It's been another productive month for the S&B team around Shropshire (writes John Hayward).
At the start of November I decided to head out to Clun to photograph the sunrise. This was a first for me, so it was exciting to see what I might find. It was a gorgeous morning with lovely deep autumnal colours and a sparkling layer of frost on the countryside.
The early start was well worth it, as you can see from the first three pictures, and after spending a couple of hours in Clun I drove south to Chapel Lawn in the Redlake Valley. Then it was a short walk up Caer Caradoc (not to be confused with the hill of the same name near Church Stretton!) to look back at the village with Brineddin Wood behind it.
This was the third time I had been to that spot in the past month and I was hoping for the wood to be covered in striking autumn colour - and as you can see it was!
The same morning Mike was in Shrewsbury for sunrise and captured these three images of rowers on the River Severn.
A few days later I visited Heath Mynd in south Shropshire for the first time. It isn't as well walked as some of the other hills in the area but offers great views of the surrounding countryside. I took this shot looking north east towards the Stiperstones with autumn colour in abundance.
The next stop involved another early start - sunrise from High Rock overlooking the town of Bridgnorth and the River Severn. I took a set of photographs from this spot in summer last year but I wanted to try again in a different season. Also, I didn't have my 200-500mm lens with me last time so there were more picture opportunities to be explored. Happily, the lens enabled me to take this shot of St Mary's Church.
Mike and I both visited the Wrekin over two consecutive days. The first day was overcast and Mike took this shot of the Beech Walk.
The following day it was my turn, and you can see the difference that light makes to a picture. When I reached Halfway House I noticed there was snow on the ground and I raced up the hill as fast as I could to capture some more of the white stuff before it all disappeared. I was greeted with this view of autumn meeting winter, with two walkers just happening to pose exactly where I wanted them!
A few days later Mike had a trip to Coalport China Museum and captured this shot of reflections in the canal.
Meanwhile, not wanting to neglect north Shropshire, I decided to head for Grinshill Hill at sunrise. I was in this area back in August, photographing sporting action at Acton Reynald Cricket Club, but, as with Clun, I had never been there for the crack of dawn. I was hoping for long shadows, and that's exactly what I got.
The last visit of the month involved yet another sunrise, this time from Earl's Hill, near Pontesbury. There weren't as many photographic opportunities on offer as I had hoped, but I was pleased with this shot of sheep grazing near St Edith's Church at Church Pulverbatch.