I was in America over Christmas, back in North Yorkshire now. I love this place. Here's a few images from the last 4 weeks as an aide-memoire to me.
The arctic conditions on the moors are balm for the soul:
We spent Christmas in New Hampshire. JM and I went to shoot a pier in Maine at dawn.
JM working with a film Hasselblad:
My shot of dawn:
Our beloved mini schnauzer, Trixie, died the day I came to England in July. We scattered her ashes by Dumont Rock in Rockleigh Wood which she loved to climb at the top of a hill in New Jersey:
Grace and I re-visited Bushwick in Brooklyn, NYC, to shoot street art:
I finally cleared out all the boxes of stuff I'd stored in London for years from the living room floor. Now it looks like a good spot for chess and whisky:
My barn owl neighbors are especially active. These shots from my study window:
I have permission to prowl around this farm and the next-door farm. This is an opportunistic shot of a stag with the moor behind:
The nearby North Sea is a visual contrast. I like the ghosts of the wind turbines in the mist behind the cormorant at Redcar Sands:
The recent high winds brought out kite surfers at Teesmouth:
Anyway the barn owls are thriving. This place is a nature reserve really, not a farm, as it hasn't been cultivated for 10 years and there's a beck with plenty of woods. There is lots of undergrowth in the fields which means rodents and therefore birds of prey. This from an upstairs window:
Newsflash - a neighbor says she's seen otters by our stream. That would be incredible. Andrew says there used to be kingfishers, but the run-off from upstream farms polluted the water and killed the fish. If there are really otters, well!