Northern Lights are Valkyries riding out across the battlefield - hence the title.

Ice on the Falls

Partly frozen waterfall, Cwm Idwal, North Wales

Calm Waters and Stormy Skies

God Rays

Stormy skies extinguishing the last rays of sunlight over Gradbach in the Peak District National Park.

Contre-jour

Late afternoon sunlight on Axe Edge in the Peak District

The Cold Light of Day

A panoramic view of Gradbach from Wildboarclough in the Peak District

European Adder on Sandstone

A Dark Peak female adder in a threat posture. The Dark Peak, Eastern Moors, Derbyshire. UK.

European Adder

Pale phase male European Adder from a unique site in the Eastern Moors, Derbyshire. UK.

"The Souls of Dead Sailors" 2

Another slow-shutter gull shot

"The Souls of Dead Sailors" 1

Herring Gulls are supposed to be the souls of sailors lost at sea - a slow shutter speed does make it look that way!

"Like Shelling Peas"

Even straight into a setting sun these eagles never miss.

Porth y Post

Porth y Post, a small bay on Anglesey.

"Moonshine"

A nearly monochromatic composite image derived from 3 in-situ frames.

Derwent Water

A view of Derwent Water in the Lake District with Barrow and Skiddaw in the background.

"Solitude"

A solitary hawthorn bush clings to a north-facing slope in the Peak District National Park.

"Sentinals". Tree reflection in flood water.

English Oaks reflected in a flooded wheat field surrounded by early morning mist.

"At Full Stretch". A White-tailed Sea Eagle.

A Norwegian White-tailed eagle giving a fishing demonstration.

"On High Alert". A Red Fox at first light.

Red Fox in dappled early morning light.

Red Kite

A silhouetted Red Kite climbs back into the air against a late afternoon sky at a kite feeding station in Wales.

Fryers Bay

The old World War II Catalina slip-way at Saunders Roe, now Faun, on Anglesey North Wales.
A composite of two "in-situ" images.

Aurora Borealis

Air glow and the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.

Blood Moon

A bit more backyard astro - the Blood Moon from early this morning. This was 3.31am - not quite full, but I seriously needed to sleep so I couldn't make it "all the way"! 400mm on an FX - pity the moon isn't bigger in the frame!

Milk and Liquid Chocolate Splash

Liquid Milk and White Chocolate splash together in an abstract isolated on white background

Milk and Liquid Chocolate Splash

Atlantic Puffin

Portrait of an Atlantic Puffin standing in a mass of Sea Campion on The Wick, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.

Atlantic Puffin

Portrait of an Atlantic Puffin standing in a mass of Sea Campion on The Wick, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.

Milky Way Over Old Mine Buildings.

The Milky Way over the derelict buildings of Magpie Mine in Derbyshire.

Milky Way over Rhoscolyn NCI station.

The Milky Way towering over the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) station at Rhoscolyn on Anglesey.

Porth Saint Beach.

The rock stack lying off the boulder-strewn beach of Porth Saint, Rhoscolyn Head, Anglesey.

Milky Way Over Old Mine Buildings.

The Milky Way over the derelict buildings of Magpie Mine in Derbyshire.

Milky Way Over Old Mine Buildings.

The Milky Way over the derelict buildings of Magpie Mine in Derbyshire.

The Skerries Lighthouse

The Skerries Lighthouse and West Mouse navigation marker approaching sunset.

Porth Saint Beach at Dusk.

The rock stack lying off the boulder-strewn beach of Porth Saint, Rhoscolyn Head, Anglesey.

Porth Saint Beach at Sunset.

The rock stack lying off the boulder-strewn beach of Porth Saint, Rhoscolyn Head, Anglesey.

Male White-tailed Eagle

A male White-tailed Eagle in flight, gliding in to attack a prey fish from a cold Norwegian fjord in winter.

Male White-tailed Eagle

A male White-tailed Eagle reaches below the surface of the water to grab its next meal of fish.

Mother and Baby Musk Ox

A baby Musk Ox lying by its mothers side on a soft bed of lichen, ericas and rare alpine plants.

Hunting Sea Eagle

A backlit image of a hunting sea eagle plucking a fish from the dark waters of a Norwegian fjord at sunrise.

Hunting Sea Eagle

A backlit image of a hunting sea eagle plucking a fish from the dark waters of a Norwegian fjord at sunrise.

Milky Way over Anglesey

Milky Way over rough seas at Porth Y Post on Anglesey in North Wales.

The Milky Way over Porth Y Post.

The Milky Way over Porth Y Post, Anglesey, North Wales.

Moon Set with Milky Way over Porth Y Post.

The moon sets in the west with the Milky Way just in frame over Porth Y Post, Anglesey, North Wales. The bright star on the horizon to the left of the moon is the planet Saturn.

Milky Way Lighthouse

The Milky Way over South Stack Light on Anglesey in North Wales.

The Milky Way Over South Stack Lighthouse.

The Milky Way over South Stack Lighthouse on Anglesey in North Wales. The light pollution on the horizon is from the city of Dublin in Ireland.

Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.

The Aurora Borealis tears across the night sky above a wintery landscape in Iceland.

Glacial Iceberg in Beach Surf.

A large chunk of glacial iceberg washed up on Jokulsarlon beach in Iceland and being pounded in the surf of the North Atlantic.

Glacial Iceberg Seascape.

A long exposure of a glacial iceberg washed up on Jokulsarlon beach and being washed by the waves of the North Atlantic ocean.

Ice Texture Panorama

A macro panoramic view of the intricate surface texture of glacial ice washed ashore on the beach at Jokulsarlon in Iceland.

Hverfjall Crater Tephra Cone

Looking towards the huge Hverfjall Crater tephra cone across a snow covered Lake Myvatn in Iceland. The houses on the far side of the lake give some scale.

Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.

A lone photographer stands beneath the Northern Lights just south of Keflavik in Iceland.

Godafoss Waterfall Panorama

A panoramic winter view of the iconic waterfall of Godafoss in North Eastern Iceland.

Snow covered Pseudo Crater in Iceland.

Winter snow and stunning light over a large pseudo crater or rootless cone in the north eastern region of Iceland. It was created by a huge steam explosion through an advancing lava flow as it moved across wetland bog.

Sunset over the Westman Islands

The sun sets behind the Vestmannaeyjar or Westman Island chain off the coast of southern Iceland.

Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.

The Aurora Borealis lights up the night sky above a frozen lake in Iceland, with the moon reflected in the ice.

Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.

The Aurora Borealis tears across the night sky above a wintery landscape in Iceland.

An Abstract Landscape of the Southern Coast of Iceland.

Bad weather from the North Atlantic approaching the coast of Southern Iceland, viewed over a perfectly flat sheet of snow-covered ice. This is a genuine image not a composite.

Pastel Shades of an Icelandic Winter Sunset.

As the sun sets in the west, the view south east across a partially frozen lake reveals delicate pastel shades of pink and blue in the sky and its reflection in the ice and open water of the lake.

The Sea Stacks of Vik, Iceland

A panoramic view of the iconic landmark and popular tourist destination of the Sea Stacks at Vik on Iceland. The shot is taken from the quieter and less visited Eastern Black Sand Beach nest to the village of Vik.

Icelandic Storm Beach and Sea Stacks.

The Sea Stacks at Reykjanesta on the southern tip of the Reykjavik peninsula in Iceland. Large waves pound this beach constantly, making it a very dangerous place to visit if you are not careful.

Iceland East Coast Panorama

A panoramic view looking south towards the mountain range at the mouth of Stodvarfjordur on the eastern coast of Iceland. A storm is rolling in from the North Atlantic.

The Fjallajokull Glacier and Ice Lagoon.

A panorama of the Fjallajokull Glacier and Ice Lagoon in South East Iceland. The tiny figure of a tourist climbing an ice berg in the center foreground gives some sense of scale of the scene. The glacier is part of the mighty Vatnajokull Ice Cap. For those interested, this panorama was assembled from 78 individual images.

Stormy Iclandic Seas

In these rough seas and pounding waves around the Sea Stacks at Reykjanesta on the south western tip of Iceland, a small group of four Fulmars can be seen clinging to the basalt rock.

