Posts from the ‘Landscape’ category

Strange Light

Below are three images from our recent trip to Inari in northern Finland, where the atmospheric conditions, near darkness and 30 to 60s long-exposures have resulted in some strange light effects and colour casts.

I did think about not sharing these images on the grounds that the white balance is clearly a bit off. But the more I looked at them, and worked on them in post processing, the more I came to quite like the results…..I think they have an interesting other-worldly quality to them.

Incidentally the red light trails in the second image are from a line of snowmobiles crossing frozen Lake Inari during the long-exposure:

Lake Inari, Lapland, Finland

Lake Inari, Lapland, Finland

Lake Inari, Lapland, Finland

© Mark Simms Photography (2020)

Winter Wonderland

The shots below are of the Juutuanjoki river which flows between Lake Paatari and Lake Inari in Finnish Lapland. As you can see, although largely frozen over and covered in snow, the river still flows rapidly in a number of places along it’s 10km length:

Juutuanjoki River, Inari, Finland

Juutuanjoki River, Inari, Finland

Juutuanjoki River, Inari, Finland

Juutuanjoki River, Inari, Finland

© Mark Simms Photography (2020)

Reindeer Farm Visit

Over Christmas we spent a week in Inari, a small town in Lapland, northern Finland, about 250km north of the arctic circle. The Finnish capital of the Sami (the indigenous Reindeer herders of nothern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia) Inari is a perfect place to try out a few winter activities and marvel at the amazing landscapes.

Given the location (Lapland has more Reindeer than people) it seems appropriate that the photos for my first post come from our visit to a local Reindeer Farm where we learnt all about these wonderful animals and the culture of the Sami people:

Reindeer Farm, Inari, Finland

Reindeer Farm, Inari, Finland

Reindeer Farm, Inari, Finland

Reindeer Farm, Inari, Finland

Reindeer Farm, Inari, Finland

Reindeer Farm, Inari, Finland

© Mark Simms Photography (2020)

Lichfield 14

A view from the house of Erasmus Darwin in Lichfield, an 18th century physician and grandfather to the famous naturalist Charles Darwin. It was Erasmus, a man way ahead of his time, who laid the ground-work for his grandson’s radical theories about evolution and the origin of species:

Lichfield, Staffordshire, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2020)

National Memorial Arboretum 3

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire first opened in 2001 and it contains more than 370 memorials. Below are images of some of those that caught my eye.

The 49th West Riding Infantry Division saw active service in Norway and Iceland during WW2, where they earned the nickname of the “Polar Bears”, hence the memorial below:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment earned their nickname of “The Tigers” in recognition of their active service in India in the early 19th century:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

The Lion memorial below (rising out of the flood water) is that of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment known as the “Lions of England”: 

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

Below are a group of memorials dedicated to the Cavalry Regiments of the British Army:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

Below is the striking Naval Service Memorial:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

Below is the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Memorial:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

The Royal Air Forces Association memorial below is dedicated not only to the RAF, but to all Commonwealth air forces:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

Below is a slow vertical panning shot depicting The Merchant Navy Convoy Wood, dedicated to the 46,000 British merchant seafarers and fishermen lost in conflict during the 20th Century:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

National Memorial Arboretum 1

We visited the National Memorial Arboretum the week after Remembrance Sunday. This first post concentrates on the main Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates the men and women of the British Armed Forces who have been killed whilst on duty, died in operational theatre or been targeted by terrorists since the end of the Second World War.

Britain has been involved in over 50 military operations and conflicts since 1948 and there are over 16,000 names on this memorial, with space for another 16,000.

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

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