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River of Life

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

A rare splash of green in an otherwise seemingly endless red rock landscape in the depths of Utah, a place so quiet and still all you can hear is the gentle swirls and eddies in the water as the mighty Colorado River wanders off on its ancient path.

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Penbryn, Cardigan Bay

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

Amongst Giants

Sequoia grove
Grove of giant sequoia trees

Sequoia National Park is one of my favourite places in the world.  The giant trees are the biggest and some of the oldest living things on Earth, and my attempts to convey their colossal size were scuppered by my limited photographic skills.

General Sherman

If you’ve never been to this beautiful National Park in the high Sierras of California, I couldn’t recommend it more highly, it is absolutely stunningly beautiful.

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This is General Sherman, the biggest living thing on the planet.  Take it from me it is a giant of breathtaking proportions and truly awe inspiring.  The light in these mountains is wonderful, and the air is thick with the pungent smell of pine.  Walking amongst these great trees is something I’ll never forget.

Welsh Heather Hillsides

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

Hot, Desolate, Beautiful Death Valley National Park

Death Valley


Camping In The Wilds At Pine Lake, Utah

I was told that finding somewhere to camp at busy Bryce Canyon may be a problem, so we set off down a very long gravel road into the wild, mountain lion habitat…

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And were rewarded by beautiful little Pine Lake campground…

Utah camp

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No mountain lions seen but a commotion nearby in the night seemed to indicate the presence of one nearby…things like that focus the mind somewhat, a beautiful place though



Grand Canyon – a truly mesmerising place

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

Back In The Magic Woods

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Or at least that is how this particular woodland feels.  Nestled on the crags and ledges of a remote North Wales valley but quite close to the sea, a walk, or scramble, through this wood takes you into a different world that works on a different timescale to the rest of us.

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Centuries of timber harvesting, grazing by upland sheep and feral goats, and mining for manganese have shaped this wood.  Boulders are covered in carpets of mosses, liverworts, lichens and ferns because this is essentially the temperate rainforest, with high humidity and (relative) warmth and grazing by the wild goats has kept the under-story open, which the lichens and mosses love.

The diminutive filmy ferns
The diminutive filmy ferns growing on rock faces

This is how we’re trying to keep the wild goats out.  If we don’t they’ll eat and strip all of the saplings and young trees, and the woodland will never regenerate.  But they still manage to get in…

Coed Crafnant goat fence

And the remains of past lives can be seen in the wood.  Sheep pens, boundary walls and mine entrances…

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Old mine entrance

Coed Crafnant archaeology







It’s Been Rough Again…

Photo: Mike Alexander - scapeimages.com
Photo: Mike Alexander – scapeimages.com

Spring is temporarily postponed on the Pembrokeshire coast