Glacial Ice Texture

A macro view of the intricate surface texture and colors of glacial ice washed ashore on the beach at Jokulsarlon in Iceland.

Aurora Behind Clouds.

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights in an energetic display behind heavy cloud cover, over Lake Myvatn in North East Iceland.

Ice in Surf at Dusk.

Dusk at Jokulsarlon East Beach in Southern Iceland, and a piece of ice from the Vatnajokull ice cap is washed ashore in the surf. The colours in the sky make the dense ice and swirling wave radiate the warm colours just after sunset.

Ice in Surf at Dusk.

Dusk at Jokulsarlon East Beach in Southern Iceland, and a piece of ice from the Vatnajokull ice cap is washed ashore in the surf. The colours in the sky make the dense ice and swirling wave radiate the warm colours just after sunset.

Brandy Glass Splash

A row of brandy glasses on a bar counter with ice cubes splashing into the drinks.

The Nant Ffrancon Valley, Snowdonia, North Wales

Dappled sunlight on the slopes of Foel-goch and "The Mushroom Garden" in the Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, North Wales.

The Nant Ffrancon Valley, Snowdonia, North Wales

Looking up towards Cwm Idwal, dappled sunlight cascades down the slopes of Foel-goch and "The Mushroom Garden" in the Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, North Wales.

The Milky Way over Snowdonia, North Wales

The Milky Way towers high in the night sky over the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales. A small wooden footbridge over the rushing waters of the River Idwal forms the focal point.

Rock Pool Sunset

A sunset sky and rock pool on the exposed reefs at Cemlyn Bay on Anglesey in North Wales.

Rock Pool Sunset

A sunset sky and rock pool on the exposed reefs at Cemlyn Bay on Anglesey in North Wales.

White-tailed Eagle

A male White-tailed Eagle begins his attacking dive on prey he has spotted in the waters of a Norwegian fjord.

White-tailed Eagle

A male White-tailed Eagle begins his attacking dive on prey he has spotted in the waters of a Norwegian fjord.

White-tailed Eagle

A male White-tailed Eagle begins his attacking dive on prey he has spotted in the waters of a Norwegian fjord.

Bull Musk Ox Grazing

A large solitary bull Musk Ox grazes peacefully on lichens within the old militarised zone of Dovrefjell National Park in Norway.

Twilight Seascape

Pale sunset colours light the sky behind clouds at twilight over the Cemlyn Bay on Anglesey, as high tide covers the reef and its jagged rocks. A navigation buoy blinks on the horizon.

North East Iceland Plateau

A desolate and barren winter landscape taken high up on the North East Plateau of Iceland, at the side of Route 1.

Winter Sunset

Newborough Warren beach at sunset

The Plough over Howden

The Plough, or Ursa Major over Howden Reservoir in the Peak District

Derwent Water

A view of Derwent Water in the Lake District with Barrow and Skiddaw in the background.

Derwent Water

Porth y Post

Porth y Post, a small bay on Anglesey.

Troubled Waters

"Moonshine"

A nearly monochromatic composite image derived from 3 in-situ frames.

"Solitude"

A solitary hawthorn bush clings to a north-facing slope in the Peak District National Park.

"Sentinals". Tree reflection in flood water.

English Oaks reflected in a flooded wheat field surrounded by early morning mist.

Milky Way over Rhoscolyn NCI station.

The Milky Way towering over the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) station at Rhoscolyn on Anglesey.

Porth Saint Beach.

The rock stack lying off the boulder-strewn beach of Porth Saint, Rhoscolyn Head, Anglesey.

Milky Way Over Old Mine Buildings.

The Milky Way over the derelict buildings of Magpie Mine in Derbyshire.

Milky Way Over Old Mine Buildings.

The Milky Way over the derelict buildings of Magpie Mine in Derbyshire.

The Skerries Lighthouse

The Skerries Lighthouse and West Mouse navigation marker approaching sunset.

Porth Saint Beach at Dusk.

The rock stack lying off the boulder-strewn beach of Porth Saint, Rhoscolyn Head, Anglesey.

Porth Saint Beach at Sunset.

The rock stack lying off the boulder-strewn beach of Porth Saint, Rhoscolyn Head, Anglesey.

