Annette Price - H2o Photography: Blog https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog en-us Copyright Annette Price annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) Wed, 15 Apr 2020 12:37:00 GMT Wed, 15 Apr 2020 12:37:00 GMT https://www.h2ophotography.com/img/s/v-12/u719932885-o741192332-50.jpg Annette Price - H2o Photography: Blog https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog 90 120 25% Discount on canvas prints https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2020/4/25-discount-on-canvas-prints

25% discount – canvas print sale

Brighten your indoor spaces with a large, beautifully printed canvas print.

 

A selection of large canvas prints from my recent exhibition The River Within - London

While the Coronavirus pandemic continues, I am offering my large canvas prints at a 25% discount to help you brighten your indoor spaces.

Imagine a unique canvas print featuring London, as seen from the perspective of a little kayak, above your sofa or bed. It would look awesome, be a focal point of the room and something beautiful to look at while stuck indoors.  In the future, it will be a lasting reminder of the beauty of the Thames and a natural talking point for your guests. 

The discount is automatically applied once you have added an item to the shopping cart.  

 

Additionally

15% donation to the Westminster Boating Base with each purchase

15% of each print purchased will be donated to the Westminster Boating Base, a children’s charity which teaches young people (and adults) to sail and kayak on the central London River Thames; building skills such as teamwork, fitness, leadership, water confidence and safety while having fun and developing lasting friendships.

The WBB has had to close during the pandemic, has no income and needs support.

The Westminster Boating Base

 

Availability and delivery

As I write this, my canvas printer is still able to produce their normal, beautifully printed canvas prints and deliver them by courier.  They will send your print directly to you.  Send them to yourself or to a friend or family member.

Printing and delivery take about seven to ten days after ordering. 

Free postage and packing

 

Here are the prints

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking Landscapes UK Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2020/4/25-discount-on-canvas-prints Wed, 15 Apr 2020 12:34:46 GMT
Coronavirus - photography paused https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2020/4/coronavirus---photography-paused Sgwˆd Isaf Clun-Gwyn. Ystradfellte waterfalls, south Wales, UKSgwˆd Isaf Clun-Gwyn. Ystradfellte waterfalls, south Wales, UK

Coronavirus - photography paused but 25% off canvas prints

 

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, photography of wild places and urban spaces has been paused. 

But I do have some awesome canvas prints available - do check out The Shop

So until I can get back to work with a camera, please take a look around this website to remind yourself how beautiful and intriguing ou wild and urban spaces are 🙂 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts canvas prints Thames UK Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2020/4/coronavirus---photography-paused Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:27:00 GMT
Cave diver Rick Stanton receives George Medal for rescuing boys a from a flooded cave in Thailand https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2019/5/cave-diver-thai-rescue Today, cave-diver Rick Stanton was awarded a George Medal at Buckingham Palace for playing a key role in the rescue of 12 boys and their coach who were lost in a flooded cave in Thailand last year. Rick and fellow cave diver/explorer, John Volanthen, had been the first to discover the boys and had played a major part in their rescue. Well done Rick (and John - who received his medal recently). 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) 12 boys adventure All Posts award Buckingham Palace cave Caves and Mines caving Diving football coach George Medal hero rescue Rick Stanton Thailand UK https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2019/5/cave-diver-thai-rescue Thu, 02 May 2019 22:15:00 GMT
Spirit Level Eye https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2018/10/spirit-level-eye In June 2018, I had an emergency eye operation for a detached retina and macula. 
 

Following a second operation three weeks ago, I decided to document what I could actually see. "Spirit Level Eye" This is what I could see the morning after the operation."Spirit Level Eye" This is what I could see the morning after the operation.
Above - This is what I could see with my right eye the morning after the second operation.  The "Spirit Level" was very reactive and bounced up and down as I walked - like jelly on a trampoline. 


I am making these images to raise awareness of how our eyes can be suffering very severe damage without us noticing and how very subtle symptoms, that may seem of no significance at all, may be caused by damage to the retina or other areas of the eye that could lead to permanently damaged vision or loss of sight, if not corrected very early. I want to prevent others from losing their sight or from experiencing permanently damaged vision. Symptoms can include blurred vision, flashing lights (often noticed in bed) shapes occasionally drifting across your vision - but there are others. 

With my own eye, I had no symptoms at all (that I was aware of) and one day found that my right eye could see nothing in the top half and a small twisted, low contrast image in the bottom half. With both eyes open I couldn't see any problem at all, my brain totally ignored the damaged eye. A few days later I had an emergency operation. Four months and one more operation later and my vision is, well, shall we say, changed, well ok, damaged. Moorefield's Eye Hospital haven't finished with me yet though.

The River Within - why am I using photographs of the River Thames to illustrate my detached retina vision?

In January 2017 I began a photographic exploration of the Thames from a kayak, beginning at the source in the Cotswolds, I took a small section of river paddling and photographing it a number of times at different times of day, until I felt I had 'finished it' then moved down to the next section. I had reached London and was planning to continue downriver to the sea. I have had to take a break from this project since June as doctors have told me not to risk getting my eye contaminated with river water.

So I am using the River Thames as the subject for my detached retina photographs because what is happening to my eye has had a significant impact on this project. When I'm in my kayak, I have a very unique view of the river, looking out from the River Within. But now I can only see the Thames from the outside, from the same perspective that most other people see it - looking down on it from the banks as a spectator rather than being a part of it and within it.  But I still have a very unique view.

What these pictures illustrate:

In these pictures, I have tried to show exactly what I could see through my right eye at the time of making the picture. I then made a second picture to show what I could see with both eyes open. I will continue to make these images as my vision changes - and hopefully improves. You can see both sets of pictures, side by side here https://www.h2ophotography.com/eye

Four days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed). Battersea Power Station, London.Four days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed). Battersea Power Station, London.
Above - This is what I could see with my right eye four days after the second operation.  The "spirit level" seen in the top picture, was actually a very large bubble, which was now shrinking and becoming more transparent. Battersea Power Station, London.

Seven days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed) World's End, Chelsea, London.Seven days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed) World's End, Chelsea, London.
Above - Seven days after the second operation and large bubble that formed the "spirit level" was continuing to shrink quickly.  The World's End Estate, Chelsea, London.

Eight days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed).  London Eye.Eight days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed). London Eye.
Above - eight days after the second operation and the large spirit level bubble has almost gone. The warping of the London Eye and surrounding buildings is caused by the macula, which is the central bit of the retina, being crinkled instead of flat.  The macula was damaged when it originally detached. This is probably permanent.  The blurriness should reduce or even go when I get glasses.  The London Eye.

Eleven days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed).  Tower Bridge, London.Eleven days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed). Tower Bridge, London.
Above and below. These two pictures show you what I can see through my right eye at the moment.  In the first operation, back in June, my eye was filled with silicon oil, which was used as a 'splint' to hold my retina in place following surgery to reattach it.  Unfortunately, during the second operation, it was not all removed and the bubbles that I am seeing here are permanent unless I have another operation to remove them.  In daylight, the little ones catch the light and sparkle light diamonds, if I keep still they gradually sink and re-join the large bubble.  Working on a computer is difficult as they turn black when I look at a screen and jump around then drift across my vision.  Above is Tower Bridge. Below is the Lots Road Power Station in Chelsea.  Fourteen days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed) Lots Road Power Station.Fourteen days after the operation - damaged eye only (good eye closed) Lots Road Power Station.
 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts aware awareness detached retina distort distorted Diving eye sight injury Landscapes macula retina River Thames Thames the river within UK vision vision loss https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2018/10/spirit-level-eye Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:36:55 GMT
Blackwater-River, near Reading. https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2018/9/blackwater-river An early morning visit to the frosty Blackwater River in Swallowfield, near Reading, paid off as I was in time to catch the mist rising from the river.  The Blackwater River begins in Rowhill Nature Reserve in Hampshire and flows into the River Loddon a short distance from where I took these pictures.  It's 16.7 miles long and indirectly flows into the Thames as the River Loddon joins the Thames at Wargrave. 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2018/9/blackwater-river Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:10:00 GMT
Talk https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/11/talk On the 28th of November, I am talking at a Yes Stories event.

I will be one of several speakers at the November Yes Stories event and will be talking about my photographic exploration of disused and abandoned Welsh mines "Hollow Mountain".

Filled with the twisted, rusting remnants of our rich, mining past, these dark, vast underground spaces are a glimpse into an important part of our heritage. They are now very different from their mining days, silent, gradually collapsing, rusting and sometimes changed by bacteria. My photography explores a number of these mines as they are today, including slate, copper, sulphur and silica.

The event takes place in the evening at The Glassblower, 40 to 42 Glasshouse Street, Piccadilly, London, W1B 5JY.

Tickets can be bought from Eventbrite - see the Facebook link below for details....

https://www.facebook.com

 

Dinas Rock Silica Mine. the beginning of the flooded section. South Wales, UKDinas Rock Silica Mine. the beginning of the flooded section. South Wales, UK

Dinas Rock Silica Mine

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) adventure all posts caves and mines caving event glassblower landscapes london photography sayyesmore speaker talk uk underground wild places yesstories https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/11/talk Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:15:06 GMT
An update https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/11/anupdate An update

For the past few months, I have not posted here but I have been very busy photographing the Thames from the source in Kemble, in January heading downriver towards the sea. The photography is being done from a kayak and I have now reached London.

I have been posting updates of the project on my facebook page www.facebook.com/ThamesSourceToSea so why not visit the page and 'like' to see new posts and follow the projects as it develops. 

Also, check out the website www.thames.photography

The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble.The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble. New plant growth underwater, one mile from the start of the River Thames, Kemble, January 2017

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) adventure all posts england kayaking landscapes photography river river thames source to sea thames uk urban spaces water wild wild places winter https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/11/anupdate Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:50:47 GMT
Source To Sea - February 18th - Cheese Wharf to Tadpole Bridge https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/cheese-wharf Cheese Wharf to Tadpole Bridge.

The sky turned thunderous and threatening as we got into our kayaks at Cheese Wharf, a short distance down river from Lechlade. On the opposite river bank was a 'British Hardened Field Defence of WWII'. Better known as pillboxes, because of their shape, these small fortified structures were built on the banks of the River Thames with an interval of 1/3 of a mile, all the way from London to Lechlade. They were built in case the German army succeeded in invading Britain and was making its way up the Thames.

We paddled away from the Cheese Wharf pillbox and within a few minutes had reached Buscot Lock. We stopped to look at the weir below the lock and continued down river past more pillboxes, one wrapped and cradled by the trunk of a large tree and another completely buried in dense bracken, the sky lightened as we reached Grafton Lock. Here we stopped for a quick break before continuing to Radcot Bridge and finally Tadpole Bridge, bathed in warm evening sun.  

 

WW2 Pillbox at Cheese Wharf. River Thames.WW2 Pillbox at Cheese Wharf. River Thames.    

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) adventure All Posts England explore Kayaking Landscapes photography river River Thames Source to Sea Thames UK water Wild Places winter https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/cheese-wharf Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:00:00 GMT
Source To Sea - February 16th - Thames Head to Lyd Well https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/thames-head-to-lyd-well The Thames is now starting at Thames Head.

In the evening I revisited the Source of the Thames hoping to find water pumping out of the stone-lined hole, where water does occasionally emerge from underground, but no, it's still dry and filled with autumn's leaves. However, the river is starting to flow from Thames Head, flowing down the ditch that had been previously dry when I last visited it.  Underground water was surging up from Lyd Well. 

See map below

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Cotswold England Kemble Landscapes Lyd Well photography river River Thames Source source to sea Thames UK Wild Places winter https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/thames-head-to-lyd-well Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:37:14 GMT
Source To Sea - February 16th - David Wood, Fly Fisherman https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/fly-fisherman David Wood, Fly Fisherman.

At 2pm I met up with David Wood at Cricklade. David is a local fly fisherman who has been fishing in the Thames for the past seven years.  Today he was course fishing  - which I believe means no salmon or trout. David waded into the river and constantly re-cast the line with a 'fly' for bate.  The river here was much higher than it had been a couple of weeks ago and the river banks are now three feet underwater.

Thank you David for letting me photograph you :-)

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts England Landscapes Thames UK fish fishing fly fly fishing hobby outdoors pastime river source to sea winter https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/fly-fisherman Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:34:33 GMT
Source to Sea - 16th February - The Thames through Neigh Bridge Country Park https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/neigh-bridge The Thames through Neigh Bridge Country Park.

It had been an early start and I parked in the car park at the Neigh Bridge Country Park before heading up river. The clarity of the water and tightly twisting path of the river reminded more of a mountain stream than the Thames. It was only a foot deep in most places. The river disappeared into the grounds of a private house before re-emerging and continuing towards Poole Keynes.  I spent most of my time wading in the river with my cameras and so didn't get very far up river. By late morning I headed back to the car as I was meeting with David Wood at 2pm for a spot of fly-fishing.....

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts England English explore Neigh Bridge Neigh Bridge Country Park river Source to Sea start Thames UK Wild Places winter young https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/neigh-bridge Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:14:54 GMT
Swindon Advertiser "Photographer tells the Thames' intriguing story" https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/swindon-advertiser The Swindon Advertiser published an article about my Thames project on the 7th of February.

"Photographer tells the Thames' intriguing story".

 

You can see it online here 

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15075905.Photographer_tells_the_Thames__39__intriguing_story/

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Annette Price England Kayaking River Thames Thames UK adventure newspaper photographer photography report river source to sea swindon advertiser https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/swindon-advertiser Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:49:08 GMT
Source To Sea - February 4th - The Thames from Castle Eaton to a few miles downriver of Kempsford https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/source-to-sea-Kempsford The Thames from Castle Eaton to a few miles downriver of Kempsford.

It was chilli as we got onto the water at Castle Eaton. The staff at the Red Lion pub had kindly agreed to let us get on the water from their grassy back garden.  Paddler Neil Montgomery had joined me for this trip, helping with the car shuttle. It had been raining recently and the water had risen by at least a foot in the last few days, it moved swiftly, carrying our boats effortlessly along the river.

I was using my new underwater housing with a Fuji X-T10 mirrorless camera, the combination was working well. I will put a review of the Meikon housing that I am using on here soon.

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St Mary the Virgin, Castle EatonSt Mary the Virgin, Castle Eaton Hannington Bridge, near Kempsford.Hannington Bridge, near Kempsford.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts castle eaton England explore Hannington Bridge Kayaking Kempsford Landscapes photography river River Thames Source to Sea Thames UK water wild Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/2/source-to-sea-Kempsford Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:10:31 GMT
Source To Sea - January 28th - The Thames between Ashton Keynes and Lower Mill Estate https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/lower-mill-estate From Ashton Keynes, I set out upriver towards Lower Mill Estate.  The Thames path follows this stretch of the river which cuts through old gravel pit workings, now filled with water to form huge lakes in the surrounding area.  I wore wellies and an old drysuit so that I could take some of the pictures from the middle of the river. 

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This is the first significant piece of junk that has been thrown in the river that I have so far found while photographing the Thames between the Source and Lechlade. This stretch of river does appear to be very clean. 

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Lower Mill Estate

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts England English Landscapes River Thames Thames UK Wild Places river rural source to Sea water https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/lower-mill-estate Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:15:00 GMT
Source To Sea - January 28th, Ashton Keynes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/source-to-sea-ashton-keynes Ashton Keynes - the first village through which the Thames flows.

 Ashton Keynes is about six and a half miles from the official source of the River Thames and is the first village that the Thames flows through (as opposed to flowing past)Here the river splits into several channels, the main channel flowing through the village High Street where the houses on the West side each have their own bridge crossing the Thames.  

According to Wikipedia, the village was known as Aesctun in 800 AD and appeared in the Domesday Book, but its name has changed a number of times since then.

Yesterday I went to visit Ashton Keynes and in the village shop I met Tina, a lovely lady who has lived in the village all her life. I knew that flooding had been a constant problem for Ashton Keynes over it's long history, but Tina explained that the Thames has actually been diverted to reduce the risk of flooding.

Below are photographs of Ashton Keynes......

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts England English village Landscapes River Thames Thames UK history old river source to sea village https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/source-to-sea-ashton-keynes Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:41:55 GMT
Source To Sea - January 21st - Cricklade https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/source-to-sea-cricklade RIVER THAMES.

Saturday afternoon - Cricklade.

Saturday morning began very early as I photographed one mile downriver of the official source of the Thames, the point where spring water is currently rising from underground to form the beginning of the River Thames. Later in the morning I explored a little further down river taking a look at the Thames from underwater.

By mid-day I was back at my car for a quick change into dry kayaking kit before driving to Lechlade to meet Neil. We set up a car shuttle and got on the water at Cricklade, heading down stream. The winter sunlight was creating a very picture postcard Thames, with six-foot tall straw grasses glowing orange in the sunlight, contrasting with the blue sky and water.  The river was narrow and twisty, we were paddling through the Cotswolds with very little sign of humans, just the occasional farmhouse. 

Many trees have broken and fallen across the river, most are huge and look as though they may have collapsed under their own weight, or maybe through bank erosion. Some blocked the route completely, meaning we had to pull ourselves over fallen trees, limbo under others. Most of the trees were still growing and had rooted themselves in the river.  A few fallen trees formed grand arches - the tree growing both sides of the arch. 

Tangled straw dangled from tree branches and tree trunks like large straw wigs, they showed that previous river levels had been much higher.

There was one tree we couldn't get passed and had to portage. The banks were vertical walls of slippery mud and the water deeper than it looked. I was trying to help Neil get back on the water and slipped down the mud and up to my chin in water :-) 

Our get out was the bridge on Nell Hill, a road crossing the Thames shortly after the village of Kempsford, by that time it was virtually dark.  

 

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A tree arch

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Brocken tree - like so many others

Dead leaves dangle from a fallen tree indicating the previous height of the River Thames.Dead leaves dangle from a fallen tree indicating the previous height of the River Thames. Straw dangling from a tree gives an indication of the height of previous river levels

The River Thames between Cricklade and Castle Eaton.The River Thames between Cricklade and Castle Eaton. St Mary the Virgin, Castle Eaton, UKSt Mary the Virgin, Castle Eaton, UK Mary the Virgin, Castle Eaton

 

Night descends, we get off the river at the bridge on Nell Hill. Our kayaks are in a nearby field.Night descends, we get off the river at the bridge on Nell Hill. Our kayaks are in a nearby field.

Our boats in a field near Kempsford, where we got off the water.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Castle Eaton Cotswolds Cricklade Kempsford Landscapes River Thames Source to Sea St Mary the Virgin Thames UK Wild Places explore photography river https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/source-to-sea-cricklade Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:52:58 GMT
Source To Sea - January 21st - Underwater https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/source-to-sea-underwater RIVER THAMES

Underwater near Kemble

After photographing the sun rising over the water, where it first emerges from underground, I headed back to my car, which was parked on the A429 bridge. Feeling cold as I had got very wet, I stopped for a quick hot drink and a sandwich before putting my camera into an underwater housing and heading downstream to take underwater pictures of the River Thames.  

A local who saw me in the river with a camera called out "you won't see any fish in there, this part of the Thames dries out completely during the summer".  And he was right.  Over the course of the day, I spent several hours wading in the river and didn't see a single fish, despite the extreme clarity of the water.

 

Split level photograph of the River  Thames, just south of the A429, near Kemble.Split level photograph of the River Thames, just south of the A429, near Kemble.   Plant life underwater, just south of the A429, near Kemble.Plant life underwater, just south of the A429, near Kemble. Plant life underwater, just south of the A429, near Kemble.Plant life underwater, just south of the A429, near Kemble. Looking up from underwater through 'Snell's Window' River Thames near Kemble.Looking up from underwater through 'Snell's Window' River Thames near Kemble. Split level photograph of the River  Thames, just south of the A429, near Kemble.Split level photograph of the River Thames, just south of the A429, near Kemble. Plant life underwater, just south of the A429, near Kemble.Plant life underwater, just south of the A429, near Kemble. Plant life underwater, just south of the A429, near Kemble.Plant life underwater, just south of the A429, near Kemble. Split level photograph of the River  Thames, just south of the A429, near Kemble.Split level photograph of the River Thames, just south of the A429, near Kemble.

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts England Kemble River Thames Source Thames UK Wild Places aquatic aquatic plants clear plants river underwater https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/source-to-sea-underwater Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:23:28 GMT
Source To Sea - January 21st - One mile from the Source https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/source-to-sea---january-21st---one-mile-from-the-source RIVER THAMES

Misty Dawn One Mile from the Source.

For the past week and a half, I had been waiting patiently for the light to change, as forecasts had been showing grey skies over Kemble for days. But Saturday was looking promising, cold with a clear sky.

So Saturday morning I got up at silly o clock and drove to Kemble, parking on the bridge that crosses the Thames on the A429 and walked up river for a few hundred meters, as daylight started to appear and the mist began to rise over the water. This is currently where the Thames starts, where water begins rising from beneath the ground and is one mile from the official Source, which is dry at the moment.  Wearing my wellies and my not very waterproof trousers I carefully picked my way along the river, being careful not to trample the small green plants that are growing on the river bed, to get pictures from the river itself and not just from the bank.

Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames The course of the River Thames, 1.5 miles from the official Source of the river.The course of the River Thames, 1.5 miles from the official Source of the river. Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn near Lyd Well. The second bridge over the Thames is in the background. Near Kemble.Dawn near Lyd Well. The second bridge over the Thames is in the background. Near Kemble. Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames Dawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River ThamesDawn at Lyd Well. Water is currently emerging from underground forming the start of the River Thames

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts River Thames Source to Sea Thames UK Wild Places atmosphere beginning dawn early mist sun rise young Thames https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/source-to-sea---january-21st---one-mile-from-the-source Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:52:31 GMT
Source To Sea - January 8th - Lyd Well https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/lyd-well The 8th of January saw another visit to Kemble, near the source, starting at Lyd Well and heading downstream under the the A429 bridge and along the river, now filled with small green plants. It was another grey sky but this did create very soft lighting. Returning to my car it was nearly dusk and I entered one of the two tubes that form a curved tunnel for the river to flow through beneath the A429. There were long, think white spiders webs dangling from the roof so I set up my camera on a tripod and painted the tunnel with a powerful torch during a time exposure. 

The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble.The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble.

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The River Thames near Lyd Well,  Kemble. River Thames.The River Thames near Lyd Well, Kemble. River Thames. Course of the River Thames near the A429 bridge, near Kemble.Course of the River Thames near the A429 bridge, near Kemble. The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble.The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble. The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble.The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble. The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble.The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble. The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble.The River Thames, south of the A429, near Kemble.

Spiders webs dangle from the roof of a tunnel beneath the A429 Bridge, River Thames, near Kemble.Spiders webs dangle from the roof of a tunnel beneath the A429 Bridge, River Thames, near Kemble.

Spiders webs dangling from the roof, inside the river tunnel beneath the A429, near Kemble, one mile from the Source of the Thames.

Spiders webs dangle from the roof of a tunnel beneath the A429 Bridge, River Thames, near Kemble.Spiders webs dangle from the roof of a tunnel beneath the A429 Bridge, River Thames, near Kemble.

Spiders webs dangling from the roof, inside the river tunnel beneath the A429, near Kemble, one mile from the Source of the Thames.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Source to Sea Thames UK Wild Places clear explore nature river spring spring water winter https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/lyd-well Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:00:00 GMT
Source To Sea - January 7th - Lechlade https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/lechlade Exploring up-river from Lechlade.

Today Neil joined me for a recce paddle upriver from Lechlade.

We got into our kayaks and turned upriver paddling against the flow and immediately discovered the Riverside Lechlade Marina.  A series of passages that viewed on a map look like an old fashioned TV ariel, with a central spine and many arms branching off.  The marina is home to around a hundred houseboats and looks very much like a well-established community - I will be back another time to meet the residents and find out about their lives on the Thames. But today, we continue upstream for a few miles, exploring a couple of the narrow tributaries en-route. The river winds through low fields and flood planes before becoming narrower and more tree-lined with high banks.  Running out of light we headed back to Lechlade.

And there we met the zany and very friendly Martin from Swindon Watersports, who has a shop in Lechlade next to the bridge. Martin is a hardcore paddler who took glee in showing me his paddling scars from shooting waterfalls and other wild water adventures. His shop is small but well-stocked and filled with goodies for kayaking, sailing and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) - or at least according to Neil it is well stocked - I never actually got to look around his shop as I was too busy drinking the coffee he'd given me and watching wild YouTube videos of his paddling adventures.  

 

Tributary immediately up-river from Lechlade.Tributary immediately up-river from Lechlade. River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK.River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK. River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK.River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK. Bridge across a tributary . River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK.Bridge across a tributary . River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK. River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK.River Thames, up-river from Lechlade, UK. Bridge up-river from Lechlade. River Thames. UK.Bridge up-river from Lechlade. River Thames. UK. River bank suffering from erosion.  Lechlade. River Thames. UK.River bank suffering from erosion. Lechlade. River Thames. UK. Entrance to Lechlade Marina. River Thames, UK.Entrance to Lechlade Marina. River Thames, UK. Lechlade Marina. River Thames, UK.Lechlade Marina. River Thames, UK. Neil Montgomery in Lechlade Marina. River Thames, UK.Neil Montgomery in Lechlade Marina. River Thames, UK.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Lechlade River Thames Source to Sea Thames UK Wild Places adventure photography https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/lechlade Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:45:00 GMT
Source To Sea - January 6th - Cricklade and Lyd Well https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/cricklade Friday 6th January - First day of Source to Sea.

Today is a recci, the light is poor, flat grey sky, drizzling rain and dull.  I have come here to check out river access points etc and have driven to Cricklade, a small village in the Cotswold. It's approximately 9 miles from the Source of the Thames.  I didn't know if the water upstream of Cricklade would be deep enough to paddle so I brought with me both a kayak and wellies for wading.  The plan is to see how far I can follow the river towards the Source, the Thames path does not follow this section of the river closely.  I am pleased to find quickly flowing water at least 2 feet deep and a concrete slipway providing easy access.  As I climb into my boat the river banks are frozen and crispy. Paddling upstream against the flow, the river becomes narrow and twisting. Trees dangling their bare, wintry branches into the water are mixed with thorn-covered brambles creating prickly curtains across the water, which I have to carefully pick my way through, then duck under fallen tree trunks that partly block the river.

The river appears to split. Tall yellow grasses and dead bullrushes from last summer form a wall on the opposite bank.  The Thames has become very narrow and overgrown so I paddle up the tributary on the right to see where it takes me.  There is little sign of new life above water but below water new plants are growing vigorously, bright green leaves mixing with darker green mosses.  As I turn yet another tight bend  I am suddenly met by a thick barrier of bracken, brambles and a fallen tree that completely block the way.  Driving the boat up onto a mud bank I step into deep gloopy mud, it's the sort of mud that likes to suck the boots off your feet. Scrambling up the bank I find a large field lined with a wall of brambles between me and the river.

So I paddle back to the car and drive to the Source at Kemble.   

On the 30th of December, I had done a recce to the official Source and found a muddy field filled with cows and a dry ditch leading to a tombstone-shaped stone marking the beginning of the Thames - and the Thames path.  A ring of smaller stones has been placed on the ground forming a circle around the spring from which water occasionally surges up from underground before flowing down the ditch.  But there's no water today - so I head south-east - downstream.

In wellies and waterproofs, with the grey sky still drizzling, I cross a field to follow the empty ditch. After a few hundred meters it leads me to a bridge and the first signs of water.  About four inches deep and looking more like a puddle I can see that the water is actually tricking downstream through the grass and small water plants.  I cross to the other side of the bridge and am amazed at what lies before me.   A river of clear spring water peppered with a bright carpet of green plants.  Water is coming up out of the ground all around me and little strings of bubbles appear and disappear.  I find the old stone Roman well; Lyd Well, from which water is quietly surging up from underground and am on the edge of a forest, except it looks more like a mangrove swamp than a UK forest.  Many of the trees are very old. A low crumbling bridge with several holes for the water to flow through crosses the river, linking the swamped forest on the north bank with fields on the south bank.  I'm really looking forward to returning when the light is more interesting and with a camera in an underwater housing....

 

Cricklade - River ThamesCricklade - River Thames My kayak on the slipway at Cricklade, River Thames.

Cricklade - River ThamesCricklade - River Thames

The River Thames upstream from Cricklade

 

Thames Head. River Thames, Kemble.Thames Head. River Thames, Kemble.

This is the spot marked on Google maps as "Thames Head"

 

Dry river bed, near the Source of the River Thames, Kemble.Dry river bed, near the Source of the River Thames, Kemble.

The River Thames - just a ditch. 

 

First water visible in the River Thames,  January 2017. 1 mile from the Source at Kemble.First water visible in the River Thames, January 2017. 1 mile from the Source at Kemble. This is the first water in the Thames at the moment. It's coming from underground.

First water visible in the River Thames,  January 2017. 1 mile from the Source at Kemble.First water visible in the River Thames, January 2017. 1 mile from the Source at Kemble.

The second bridge over the River Thames. 1 mile from the source at Kemble.The second bridge over the River Thames. 1 mile from the source at Kemble.

Upstream of the second bridge over the Thames.  The water seen in the above pictures is trickling through the two tubes. 

 

Lyd Well. River ThamesLyd Well. River Thames

Lyd Well - just downstream from the bridge.

 

Spring water rising from underground near the source of the River Thames. Kemble.Spring water rising from underground near the source of the River Thames. Kemble.

Spring water from underground is forming the beginning of the River Thames

 

The third bridge over the River Thames. Appr 1 mile from the source of the  Thames. Near Kemble.The third bridge over the River Thames. Appr 1 mile from the source of the Thames. Near Kemble.

The third bridge over the Thames.

 

My car with kayak parked on  the A433 near the Source of the River Thames.My car with kayak parked on the A433 near the Source of the River Thames. My car and kayak parked alongside the A433, near the Source of the Thames

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts England January Landscapes photography River Source to Sea Thames UK winter https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/cricklade Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:57:38 GMT
Source to Sea - The Beginning - January https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/january January 2017 - This month's photography will be from the Source of the River Thames to Lechlade

 

So where do I start? Where is the Source?

The source of the River Thames is at Kemble near Cirencester, it starts in a field called Trewsbury Mead, just north-east of the A433.

or does it....

Although this is the official start point according to the Environment Agency and Ordnance Survey it is not universally accepted. Some historians believe that a Roman well called Lyd Well, which is one mile south-east of the official source, is the true start point of the Thames - more on that later...

Water in the first few miles of the Thames is seasonal and for most of the year it is dry. The Parish of Coberley in the Cotswolds claim the Thames really starts at Severn Springs, which is 4 miles south of Cheltenham - and they might be right.  Severn Springs is the beginning of the River Churn which joins the Thames at Cricklade, providing a constant, unbroken flow of water all year round, unlike the official Source at Kemble.  If Severn Springs is the true beginning then it adds 14 miles to the length of the River Thames making the Thames the longest river in the UK.

For this project I am going to treat the start of the Thames as being the official Source at Kemble, but I will be visiting Severn Springs and the River Churn too.

 

The Source of the River Thames in Trewsbury Mead field, Kemble.  After heavy rain, water emerges from an underground spring inside the ring of stones. 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts England Kayaking Landscapes Source to sea Thames UK adventure explore journey river travel waterway https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2017/1/january Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:16:00 GMT
Source To Sea - a photographic exploration of the Thames https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/source-to-sea-a-photographic-exploration-of-the-thames Source to Sea

For 2017 I have decided to photograph the River Thames from Source to Sea from a kayak.  

My aim is to get intimate images of the river by being very close to it, on it - maybe even at times - in it.   To show how it changes in character as it grows, flowing towards the sea and how it changes through the seasons.  I will begin photographing the Source of the Thames in January and will have reached the sea by December.

By using a kayak, I can get into little nooks and crannies that can't be accessed any other way and will photograph the Thames when it's raining, during the day, night, fog, mist, sun - and hopefully snow - and I can't wait to get started.....

I have been paddling kayaks on the central London River Thames between Richmond and the Thames Barrier for over twenty years and have often explored other areas of the river too, sometimes photographing it. It is a fascinating, meandering waterway that starts as a ditch in the Cotswolds, becomes tidal at Teddington and ends by flowing into to the sea at Shoeburyness on the north bank and Sheerness on the south bank. 

Below is a map showing how I have divided the river into twelve sections, each will form a mini-project which, together, will tell the story of a one-year journey from Source to Sea.  The map is interactive, click on the numbers to see where each point is.

 

Here are a few images of the Thames shot from a kayak....

The Lots Road Power Station, River Thames, LondonThe Lots Road Power Station, River Thames, London  

The Lots Road Power Station

 

Albert Bridge, River Thames, LondonAlbert Bridge, River Thames, London

Albert Bridge 

 

Wandsworth Bridge, River Thames, LondonWandsworth Bridge, River Thames, London

Wandsworth Bridge 

 

The London Eye, River Thames, London.The London Eye, River Thames, London.

The London Eye

  Kayaking on the River Thames,  approaching Hammersmith Bridge. LondonKayaking on the River Thames, approaching Hammersmith Bridge. London

Hammersmith Bridge

 

Southwark Bridge and the Shard. River Thames, LondonSouthwark Bridge and the Shard. River Thames, London

Southwark Bridge and the Shard. 

 

  Southwark Bridge. River Thames, LondonSouthwark Bridge. River Thames, London

Southwark Bridge

 

The City, River Thames,  LondonThe City, River Thames, London

The City, River Thames,  London

  Tower Bridge, River Thames. LondonTower Bridge, River Thames. London

Tower Bridge

 

 

To get the next two pictures, I did get out of my boat.  These two paddlers were playing on Shepperton Weir - probably not what most people would expect to find on the Thames....

Kayaking on Shepperton Weir, River Thames, UKKayaking on Shepperton Weir, River Thames, UK Kayaking on Shepperton Weir, River Thames, UKKayaking on Shepperton Weir, River Thames, UK

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking London Thames UK adventure photography project river river thames source to sea urban https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/source-to-sea-a-photographic-exploration-of-the-thames Thu, 22 Dec 2016 02:00:21 GMT
Day 7 - River Dart https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day7-river-dart Seven Day Nature Photography Challenge

Day Seven.

This photo I took recently while paddling the "Loop section" of the River Dart in Dartmoor. For those of you who have paddled and know this river this picture was taken just above Triple Falls.

 

On Facebook I have been challenged to post one photograph per day of 'Nature' and am posting those pictures here too....

River Dart, UKRiver Dart, UK

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Dartmoor England Landscapes UK autumn river water wild https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day7-river-dart Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:15:00 GMT
Day 6 - Bee https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-6-bee Seven Day Nature Photography Challenge

Day Six.

Bee sitting on a dahlia in an English urban garden. 

An interesting article appeared in the Guardian recently explaining how research shows that neonicotinoid pesticide reduces the ability of bees to learn and remember.  This is preventing them to learning how to 'shake' pollen out of certain plants and therefore not pollinating them correctly.  To learn more read the article here

 

On Facebook I have been challenged to post one photograph per day of 'Nature' and am posting those pictures here too....

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts England English UK bee close dahlia flower garden insect pollinator wild https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-6-bee Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:05:00 GMT
Day 5 - Ystradfellte Waterfalls https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-5-ystradfellte-waterfalls Seven Day Nature Photography Challenge

Day Five.

Sgwˆd Isaf Clun-Gwyn.  Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons, South Wales.

Sgwˆd Isaf Clun-Gwyn is one of four spectacular waterfalls near the village of Ystradfellte on the River Mellte.    If you are ever in the Brecon Beacons - the Four Waterfalls walk is a must do...

On Facebook I have been challenged to post one photograph per day of 'Nature' and am posting those pictures here too....

Sgwˆd Isaf Clun-Gwyn. River Mellte, Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons, Wales,UKSgwˆd Isaf Clun-Gwyn. River Mellte, Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons, Wales,UK

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Brecon Beacons Landscapes UK Wales Wild Places adventure four waterfalls walk photography river water waterfall wild https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-5-ystradfellte-waterfalls Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:33:34 GMT
Day 4 - Usk Reservoir https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-4---usk-reservoir Seven Day Nature Photography Challenge

Day Three.

The River Usk reservoir in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales.

It was three or four years ago and we had travelled to the Brecon Beacons for a weekend of caving photography, but spent the first day walking over the mountains and around the Usk reservoir, when I spotted this landscape. I was drawn to the moss coated branches, arching into the water, forming semi-circles and reflecting in the calm water. 

On Facebook I have been challenged to post one photograph per day of 'Nature' and am posting those pictures here too....

 

Usk  Reservoir,  Brecon, Wales, UKUsk Reservoir, Brecon, Wales, UK

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Brecon Beacons Kayaking UK Usk Usk Reservoir Wales Wild Places fine art fineart landscape print reservoir trees https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-4---usk-reservoir Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:34:11 GMT
Day 3 - Straw Formation https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-3---straw-formation Seven Day Nature Photography Challenge

Day Three.

Straw formation in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales.

Straw formations are created by water dripping from the same spot for thousands of years. Each time a drop of water falls off, it leaves a tiny trace of minerals, mostly calcite, that were dissolved into the water as it trickled through the cave. These calcite deposits gradually build up until a hollow straw is formed. Straws can grow to be several meters long and are incredibly fragile. On average, they take approximately 150 years per centimetre to grow - but that does depend on drip speed and how much mineral is contained in those drips. 

This photograph was taken for DSLR User magazine, as part of a feature on cave photography.

On Facebook I have been challenged to post one photograph per day of 'Nature' and am posting those pictures here too.... A 'Straw' cave formation in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, Wales, UKA 'Straw' cave formation in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, Wales, UK

 

#cave #straw #formation, #Wales. #BreconBeacons

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Brecon Beacons Caves and Mines Wales adventure explore formation underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-3---straw-formation Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:45:00 GMT
Day 2 - Maen Llia Standing Stone https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-2-maen-llia-standing-stone Seven Day Nature Photography Challenge

Day Two. Maen Llia Standing Stone.

It was around midnight, during the summer, that I headed off into the Welsh mountains to photograph the Maen Llia Standing Stone. This stone is believed to have been carried here 20,000 years ago by a glacier and erected by our ancestors 4,000 years ago. I also made an eight-second stop-frame video of the stars and clouds that night which can be seen herehttp://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/maen-llia-video


On Facebook I have been challenged to post one photograph per day of 'Nature' and will post those pictures here too.
 

Maen Llia Standing StoneMaen Llia Standing Stone

 

#Standingstone #breconbeacons #MaenLlia #Wales #history #archaeology

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Brecon Beacons Landscapes Wales Wild Places archaeology history https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/day-2-maen-llia-standing-stone Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:30:00 GMT
Day 1 - The Berbice River, Guyana, South America https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/the-berbice-river-guyana-south-america Seven Day Nature Photography Challenge

Day One.

Ituni, Berbice River, Guyana.

I took this picture while working as the photographer on a three-month expedition in South America.

It was early in the morning and the mist was starting to lift from this beautiful river.  Ituni is a very small Amerindian village in the South American jungle and the only opportunity the locals had to trade the rice, plantain and other goods they had grown, was onboard a boat - a floating market - that travelled down the river once every two weeks.  The pontoon in Ituni had fallen into disrepair and the locals had to use dugout canoes to get to and from the boat, making trade difficult.  As part of the expedition, we helped to repair the pontoon.

On Facebook I have been challenged to post one photograph per day of 'Nature' and will post those pictures here too.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts America Landscapes South America expedition mist morning palm tree photographer photography tree https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/the-berbice-river-guyana-south-america Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:43:40 GMT
Canoeists Xmas Course https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/canoeists-xmas-course This is how the Richmond and Twickenham Times used my picture.  It appeared in the 2nd of December's edition, page 3. 

See my full article and more pictures here 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Christmas Kayaking London Thames UK article festive https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/12/canoeists-xmas-course Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:54:44 GMT
Canoe Club kicks off the Christmas dinner season with a splash https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/pbcc-christmas-dinner Canoeists float their boats for Christmas dinner

25 canoeists kicked off the Christmas season with a splash by kayaking the Oxford to Cambridge Boat Race course for Christmas dinner.

Wearing Santa outfits, the Putney Bridge Canoe Club members paddled the four-mile course from Barn Elms to The Ship pub in Mortlake, on Sunday 27th of November. It was a choppy start but the river became calmer as the wind dropped beneath Barns Bridge.

The Ship pub, built in 1781, is best known for being the pub at the end of the Boat Race.

Upon arrival, the kayaks were stacked in the beer garden, while the canoeists enjoyed a three-course meal in the warmth of the pub.

Once the sun had gone down and the tide had turned, the canoeists returned to Barn Elms, paddling on the inky black Thames; a flotilla of little boats, each lit with white lights and some wrapped in strings of colourful Christmas lights, reflecting on the water.

Chairman of PBCC, Geoffrey Onyett, organised the event several months ago, planning it to coincide with the tides.

Mr Onyett said ”We needed an incoming tide to help us reach The Ship by 1pm for the Christmas dinner and an outgoing tide for the return journey after dark. The Ship is a good location, distance wise, from the club's base at Barn Elms for a kayaking trip suitable for all abilities. It has very good food at a good price, professional staff, nobody was given the wrong dinner and everyone enjoyed it.”

Putney Bridge Canoe Club has eighty-five members and is based at Barn Elms.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts England Kayaking London River Thames Thames UK exercise experience freedom natural nature outdoors party river sport urban https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/pbcc-christmas-dinner Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:45:00 GMT
Whitewater - the River Dart - Day 2 - Saturday https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/whitewater---the-river-dart---day-2 Whitewater - the River Dart - Saturday 19th November

This was the second of two days of photographing the Loop section of the River Dart, in Dartmoor. 

The water level was a little higher than yesterday, so was slightly bouncier.  We were a larger group today as more friends from the two canoe clubs, Putney Bridge Canoe Club and Cherwell Canoe Club, had joined us. Like yesterday, most of the photography was done from a kayak, although I did get out a couple of times to get a different viewpoint. 

 

 

More pictures can be seen in the Gallery - Kayaking

 

Information for paddlers http://riverdart.co.uk/kayakers

The Dart Fisheries Association and the British Canoe Union have an agreement which permits paddlers to paddle the River Dart

From Newbridge between the 1st of October 2016 and the 13th of March 2017

and 

From Dartmeet between the 15th October 2016 and the 13th of March 2017

Putney Bridge Canoe Club 

Cherwell Canoe Club

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Dartmoor England Kayaking UK Wild Places adventure autumn canoe canoeing kayak recreation river sport watersport whitewater wild https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/whitewater---the-river-dart---day-2 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:45:00 GMT
Whitewater - the River Dart - Day 1 - Friday https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/whitewater---the-river-dart Whitewater - the River Dart - Friday 18th November

This was the first of two days photographing the Loop section of the River Dart, in Dartmoor. 

The water level was low, so it was an easy paddle, scrappy in places, grade two with a small number of grade three features. For non-paddlers, this means mostly small waves and obstacles such as rocks, which are reasonably easy to avoid, with the occasional larger rapid, for which more attention is needed.  The autumnal river banks were stunning with the trees and ground covered in warm coloured leaves.  We were a group of 11 paddlers, friends from two canoe clubs, Putney Bridge Canoe Club and Cherwell Canoe Club.  Most of the photography was done from a kayak, although I did get out a couple of times to get a higher viewpoint. My aim was to show non-paddlers why white water paddling is such a wonderful experience. 

More pictures from this weekend can be seen in the Gallery - Kayaking

 

Information for paddlers http://riverdart.co.uk/kayakers

The Dart Fisheries Association and the British Canoe Union have an agreement which permits paddlers to paddle the River Dart

From Newbridge between the 1st of October 2016 and the 13th of March 2017

and 

From Dartmeet between the 15th October 2016 and the 13th of March 2017

Putney Bridge Canoe Club 

Cherwell Canoe Club

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Dartmoor England Kayaking UK Wild Places adventure autumn canoe canoeing kayak landscape watersport whitewater wild https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/whitewater---the-river-dart Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:21:33 GMT
Ystradfellte Watefalls https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/ystradfellte-watefalls The Waterfalls walk in Ystradfellte, South Wales, is spectacular this time of year. There has not been much rainfall lately so the there is not a great deal of water tumbling over the falls, but the autumn leaf fall and light coupled with the growth of moss on the stones more than makes up for this. 

More pohotographs of the Ystradfellte waterfalls can be seen here http://www.h2ophotography.com/river-mellte

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes Wild Places Ystradfellte autumn autumnal landscape south wales uk wales warm waterfall waterfalls https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/ystradfellte-watefalls Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:02:01 GMT
Putney to Tower Bridge by kayak - as day turns to night https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/putney-to-tower-bridge Putney through central London to Tower Bridge by kayak as day turns to night

10 November 2016,

Our journey began at Barn Elms which is slightly up river from Putney Bridge and is where the kayaks are kept. As we got into our little boats hailstones pounded the water - and us. I was paddling with my friend Rick Stanton, a cave explorer who, in the last few years, has become a dedicated paddler, he lives in Coventry and took a train to London for the day. The aim of this journey was to photograph the Thames from Putney through Central London to Tower Bridge, while day turned to night. Our journey took us past houseboats, two power stations both currently being redeveloped as flats, beneath 20 London Bridges, past the Houses of parliament, the London Eye and onto HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge.

The sun was setting as we reached Albert Bridge and as day turned into night a large moon appeared brightly above the Shard. We stopped for a five-minute break on the beach at Tower Bridge for some hot Ribena before paddling back to Barn Elms with the incoming tide on an inky black river.

 

A larger selection of pictures can be seen here http://www.h2ophotography.com/london-by-kayak

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking London Thames Urban Spaces adventure day explore kayak night paddle river uk urban urban adventure https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/putney-to-tower-bridge Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:47:06 GMT
Caving in OFD (Ogof Ffynnon Ddu) cave in South Wales https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/ofd-ogof-ffynnon-ddu Caving in OFD (Ogof Ffynnon Ddu) cave in South Wales  

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines OFD Ogof Ffynnon Ddu adventure cave caving dark explore space uk underground wales https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/11/ofd-ogof-ffynnon-ddu Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:45:00 GMT
Caves of South Wales Calendar 2017 https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/10/caves-of-south-wales-calendar-2017 Today my Caves of South Wales Calendar 2017 is going to the printer.  The A4 calendar opens to A3 and is filled with unusual and beautiful photographs of caves

Thanks to my caving friends from Croydon Caving Club http://www.croydoncavingclub.org.uk who have been kind enough to put up with me and my camera, when I've needed to set up a shot and they have just wanted to get on with the caving trip.

One pound from each calendar sold will be donated to Mid and South Wales Cave Rescue Team.   http://www.smwcrt.org

All the pages from the calendar can be seen  here http://www.h2ophotography.com/calendar-2017 where the calendar can also be purchased on-line.

I can't wait to receive the finished calendars from the printer.....

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) 2017 All Posts Caves and Mines Christmas Wales calendar caving gift underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/10/caves-of-south-wales-calendar-2017 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:56:32 GMT
Commission from the BCU Lifeguards https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/10/commission-from-the-bcu-lifeguards SATURDAY 17 September

SUNDAY 18th September

Commission from the BCU Lifeguards

The British Canoe Union Lifeguards provide kayak support  for open water swimming events such as triathlons.  Hundreds of swimmers take part in these events and the kayak support teams must ensure their safety.

The BCU Lifeguards ran a training weekend for paddlers who need to be able to quickly spot a swimmer that is in trouble and rescue that person. They also need be able to recognise when someone is struggling - long before a serious condition develops - such as a swimmer that is too cold, showing signs of disorientation, cramp etc. and know how to help them.

I was commissioned to photograph the weekend's activities for the BCU Lifeguards to use in promotional material, instructional printed guides and create a visual record of the weekend.   This included classroom, field work and on the water. 

 

More pictures can be seen here http://www.h2ophotography.com/bcu-kayak-lifeguard-training

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking bcu commission commissioned lifeguard rescue safety save swim swimming training triathlon uk water https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/10/commission-from-the-bcu-lifeguards Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:45:00 GMT
Stop Frame Video - Tower Bridge lifts for the cruise ship "Silver Wind" https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/7/silver-wind The cruise ship "Silver Wind" 

According to the Tower Bridge lift timetable, Tower Bridge was scheduled to lift for the cruise ship Silver Wind at 3:45 this afternoon. I arrived early to do a recce and find the best position to photograph it from.   London Bridge gave me a  high uncluttered view point. At 3:40 I could see the big white shape of the cruise ship looming behind Tower Bridge. Three minutes later I started taking photographs and had set my remote timer to take one photograph every two seconds. Four hundred photographs later, the Silver Wind had moored next to the battleship.

London's Tower Bridge lifts for the cruise ship "Silver Wind"

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts urban spaces video https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/7/silver-wind Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:03:49 GMT
Hollow Mountain - disused mines - project up-date https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/hollow-mountain---disused-mines---project-up-date Today I up-dated the Hollow Mountain project page 

'Hollow Mountain' a photographic documentary.

Deep beneath the surface, disused and abandoned mines are visually inspiring, dangerous, often difficult to get into and filled with the twisted, rusting remnants of our rich, mining past. They are historically, politically and geographically important.

Due to past mining activity, mountains once solid are now filled with enormous empty spaces; big enough to fit a sky scraper inside; Rhosydd Slate Mine, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, is one of several mountains in north Wales, which are literally hollow, just a shell remains, littered inside with piles of broken slate from collapsed mine passages and room sized chunks of slate that have fallen from the roof. The remains of crumbling passages and tunnels, railway tracks and trucks used to remove the slate remain scattered through miles of broken passageways. This mine, like many others, is geologically unstable and constantly collapsing. 

The beautiful Cae Coch sulphur mine, also in north Wales, was dug on a steep incline, it has crumbling decaying rock surfaces glowing with multi coloured bacteria, peppered with orange and red pools of sulphur where bacteria feed on the chemicals and minerals adding to it's rainbow of colours. Wooden beams supporting the roof are decaying, being eaten by bacteria and rotting from damp. 

The Dinas Rock silica mines in south Wales have miles of passageways with large rock pillars supporting the roof and passages filled with water. Again there is much evidence of past mining activity with caverns and tunnels that sometimes disappear into a deep void, while others close down and go nowhere.

http://www.h2ophotography.com/hollow-mountain

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/hollow-mountain---disused-mines---project-up-date Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:38:43 GMT
The Nave https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/the-nave "The Nave" is an amazing formation in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK.  To reach it, cavers have to use SRT (single Rope Technique)  abseiling down vertical cave shafts.  this magnificent formation took tens of thousands of years to form.  

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines caving underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/the-nave Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:16:17 GMT
The Wiener Riesenrad - Vienna's Giant Ferris Wheel https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/vienna-giant-wheel-austria The Wiener Riesenrad -  Giant Ferris Wheel, Vienna, Austria

Inside the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, Vienna, is one of the earliest Ferris wheels ever built and at 64.75-metre (212 ft) tall it was the tallest in the world between 1920 and 1985.  It was featured in a 1949 British film noir, called "the Third Man" directed by Carol Reed and starred Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten,Trevor Howa and Alida Valli,  Constructed in 1897 by the English engineer Lieutenant Walter Bassett Bassett, it celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I.  

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts urban spaces https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/vienna-giant-wheel-austria Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:11:00 GMT
Maen Llia - Video https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/maen-llia-video Maen Llia Standing Stone - Video.

It was about mid-night when I began photographing Maen Llia, a standing stone in the Welsh mountains near Ystradfellte.  I had taken 81 exposure of the stars with the aim of combining them to make a star trail.  But I have also used the same images to create this short video

To learn more about Maen Llia see my earlier post here

Maen Llia Video

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes video https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/maen-llia-video Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:00:00 GMT
Bryn Gwern Gardens https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/bryn-gwern-gardens Bryn Gwern Gardens, Dolgellau, Wales.


This enchanting garden is only open to the public two or three days a year.  The house with two acres of land was bought by a mid-wife nearly thirty years ago, at that time the land had been covered in trees and bracken and she decided she was going to change it. Gradually she cleared the land and built this beautiful garden in the hills overlooking Dolgellau with views to Cader Idris. The garden was designed around natural features including streams and ponds and is a haven for wildlife too.

I was staying in Dolgellau, Wales, for a week to photograph disused mines in the area. Sunday 15th May was a beautiful evening and having spent the day underground, I was pleased to find this enchanting garden just round the corner from the cottage we were staying in.  It was late in the evening and the garden was technically closed, but we were welcomed with open arms and told to enjoy the garden!

The money raised from opening the garden to the public a few days a years is helping to raise funds for cancer charities and a local home for elderly residents.

The garden is next open Sunday 24 July 2016 (10am - 5pm). Admission £3.50, children free. Cream teas available.



Bryn Gwern
Llanfachreth
Dolgellau
Gwynedd
Gwynedd
LL40 2DH

Visits can be arranged outside of the organised dates by arrangement between March and October - contact:

H O & P D Nurse
01341 450 255
antique_pete@btinternet.com

Website

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/bryn-gwern-gardens Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:14:13 GMT
Porth Yr Ogof cave https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/porth-yr-ogof-cave This is the entrance to Porth Yr Ogof cave in Brecon, South Wales. It was dusk and had been raining heavily, the river level in the cave entrance was a couple of feet deep. I waded into the cave and used a powerful torch to light the inside of the cave. 
‪#‎cave‬ ‪#‎photography‬ ‪#‎Wales‬ ‪#‎Brecon‬

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines caving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/porth-yr-ogof-cave Sun, 29 May 2016 09:15:00 GMT
30 new postcards for the New Inn's shop, Ystradfellte, Wales https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/5/30-new-postcards-for-the-new-inns-shop-ystradfellte-wales Here are the postcards that I have had printed for Kathy, at the New Inn in Ystradfellte.

I'm really excited about these cards, they have been beautifully printed and look great. Kathy is opening a shop above her pub and asked me to provide her with postcards, mugs and other souvenirs.  I have only had one of each design printed, so  Kathy has thirty different cards to choose from and I guess we will probably print about ten of them :-)

#Postcards #print #Wales #waterfalls, #historical #mines #caves

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines caving waterfalls https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/5/30-new-postcards-for-the-new-inns-shop-ystradfellte-wales Fri, 27 May 2016 15:18:41 GMT
Caver exploring Cwmorthin Slate mine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/caver-exploring-cwmorthin-slate-mine Caver Peter Hamilton dangling over a deep shaft in Cwmorthin Slate mine, near Blaenau Ffestiniog. Pete was sliding along a metal wire using a pulley, attached to the harness he was wearing. Several of these wire traverses have been installed into this part of the mine and link together so Pete continued along the passage and disappeared into the darkness. When he returned - it was my go 

‪#‎adventure‬ ‪#‎mine‬ ‪#‎photography‬ ‪#‎explore‬

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/6/caver-exploring-cwmorthin-slate-mine Thu, 26 May 2016 09:00:00 GMT
Maen Llia Ancient Standing Stone https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/5/maen-llia-ancient-standing-stone Maen Llia Ancient Standing Stone.

Cathy from the New Inn pub in Ystradfellte, is opening a gift shop and had asked me to produce a number of postcards for her and other gifts featuring the local caves, mines and landscape. It was nearly mid-night when I headed out under a moonless and star lit sky, and I spent an hour and a half with this stone photographing star trails. Whisps of clouds raced across the sky, close to the horizon and were lit by light from distant towns and villages. Even here in the middle of the Brecon Beacons, upon a mountain, there is still light along the horizon in every direction.  

Maen Llia is a standing stone made of calcrete, an unusual form of old red sandstone formed on calcareous materials as a result of climatic fluctuations in arid and semiarid regions, it is not found in the Brecon Beacons where it stands and was possibly carried here by a glacier 20,000 years ago.  It is believed that our ancestors of 4,000 years ago erected this stone, it's purpose is unknown but it may have been to mark an important site, a boundary, a route or had religious meaning.

According to local folk law, during mid-summer's night Maen Llia walks to the near-by river to drink, it's shadow apparently does point towards the river at that time.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/5/maen-llia-ancient-standing-stone Thu, 05 May 2016 08:26:33 GMT
Star trails over the River Ceou, France https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/4/star-trails-over-the-river-ceou-france Star Trails - River Céou, south-western France.

A few nights ago, at mid-night I was standing on a bridge over the River Céou at Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in south west France.  My camera on a tripod and set up for time-lapse photography -  to take thirty, 1 minute exposures of the scene so that I could later combine the images into one picture to create star trails.  Eerily quite, I could hear the barking and howling of foxes, bats occasionally flitted over head and around the trees and the water gently bubbled beneath my feet.  Jupiter was very bright and caused the thick white line seen amongst the stars.  A few satellites and aeroplanes crossed the sky, creating lines that cut across the stars in different directions, their flashing lights forming a string of dashes.  The orange glow is not from the setting sun as the sun had gone down several hours before, it is light from the neighbouring villages - probably Cénac-et-Saint-Julien. The  River Céou is  34 miles long and flows into  the River Dordogne, just a short distance downriver from where I was standing.  

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes starscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/4/star-trails-over-the-river-ceou-france Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:46:11 GMT
Star Lit Bramshill Lakes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/3/star-lit-bramshill-lakes I returned to Bramhill Lake to further explore it photographically.  This time the moon was in the west and throwing a wonderful cool, soft light over the landscape.  Unlike my previous visit,  I barely needed to use the torch I had brought with me.  Whispy clouds were gathering, threatening to cover up the stars, but they didn't.  To the north was an orange glow created by light pollution from Reading, approximately ten miles away, but looking more like the glow of a sunset. If you would like to purchase prints, they are available through this website...

‪#‎star‬ ‪#‎photography‬ ‪#‎astro‬ ‪#‎nightsky‬ #bramshill #night

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/3/star-lit-bramshill-lakes Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:45:00 GMT
Bramshill Lake https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/3/bramshill-lake Star lit Bramshill Lake

The Bramshill Lakes, near Wokingham, Reading, were created as a result of gravel extraction and are surrounded by forest.    A few nights ago the sky was clear and dark, the new moon having set, so I decided to photograph it.     It was a cold night, silent and still apart from the coots, I saw a number of shooting stars streaking across the sky.  If you would like to purchase prints, they are available through this website...

‪#‎star‬ ‪#‎photography‬ ‪#‎astro‬ ‪#‎nightsky‬ #bramshill #night

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Wild Places landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/3/bramshill-lake Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:17:13 GMT
Paddling the rising Thames https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/7/paddling-the-rising-thames Three paddlers left Barn Elms, near Putney, paddling to the White Swan pub, opposite Eel Pie Island, nine miles up river. The weather forecast was for heavy rain and as we got onto the water the heavens opened and the river became a carpet of raindrops bouncing back into the air as they landed on the river's surface. Paddling with the incoming tide, we reached Eel Pie island a couple of hours later. The water was about three feet from the road when we arrived and it was still almost an hour until high water.

While inside the pub having lunch, the tide continued to rise and quickly flooded the road.  In the patio area across the road, a gas bottle and several wooden barrels started to float. A metal bin floated into the road and sank in front of a silver car, which had been parked in front of the pub. No one in the pub knew who owned the silver car.

Unfortunately by high tide the silver car was standing in river water that was now one and a half feet deep. It's owner, a builder who had been working near by, returned to his car and tried to start it. The car moved a few feet, coughed and spewed a large amount of white gunge from the engine and wheel arches then died. The tide retreated as quickly as it had come in. The builders were hoping the car would be ok when it dried out, I doubt it was. We paddled back to Barn Elms thinking about the poor guys whose car had just drowned, It was still raining, the river looked stark, grey and desolate but somehow beautiful - as it always does.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/7/paddling-the-rising-thames Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:30:00 GMT
SRT (Single Rope Technique) practice. https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/3/srt-single-rope-technique-practice SRT (Single Rope Technique) practice. 

 

Last Friday I photographed caver Neil Montgomery practicing SRT techniques on Dinas Rock in Brecon, South Wales. SRT is used for moving up and down ropes in vertical shafts in caves and Dinas Rock proved to be a useful place to practice abseiling, change-overs (changing direction part way up or down the rope and going the other way) passing a knot in the rope etc.  

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts caving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/3/srt-single-rope-technique-practice Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:08:46 GMT
Exploring the Cave of the Black Spring https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/3/cave-of-the-black-mountain Caving in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave - cave of the Black Spring. OFD is inside a mountain at Penwyllt in the Upper Swansea Valley in South Wales and has over 50 kilometers of passages. Saturday I photographed a group of cavers, climbing and squeezing their way through the cave. Photography in a cave environment is always a challenge, physically protecting the camera equipment from mud, water, grit, sand and getting bashed, and having to carry all equipment while caving. We had a few novice cavers with us, so there wasn't time to set up lighting and pose images as they might have got cold waiting around, so these pictures had to be taken quickly, while the group was on the move.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caving underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/3/cave-of-the-black-mountain Wed, 02 Mar 2016 20:46:06 GMT
"The Nave" formations in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave. https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/2/-the-nave "The Nave" in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK"The Nave" in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK"The Nave" is a set of spectacular cave formations in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK

This spectacular formation is known as "the Nave" in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, a cave inside the mountains surrounding Penwyllt in the Upper Swansea Valley, South Wales.  I visited the formations with a few caving friends to photograph it.  To reach the formations, we had to use SRT equipment.  for non-cavers SRT (Single Rope Technique) allowed us to abseil down a series of vertical shafts to reach the formations, then return by climbing back up the ropes - again using SRT techniques.  

 

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Peter Hamilton at the bottom  of the second pitch "The Nave" in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK"The Nave" in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK"The Nave" is a set of spectacular cave formations in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK "The Nave" in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK"The Nave" in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UKA caver in "The Nave" in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK

Caver Charlie Peacock wearing SRT equipment "The Nave" in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UKCaves outsde the top entrance to Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave, South Wales, UK Here are my four caving friends having just climbed out of the cave.   Left to right:

  • Peter Hamilton
  • Claire Peacock
  • Neil Montgomery
  • Charlie Peacock
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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts caving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2016/2/-the-nave Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:32:52 GMT
Klondyke Mill https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/11/klondyke-mill Klondyke Mill is near Trefriw in north Wales. It was constructed in 1900 and was an ore processing mill, built to receive ore from the near-by Pandora mine. But the mine wasn't profitable and closed in 1905. The mill closed in 1911 and is now a registered ancient monument,despite it's state of disrepair. I visited this mill while exploring mines in north Wales recently.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) Abandoned All Posts https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/11/klondyke-mill Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:43:01 GMT
Calendar 2016 https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/11/calendar-2016 This year's Welsh Mine's Calendar for 2016 has just arrived on my door-mat, from the printer.  

It is an A4 booklet style calendar, which opens out to A3 and features a selection of images from disused mines in mid-west and north Wales.

Back coverBack cover Images include the fascinating 'car graveyard' in Gaewern Slate Mine and the largest underground water wheel in the UK, which is in Yastrad Einion copper mine. This is a very unusual calendar and includes information about the mines photographed. 

The Calendar has a gloss laminated cover, 28 pages, wirobind in the center and a drilled hanger hole

You can see the calendar pages here and purchase a calendar if you wish

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Disused Mines Underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/11/calendar-2016 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:50:56 GMT
The Classic Car Graveyard - Gaewern Slate Mine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/the-classic-car-graveyard-gaewern-slate-mine Gaewern Slate Mine near Corris, mid-west Wales was first mined in the 1800's and closed in 1970.  It is a maze of huge black chambers, one of which was used as a car dump during the 1970's. Cars were simply dropped into the abandoned slate mine through a hole in the top of a very deep shaft.   These now classic cars form a pile of twisted, rusting metal, wires, number plates and batteries that extends from the base to near the top of the mine shaft and sits in a deep pool of water.  Compared with today's concerns for clean emissions and safe recycling the 1970's attitude towards the car and the environment was a little different....

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) Abandoned All Posts Disused Mines Underground classic car graveyard https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/the-classic-car-graveyard-gaewern-slate-mine Tue, 27 Oct 2015 22:47:15 GMT
Cae Defaid Slate Mine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/cae-defaid-slate-mine  

Exploring Cae Defaid Slate Mine

 

Cae Defaid Slate Mine  is South West of Bala, near Rhydymain and operated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The upper part of the quarry was developed first, but it failed to prosper.  This section of mine is highly decorated with iron and other minerals, fungi and water drops create magical patterns in the mud - a photographer’s dream!  It has several shafts in the roof that open into small holes in the mountain.  Despite being fenced off, there are many bones of dead sheep that have fallen into the mine.  A different adit provides access to the lower half of the mine, it was worked as a slab mine by a Caernarfonshire company of slate masons and was much more profitable.  It is now  filled with neck-deep water. 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Disused Mines underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/cae-defaid-slate-mine Tue, 27 Oct 2015 20:30:35 GMT
Victorian Bore Hole https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/victorian-bore-hole Victorian Bore Hole in Abercwmeiddaw slate mine, Wales

 

At Abercwmeiddaw slate mine, just a short distance from the village of Corris, we scrambled over an expansive dug out bowl that had once been the site of quarrying and climbed up the far side to reach this bore hole.  It was one of several test bore holes drilled by the Victorians. The Abercwmeiddaw Slate Quarry Company was a Liverpool based company who registered the mine in 1876.  It operated as a middle size quarry  and by 1882 employed 188 men producing approx 4,000 tons of slate.  But as the Welsh slate trade declined it ceased trading in 1905. Another company reopened the quarry on a smaller scale in 1911 but closed in 1938.  The quarry itself is now a fern and tree lined bowl cut into the mountain side.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Disused Mines underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/victorian-bore-hole Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:15:42 GMT
Exploring Cwmorthin Slate Mine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/exploring-cwmorthin-slate-mine The disused, Victorian, Cwmorthin Slate Mine is in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales, UK.  It comprises of many miles of tunnels which are mostly between 100-150 years old.  During its operational years it was merged into the nearby Oakley slate mine and is considered to be the largest slate mine  in the world.  Today it is a maze of crumbling, dark passages, littered with items the miners left behind.  A rusting old tea pot sits onto of slate slabs, cut ready for transport out of the mine.  Hobnail boot footprints are still in the mud.  Railway tracks that go nowhere and broken winding mechanisms.  To extract slate and dig tunnels, the miners would drill several feet into the rock and pack the hole with explosives.  The resulting rubble and slate could then be removed and further slate extraction could take place.  There are many places where the drill holes are visible, one is shown in the pictures below.  It's a fascinating insight into a lost world.

Caver David Roberts wearing SRT equipment (Single Rope Technique) which he used to descend a rope into the "Lost World"

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Disused Mines underground https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/exploring-cwmorthin-slate-mine Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:26:31 GMT
The Falls at Furnace, mid-west Wales, UK https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/furnace-falls This beautiful waterfall tumbles down the river Ystrad Einion, at Furnace in Wales.   A furnace had been built here immediately downstream of this waterfall  in the mid 1700's for smelting iron ore, which is how the village got its name. 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts landscapes wild places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/furnace-falls Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:24:57 GMT
Car Graveyard buried in Gaewern Slate Mine, Wales https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/Car-Graveyard-buried-in-Gaewern-Slate-Mine-Wales Car Graveyard buried in Gaewern Slate Mine, Wales

Last week I was in Wales photographing disused slate mines.

This huge pile of old classic cars was dumped into the disused Gaewern Slate Mine, Wales,  through a hole in the top of the mine, during the 1970’s. The bottom of the mine shaft is filled with deep water.  A few days ago I went into this mine to photograph the car graveyard.  Below are the photographs I went to get and a selection of others pictures that I took showing more of the mine and how we got to the cars.

Special thanks to Neil Montgomery, Peter Hamilton ad Siriol Richards.

"Car graveyard" Gaewern Slate Mine, Wales, UK"Car graveyard" Gaewern Slate Mine, Wales, UK Car graveyard Gaewern Mine, Wales This picture was taken during a recci the day before looking down through a small hole above the mine. The blue car is the same one that can be seen in the above pictures. The cars were dropped through this hole, which has since been partly filled over with old rusting cars – which I was standing on to get this picture…..

 

Caver Neil Montgemery in the tunnel entrance to Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UKCaver Neil Montgemery in the tunnel entrance to Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UK

The Entrance into Gaewern Slate Mine

Caver Siriol Richards climbing down the mine workings in Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UKCaver Siriol Richards climbing down the mine workings in Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UK

Neil Montgomery on a short abseil to the bottom of the mine workings. Gaewern Slate Mine.Neil Montgomery on a short abseil to the bottom of the mine workings. Gaewern Slate Mine.

Neil Montgomery (left) prussiking in Gaewern Slate Mine. Peter Hamilton (right)Neil Montgomery (left) prussiking in Gaewern Slate Mine. Peter Hamilton (right) Peter Hamilton paddles past floating wheels towards the car graveyard. Gaewern Slate Mine.Peter Hamilton paddles past floating wheels towards the car graveyard. Gaewern Slate Mine. "Car gravewyard" in Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UK"Car gravewyard" in Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UK

A closer view of the cars taken from an inflatable boat. the hole through which the cars had been dropped can be seen above.

 

Neil Montgomery paddling a small inflatable boat in Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UKNeil Montgomery paddling a small inflatable boat in Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UK

Tea pot left behind by the miners in Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UKTea pot left behind by the miners in Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UK A rusting kettle left behind by the miners. Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UKGaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UK Very old televisions dumped near the entrance to Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UKVery old televisions dumped near the entrance to Gaewern Slate Mine. North Wales, UK

A pile of very old and broken televisions with tubes and valves lie strewn around the entrance to the mine.

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) Abandoned All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/10/Car-Graveyard-buried-in-Gaewern-Slate-Mine-Wales Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:42:00 GMT
A Winter Coat for Droitwich Lido https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/9/A-Winter-Coat-for-Droitwich-Lido Droitwich Lido gets its winter coat

After the last swim of the season the staff at Droitwich Lido pulled the covers over the pool closing it for the winter.

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Urban Spaces https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/9/A-Winter-Coat-for-Droitwich-Lido Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:53:00 GMT
Droitwich Lido summer season is ending - will the Lido re-open next year? https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/9/droitwich-lido The summer season is coming to an end and the staff at the beautiful Droitwich Lido are about to pull the cover over the pool and close it’s doors for the winter.   These pictures, which I took a few weeks ago, show the pool in the height of summer; both underwater and above.

Droitwich Lido was built in the 1930’s and was filled with brine water pumped from streams below ground and decorated in an art deco style. Chlorine was not needed as the salt was sufficient to kill off bugs.

During the Second World War the pool was closed and it’s buildings were used as army offices. It remained an empty, derelict shell until locals formed a campaign group and fought for the lido to be re-opened. In the summer of 2007 it’s doors were once again open to the public. Droitwich is a spar town and the lido is the only amenity that currently utilises the spa water. It is heated and the water is always very clear. A group called “The Friends of Droitwich Lido” are constantly fundraising to support the pool and campaign to raise awareness during the summer months. I was in the area over much of the summer and often went for an early morning swim in the mornings, before meeting up with my swimming friends in the poolside cafe. Whatever the weather swimming is always wonderful in this pool. When sunny, light streams through the surrounding trees to create a dappled chiaroscuro pattern in the pool, if it rains then it’s lovely to swim underwater and look up at the raindrops landing on the surface. The regular swimmers care passionately about their pool, which is surrounded with flowers, hanging baskets and trees and has a play area for children.  Each year that the Lido closes, its swimmers never know whether it will re-open the following year or whether the local council will decide to pull the plug due to it often running at a financial loss.

These pictures were taken to help “The Friends of Droitwich Lido” raise awareness of Droitwich’s only spa water amenity.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Urban Spaces https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/9/droitwich-lido Sun, 06 Sep 2015 12:32:00 GMT
Ystrad Einion Copper Mine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/9/ystrad-einion-copper-mine Ystrad Einion copper mine

Ystrad Einion copper mine is at Cwm Einion (artists valley) near the village of Furnace, not far from Aberystwyth, mid-west Wales. Mining began here on a small scale in the early 1800's, but the main mining activity took place towards the later part of that century.

The waterwheel was installed by Adam Mason, a Lancastrian businessman who invested £3,000 on modern state-of-the-art equipment (equivalent to 1/4 million in today's money) into developing the mine for metal extraction, including lead, silver and zinc, but primarily copper. Several previous companies had mined here earlier but the mine was officially re-opened on the 21st September 1877 with a sumptuous dinner for Adam Mason, the workmen and others involved in its creation. Adam Mason had big plans and ambitions for the mine, but it was not a financial success.

Miners drilled long, slender holes in the rock, packed it with gunpowder and blew holes in the mine, then shovelled the resulting rocks into wheel barrows. Water was the main source of power and came via a leat running from the river Einion 2 kilometres up stream.

The Underground water wheel, which is nearly five meters in diameter and the largest underground water wheel in the UK, powered a winding drum for bringing ore to a higher level in the mine before its removal to the surface and operated drainage pumps. The wheel turned anti-clockwise and was fed with water from above.  Below ground there were 4 working levels, access was via adits cut into the hillsides.

The blue formation seen in one of the pictures below is copper sulphate.

The water wheel has a cast iron rim, the wooden spokes and buckets are rotting away. What remains of the winding drum stands in front of the wheel. Water still trickles over the wheel in an otherwise now silent and dark mine.

Ystrad Einion Copper MineThe blue formation seen in the foreground is copper sulphate. Water wheel, Ystrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UKWater wheel, Ystrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UKThe largest underground water wheel in the UK. Almost five meter diameter. Water wheel, Ystrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UKWater wheel, Ystrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UKThe largest underground water wheel in the UK. Almost five meter diameter. Ystrad Einion Copper Mine. Ystrad Einion Copper Mine. The exit from an adit. Ystrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UKYstrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UK Ystrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UKYstrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UK Ystrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UKYstrad Einion Copper Mine, Mid-West Wales, UK

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) Abandoned All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/9/ystrad-einion-copper-mine Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:03:00 GMT
The Waterfalls- Ystradfellte https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/waterfalls-ystradfellte The Waterfalls - Ystradfellte. In Black and White.

The classic waterfall walk at Ystradfellte twists a narrow, rough route through wooded mountain sides to spectacular waterfalls along the rivers Mellte and Hepste.  I photographed four waterfalls along this route including Sgŵd yr Eira on the Afon Hepste, here the footpath passes behind the waterfall.  

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/waterfalls-ystradfellte Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:59:00 GMT
Tower Bridge https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/tower-bridge Tower Bridge

Although I have lived in London for many years I still love to see Tower Bridge opening. 

Tower bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales, who was later to become King Edward VII.  In the early years Tower Bridge's high level walkways were used for prostitution and fell into disrepute, they were soon closed to the public. 

Before Tower Bridge had been built, the Tower Subway tunnel, which was approx 400 meters away was the quickest way to get across the river. It had been opened in 1870 and was among the world's first underground railways.  It closed only three months later but was re-opened as a pedestrian foot tunnel. In 1898 it closed again though as once Tower Bridge was open, the tunnel was used very little.    A Tower Bridge "Lift", River Thames, London, UKA Tower Bridge "Lift", River Thames, London, UK

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Urban Spaces https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/tower-bridge Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:40:00 GMT
Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum, London https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/ice-skating Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum, London

 

As I live near the Natural History Museum in London, I decided to take a look at skaters having fun on the large ice rink next to the museum, where young and old skate around a decorated Christmas tree, some more proficiently than others. This ice rink is set up next to the Natural History Museum for several weeks at Christmas time and 2014 marks the ice rink's tenth year.  This year it's open from the 30th of  October 2014 to the 4th of January 2015.   I was interested in the  movement, colour and atmosphere of the event and the people who were enjoying it.  It was a cold evening and I really appreciated my gloves....

You can learn more about skating on London's best ice rinks here Natural History Museum in London Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January. Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January. Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January. Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January. Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January. Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January. Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January. Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January. Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January. Ice skating in central LondonIce skating in central LondonEach year, a temporary ice rink is set up on the lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. Families and friends have fun skating here between the end of October and January.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts evening London skating snow and ice things to do in London Urban Spaces https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/ice-skating Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:41:00 GMT
Autumnal https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/autumnal Autumnal

 

In the Isabella Plantation a pile of exotic leaves had been left to rot down over the winter....

The Isabella Plantation, in Richmond Park, was planted in the 1830's and is a woodland garden covering 40 acres.  It's best known for its evergreen Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias, but it also has many unusual and rare trees, shrubs and plants that line the ponds and streams providing a home for invertebrates, insects and small mammals.  

Richmond Park is the largest of London's eight Royal Parks and is a nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. 

Autumnal. A pile of exotic leaves had been left to rot down over the winter.  Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London, UK.AutumnalA pile of exotic leaves had been left to rot down over the winter. Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London, UK.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/autumnal Sat, 06 Dec 2014 13:36:00 GMT
Ogof Capel https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/11/Ogof-Capel Ogof Capel is a cave in the Clydach Gorge,  South Wales,  the cave passes under the Heads of the Valleys Road.  It’s a richly decorated cave with straw, helictite and crystal formations.  The cave is gated inside to protect it’s very fragile ‘pretties’ as formations are known to cavers.  The straw formations see here are hollow and very fragile.  They are formed as water drips from the roof containing calcite and other minerals leaving a tiny ring deposit, over thousands of years these deposits grow downwards forming these delicate straws.  It takes approximately 150 years for each centimeter of straw to form.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts caves https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2015/11/Ogof-Capel Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:00:00 GMT
Wokingham woodlands https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/Wokingham-woodlands Testing the FujiFilm X-E1 camera

Wokingham woodlands near Reading was the location I used to test a new camera – the FujiFilm X-E1, a mirrorless SLR style camera with an electronic view finder.  Overall I was very impressed with this little  camera, it gave great image quality and felt lovely to work with.  I will put a more detailed review of this camera on here when I have spent more time working with it.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/12/Wokingham-woodlands Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:07:23 GMT
Sgwd Isaf Clwn-gwyn falls https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/11/Sgwd-Isaf-Clwn-gwyn-falls Sgwd Isaf Clwn-Gwyn falls

It was late afternoon when I arrived the Sgwd Isaf Clwn-Gwyn falls on the River Mellte in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales, overcast with frequent rain showers.  The light was very soft and the recent heavy rain had caused a massive amount of water to be tumbling over the waterfall. After taking a few photographs and as the light failed and turned to darkness, I began picking my way back through the woodland and along the river bank to Yestradfellte, the small village in a near-by valley.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/11/Sgwd-Isaf-Clwn-gwyn-falls Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:49:10 GMT
The River Mellte https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/11/The-River-Mellte The River Mellte

 

Mellte is the Welsh word for ‘Lightning’, and the river is believed to have got it’s name because of the speed at which the water rises and falls in response to rainfall.

The River Mellte is formed by the confluence of the rivers Afon Dringarth and the Afon Llia, it winds its way through a wooded, deep valley gorge before plunging underground for a quarter of a mile through Porth-yr-Ogof cave,  re-emerging at the Blue pool.  From here it continues to Pontneddfechan where it joins the river Nedd Fechan becoming the River Neath.

I am planning to re-visit this amazing river in the next few days, here are a few pictures I made a couple of years ago, when I took my DSLR camera in it’s Ikelite  underwater housing to photograph the river.  I’m so looking forward to taking another look at it….

 

 

 
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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/11/The-River-Mellte Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:19:49 GMT
Perilous Truck https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/11/Perilous-Truck Perilous Truck
My New Welsh Calendar for 2015 is available to buy now at www.h2ophotography.photoshelter.com £11 +p+p
A rusting, broken truck that had once hauled state out of Cwmorthin Slate Mine now lies derelict, jammed on its side between the roof and the track it once ran on, waiting to fall down the shaft. This is another page from the calendar….

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/11/Perilous-Truck Tue, 04 Nov 2014 04:15:44 GMT
Rhosydd Slate Mine in North Wales https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/11/Rhosydd-Slate-Mine-in-North-Wales Rhosydd Slate Mine
Here’s a page from my new Calendar for 2015 showing Rhosydd Slate Mine in North Wales.  I took this photograph in  May this year when spending a week in North Wales, with caving friends, to explore the local mines.   This was a day trip and involved a lot of  scrambling up steep shafts to get from one level to another, often following the old railway tracks that would have been used to transport trucks filled with slate out of the mines.  The one seen here once bridged this gap.
If you would like a copy of the Calendar you can get it  here   http://goo.gl/dauo5h  for £11 +p+p  (one pound of each sale will be donated to the South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team www.smwcrt.org)

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/11/Rhosydd-Slate-Mine-in-North-Wales Mon, 03 Nov 2014 02:24:48 GMT
Welsh Mines Calendar 2015 https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Welsh-Mines-Calendar-2015  

Welsh Mines Calendar
2015

This calendar is the result of my photographic exploration of disused mines in Wales over the past couple of years. These mines are beautiful, dramatic, crumbling, historical remnants of our rich mining history.
A maze of dark spaces where shadows cast dance in the light of a caver’s lamp. There are miles of underground passageways, steep shafts and narrow tunnels with broken railway tracks, winding mechanisms and rusting trucks.
Get a copy of this calendar and get an insight into the fascinating underground world of disused mines.
A full colour 26 page calendar. A4 (29.7cm x 21cm) – Opens to A3 (42cm x 29.7cm)
Printed on 170gsm silk coated paper with a gloss laminated cover and wiro binding.
For every calendar sold, £1 will be donated to the South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team www.smwcrt.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Welsh-Mines-Calendar-2015 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:26:40 GMT
PARTY TIME – in a MINE….! https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/PARTY-TIME-in-a-MINE  PARTY TIME – in a MINE….!

 

On October the 18th I attended the Royal Forest of Dean Caving Club’s 50th Anniversary – and it was Party Time – in a mine….
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Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean are natural caves that have been mined for iron ore for over 4,500 years.  The mine is currently a museum and venue for underground parties and filming and this is where the Royal Forest of Dean Caving Club were holding there fiftieth anniversary – underground.    A few of us from Croydon Caving Club had been invited to join in the fun, we arrived at lunch time to find a group of cavers, above ground – roasting a giant pig.  In the evening we made our way into the mine, the party chamber was lit by candles creating a dark, glowing atmosphere.  The roasted pig was carried into the mine and the feasting began while a  live band provided the music – an awesome evening – thank you Royal Forest of Dean CC.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/PARTY-TIME-in-a-MINE Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:08:33 GMT
Bramshill Lake https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Bramshill-Lake Bramshill Lake

Yesterday evening I visited Bramshill Lake near Reading.  I went there to do a recci to see if the lake was suitable for some split level and underwater photography that I am planning to do.  The evening light was gorgeous so I made these images and I love the really stark look of black and white.

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Wild Places https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Bramshill-Lake Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:00:43 GMT
Underwater Land Rover 15% off Prints and Canvas https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Underwater-Land-Rover-15-off-Prints-and-Canvas Underwater Land Rover 15% off Prints and Canvas
For one week only – get a fifteen percent discount on beautiful archival art prints and canvas prints of this underwater Land Rover. The Land Rover was photographed at a depth of 22 meters at the Stoney Cove Dive Center in Leicestershire. I put my camera, which was in an underwater housing, on a tripod and used slow shutter speeds and available light, as I wanted to preserve the atmosphere created by the green colour of the water and the vehicle. These are very unusual photographs of the much loved series 3 Land Rover.

 

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Old Doors of Tarassac https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Old-Doors-of-Tarassac  .
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Back to the recent French trip – It had been a long day’s walk over mountains taking us through several small French villages, the last one of which was Terassac, Vallée de l’Orb (Hérault, France).

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Old-Doors-of-Tarassac Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:34:57 GMT
A warm, calm break in a grey, blustery evening. https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/A-warm-calm-break-in-a-grey-blustery-evening A warm, calm break in a grey, blustery evening.
Yesterday morning the weather forecast was for a clear sky from 5pm onwards in Malvern, Worcestershire, UK.  So in the evening I headed up the hills looking forward to a wonderful sunset.  Unfortunately the skies had other ideas and clouds covered much of the sky creating a flat dull light.   It was cold and blustery, it rained, then the clouds briefly cleared from in front of the sun, backlighting this wonderful forest and making the wet leaves glisten.  Moments later the clouds returned and the light was lost.   I love the calmness and warmth of this picture – especially as it had been such a cold, windy evening.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/A-warm-calm-break-in-a-grey-blustery-evening Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:47:54 GMT
Les Vignes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Les-Vignes Les Vignes

 

The river Tarn valley, in the south of France, was carved during the last ice age.  It created a steep gorge of pale rock mountains now covered in forest.  Here you can see the village of Les Vignes, we were based in the ‘Camping Le Terrados’ campsite, hidden in the trees on the right in the picture below.   I wanted pictures that showed kayaks in the location that we were paddling, the valley and the village of Les Vignes so I stood on the bridge crossing the Tarn to get most of these photographs.

 

 
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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Les-Vignes Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:56:16 GMT
Capsize! https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Capsize  

Capsize!

John was still playing at the bottom of the step weir in his inflatable kayak. As he reversed his boat into the stopper the inevitable happened.
Les Vignes, on the river Tarn, south of France.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Capsize Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:53:53 GMT
Terrados Weir, France https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Terrados-Weir-France Terrados Weir, France

 

The ‘Camping Le Terrados’ campsite at Les Vignes, on the River Tarn, over looked this weir, which contained about seven steps.  Fun was to be had shooting it…

Paddlers – Neil Montgomery, Geoff Onyett and John Worth.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/Terrados-Weir-France Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:18:35 GMT
White water kayaking on the river Tarn https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/White-water-kayaking-on-the-river-Tarn White water kayaking on the river Tarn

 

This was a beautiful river to paddle with stretches of gentle whitewater, ideal for the inflatable kayaks that Geoff and John, seen here, were paddling.  I wanted to capture the beauty and scale of the mountains that make up this valley and show the two paddlers having fun on the moving water.  My DSLR was inside a couple of drybags and stuffed inside my boat to keep them protected from knocks and water.  I got out of the boat at different spots to get these photographs.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/10/White-water-kayaking-on-the-river-Tarn Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:35:59 GMT
A New Look – the H2o PHotography website has been redesigned https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/9/A-New-Look-the-H2o-PHotography-website-has-been-redesigned  

A New Look

Following a period of ‘under construction’ my website has been redesigned and has a fresh, new look with more content and Social interaction.
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The River Tarn https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/9/The-River-Tarn This is the River Tarn in the south of France.  We paddled this beautiful river in kayaks, surrounded by stunning mountains and rock formations, vultures circling in thermals over head and fish beneath our boats.  Magic.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/9/The-River-Tarn Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:45:33 GMT
Geoff Turns his kayak into a SUP https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/9/Geoff-Turns-his-kayak-into-a-SUP Geoff turns his inflatable kayak into a SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) – or does he?

 

Geoffrey Onyett paddling his inflatable kayak on the river Tarn in the south of France.   I was photographing split level shots  (photographs that show both underwater and above water in the same scene) of two paddlers when I saw Geoff attempting to stand up in his boat and quickly captured this sequence as his introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding was fairly brief….

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/9/Geoff-Turns-his-kayak-into-a-SUP Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:54:51 GMT
Erecting the Giant Tent… https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/9/Erecting-the-Giant-Tent Arriving at the river Orb campsite, d’Tarassac, in the south of France, Geoff and John erected their giant tent. Photographing from inside the tent felt like taking pictures from inside a hot air balloon….!

