Great Britain is renowned for it's stunning landscapes. Whether it's the tip of Scotland or the depths of Cornwall - or anywhere else in between - there plenty of opportunities to create beautiful photography in the countryside of this green and pleasant land. I often photograph at sunrise or sunset, as can be seen in the photos below, to make the most of the beautiful colours nature has to offer. Here is a selection of my top countryside landscape photography to date.
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Having time-lapsed sunrise overlooking Silbury Hill, I took some panoramas of the colourful scene that had unfolded in front of me. A thick mist had settled around Silbury Hill overnight and the rising sun was slowly burning it off. The green and yellow fields of the countryside provide a stark contrast to the shaded mist in the foreground.
I climbed a slope overlooking Silbury Hill in search of a new angle this ancient Neolithic mound. The surrounding fields were covered in either dandelions or rapeseed, making them yellow. Contrasted with the green grass and blue sky, this creates a very picturesque spring in from the heart of Wiltshire.
Although famous for its rock formations, the river and waterfall of Dinas Rock in Wales, are arguably even more attractive. Situated in the picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park the area is surrounded by caves and gorges.
Loch Morlich is a beautiful location in the west of the Cairngorms national park in Scotland. Surrounded by pine forests and mountains, including Mount Cairn Gorm, it is a picturesque and tranquil place. On this occasion, I travelled their for a stormy sunrise. Whilst the clouds whirled over the mountains and in the sky, catching colour from the rising sun, the loch was very calm, allowing me to capture a near perfect reflection of the sky and mountains in the water.
With storm clouds overhead, I used foreground rocks to create a parallel line with the Cairngorm mountains in the distance. Loch Morlich was very still on this particular morning, so there were some very good reflections in the water.
En route to the north of the Cairngorms in Scotland, I drove through Braemar, a stunning part of Scotland. Shortly before coming to the village I drove through this mountainous part of the countryside. It was nearing sunset and there were stormy clouds catching the colouful sunlight while a stream snaked through landscape into the distance.
On a crisp, clear morning in early December, the sun rose and cast its golden glow over the ancient stones at Avebury in Wiltshire. A light frost can be seen on the ground - a sign of the cold weather ahead.
On a crisp morning in early January, the sun rose and cast its golden glow over the ancient stones at Avebury in Wiltshire. A light covering of snow can be seen on the ground.
I have photographed at Shearwater Lake and woodland many times over the past few years. My favourite occasions have been in thick fog and in autumn,so I was very keen to explore the area at night; seeing how dark the skies were and what they had to offer in terms of astro-photography. Much to my delight, the skies are largely light pollution free, depending on which way you are pointing the camera, and although there were night fisherman around the lake on the warm summer's night, it is a quiet area that I was able to photograph the Milky Way uninterrupted.
This photograph gives a stunning insight into the night sky. Taken on a clear summer night from Roundway Hill in Wiltshire, the lights of Devizes can be seen in the distance, as the milky way - which is barely visible to the naked eye - is revealed in all its starry glory.
Lake Ullswater is the second largest body of water in the Lake District, and as a low storm cloud passes over it, its grandeur is displayed. The autumn colours in the trees are just tiny specks in this large landscape, illuminated only by shafts of sunlight.
Looking down from the steep and winding Wrynose Pass, one of the Lake District's best loved views presents itself. This is the valley of Little Langdale, with Little Langdale Tarn in the centre. The patches of green and brown show the transition of nature between summer and autumn.
In the height of autumn, the lake district is a beautiful place. As seen in this panoramic photo, the trees turn vivid colours and the ferns on the hills turn brown, creating a stark contrast with the green grass. This was taken from the edge of Ullswater, in the north-east of the Lake District, in Cumbria.
Once the storm clouds had blown over, now quite a while since sunrise, golden light poured over the autumnal hills and landscape that surround Buttermere, next to Crummock Water, in the Lake District.
Photographed at first light on a winter's morning, this image shows the dramatic shadows cast over the surrounding fields and hills by the low sun. Situated near Devizes and Marlborough, the Vale of Pewsey is a popular local landmark with scenic views stretching far across the county of Wiltshire.
A light mist hung over the rural landscape at Pewsey just before sunrise on a spring morning. Looking back over the landscape I'd just walked though, my footprints in the dew created lines leading into the fields.
A bright spring sunrise to the left of the Vale of Pewsey casts long shadows across its rural landscape. The newly emerged shoots of crops in the fields add a dash of pastel colour to the scene.
After a very early start I arrived at Martinsell Hill in between Pewsey and Marlborough while it was still dark. A thick frost had formed during a cloudless night and I was keen to make the most of this opportunity. As dawn approached the sky turned a rich orange - a stark contrast to the cold fields and countryside of Pewsey that lay in the foreground.
The sun only appeared for a few moments on this cold spring morning, before heavy cloud set in and engulfed the surrounding countryside. Nevertheless a dramatic and colourful scene occurred at the Vale of Pewsey.
The sun rises over the iconic, sweeping landscape of Pewsey Vale near Devizes in Wiltshire. On this particular day, the beauty spot had a low mist in the distance whilst the foreground fields and hills were getting increasingly golden with rising sun.
A popular scenic viewpoint, the Vale of Pewsey has spectacular views over Wiltshire. It is surrounded by quaint countryside villages, with larger towns such as Devizes and Marlborough nearby. On this stormy morning, the sun broke through as the mist rolled over the landscape.
On an autumn afternoon at the beginning of November, I headed to Stourhead Gardens to photograph the picturesque scenery. With its Palladian architecture and world-famous gardens, its a very popular spot for tourists and National Trust members, but I managed to find a quiet spot to take this photo. Although it is a regularly photographed scene, I noticed the sunshine pouring over the tops of the trees and captured it in the photo for an interesting and unique take on a favourite location.
Although the weather wasn't looking promising I headed out well before sunrise to the fields surrounding Roundway Hill to timelapse the sunrise. I knew the sun would rise behind the hill but was staggered by the intense colours that it brought with it.
This colourful photograph was taken on Roundway Hill shortly after sunset on the longest day of 2014 - 21st June. I had been timelapsing the Solstice sunrise and sunset, and having finished for the day I headed back to my car. I turned around to the the wisps of cloud emblazoned by the now-set sun. The three trees standing equal distances apart was the perfect was to compose the shot. Simple yet powerful.
Long shadows fall on Wiltshire as seen from Roundway Hill near Devizes. Roundway is a great location for nature photography, with wild Orchids, numerous butterfly species, deer, livestock and hares, not to mention the fantastic view over the county.
About an hour after sunset on the morning of the summer solstice, the mist was still lying in between the hills of the Wessex Downs, at Cherhill in Wiltshire. By this point the sun was very bright, and this gave a high contrast variety to the shot. Also, if you look carefully, you can see the shadows of the woodland too. Available in black and white and colour on request.
A large cloud covers the sun on a clear day in early summer and casts dramatic shadows over the rural Wiltshire landscape below. Photographed from Roundway Downs, near Devizes.
In late afternoon on a hot summer's day, the lush green fields are lit up with the sun's golden rays. This truly is a quintessential English scene. Photographed from Roundway Hill near Devizes in Wiltshire.
As a sunny day in early summer draws to an end, the low sun casts its beautiful golden light over the landscape of Wiltshire. A slight haze clings to the countryside, diffusing the light a little. This panoramic photograph was taken from the hills of the Roundway Downs, near Devizes in Wiltshire.
A bare winter's landscape is transformed as the setting sun casts long shadows from everything it hits. Taken from the high, and historic, vantage point of Roundway Hill near Devizes in Wiltshire. When enlarged, the beautiful detail becomes apparent and two deer can be seen grazing in one of the fields.
Taken before the sun had risen, the red clouds behind me illuminated the autumn tinged trees on the right and gave them a bright red hue. The colours are all natural. Taken at Shearwater Lake in Wiltshire.
After thick mist had cleared from Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate, near Warminster, the beautiful autumn colours of the trees that lined the lake became visible and were reflected in the water.
On a foggy, rainy day in Grasmere, The Lake District, last autumn the top of a nearby mountain was poking through the clouds. The foreground was a sea of trees awash with fall colours. It created a simple photograph yet one which is very picturesque and the perfect autumnal photograph for any wall.
Flying from Heathrow in London to Accra in Ghana, I noticed a stunning mountainous vista out of the plane window. Judging by the flight route and the distance we had travelled (given the time), I can conclude that this is part of the Pyrenees mountain range of France and Spain.
Low level fog over the fields and countryside at Pewsey Vale. As it began to recede from the foot of Martinsell Hill near Marlborough, I was able to capture it in the pre-sunrise light
Stood above the clouds at Martinsell Hill near Marlborough and Pewsey in Wiltshire this photograph was taken minutes before sunrise. A hill can be seen poking through the clouds in the distance.
Fog infiltrating the lines of trees that stretch across the vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire. Photographed from Martinsell hill, this scene was captured shortly after sunrise.
It's great when the weather forecast is correct! With the report showing signs of mist or fog at Pewsey and Marlborough, I headed to Martinsell Hill for a sunrise shoot. As soon as I arrived I realised it would be a very special morning; thick fog covered all the countryside stretching for miles of Wiltshire county. Heading up to the peak of the hill, I photographed there for hours as the fog swirled below me.
As the day neared sunset, the mountains blocked out the sun, but its rays still shone brightly up into the clear skies. The darkened hills and trees in the foreground are silhouetted.
Penn Wood, one of Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts' newest reserves, has a magnificent treeline on the far side of the small lake. Taken before sunrise, the dawn glow behind the trees provided a beautiful fade from dark blue to orange.
This spectacular display was the outcome of a beautiful warm spring day in March. The colours stayed in the sky long after the sun had set, creating a painterly scene.
The bright sunlight of a spring morning soon burns the thick mist over this lake as one of the inhabitants - a lone moorhen - makes its way across. A foreground of silhouetted reeds gives this photograph depth and perspective.
On a hot August day, the sun sets at the side of this field-covered hillside, casting its golden light and creating rich shadows over every thing. n the left hand side, cattle can be seen grazing and hay bales stand in the sun. A truly bucolic scene.
As the pathway leads off into the foggy distance, this pile of felled pine trees lines the way to the woodland beyond. Taken in woodland surrounding Shearwater Lake in Wiltshire.
A stunning view of the meandering River Dart estuary as it meets the town of Totnes in Devon. Photographed from the Sharpham Estate, this scene is captured on a sunny day in autumn shortly before sunset, as storm clouds emerge from the horizon.
Having photographed at Martinsell Hill quite a few times before, on this occasion I wanted to focus on the lone Scots Pine that sits, weatherbeaten and tied with ribbons, atop the hill. Keeping the sun just out of the frame to the left, a warm glow covered the landscape and enabled my to capture this scene.
Well known for its hillside white horse and towering monument, the local landmark of Cherhill is a favourite for walkers and sightseers. As part of the Wessex Downs it is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In the fields below, crops are grown by farmers. Just days before harvest, this photograph captures this stunning landscape of the wheat contrasted with the chalk hills of Cherhill.
Taken shortly after sunrise, mist was still clearing on this bright summer's morning. Bringing bright colour to an otherwise green landscape, these poppies are grown in great quantity in the empty fields at Roundway in Wiltshire.