Milky Way over Anglesey

Milky Way over rough seas at Porth Y Post on Anglesey in North Wales.

The Milky Way Over South Stack Lighthouse.

The Milky Way over South Stack Lighthouse on Anglesey in North Wales. The light pollution on the horizon is from the city of Dublin in Ireland.

Ice in Surf at Dusk.

Dusk at Jokulsarlon East Beach in Southern Iceland, and a piece of ice from the Vatnajokull ice cap is washed ashore in the surf. The colours in the sky make the dense ice and swirling wave radiate the warm colours just after sunset.

Ice in Surf at Dusk.

Dusk at Jokulsarlon East Beach in Southern Iceland, and a piece of ice from the Vatnajokull ice cap is washed ashore in the surf. The colours in the sky make the dense ice and swirling wave radiate the warm colours just after sunset.

Twilight Seascape

Pale sunset colours light the sky behind clouds at twilight over the Cemlyn Bay on Anglesey, as high tide covers the reef and its jagged rocks. A navigation buoy blinks on the horizon.

North East Iceland Plateau

A desolate and barren winter landscape taken high up on the North East Plateau of Iceland, at the side of Route 1.

"Like Shelling Peas"

Even straight into a setting sun these eagles never miss.

"At Full Stretch". A White-tailed Sea Eagle.

A Norwegian White-tailed eagle giving a fishing demonstration.

"The Souls of Dead Sailors" 2

Another slow-shutter gull shot

"The Souls of Dead Sailors" 1

Herring Gulls are supposed to be the souls of sailors lost at sea - a slow shutter speed does make it look that way!

White-tailed Eagle

A female White-tailed Eagle feeding on a Ptarmigan in heavy blizzard conditions.

Eagle and Raven

A White-tailed Eagle allows a Raven to take a few morsels from the corpse of a Red Fox it is scavenging from.

Arctic Fox

"Hello Pretty Lady"..

A female Arctic Fox ventures out of her snow den to begin her daily search for food.
It's February, and her wonderful winter coat is looking somewhat less than pristine in places especially behind those ears.

But with those dark hazel eyes she's still the prettiest thing to look at!

The Surveyor

Resting on one foot, this contented male White-tailed Eagle surveys his domain from his favourite perch.

Snow Eagle

A female White-tailed Eagle perched on top of a stunted pine tree in heavy snow.

Hi Key Lynx

A high key image of a Lynx in Central Norway.

Morning Dip

A White-tailed Eagle takes it's first fish of the morning, strongly backlit against the inky black water of a sheltered Norwegian fjord.

Intent to Cause..

A Lynx is about to kill a ptarmigan in deep snow - the prey is just inches in front of the cats nose.

Move It Sunshine

A White-tailed Eagle coming in to land on a snow covered carcass - a Hooded Crow struggles to get out of the eagles way.

Just Chillin'

A male White-tailed eagle relaxing.

Top of the Tree

A male White-tailed Sea Eagle standing on the snow covered top limb of a dead pine tree in the Smalielva region of Flatanger in Norway.

"The Watcher"

The only problem with moving inland to find food is that the White-tails are in direct competition with the resident population of Golden Eagles; whose level of aggression is far higher than our gregarious sea eagles.
The Golden Eagles cruise at height when looking for food, if they spot a White-tail feeding they fall upon it and drive it off its food.
This mature male White-tail is aware of the threat and spends half his time scanning the sky for potential danger.

"Dark Angel"

When winter conditions become cold enough for the coastal waters to freeze over the Flatanger sea eagles have to move inland in order to find food. This female White-tailed eagle was photographed from a hide up in the mountains of Smalielva - sitting in a hide for 8 hours in -25 Celsius doesn't seem to matter when you are in the company of these magnificent birds.

Male White-tailed Eagle

A male White-tailed Eagle in flight, gliding in to attack a prey fish from a cold Norwegian fjord in winter.

Male White-tailed Eagle

A male White-tailed Eagle reaches below the surface of the water to grab its next meal of fish.

Bull Musk Ox Grazing

A large solitary bull Musk Ox grazes peacefully on lichens within the old militarised zone of Dovrefjell National Park in Norway.