It has been another productive month for the S&B team in Shropshire (writes John Hayward).
At the start of July I had a walk up the Long Mynd and found two very obliging sheep who were happy to pose for their picture with Caradoc, the Lawley and the Wrekin in the background.
I then spent an evening in Shrewsbury as we don’t have many photographs of the county town taken at that particular time of the day.
The two best images from that shoot were of the Shrewsbury skyline with four churches and the market hall standing proud and the Sabrina pleasure boat sailing into the sunset along the River Severn.
The next image is of Bridgnorth on the day it was being judged for the Britain in Bloom competition. This picture captures a summer scene in the town with flowers, the River Severn and St Leonard’s Church in High Town.
The following shot of Ironbridge is one I’ve been meaning to do for a while and, thanks to our 200-500mm lens, it was a case of mission accomplished!
Taken at 400mm, the focal distance foreshortens the subjects in the picture and makes the background seem closer to the bridge than it actually is, resulting in the town seeming very ‘green’ and in tune with nature.
The Llangollen Canal at Ellesmere in north Shropshire was the next stop as it had been a while since we had taken any photographs of canal boats.
Making full use of the long lens I was able to take a picture of a rowing boat looking straight down the canal. This photograph exemplifies the peaceful, slow pace of life on England's waterways.
While waiting for narrowboats to appear I turned my attention to the reflections of trees in the water and was able to capture this very abstract shot.
It had also been a while since I had been to Lyth Hill, near Shrewsbury, and I set out one evening looking for warm colours in the landscape. I was particularly pleased with this shot in which the low evening sun highlights contours in the fields.
Towards the end of the month I was back in Shrewsbury looking for summer pictures, and took this photograph of English Bridge framed by greenery and with blue sky and white clouds reflected in the River Severn.
Next up was a cricket match at Davenport Park, between Worfield Cricket Club and Streetly. This image shows off village cricket in a quiet rural setting with fields surrounding the pitch.
I ended the month with this photograph of the Wrekin at sunset which, thanks to the long lens, I was able to take from Nordy Bank Hill Fort on Brown Clee.
Initially I had been hoping for long shadows in the fields beneath the hill fort, but the weather had other plans. I waited for two-and-a-half hours and finally, just as the sun was setting, the sky over the Wrekin turned a dramatic orange. The waiting paid off!