John Cummings Photography: Blog https://www.johncummings.photography/blog en-us (C) John Cummings Photography john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:10:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:10:00 GMT https://www.johncummings.photography/img/s/v-12/u509608889-o746027535-50.jpg John Cummings Photography: Blog https://www.johncummings.photography/blog 80 120 Yorkshire Dales https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2016/10/yorkshire-dales The Yorkshire Dales are a beautiful part of the UK and are full of photogenic locations including waterfalls, limestone pavements, old ruins, barns and viaducts.  We spent a wonderful few days there this summer. Here are a few photographs from our visit. If you click on any of the photographs it will take you through to the Gallery.
 

Ingleton Waterfall TrailIngleton Waterfall TrailIngleton Waterfall Trail
 

On our first day we decided to do the famous Ingleton Waterfall Walk which is one of the most popular walks in Yorkshire as it is full of spectacular waterfalls. This is a shot of the start of the walk alongside the River Twiss.
 

Pecca Falls, Ingleton Waterfall TrailPecca Falls, Ingleton Waterfall TrailPecca Falls, Ingleton Waterfall Trail
 

Pecca Falls is my favourite waterfall on the walk and is reached after about half an hour of walking.
 

Thornton Force, Ingleton Waterfall TrailThornton Force, Ingleton Waterfall TrailThornton Force, Ingleton Waterfall Trail
 

The next waterfall on the walk is the impressive Thornton Force which is the largest of the falls on the walk.
 

Ingleton Waterfall TrailIngleton Waterfall TrailIngleton Waterfall Trail
 

I thought the rapids at the top of Thornton Force were just as impressive as the waterfall.
 

Beezley Falls, Ingleton Waterfall Trail, Yorkshire Dales
 

After a while you arrive at Beezley Falls on the River Doe.
 

Rival Falls, Ingleton Waterfall TrailRival Falls, Ingleton Waterfall TrailRival Falls, Ingleton Waterfall Trail
 

Next up is the Rival Falls
 

Baxenghyll Gorge, Ingleton Waterfall TrailBaxenghyll Gorge, Ingleton Waterfall TrailBaxenghyll Gorge, Ingleton Waterfall Trail
 

The final stop on the walk is Baxenghyll Gorge which has a nice viewing bridge over the gorge..
 

Ribblesdale ViaductRibblesdale ViaductRibblesdale Viaduct
 

On the way to our cottage in Masham after Ingleton we passed by the beautiful Ribblehead Viaduct. This was built in the 1870s in order to carry trains along the Settle-Carlisle railway route. It is 400 metres long with 24 arches It was late in the evening and starting to rain when we got there but I managed to get this shot of the sun's rays peaking through the clouds.
 

Malham TarnMalham TarnMalham Tarn
 

The next day we spent in Malhamdale. This is a shot of Malham Tarn which I used to visit on school trips many years ago. This tarn is set high up in the Yorkshire Hills.
 

Lone Tree, Malham DalesLone Tree, Malham DalesLone Tree, Malham Dales
 

There is a lot of limestone pavement around Malham. This particular shot is of a lone ash tree that is particularly well known in photographic circles.
 

Janet's Foss, Malham DaleJanet's Foss, Malham DaleJanet's Foss, Malham Dale  
 

Janet's Foss is a nice little waterfall situated near Malham. It is named after Janet the Fairy Queen who was thought to live in a cave behind the waterfall.
 

Malham CoveMalham CoveMalham Cove
 

Malham cove is a huge limestone cliff which is very popular with climbers. This is a shot from the top of the Cove looking down the valley.
 

Malham DaleMalham DaleMalham Dale
 

This is one of my favourite shots of our time in the Yorkshire Dales. It sums up the beauty of the place quite nicely. Great views, rolling fields and drystone walls.
 

West Burton Falls, WensleydaleWest Burton Falls, WensleydaleWest Burton Falls, Wensleydale
 

We spent the next day in Wensleydale. This is probably the most well known of the valleys in Yorkshire. The valley runs west to east following the course of the River Ure. Our day started at West Burton Falls. This is a very photogenic waterfall because it is set in a horseshoe-shaped gorge.
 

Upper Aysgarth Falls, WensledaleUpper Aysgarth Falls, WensledaleUpper Aysgarth Falls, Wensledale
 

Aysgarth Falls are the most popular waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales as they are easily accessible and they featured in the film "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves". They are backdrop for the fight scene between Robin Hood (AKA Kevin Costner) and Little John. This is a shot of the Upper Falls.
 