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Camping https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/9/Erecting-the-Giant-Tent Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:13:32 GMT
Paddling the River Tarn – split level photography https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/8/Paddling-the-River-Tarn-split-level-photography I have just returned from a photography trip to the south of France to shoot magazine features; mainly kayaking and walking.
Here are a few split-level photographs of Geoff and John paddling inflatable kayaks on the River Tarn
– More pictures will be posted here over the next few days….

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/8/Paddling-the-River-Tarn-split-level-photography Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:57:30 GMT
Godstone Mine – Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/8/Godstone-Mine-Landscapes  

On Wednesday evening I returned to the Godstone Mine dig for some underground photography.   About six cavers turned up to do some digging, there are usually more than this but it was a lovely warm summers evening, so I wasn’t surprised that only a few turned up.     I had intended doing portraits of the cavers, but there weren’t any hairdressers there this time so I decided to look at landscapes instead – Only the Godstone cavers will understand the reference to the missing hairdresser    Special thanks to Ross who stood patiently by while I waved by torch around and pushed the shutter button for me when needed.

 

Firestone mine

Mining began here during the 17th century for stone that was used by the building trade.  It was often used in furnaces because it had great heat resistant properties and was therefore known as ‘Firestone’.   In 1939 – long after mining had ceased, the Home Office was considering using the mine as an evacuation camp for thousands of Londoners during the First World War.  It was believed that no bombs available at that time would be able to damage  the mine.  The mine was used during the Second World War to store precious works of art.

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/8/Godstone-Mine-Landscapes Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:37:47 GMT
Tranquil Space https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/7/Tranquil-Space Tranquil Space

While not out photographing kayaking or caves, it’s really relaxing to spend time photographing my boyfriend’s garden. Both front and back gardens were a real mess when he moved in a few years ago. The back garden, built on a steep hill was just a square patch of grass surrounded by a weed filled flower bed. It was scruffy and had been neglected for years. The front garden was a small patch of grass surrounded by a large bush – but that’s all changed. Neil has transformed his garden space into a place of tranquility filled with dahlias, roses, fragrant lilies and sweet peas, solitary and bumble bees – magical…..  

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Urban Spaces https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/7/Tranquil-Space Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:46:57 GMT
Getting close-up and personal with Summer Flowers https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/7/Getting-close-up-and-personal-with-Summer-Flowers The early morning  rain had left a sprinkling of  water droplets on petals and a hazy sun created warm soft light – ideal conditions to get close-up and personal with Summer flowers and bees.

Neil Montgomery is a scientist who has a passion for plants and spends many hours each week working on his garden – for most of the year.  His garden is gorgeous and teaming with life during the lovely warm summer days we are getting at the moment.

Here is a small selection of photos from Neil’s garden – more will follow soon…

 
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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Urban Spaces https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/7/Getting-close-up-and-personal-with-Summer-Flowers Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:15:36 GMT
The Godstone Mine Diggers https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/6/The-Godstone-Mine-Diggers  
I returned to Godstone Mine to photograph the progress of the Godstone Mine Diggers.  The tunnel has progressed another seven meters approximately since my last visit three weeks ago.

 

The Godstone Mine tunnel dig – Cramped and dusty, the soil is dug away and put into plastic ‘trugs’  a chain of cavers pull each trug of spoil through the tunnel and send the empty trugs back.  As I lay in the tunnel, soil was constantly falling off the roof and down the back of my neck, in my eyes and over the camera…..

I decided to work with grainy black and white and use the light from the caver’s lamps as much as possible, as the pictures  from the previous visit looked too clean and safe and failed to capture the atmosphere inside the mine.  These pictures are far more successful.

This tunnel will eventually break into a section of the mine that has not been seen for over sixty years, due to roof collapse blocking the entrance.  While the main tunnel is being dug, excavation work reveals cart tracks that had been buried in mud.  The spoil from the tunnel is used to fill in a nearby blocked passage with an unstable roof

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/6/The-Godstone-Mine-Diggers Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:54:30 GMT
Marden Mine, Surrey, UK https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/6/Marden-Mine-Surrey-UK Marden Mine in Surrey, UK, has a similar history to the nearby Godstone Mine, (see earlier post) a firestone mine established in the late seventeenth century, later re-worked for hearthstone and used as storage during WWII for precious artworks and other ‘valuables’

These pictures were taken during an evening visit with Wealden Mine and Cave Society and were quick ‘grab shots’ – a recci for a future photo – trip….

The main entrance is through a long concrete tunnel.  You can see from several of the pictures that many of the supporting pillars are cracking and fungal grows thrives on decaying wood.

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/6/Marden-Mine-Surrey-UK Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:28:31 GMT
Digging in Godstone Mine, Surrey, UK https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/6/Digging-in-Godstone-Mine-Surrey-UK Members of the Wealden Mine and Cave Society (of which I am a member) are digging a tunnel to create access to a part of the mine which hasn’t been seen for over sixty years due to a section of the mine having collapsed, blocking the route.  The work is expected to take approximately six months to complete.

Dating back to the late seventeenth century, Godstone Mine was originally worked for firestone then later re-worked for hearthstone.  In the early twentieth century it was used as a mushroom farm and during World War II it became storage for works of art and other valuable and important  items.

Godstone Mine is a fascinating maze of tunnels littered with the remains of old railway tracks, graffiti and mud, marks and other remnants from its intriguing history.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/6/Digging-in-Godstone-Mine-Surrey-UK Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:01:56 GMT
Dinas Rock mine photographs published in Speleology magazine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/2/Dinas-Rock-mine-photographs-published-in-Speleology-magazine Speleology web

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/2/Dinas-Rock-mine-photographs-published-in-Speleology-magazine Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:38:26 GMT
The Columns – Black and white https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/1/The-Columns-Black-and-white The columns in  Ogof Ffynnon Ddu II (OFD)  cave, South Wales, are technically ‘industrial waste’  as a lime kiln once operated above the cave and over the past 150 years, lime dissolved in rain water has seeped through the ground, to drop into this cave passage and form these amazing formations.

These photographs I took about a year ago but  have converted them to black and white for a print request.

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts caving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/1/The-Columns-Black-and-white Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:13:30 GMT
HAPPY NEW YEAR https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/1/HAPPY-NEW-YEAR  

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2014/1/HAPPY-NEW-YEAR Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:24:18 GMT
Moore Books prize for Best Mining photo and Best Newcomer at the Hidden Earth Caving Conference https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/10/Moore-Books-prize-for-Best-Mining-photo-and-Best-Newcomer-at-the-Hidden-Earth-Cavi Hidden Earth is the UK’s annual national caving conference and this year was held in Monmouth.

I submitted the images below as prints to the photo salon and was awarded the Moore Books prize for Best Mining photo and Best Newcomer.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/10/Moore-Books-prize-for-Best-Mining-photo-and-Best-Newcomer-at-the-Hidden-Earth-Cavi Tue, 08 Oct 2013 10:36:10 GMT
Silica Mine photos in national papers https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/9/Silica-Mine-photos-in-national-papers Images from recent photographic explorations of  the Dinas Rock Silica Mine in South Wales were published in the Times newspaper and the on-line Daily Mail, Telegraph and a number of other publications.

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/9/Silica-Mine-photos-in-national-papers Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:59:40 GMT
Cae Coch Sulphur Mine, North Wales https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/9/Cae-Coch-Sulphur-Mine-North-Wales The Cae Coch Sulphur Mine lies on Forestry Commission land in the Gwydyr Forest, north Wales and is one of the weirdest places I have ever been.      Much of the mine is on a steep, gravelly slope with orange and red pools of sulphur, bacteria feed on the chemicals and minerals in the mine adding to it’s rainbow of colours.  ‘Snotites’ dangle from the roof, several feet long and looking like stalactites – except that they  they wriggle and dance if you blow on them.  They are not solid structures made from calcite as in cave formations, but are organic bacterial and have been caused by water dripping from the roof containing the bacteria.  They are just like long dripping snot!

As the miners had worked the pyrites bed containing both sulphur and iron, they had left pillars approximately two to three meters in diameter, at irregular intervals of about ten meters apart to support the roof.   Where the roof is less stable thick wooden supports were jammed between roof and floor, but these are rotting  and roof collapse in the mine is common.

 

There are records of mining in the Cae Coch Sulphur Mine dating back to the end of the eighteenth century but it is believed that Cae Coch mine has been a source of sulphur as far back as the Roman occupation.   The mine closed in May 1942 and has been left to decay ever since.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/9/Cae-Coch-Sulphur-Mine-North-Wales Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:59:26 GMT
Maldives – Dhiggaru, Mulaku Atoll https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/3/Maldives-Dhiggaru-Mulaku-Atoll Dhiggaru is a tiny inhabited island in the Mulaku Atoll, Maldives.  I visited Dhiggaru during a week’s trip to the Maldives and found children playing in the late afternoon sun, laughing and dancing.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Maldives https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/3/Maldives-Dhiggaru-Mulaku-Atoll Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:21:51 GMT
Dinas Rock Silica Mine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/2/Dinas-Rock-Silica-Mine  

Photography of the Dinas Rock Silica Mine in South Wales.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/2/Dinas-Rock-Silica-Mine Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:27:18 GMT
Snow covered Malvern Hills https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/1/Snow-covered-Malvern-Hills It was an early start for a walk up the Malverns. Low white cloud, mist and snow removed most colour and contrast from the landscape. A man appeared out of the mist, dressed well for his walk with a shelter and spare clothing in his rucksack, a powerful torch, whistle etc. and told me he’d just fallen into snow drift up to his chin. Continuing up to the highest point on the Malverns, Worcestershire Beacon, I walked along the tops of gullies, following where the wind had blown the snow off the grass and showing where the firm ground was. Beside me was soft white snow filling gullies that I knew from previous walks were about two meters deep. The wind had blown the snow into intriguing patterns, freezing onto blades of grass and whipping around manmade shapes such as benches and the plinth at the top of Worcestershire Beacon. And then it started snowing. Awesome.

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/1/Snow-covered-Malvern-Hills Wed, 30 Jan 2013 03:19:47 GMT
The Worcester Floodplains by kayak https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/1/The-Worcester-Floodplains-by-kayak  

On January 3rd 2013, I crawled out of bed long before dawn to photograph the River Severn floodplains around Worcester.  Twilight was just making an appearance as I carried my kayak to the water’s edge.  Getting on the water near Kempsey, which is south of Worcester city, I paddled up stream then out over the fields and submerged barbed wire fences.    Gradually the moon was replaced by the rising sun and it was difficult to tell where the river ended and the floodplains began – as the land had been transformed into a seemingly never ending lake, scattered with trees and the tips of fences.  All these images were taken from my kayak.

 

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The Floods were retreating, pouring out of the fields and into the flooded river

 

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The water had been at least a foot deeper as can been seen by the debris left on fences

 

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Here is my boat.  When I want to paddle the River Severn from this get-in point (Kempsey)  I normally drive along this road and park near the river.  Luckily the well sand bagged house next to the road did not get flooded.

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/1/The-Worcester-Floodplains-by-kayak Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:10:03 GMT
Cave Painting the Columns https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/1/Cave-Painting-the-Columns  

A few days before Christmas, I organised a caving trip to visit the Columns in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu II (OFD) cave. A lime kiln, which had been built above the cave and operated a hundred and fifty years ago, caused lime to seep through the ground with rain water and drip through the roof of the cave forming these colourful formations – the Columns are technically ‘industrial waste’ .

 

Special thanks to Columns Warden Vince Allkins who gave up his Sunday to give me access to the gated Columns, Neil Montgomery and the ‘other Vince’ who carried my tripod…..

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts caving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2013/1/Cave-Painting-the-Columns Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:02:00 GMT
Photography Workshops https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/12/Photography-Workshops  

 

One-day Photography Workshops

 

Location: Central London.

These one-day workshops are one-to-one (or 2 or 3) for anyone wanting to take control of their camera in a more creative way and are take place in central London. You can explore the sights of London while developing an understanding of basic photographic techniques such as:

 

    • Composition, framing, the use of colour, tone and textures.
    • How the choice of aperture affects depth of field
    • Creative use of shutter speed
    • How to use the white balance control
    • The relationship between the choice of lens focal length and image perspective
    • Understanding exposure, metering and histograms
    • ISO and noise

The tuition is always structured around the needs of the individual. During the workshop, you will be given a number of interesting projects to do, which will help you to understand composition and apply the techniques we cover in the workshop.

 

 

Designed just for YOU

Before booking onto a workshop, please phone me for a telephone consultation, together we will plan the elements of your workshop, the topics we aim to cover and the locations we will photograph, ensuring that your workshop is tailored to meet your needs and interests. So for example, if you are interested in learning how to balance flash fill-in with day light or photograph night scenes, that can be incorporated into the workshop.

Once a booking has been made, whether the booking was just for yourself, or included one or two friends, I will not book anyone one else onto that workshop, as that workshop will be tailor made just for you.

 

What you will need to bring:
  • Camera (SLR or compact)
  • Tripod (let me know if you haven’t got one)
  • Spare cards/film
  • Your camera’s manual
  • If you are using an SLR or DSLR, please bring what ever additional lenses you have
  • Notebook and pen

If you are unsure as to whether your camera is suitable for the workshop, please contact me.

 

What happens during the workshop?

The workshop will begin at the Abba Hotel, Queens Gate, South Kensington, London, where we will meet for an initial tutorial, before heading out to take photographs. You will be given interesting projects to help consolidate the topics covered during the tutorial and we will return to the Abba Hotel for additional tutorials and to assess your work. Refreshments can be purchased here if required.

 

How to Book

Phone me to discuss the content of your workshop and to agree a date – Annette Price 07752 141 304

  • I will then make that date available on my on-line shopping cart and you will be able to select the number of people to attend the workshop – either one, two or three persons and click on the “Add to Basket” button to book on to the workshop session.

 

What happens next?
  • You will receive an automated email confirming your purchase
  • Later you will receive an email confirming the date, time and location to meet for the start of the workshop and a summery of your planned itinerary based on our telephone conversation – if you don’t receive this email immediately, it’s because I am away shooting and am often in locations with no phone reception – I will be in touch as soon as I get back to London.
  • We will meet at the agreed date and time for the Workshop

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Workshops https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/12/Photography-Workshops Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:04:01 GMT
Usk Resevoir, South Wales, UK https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/12/Usk-Resevoir-South-Wales-UK  

As my knee is still recovering from a repetitive strain injury, caused by excessive amounts of driving, we decided a flattish walk would be more appropriate than heading out over the mountains, so the Usk reservoir was our destination. A remote area in South Wales, with moorland and forest surrounding the lake. We arrived early afternoon and began our walk along the pathway until we reached the forests, then left the main trail and picked our way along a narrow twisting forestry past, ducking and scrambling to get past branches, tree roots and thick mud. As the walk progressed the sun occasionally appeared, bathing the trees and water in warm light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/12/Usk-Resevoir-South-Wales-UK Thu, 06 Dec 2012 08:07:49 GMT
Caving article in Photography Monthly magazine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/11/Caving-article-in-Photography-Monthly-magazine  

This month sees an article on caving photography published in Photography Monthly magazine 

 

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts caving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/11/Caving-article-in-Photography-Monthly-magazine Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:43:32 GMT
Underwater baby pictures in Daily Mail https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/11/Underwater-baby-pictures-in-Daily-Mail  

Underwater baby portraits published in the Daily Mail and on-line – see them here:

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Underwater Portraits https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/11/Underwater-baby-pictures-in-Daily-Mail Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:06:23 GMT
Landscape – the Brecon Beacons https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/11/Landscape-the-Brecon-Beacons  

 

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/11/Landscape-the-Brecon-Beacons Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:14:15 GMT
Fireworks celebrating a 100 years of cave exploration in Dan-yr-Ogof cave https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/11/Fireworks-celebrating-a-100-years-of-cave-exploration-in-Dan-yr-Ogof-cave  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Caves and Mines https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/11/Fireworks-celebrating-a-100-years-of-cave-exploration-in-Dan-yr-Ogof-cave Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:18:55 GMT
Photography Monthly Magazine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/9/Photography-Monthly-Magazine An article is published in this months Photography Monthly magazine about my underwater studio portrait work.  To see more portraits – take a look at my Underwater Portrait website http://h2oportrait.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Diving Underwater Portraits https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/9/Photography-Monthly-Magazine Sat, 01 Sep 2012 15:06:53 GMT
Croyden Caving Club Poster https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/6/Croyden-Caving-Club-Poster  

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts caving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/6/Croyden-Caving-Club-Poster Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:38:54 GMT
Classics Monthly Magazine https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/6/Classics-Monthly-Magazine  

June issue of Classics Monthly magazine…..

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Diving Underwater Vehicles https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/6/Classics-Monthly-Magazine Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:02:13 GMT
The Bug Hunters https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/5/The-Bug-Hunters  

Ever wondered what lives in caves?

Last Sunday a small group of cavers went into Porth-Y-Ogof cave, South Wales,  with cave-life specialist Andy Lewington (below) to learn about where to find life and basic identification.  Here are pictures of  ‘The Bug Hunters’ looking for creatures and bugs, plants, bacteria and fungi that live in the cave. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts caving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/5/The-Bug-Hunters Thu, 31 May 2012 13:13:29 GMT
Shakespere’s Cave https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/4/Shakespere-s-Cave Last Saturday the plan was to photograph Ogof Capel. A pretty cave, threatened by planned building work, which will widen the Heads of The Valleys road to a dual carriageway but the building work may damage the cave.   Because of the fragility of the formations within the cave, Ogof Capel is gated and access is strictly controlled to protect it. Chris, from Croydon Caving Club, had collected the key for the cave the day before, but had accidentally been given the wrong one, so we couldn’t get in.

Instead we had a look at a few near-by caves including a much smaller cave called Shakespeare’s Cave, where I photographed caver Paul Stacey.

 

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts caving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2012/4/Shakespere-s-Cave Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:37:13 GMT
The Legacy Course https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2011/11/The-Legacy-Course  

The Westminster Boating Base took a group of young people, adults and coaches to the Lee Valley White Water Center and paddled the 160m Legacy Loop, which is a grade two white water course built next to the Olympic Standard Competition Course.

 

The session began with everyone jumping in the water and floating down part of the course.

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2011/11/The-Legacy-Course Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:55:21 GMT
Weekend photography workshop in the Brecon Beacons https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2011/3/Weekend-photography-workshop-in-the-Brecon-Beacons Eight people joined me in Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons, for a weekend landscape photography workshop.

Seven of us; Helen, Viola, Neil, Martin, Craig, Richard and myself arrived at the Caving Cottage on Friday evening and settled in for an evening of getting to know each other over a beer.
Malcolm and Amanda arrived the next morning in time for breakfast. We started early on Saturday morning with a lecture on composition in the landscape before heading out to a mountainous valley for the first photography session. Despite the rain, everyone dived into their assignment, some headed into forest, others photographed the stream flowing down the mountains, others looked at the rocks and trees. As I walked across the landscape, to visit my students and discuss how they were progressing and help them to solve any problems they were experiencing, I could see tripods and colourful umbrellas dotting the rain swept landscape. I was worried that the rain might spoil the session for them, but they each seemed engrossed in their photography and not worried about getting wet.

 

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At lunch time we headed back to the cottage for lunch and a short discussion about photographing people in the landscape. The sun had taken over from the rain and we headed up and over the mountains. I had split my photography students into three groups and given them an assignment to do. We stopped on top of a mountain to work on the portrait exercise for a while, then continued our walk over the mountains, stopping regularly to make use of the changing landscape and light.   [frame_right src=”http://h2ophotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Richard-2-small.jpg” href=””] Composition in the landscape. [/frame_right]

 

 

 

[quote]”The workshop allowed me to gain a better understanding of how the shutter speed and aperture settings effect each picture I take. It also included information on ISO settings and how to take good pictures in different environments night or day. The scenery was breathtaking.”
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Richard Walsh

 

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                    By early evening we had reached the cave entrance of Porthy Ogof, where the River Mellte disappears underground. Here we looked at the creative use of shutter speeds and composition. Then it was back to the caving cottage to back up the days images. Each person was asked to choose a maximum of six images from each of the two projects for viewing later in the evening.     [frame_center src=”http://h2ophotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Amanda+1+small.jpg” href=””] Experimenting with using different shutter speeds and subject movement. [/frame_center]    

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[quote]”A thoroughly enjoyable weekend which resulted in some photographs that I’m very happy with and a lot of knowledge stored away for future reference. Wish I’d done this course years ago! Thank you Annette.“[/quote]
Malcolm Stewart
 

                      We headed off to the Dinas Rock Hotel, a short car journey from the cottage, for a two course meal. Adrian, who runs the Dinas Rock, had laid nine places on a long table for us and was ready to serve the meal as soon as we arrived. After the meal and all the plates had been cleared away, we looked at each person’s selection of images on a large television screen, while enjoying an end of the day drink. It was really interesting to see how differently each person had interpreted the assignments and the images sparked discussion and another learning opportunity for my students, who were starting to think about the landscape from a different perspective. Then it was back to the Caving Cottage, a brief session of photographing the stars and a well earned sleep.

 
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[quote]”The landscape workshop was an excellent introduction to the art of taking great landscape photos, the projects we were given were well thought out in an easy to follow format that helped our understanding of composition, depth of field, lighting etc. Annette took us to some beautiful locations and really helped us get the most out of our equipment, then back to the classroom for some easy to understand theory and a chance to see all the great photos that we all took, thoroughly recommended.”[/quote]
Martin Shirley

Sunday morning we got up early, well ok, very early – about 5 am. Bleary eyed students wrapped in coats and hats headed up the nearest mountain (which is just across the road from the cottage) with torches as there was no sign of day light yet. Unfortunately the sky was cloudy and the magnificent sunrise we had been hoping for didn’t happen and we all got a bit cold. This was the least successful part of the workshop.

In day light we headed down the mountain for breakfast. I gave a talk on the basic aspects of photography; starting with how a pin-hole camera works, then explaining how the choice of shutter speed affects both the look of the image – subject and camera movement, what the aperture is and how the choice of aperture affects the depth of field and its relationship to the shutter speed and exposure, understanding and using histograms, how the choice of A.S.A. setting affects the exposure and ‘noise’ and other techie things….

A large part of the discussion was me answering questions and helping people to better understand thier cameras. We also talked further about composition and ways of leading the viewer’s eye through the picture to the most important element in the image.

With the sun trying to come out, we headed off to Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn waterfalls on the River Mellte. A really spectacular waterfall a few minutes drive from the cottage. Getting down the steep bank to the waterfall was a challenge, but worth the effort. I had given my students assignments to encourage them to experiment with their camera controls in a constructive way and further explore their ideas about how to compose and express their ideas and interpretation of the landscape through images.

Mid afternoon we returned to the cottage for a final discussion and at about 5 pm we each began our long journey home.

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[quote]”Annette I would like to give you a huge big THANK YOU. I’ve learned a lot, it was nice of you to keep an interest in what I was doing, as others were much more advanced in photography than I, I didn’t feel left out or anything and still felt a part of group and had a great time. I’ve learned a lot and it was very nice of you to explain all the basic settings etc. I would love to do it again..but in summer as it was a bit cold in Feb :) Thank you.”[/quote]
Viola

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“I just wanted to thank you for a great weekend’s photography – I learned quite a bit, it was fun, the participants were fun and I thought it was good that they were mixed ability, as I gained from their experience. I was feeling pretty under-confident with myself on Saturday, but looking at everyone’s work that night, provided me with the impetus to get going and achieve something on the Sunday.If you ever do any future courses please let me know.”
Helen Stewart

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2011/3/Weekend-photography-workshop-in-the-Brecon-Beacons Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:36:20 GMT
Frosty Fingers https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2011/1/Frosty-Fingers  

Frost had laid her icy fingers through Butter Wood in Hampshire. But by mid morning most of the ice had melted away – except for the puddles. Frozen, melted and re-frozen several times over the past few days, the puddles had become fragile thin layers of water and ice, where swirls and bubbles interlaced with sticks and seeds and dead leaves…

 

 

Our walk took us along the Basingstoke Canal, originally built in the 1790’s as a major commercial route to link London and Guildford with Southampton . We discovered the Greywell Tunnel into which the Basingstoke Canal disappeared. The tunnel had been built as a shortcut for canal boats to reduce their journey by 6 miles cross-country.

 

 

In 1932, the 1125 meter long tunnel partially collapsed preventing canal boats from navigating the waterway and the canal fell into disrepair. Canoeists could still get through the tunnel until another collapse in the 1950’s completely blocked it and created one of the best roosting places for bats in Europe. Like a cave, it’s temperature hovers around 10 degrees throughout the year and never freezes inside, it’s always damp and being gated at both entrances – is undisturbed – ideal conditions for bats. The canal immediately down stream of the tunnel is gorgeous, filled with clear spring water and a forest of water plants. It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty and a haven for wildlife. A stretch of water I really must return to with my underwater camera and photograph a series of split level images….

 

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Snow and Ice https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2011/1/Frosty-Fingers Sun, 09 Jan 2011 15:20:31 GMT
Dawn on Boxing Day on the Malvern Hills. Worcestershire. UK. https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2011/1/A-Boxing-Day-Hill-Walk

 

With all the hustle and bustle of cooking Christmas dinner over, I decided that early boxing day morning was going to be set aside for a walk over the Malvern Hills. The weather on my phone looked promising, with a clear sky all night predicted and a cold, dry morning. The Midlands were still steeped in several inches of snow and I’d checked the moon tables and knew there would be a half moon still in sky at sun rise.

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For Christmas and new year I stayed with my family in Worcester, it’s only a few miles drive from Malvern, and I left well before first light. I did wonder how far I would be able to take my car before being stopped by snow as the smaller roads on the hills had not been gritted. My car crawled round a sharp right turn and up the steep, ice covered road leading to the Clock Tower car park in north Malvern. I couldn’t get into the car park because of snow so parked in the street.

I began climbing the hills and night turned into dawn. Looking west towards south Wales, the landscape was a wonderful patchwork quilt of snow and hedges.  Fog quickly covered the flood plains, towns and villages below, drifting like cotton wool sheets above the landscape and softening the light, distant hill tops pocked through the clouds. The colours were so soft and subtle with light reflecting off the white snow and fog covering the rising sun.

The Malvern Hills are an eight mile ridge of rounded summits that contain some of the oldest rocks in Britain, wooded on some slopes, grassy on others, the ridge runs from north to south. The highest point being Worcestershire Beacon at 1400ft aprox (425m). To the west lies the County of Hereford and to the east lies the flood plain of the River Severn..

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Landscapes Snow and Ice https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2011/1/A-Boxing-Day-Hill-Walk Sun, 02 Jan 2011 11:00:35 GMT
The Rivers Mellte and Hepste, Neath Valley, South Wales https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2007/8/The-Rivers-Mellte-and-Hepste-Neath-Valley-South-Wales  

The Rivers Mellte and Hepste, Neath Valley, South Wales


This is the second outdoor test using my camera in an underwater housing. This weekend I travelled to the Neath Valley in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales and photographed the Rivers Mellte and Hepste. Wearing a wetsuit and carrying the camera in its underwater housing, tripod, spare clothes, food etc. in a rucksack, I walked along the River Mellte, regularly slipping into the water to photograph it’s waterfalls, stones, trees and whatever lay beneath the surface. 
 

 

River Mellte River Hepste Sgwd-yr-Eira. A curtain waterfall which has been formed where the Afon (river) Hepste tumbles over a 50 foot cliff between high banks
     
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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Diving Landscapes https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2007/8/The-Rivers-Mellte-and-Hepste-Neath-Valley-South-Wales Sat, 18 Aug 2007 04:30:58 GMT
River Wey https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2007/8/River-Wey

The River Wey

This willow tree was photographed from below the surface of the River Wey, the camera looking up through ‘Snell’s Window’ which is a circle seen from underwater through which the land above can be seen.
The water was fast flowing, sandy and silty. This is the first time I have tried this and the first ‘outdoors’ test I have done using my Ikelite underwater camera housing.

 

 

Wey Navigation Copyright Annette Price 020 7584 1412 No usage has been agreed.

 

 

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Diving https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2007/8/River-Wey Sun, 12 Aug 2007 00:40:26 GMT
Shepperton Weir https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2007/7/Shepperton-Weir Shepperton Weir

 

Due to heavy rain around the country Shepperton Weir has all ten sluice gates open creating a wonderful ‘hole’ for kayak paddlers to play in.

Playboaters – Two brothers – Pete and Mike Scutt  give an amazing performance at Shepperton Weir, making their boats literally dance on the water.  Mike was placed 1st at Hurley Weir’s squirt boat championships in 2003.

 

They were joined by paddlers from Hackney Canoe club who were looking very cool…

I wanted to express the speed and movement of the water and used a combination of slow shutter speeds to allow the water to blur and very fast shutter speeds to freeze all movement and water drops.

After taking these pictures, I jumped into a play boat and had loads of fun playing on this awesome weir.

 

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annette@h2ophotography.co.uk (Annette Price - H2o Photography) All Posts Kayaking UK action active adventure canoe kayak lifestyle mike scutt pete scutt play playboating rodeo scutt sport water whitewater wild https://www.h2ophotography.com/blog/2007/7/Shepperton-Weir Wed, 25 Jul 2007 00:07:25 GMT