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Tulip Fields in the Norfolk Countryside Two Years On

Two years ago I posted a blog with some images captured at a Tulip field in Norfolk, UK. The original blog can be found here.

Well two years later I have shot another Tulip Field in the Norfolk Countryside and below are a few images from that shoot. This years shoot was at a different field to last time and I arrived a little late as quite a few of the colours had already been de-headed. The tulips are grown for their bulbs here so once the flowers are developed they soon get their heads cut off so more energy goes into the bulb rather than the flowers.  This year we had a really mild spring so the tulips were much earlier than normal too. This shoot required a 3.15 am alarm call to get to the location in time for sunrise. After around 90 mins shooting the tulips I was then leaving when all of a sudden a rainbow appeared so it was a case of quickly running back and grabbing a few shots.

Norfolk Tulip Field














































All Quiet

Apologies for being so quiet on here of late it’s been a hectic Spring & Summer this year. I hope to begin with lots of new posts in the coming months but for now here are some new images from the last few months.

I had an incredible hour of light back in April at Horsey Mill on the Norfolk Broads

Due to the long winter the Daffodils were very late this year. Here are a few captured in a Norfolk Field

Stormy last light illuminating Horsey Windpump

South Creake ford in North Norfolk

The old disused Dilham Canal lock at Ebridge Mill

Stormy last light at Heigham Holmes Drainage Mill near the village of Martham

Horsey Mill with some stormy light about an hour before sunset

Something a bit different for me, I was commissioned to write an article on photographing derelict buildings for a UK photography magazine and here is one of the images I shot of an old derelict mill in the Norfolk Countryside.

Dream light as the last rays of the stormy light illuminate Horsey mill and the sky above.

Derelict Detail shot

Norfolk Moods

This is probably one of the least photograph mills of all the Norfolk Broads mills that have some sails. This is Heigham Holmes and sit’s on an island that is only open to the public one day a year.

Norfolk Mill at night

Reed bed glow

I loved the grey mixed with the red brickwork in this shot at an old flour mill

The very last light on Horsey Mill and my very last shot of the day on this particular evening

Horsey Mill, Norfolk Broads
A misty morning start at Horsey Mill on the Norfolk Broads

Oil Seed Rape field in the Norfolk Countryside

The picturesque West Somerton Staithe on the Norfolk Broads

Horsey Windmill
Horsey Windpump at first light

Winterton Windfarm
Probably one of the laziest images I have ever shot  as this one was done practically over the garden fence with a telephoto lens.

West Somerton, Norfolk

Horsey Mill

Cart Gap, Norfolk Coast with the Lee Big Stopper, ten stop filter

Happisburgh lighthouse
Happisburgh Lighthouse shortly before a storm passes overhead

Cromer Pier following a colourful sunset on the Norfolk Coast

Rainbow captures in the dunes at Wells-Next-The-Sea beach on the Norfolk Coast

Happisburgh Lighthouse & Oil Seed Rape

Last light at Winterton dunes on the Norfolk Coast

Summer field near Repps With Bastwick, Norfolk

Weybourne Shingle Beach & Fishing Boats

For Sale. Beach huts at Wells

Morston Quay

Cromer Town reflecting in the wet sand at dusk

Oil Seed Rape on a windy day at Happisburgh

Stormy light looking towards the beach huts at Wells

Happisburgh Lighthouse

Wells Dunes

Weybourne, Norfolk Coast

Cromer Sunset


Sunset at Winterton, Norfolk

You are probably getting board of Happisburgh by now but here is another, all taken on a number of different visits to get the Oil Rape Seed at different stages.