Lower Aysgarth Falls, WensledaleLower Aysgarth Falls, WensledaleLower Aysgarth Falls, Wensledale
 

The Lower Falls are my favourite as it is very easy to get down to the water's edge.
 

Bolton Castle, WensleydaleBolton Castle, WensleydaleBolton Castle, Wensleydale
 

After a morning of waterfalls we had a change of scenery and visited Bolton Castle. This castle can be seen for miles around as it situated on top of a hill. It was built in the 14th Century.
 

Hardraw Force, WensleydaleHardraw Force, WensleydaleHardraw Force, Wensleydale
 

This is Hardraw Force which is England's highest single-drop waterfall.
 

Jervauxl Abbey, WensleydaleJervauxl Abbey, WensleydaleJervauxl Abbey, Wensleydale
 

I decided to get a sunset shot that evening at Jervauxl Abbey which is a ruined Cistercian Abbey near Masham. It was quite interesting being the only person there. The Abbey was founded in 1156 but was plundered during the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century.
 

Muker Meadows, SwaledaleMuker Meadows, SwaledaleMuker Meadows, Swaledale
 

Our last day was spent in Swaledale. This valley follows the course of the River Swale. The Valley has some of the prettiest field patterns and barns in the whole of Yorkshire. This is a shot of Muker Meadows behind the village of Muker.
 

Wain Wath Force, SwaledaleWain Wath Force, SwaledaleWain Wath Force, Swaledale
 

Swaledale has its share of waterfalls. There are lots of them near the village of Keld. This is Wain Wath Force.
 

Lower East Gill Force, SwaledaleLower East Gill Force, SwaledaleLower East Gill Force, Swaledale
 

East Gill Force is a small waterfall on the East Gill which is a tributary of the Swale. It is actually two waterfalls, Lower and Upper. This is a shot of the Lower Falls.
 

Upper East Gill Force, SwaledaleUpper East Gill Force, SwaledaleUpper East Gill Force, Swaledale
 

The Upper Falls.
 

Crackpot Hall, SwaledaleCrackpot Hall, SwaledaleCrackpot Hall, Swaledale
 

Above the village of Keld are the ruins of "Crackpot Hall". It has been abandoned since the 1950's but makes a great foreground to the views down the valley.
 

I hope you have enjoyed my blog on the Yorkshire Dales. You can click on any image to go through to the Gallery and see more photographs of the Yorkshire Dales.
 

Thanks for looking.
 

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john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Aysgarth Falls Bolton Castle Crackpot Hall East Gill Force Hardraw Force Ingleton Waterfalls Janet's Foss Jervauxl Abbey Limestone Pavement Malham Tarn Muker Meadows Pecca Falls Ribblehead Viaduct Thornton Force Wain Wath Force West Burton Falls https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2016/10/yorkshire-dales Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:19:02 GMT
Lake District https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2016/3/lake-district The Lake District is a beautiful part of the UK and is a magnet for photographers. There are literally hundreds of photogenic locations everywhere, including lakes, fells, waterfalls and caves. I was up there twice recently this winter. The first time the weather was not so good but the second time the weather was magnificent. Here are a few photographs from my visit. If you click on any of the photographs it will take you through to the Gallery.
 

Ashness BridgeAshness BridgeAshness Bridge
 

The Ashness Bridge is probably the most photographed bridge in the Lake District. It is a bridge over the Watendlath Beck on its way to Lodore Falls and Derwent Water. To get this composition I had to stand in the Beck which due to the recent high rainfall was quite a torrent. It was very interesting to say the least. 
 

Aira ForceAira ForceAira Force
 

Aira Force is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Lake District and one of the tallest. Again due to all the recent rain it was in full force.
 

UllswaterUllswaterUllswater
 

Ullswater is the second longest lake in the Lake District. This was a long exposure shot taken from Glencoyne Bay. This tree is usually above water which shows to some extent the level of flooding that has taken place.
 

Brothers WaterBrothers WaterBrothers Water
 

Brothers Water is a small lake to the south of Ullswater. From the northern end there are great views of up the valley towards the high fells.
 

Kirkstone PassKirkstone PassKirkstone Pass
 

The Kirkstone Pass is a spectacular route from Windermere and Ullswater. Due to damage caused to the A591 by last year's storms it is now the main link between the two.
 

Skelwith ForceSkelwith ForceSkelwith Force
 

Skelwith Force on the River Brathay is spectacular in the right conditions. It is not easy to photograph because of all the spray. This was as close as I wanted to get.
 

Loughrigg TarnLoughrigg TarnLoughrigg Tarn
 

Loughrigg Tarn is a lovely little tarn with views of the Langdale Pikes.
 

Sunset, UllswaterSunset, UllswaterSunset, Ullswater
 

Sunrise and Sunset is often the time when the Lakes are at there best. This is a sunset at Ullswater taken at Glencoyne Bay.
 

Ashness Jetty, Derwent WaterAshness Jetty, Derwent WaterAshness Jetty, Derwent Water
 

This is a shot of one of the Lake District's most popular locations- the Ashness Jetty. This Jetty can be found on Derwent Water on the road to Borrowdale. It is not an easy shot to do because if you want to get the horizon level the jetty slopes to the right. This has been made worse by the recent floods. I wanted to get the horizon level hence the sloping jetty. You can shoot this in portrait mode but because of the reflections I decided to shoot it in landscape mode.
 

ButtermereButtermereButtermere
 

Another of the Lake District's signature shots. This time the tree at Buttermere. This tree is situated at the northern end of the Mere. The morning I was there it was very calm so I was able to capture Buttermere at its best complete with the reflected surrounding fells.
 

Sourmilk Gill, ButtermereSourmilk Gill, ButtermereSourmilk Gill, Buttermere  
 

Sourmilk Gill is a small waterfall that flows off the fells into Buttermere.
 

LoweswaterLoweswaterLoweswater
 

Loweswater is not as well known as its more famous neighbours-Buttermere and Crummock Water but it is worth making the effort to get there. At its best it can give wonderful reflections. I was very lucky to be there late one afternoon to get this shot. It is actualy a panorama of three shots stitched together.
 

Sunrise, Castlerigg Stone CircleSunrise, Castlerigg Stone CircleSunrise, Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

Castlerigg Stone Circle is a fabulous Neolithic stone circle and is around 4,500 years old. It is situated to the east of Keswick and has panoramic views of the surrounding Fells. The Druids certainly knew how to pick a location. This is a shot taken just after sunrise on a very cold and frosty morning.
 

The Gate, Derwent WaterThe Gate, Derwent WaterThe Gate, Derwent Water
 

This is a shot of the famous "Fence and Gate" at Derwent Water. It has been photographed many times. I have never seen the gate open before. It is almost like a gateway to the Lake District.
 

Bench at Friars Cragg, Derwent WaterBench at Friars Cragg, Derwent WaterBench at Friars Cragg, Derwent Water
 

Friars Cragg on Derwent Water is a great place to sit and admire the view. I had to be quick to get this shot of the bench before anyone wanted to sit on it.
 

Centenary Stones, Derwent WaterCentenary Stones, Derwent WaterCentenary Stones, Derwent Water
 

The Centenary Stones at Calfclose Bay on Derwent Water were put there in 1995 to celebrate 100 years of the founding of the National Trust. They make a great foreground to the backdrop of the view towards Borrowdale.
 

Surprise ViewSurprise ViewSurprise View
 

Surprise View has one of the best views in the Lake District and looks out over Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.
 

I hope you have enjoyed my blog on the Lake District. You can click on any image to go through to the Gallery and see more photographs of the Lake District.
 

Thanks for looking.
 

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john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Aira Force Ashness Bridge Ashness Jetty Brothers Water Buttermere Castlerigg Circle" Crummock Water Derwent Water Lake District Loughrigg Tarn Loweswater Skelwith Force Sourmilk Gill Stone Sunrise Sunset Ullswater https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2016/3/lake-district Sat, 05 Mar 2016 18:47:44 GMT
North Wales https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/10/north-wales As I was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside I naturally spent many summers in North Wales during my childhood. I hadn't been back to North Wales for many years and so this summer decided to rectify this. When you are younger you do not appreciate the Landscape around you so it was a bit of a reawakening to realise just how many wonderful places there are to photograph in North Wales. Here are a few photographs from my visit. If you click on any of the photographs it will take you through to the Gallery.
 

Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed, SnowdoniaSwallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed, SnowdoniaSwallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia
 

The Swallow Falls at Betws-y-Coed is very popular. I used an ND Filter to slow down the movement of the water.
 

Sunset, Rhos-on-SeaSunset, Rhos-on-SeaSunset, Rhos-on-Sea
 

This sunset shot was taken at Rhos-on-Sea. As Rhos-on-Sea is east facing I had to walk out onto the sands to get the reflection of the sunset in the puddles. Fortunately the tide was out.
 

Sunrise, Rhos-on-SeaSunrise, Rhos-on-SeaSunrise, Rhos-on-Sea
 

This is a long exposure shot taken at sunrise in Rhos-on-Sea. I kept the shutter open for 90 seconds to achieve a blurring of the water and create a smooth silky effect.
 

