June was another productive month for the S&B team as we ventured beyond Shropshire to Staffordshire and the West Country.
The highlight of the month was without doubt the keenly anticipated visit of the Flying Scotsman.
We knew months in advance on which day the iconic engine was going to be coming through Shropshire but the times were not officially released because of health and safety issues owing to high public interest.
Fortunately, we were able to discover the timetable after doing some research in the days leading up to the engine's arrival.
We wanted to get a picture with the Shropshire Hills in the background - otherwise it would have been just another photograph of the Flying Scotsman that could have been taken anywhere.
Thankfully it was due to pass through Church Stretton so we knew the opportunity was there - we just needed to find a spot!
The previous day we had a walk around Church Stretton and found a lovely buttercup meadow with horses and the Lawley in the background - perfect for what we wanted. However the weather had other ideas and it was very hazy with poor visibility.
It was just the same on the day when we arrived a couple hours before the train was due, but thankfully the weather slowly improved. I wasn’t able to get horses in the foreground but we were very happy with the results.
Another trip out was to the Shropshire Union Canal at Norbury Junction in Staffordshire.
It had been a while since we had photographed any canals, and there was a good chance the waterways would be busy as it was the weekend and the weather was good.
This picture - which was used in the Daily Express - shows a happy scene with people making the most of the sunshine and enjoying the slow pace of life that comes with canals.
The next image is of Church Stretton and Carding Mill Valley, seen from Gaerstone. This was taken three hours after sunrise and is a shot I’d been planning for a few months. You can see the Burway leading up the valley and on to the top of the Long Mynd.
Mike visited Cornwall for a few days and took this dramatic photograph of the incoming tide at Maer Cliff in Bude. The evening sunlight provided a gorgeous, golden accent to the foaming waves.
The following image was taken at Shrewsbury Food Festival and shows off visitors enjoying the event with friends and family in the sunshine. This is a really happy picture that makes you want to smile!
Towards the end of the month I found a sea of poppies just outside Shifnal and tried to come up with something a little bit different from the usual standard shots.
I found an area where the field dipped down in the middle and bent down on one knee to take this picture at 500mm, which foreshortened the view and made the poppies appear closer together.
Roll on July!