Chalk soil profile

Proper geography in this picture! Thin topsoil of chalk soil spotted in a quarry site in Wiltshire.


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Competition success….most amazed by!

I entered my first ever photography competition lured by the prospect of winning the prize of 100% of Alamy fees for a year ( no commission). This was the Open Oxford Photocall 2017 and the theme ‘Conceal/Reveal’

This is my entry:

Now,  obviously I didn’t win. But I was selected as one of the 20 panel of expert choices. The prize is having a framed print exhibited in Oxford.

Classic coastal landform 5 – Old Harry Rocks

This rivals Durdle Door as a favourite for schools in England, perhaps all of the United Kingdom. One of the pictures is the classic view from on top of the cliffs showing the succession in headland erosion – enlarged joints, cave, arch, stack, stump. The other is from the sea ( look out for the kayaker to give scale) looking at the cliff face with Old Harry on the extreme right. Below is a link to a 4 minute BBC Bitesize video explaining all about the processes and landforms. Old Harry chalk cliffs and stacks, Dorset, England

The Pinnacle stack, near Old Harry Rocks, Ballard Point, Dorset, England

BBC Bitesize video clip

Straw bales in a field

I thought I’d have a break from coastal landforms and post about a sale today.

“Straw bales in a field at Boyton, Suffolk, England, UK”


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Classic coastal landform 04 – Durdle Door

Probably the most famous coastal landform in Britain? Durdle Door natural arch.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Dorset coast, England

Durdle Door is formed from a layer of Portland limestone standing almost vertically out in the sea. Normally layers of limestone would be horizontal. Only the most fundamental force in geology could have altered these rocks in this way – plate tectonics.

Here is all the geological detail from Ian West, Southampton University b