Though I have travelled there only infrequently, Dorset is certainly my second favourite county – after my Somerset homeland, of course. Dorset does it all for me: simple, beautiful landscapes, and superb places like Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Chesil Beach, Swanage and the Isles of Portand and Purbeck. Part of my affection is obviously geological: decades ago this was a fossil collecting mecca for me and fossils excite me still – and then there is Dorset Apple Cake … eaten hot …. with thick cream!
But there is also this county’s rural simplicity, the lack of motorways and the few main roads and large conurbations; and then out of the way places like the Marshwood Vale, Fishpond Bottom, Wareham Heath, Kimmeridge and Up Cerne. Much of my photography in Dorset has been along the coast but, a mile or two inland of Charmouth and Lyme Regis, there are steep, beautiful hills. With our little car toiling up Long Lane towards the Coney’s Castle hillfort, this view opened on the right. Here, on 3 Nov 2009, we are looking down eastwards towards Abbott’s Wootton Farm, small white buildings awash in a sea of rolling hills and innumerable trees – typical, wonderful Dorset.
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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO.