Yorkshire Moors: Late Summer, 2017

One of the best things about the transition between Summer and Autumn is the mass-blooming of heather across the UK. And if you love heather, and you want to see lots of it, the best place is arguably the Yorkshire Moors (pssst … and also the Peak District).

I recently had the pleasure of staying in a tiny village just outside of Harrogate called Pannal. This proved to be a good base for exploring two large moors nearby: Ilkley Moor, and Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale AONB; both were carpeted in glorious pink and purple heather. They also share geological similarities as they heavily feature striking and unusual rock formations made from millstone grit, particularly in the case of Brimham Rocks.

In such conditions of changing light, rich colour contrast from the grasses, ferns, and heather, and otherworldly rock formations … a landscape photographer such as myself can get a little giddy. You could spend weeks on compositions here playing with tones, colour palettes, and shapes.

I enjoy the gradual change of tone and mood in this series, from bright and colourful early on to dark and foreboding towards the end. And particularly when I was at Brimham Rocks, I loved exploring the incredible millstone rock formations in the moorland and challenging myself to arrange them in compositionally interesting ways.

I hope you have as much fun studying these images as I did shooting and editing them.