AUTUMN ON LOCH LEVEN, HIGHLANDS
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Like many great images, Dave Bowman’s – shortlisted for the ‘Living the view’ category in the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2015 –
almost didn’t happen. “I’d calculated when the November sun would highlight the autumn colours on the small island but the scene wasn’t living up to expectations. I had a large area to the right of my frame with no real interest. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a canoeist leaving the loch
bank. As luck would have it, he paddled just where I needed him.” All winning and shortlisted images from this year’s competition can be found in Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 9
(AA Publishing, £25), www.take-a-view.co.uk
CLOVELLY HERRING FESTIVAL, DEVON
The steep, car-free, precariously cobbled lanes of the north Devon town of Clovelly draw you down towards a perfect tiny harbour, surrounded by cliffs. When you visit today, it’s hard to believe this was once the centre of a large, valuable herring fishery but the annual herring festival, held on 15 November this year, provides echoes of the port’s past glories. Explore fishing boats, sample herrings in many different guises and join in with sea shanties. Local herring smoker and maritime historian Mike Smylie (above) will be on hand to tell tales. www.clovelly.co.uk/clovelly-events/clovellyherring-festival
A robin vies with blue tits for the choicest tidbits from fatballs left out by a generous homeowner. If you feed your garden birds, you’ll notice them returning in greater numbers as the month goes on. Birds prefer wild food but as this dwindles, they turn to easy pickings from feeders and tables.
Sinuous beech trees stretch towards the winter’s light – a far cry from the densely leaf-clad giants of summer and autumn. Note how there is a distinctive gap between each tree
canopy, a phenomenon known as ‘crown skyness’. This might occur to prevent trees
damaging each other in high winds . This woodland is within the Cranborne Chase AONB on the Dorset-Wiltshire border – a quiet land of chalk downs, gin-clear trout streams and
villages barely touched by modernity.