Norfolk Field near Repps With Bastwick

Winterton Dunes at last light

Wells Next The Sea

Winterton Light

Cromer Pier

Winterton Sunset

Stormy golden light over a freshly harvested barley field in Norfolk

Summer poppies near Burnham Market

Long exposure over the old pillbox on Horsey Dunes

Poppy field at Castle Acre in Norfolk

Sunset and golden light near Repps With Bastwick, Norfolk

Castle Acre Poppies

Poppy field just outside Burnham Market, North Norfolk

Horsey Dunes

Castle Acre

A rare opportunity to see St Benet’s Mill illuminated at night as part of a summer wedding on the Norfolk Broads

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Norfolk’s Underrated Stretch of Coastline (Winterton to Happisburgh)

My favourite stretch of the Norfolk coastline happens to be one that is often ignored by visitors and photographers alike. This 12 mile stretch of coastline and countryside is rich and diverse offering fantastic potential for photographers. Whilst most landscape  photographers head for the North Norfolk Coast to shoot popular locations such as Holkham, Wells or the picturesque Staithes at Brancaster & Blakeney. I love heading to this underrated and much quieter stretch of coastline. Here the Broads and the coast run side by side offer a great deal of variety all just a short distance away.


2012-0821sssaWinterton has a wonderful beach and some wonderful Sand Dunes. It’s great to photograph at first light.

East Sommerton

_MG_2290wwwJust a short distance between Winterton and West Somerton is the tiny cluster of houses at East Somerton. Here there is a derelict church with a giant oak tree growing straight through the middle.

West Somerton

_MG_2305West Somerton has a wonderful example of a traditional flint built Norfolk round towered church.

_MG_0434West Somerton on the Norfolk Broads has a delightful chocolate box staithe with picturesque cottages and small boats.

Horsey Mill

_MG_1549Horsey Mill is great to shoot at last light, particularly in the summer when the boats add that extra bit on interest.

Horsey Gap

untitled-4259Horsey Beach is best known for the hundreds of Seals that have their pups on the beach every year. From November to the end of January its extremley busy with visitors that come to get a glimpse of the pups. At other times of the year it’s a fantastic peaceful beach with great sand dunes and beach patterns for the landscape photographer.

2011-7278A summer storm out to sea, viewed here from Horsey Beach


2011-5232Brograve is one of the lesser known mills of the Norfolk Broads. Very few boats come down the narrow stretch of water named Waxham New Cut. Beacuse the mill requires a walk of about 45 mins from Horsey Mill or a 20 min walk over the muddy fields a lot of people don’t bother visiting. It’s a wonderful peaceful location and is excellent to see lots of wildlife.

2010-4886Winter is a great time to capture a sunset behind the mill


2010-4933Waxham beach is located a short walk between Horsey and Sea Palling. It’s a great place to capture the rising sun.

Sea Palling

2010-4912Sea palling is best known for it’s sea defences that consist of high rocks placed out to sea. These can be see in the distance of this image. The location does have some nice sand dunes and is just a short stroll from the car. Here the beach was captured at dawn on a frosty morning with the sand and dunes coated in a white layer of frost.


_MG_8744-Happisburgh (pronounced as Haze Boro) is a much-loved location with a fantastic picture perfect light house and a beach that is always battered by the sea.

_MG_5506-01-The sea defences at this location make for some fascinating pictures and add an extra element to the scene.


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Favourite 10 images from 2011.

Here are my favourite 10 images from 2011. It has been my busiest year yet, a bit too busy with workshops and commercial shoots with hardly any free days so I did not have too many chances to get out and shoot much myself.

I hope everyone has a fantastic new year and thank you to everyone who has viewed this blog and my Facebook page throughout the last few months, I hope to add a lot more content throughout 2012.

Sea Palling at dawn on a frosty beach on the Norfolk Coast

Dead Tree at sunset in the Norfolk Countryside

The derelict Brograve Drainage Mill following an overnight winter hoarfrost on the Norfolk Broads

Breckland in the Autumn

The River Thurne at sunrise following an overnight winter hoarfrost on the Norfolk Broads

Horsey beach on the Norfolk Coast during a dramatic summer storm

Turf Fen Windpump at Sunset on the River Ant, Norfolk Broads

A misty morning over Thetford Forest on an Autumn morning

Southwold Pier at sunrise on the Suffolk Coast

Thurne windpump reflecting into the River Thurne on a frosty morning

Herringlfeet Smock Mill, Suffolk

Herringfleet is a unique black smock drainage mill on the Suffolk side of the Norfolk & Suffolk border. The Mill was built around 1820 and is one of the fine st mills to photograph in the UK. The mill stands in the middle of the Herringfleet Marshes and photographs well at all times of the day.

Here the mill is illuminated at last light reflecting in a small dyke in front of the mill.

This image was captured at sunrise following an overnight winter hoarfrost. If you look carefully it’s possible to see the reeds covered in tiny delicate ice crystals. By placing one of the reed stems in front of the sun I was able to illuminate problems with lens flare from the rising sun.

Here the mill was captured on a summers morning from the back of the mill, the fantastic colours of the old iron pumping shed next to the mill can be seen here.

Warm evening light illuminates the reeds and the mill.

This image sat on my hard drive unprocessed for two years before I processed the raw file. In the first month of sending it to image libraries and my customers it appeared on five magazine front covers around the world.

Herringfleet mill at sunset

Herringfleet following an overnight winter hoarfrost

Turf Fen mill on the River Ant, Norfolk Broads

Turf Fen mill located on the River Ant and built around 1875 is one of the best mills to catch a sunset on the Norfolk Broads

The mill photographs well at all times of the year, although its generally better between October to March when there are less holiday boats blocking the view to the mill.

This image of Turf Fen on a summers day is five panoramic images stitched together.  The image has sold really well for me over the years. I love shooting in the panoramic format but often forget, hopefully over the next year I will get round to doing more pano images.

Turf Fen mill reflecting in the River Ant at sunset

Turf Fen mill at sunset shot a few months back

Windmill Advent Calendar Day 22, St Benet’s Level

St Benet’s Level mill illuminated at first light on a frosty morning

I am a bit behind but hope to add the other two mills throughout today St Benet’s Level Drainage Mill was built around 1775 besides the River Thurne on the Norfolk broads. Today the mill is still standing and in excellent condition, the remote location and fantastic viewpoints around the mill make this one of my personal favourites on the Norfolk Broads.

St Benet’s mill illuminated by stormy afternoon light shortly before sunset on a November afternoon.

St Benet’s Drainage Mill and the surrounding marshes at dawn following a heavy overnight hoarfrost.

St Benet’s mill to the right and Thurne in the distance on the left shortly before sunset.

Windmill Advent Calendar Day 14, Brograve Level Drainage Mill

I am really fortunate to live just a few minutes from one of my favourite mills on the Norfolk Broads, Brograve Level Drainage Mill. Brograve is a derelict mill originally built in 1771 to drain water into the Waxham New Cut, the mill last worked in the 1930’s. The mill can be reached from a start point of the nearby restored mill at Horsey, it’s also possible to park at Horsey Gap and follow the footpath through the fields and marshes to the mill.

One of the unique things about Brograve is the wonderful colour of the river in front of the mill, the Waxham New Cut is stained brown because of the rich peat in the area. I personally thing the Mill photographs best from December to March when the reed turns a lovely golden colour and looks fantastic when illuminated by the low winter sun.

Ghostly Remains, this is quite an old shot now, for this image I selected a slow shutter speed to slightly blur two walkers as they passed the footpath.

The derelict state of the mill means stormy weather works particularly well, the light illuminates the front of mill perfectly first thing in the morning and if there is a chance of stormy weather this is the ideal time to head to the mill in the hope of catching a rainbow over it.

At this time of the year it’s also possible to capture the mill as a silhouette at sunset.

This image was taken back in March following a very good overnight hoarfrost.

Windmill Advent Calendar Day 10, Ashtree Farm

Ashtree Farm Drainage Mill

I am a bit behind with adding yesterdays mill to my blog, but here it is anyway. For day 10 I have chosen Ashtree Farm near Great Yarmouth. Ashtree farm is located alongside the River Bure and can be seen whilst driving along the Acle Straight. Restoration was finally completed in 2008, which is one of the reasons this mill is not that well known. For the image above I approached from nearby Runham at dawn and followed the footpath alongside the river before eventually coming to the mill. fortunately it was a nice misty morning and I was able to get one or two shots I was happy with. Hopefully I will give it another go in the next few months.