Sychnant Pass, SnowdoniaSychnant Pass, SnowdoniaSychnant Pass, Snowdonia
 

The Sychnant Pass linking Conwy to Penmaenmawr is little used as most people tend to use the Coast Road. However it is well worth the effort to drive up the Pass as there are some wonderful views down to the Coast
 

Conwy CastleConwy CastleConwy Castle
 

Conwy Castle was built by Edward 1 as part of a ring of fortifications during his conquest of Wales. Whatever his reasons for building it I am glad he did so as it is a great place to photograph. This is actually a panorama shot of four photographs stitched together.
 

PenmaenmawrPenmaenmawrPenmaenmawr
 

Penmaenmawr is an interesting place to photograph as there are lots of Groynes (Sea Defences) to give foreground interest and also the Great Orme in the background.
 

PenmaenmawrPenmaenmawrPenmaenmawr
 

Another photograph of the Groynes at Penmaenmawr. This time a long exposure monochrome effect.
 

Llyn Dinas, SnowdoniaLlyn Dinas, SnowdoniaLlyn Dinas, Snowdonia
 

There are many wonderful lakes to photograph in North Wales. This is shot of Llyn Dinas which is a lake near Beddgelert. It is quite easy to walk around the Lake.
 

Llyn Dinas, SnowdoniaLlyn Dinas, SnowdoniaLlyn Dinas, Snowdonia
 

There are many waterfalls around Llyn Dinas. This is a close up of one of them.
 

Llyn Dinas, SnowdoniaLlyn Dinas, SnowdoniaLlyn Gwynant, Snowdonia
 

A photograph of Llyn Gwynant taken from Llanberis Pass.
 

Llynau Mymbr, SnowdoniaLlynau Mymbr, SnowdoniaLlynau Mymbr, Snowdonia
 

This shot was taken of Llynau Mwymbyr. This is actually two lakes located near Capel Curig. I couldn't stay too long as the midges were out in force.
 

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john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Conwy Llyn Dinas Llyn Gwynant Llynau Mwymbyr North Wales Penmaenmawr Rhos-on-Sea Sunrise Sunset Swallow Falls https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/10/north-wales Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:48:02 GMT
Local Sunrises and Sunsets https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/8/local-sunrises-and-sunsets Sunrises and sunsets are some of the best times for photography. Here are some of the local sunrise and sunset pictures I have taken this year. For more photographs of the sunrises and sunsets click on any image and it will take you through to the Gallery.
 

Sunrise, Foxcote Hill, IlmingtonSunrise, Foxcote Hill, IlmingtonSunrise, Foxcote Hill, Ilmington
 

This sunrise picture was taken from Foxcote Hill near Ilmington, Warwickshire
 

Sunrise, Clopton Bridge, Stratford upon AvonSunrise, Clopton Bridge, Stratford upon AvonSunrise, Clopton Bridge, Stratford upon Avon
 

This sunrise shot was taken from the footbridge in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire
 

Sunrise, Long MarstonSunrise, Long MarstonSunrise, Long Marston
 

Sunrise over the fields at the back of the village. Taken a few months ago.
 

Sunrise, Dovers HillSunrise, Dovers HillSunrise, Dovers Hill
 

Sunrise at Dover's Hill, Gloucestershire. Taken in April.
 

Sunset, Bunkers HillSunset, Bunkers HillSunset, Bunkers Hill
 

Sunset from Bunker's Hill, Warwickshire
 

Sunset, Welford on AvonSunset, Welford on AvonSunset, Welford on Avon
 

Sunset at Welford on Avon, Warwickshire
 

Sunset, Hidcote HillSunset, Hidcote HillSunset, Hidcote Hill
 

Sunset after the harvest, near Hidcote, Gloucestershire.
 

Sunset, Dovers HillSunset, Dovers HillSunset, Dovers Hill
 

Sunset at Dover's Hill, Gloucestershire.
 

Sunset, Chesterton WindmillSunset, Chesterton WindmillSunset, Chesterton Windmill
 

Sunset at Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire
 

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john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Bunker's Hill Chesterton Windmill Gloucestershire Hidcote Hill Ilmington Long Marston Stratford upon Avon Sunrise Sunset Warwickshire Welford on Avon https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/8/local-sunrises-and-sunsets Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:31:00 GMT
Worcestershire Lavender https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/7/worcestershire-lavender   
 

Snowshill Lavender Farm in Worcestershire is one of the best places in the Country to see Lavender in full bloom. The display fields are open from early July to early August. Here are some shots taken in July when the Lavender was at its best just before harvesting. For more photographs of the Lavender click on any image and it will take you through to the Gallery.
 

Lavender, Snowshill Lavender FarmLavender, Snowshill Lavender FarmLavender, Snowshill Lavender Farm
 

This shot was taken from the top of the field looking back towards the Farm.
 

Lavender, Snowshill Lavender FarmLavender, Snowshill Lavender FarmLavender, Snowshill Lavender Farm
 

This shot was taken looking up the field away from the Farm.
 

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A zoom blur shot of the Lavender
 

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A close up of the Lavender
 

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john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Lavender Snowshill Lavender Farm Worcestershire https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/7/worcestershire-lavender Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:09:19 GMT
Chesterton Windmill https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/6/chesterton-windmill   
 

Chesterton Windmill is one of the most iconic places in Warwickshire for photographers. It is good at any time of the day but particularly at Sunrise or Sunset. Here are some shots taken during the day during May when the Rape was in full bloom. For more photographs of Chesterton click on any image and it will take you through to the Gallery.
 

Rape Field, Chesterton Windmill, WarwickshireRape Field, Chesterton Windmill, WarwickshireRape Field, Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire
 

This shot was taken from near the entrance to the footpath.
 

Rape Field, Chesterton WindmillRape Field, Chesterton WindmillRape Field, Chesterton Windmill
 

This shot was taken whilst I was keeping an eye on the approaching storm.
 

Rape Field, Chesterton WindmillRape Field, Chesterton WindmillRape Field, Chesterton Windmill
 

A long exposure shot of the approaching storm
 

Rape Field, Chesterton WindmillRape Field, Chesterton WindmillRape Field, Chesterton Windmill
 

Another long exposure shot
 

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john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Chesterton Windmill Rape Field Warwickshire https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/6/chesterton-windmill Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:19:12 GMT
Peak District https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/6/peak-district   
 

Last weekend's visit to the Peak District was not the best for photography. A little bit too windy. I think I need to pay more attention to the weather forecast next time. Still it is a wonderful place to visit for glorious views of the English Countryside. I hope to go back later in the summer. Here are some shots I did manage to get when the wind died down. If you click on the photographs it will take you through to the Peak District Gallery where you can see more.
 

Sunset, Carhead RocksSunset, Carhead RocksSunset, Carhead Rocks
 

This photograph was taken at sunset from Carhead Rocks overlooking the village of Hathersage. The wind eventually died down for about 15 minutes.
 

Padley GorgePadley GorgePadley Gorge
 

Padley Gorge is a great place for long exposure shots. Also it is a bit more sheltered than up on the Peaks.
 

Sunrise, Curbar EdgeSunrise, Curbar EdgeSunrise, Curbar Edge
 

I had to get up at 3.45 am to get this sunrise shot  at Curbar Edge. I couldn't understand why I didn't see anyone else!
 

Sunrise Curbar EdgeSunrise Curbar EdgeSunrise Curbar Edge
 

The Old Millstones at Curber Edge overlooking the village of Calver
 


 

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john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Carhead Rocks Curbar Edge Derwent Reservoir Lady Bower Reservoir Monsal Head Padley Gorge Peak District Sunrise Sunset https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/6/peak-district Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:09:15 GMT
Warwickshire Bluebells https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/5/warwickshire-bluebells   Bluebells, Austy WoodBluebells, Austy WoodBluebells, Austy Wood If you go down to the Woods today....
 

The Bluebells are out at the moment. Some shots I have recently taken at Austy Wood and Coughton Court, Warwickshire.
 

Click on the image to see the other shots.
 

The blurred shots are meant to be like that. It is called Intentional Camera Movement.
 

Hope you like them
 

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john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Austy Wood Bluebells Coughton Court Warwickshire https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/5/warwickshire-bluebells Sat, 09 May 2015 18:01:18 GMT
Hidcote Manor https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/3/hidcote-manor  

Daffodils, Hidcote ManorDaffodils, Hidcote ManorDaffodils, Hidcote Manor I recently went to Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire to photograph the Daffodils which are now in full bloom.

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Sunset, Near Dovers HillSunset, Near Dovers HillSunset, Near Dovers Hill On the way home I thought I would stop at Dovers Hill Gloucestershire which is close by. The sun was just setting and Dovers Hill is not the best location for sunsets as it is predominantly South-East facing. However I did manage to get these two shots. The first one on the way to Dovers Hill and the second one whilst at Dovers Hill.

Sometimes you don't have to travel too far to see great scenes.

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john@johncummings.photography (John Cummings Photography) Dovers Hill Gloucestershire Hidcote Manor Sunset https://www.johncummings.photography/blog/2015/3/hidcote-manor Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:35:01 GMT