Seal Pups And Strife

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

The Atlantic Grey seals come ashore around our Pembrokeshire coast at this time of year to give birth to their pups.

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

The pups are white and fairly helpless at first.

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

The adults patrol the beaches and the mothers are understandably protective…

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

Usually tranquillity reigns but not always, sometimes there’s the odd disagreement….

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

I am so grateful to Mike Alexander for sharing these fabulous photographs with me, and you.

 

 

 

 

Journey Around The Sun – Autumn

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

 

Ancient Beauty

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

It’s difficult to do justice to the place where I’ve been working today.  Dinefwr Park in West Wales is a beautiful, historic designed landscape, laid out by the people who lived here in the 17th century.

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

A mixture of parkland and farmland, with hundreds of oak trees that are over 500 years old.  Today we were working out how to maintain these ancient trees for another two hundred years, and how to create the right conditions for their successors.  So we’ve been thinking very long range thoughts today indeed.

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

And if that wasn’t enough Dinefwr is home to a very rare breed of the White Park Cattle.  This beautiful breed can be traced back in history over a thousand years.

Ancient white park cattle Photo: Mike Alexander
Ancient white park cattle Photo: Mike Alexander

And if the trees and cattle are not ancient enough, then just under the soil here there are rocks containing thousands of trilobite fossils, aged a mere 400 million years.

Photo: Corrinne Manning
Photo: Corrinne Manning

It was a wonderful day immersed in such ancient beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

An amazing demonstration of artistic talent with some quite nice music…

Australian based artist Mike Barr is incredibly talented and here he gives a demonstration of how he constructs one of his beautiful paintings, with some of my music for background.

Check out Mikes website @ http://artofbarr.blogspot.co.uk/

Wild Coast

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

Dune

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

“You Don’t Do Enough Self Promotion!”

Time Stands Still by Mike Howe

…so I’m told.  To make up for my lack of self promotion here are a few words from people who have bought my first album, Time Stands Still and reviewed it on Amazon and Itunes…

Time Stands Still is British guitarist Mike Howe’s debut album and contains just under an hour of some of the most soothing acoustic guitar music I’ve heard”, Kathy Parsons

“This is one of the most beautiful CD’s I have ever listened to. You will play this over and over. I could listen to this all day. If you love acoustic guitar you will really enjoy this CD. I hope to hear more from this artist. Just beautiful”, E. DeCamp

“This is the most calming and beautiful CD I have ever owned.  I could listen to it all day and never tire of it”, Kathy Meyer

“One of the major distractions for contemplation and reading is music that has words, even if it is an instrumental as the past memory of the words will intrude. Howe has combined good rythmns with abstract melody – done beautifully”, Bette Inman

“A very relaxing sound with a hint of Chet Atkins. Hope to hear more from Mike Howe. This is great music that is timeless and always appropriate”, Technogeezer

 

Rough

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

Porthgain

I’m intent on sharing as many of the other Mikes wonderful photographs with you as I can – here are some beauties of a tiny Pembrokeshire fishing village as Autumn returns…

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

 

 

Beach…

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander