My recent trip to America reminded me how exhilarating I find big skies and I now seem to be spending more time than usual photographing them on my walks. Walking is something else that I’m doing a lot of, almost as if I can’t breathe properly without it. These photos in black and white have come out quite well I think 🙂
The bluebell woods are one of the most beautiful sights in spring. I was walking and talking with colleagues the other day and as we were exchanging long-range thoughts we entered this wood – everybody stopped talking….
Imagine if you will a high cliff, or a sheer wall on a mountain side, and you get the idea behind this music. It was originally imagined whilst reading “The Shining Mountain”, the incredible and enthralling account of British climbers Joe Tasker and Pete Boardman’s famous ascent of Changabang, a 22,500 foot mountain in the Himalayas of India, in 1976.
Boardman and Tasker climbed the great West Wall using revolutionary climbing techniques, which included sleeping in hammocks suspended from the sheer face with a drop of thousands of feet below them. It took 25 days to complete the climb, a climb that many at the time thought impossible.
A little nearer to home (for me anyway) there are some magnificent cliffs with a sheer drop to the sea below, where peregrine falcons, and large colonies of seabirds nest in spring, and where, standing at the top, it is quite difficult to catch your breath, such is the exhilaration. Pwll Deri is one of those places, as is this beautiful arch and stack further to the south.
The music was intended to capture the drama and majesty of places like this wherever they may be found. But also the sadness I felt whilst reading of Boardman and Taskers subsequent adventure, to climb the North-East ridge of Everest, another route that had never been done at the time. The rest of the expedition were out of the reckoning due to exhaustion, but Boardman and Tasker attempted to complete the ascent on their own. They were last seen alive by their comrades as tiny specks on the ridge before they disappeared into the cloud and were gone forever.
The weather on the Pembrokeshire coast has suddenly turned beautifully sunny and warm. The sea is sparkling and flat as a pancake, so for the first time since last September we got the kayaks out and went for a little paddle.
Kayaking gives you such a different perspective on the landscape and seascape around you. This sea cave cannot be seen from the surrounding cliffs, and as well as being very beautiful, it is also a special place for another reason which I will elaborate on later.
And with 186 miles of coastline to choose from, all we need is a half decent summer for the first time in years and we’ll be out there exploring once again, I’ll even get the fishing lines out.