Celebrating a decade of dale photos
By Martin Paul - Senior Reporter
A DALE photographer is celebrating a decade of capturing flora, fauna and landscapes with an exhibition at Bowlees Visitor Centre.
It is the second time Martin Rogers, from Middleton-in-Teesdale, has displayed his work at the centre and those visiting can look forward to seeing many of the dale’s iconic scenes from a new perspective, as well as some lesser known areas.
He is one of only a handful of people to have captured High Force in full sunshine, a rare event that happens around the solstice.
Also on display are photographs of a black grouse lek.
He said: “I think the wildlife here [in Teesdale] is just exciting. For the lek you have to be in the hide before the black grouse come out.
They come out quite early and you have to get in before is getting light.
It doesn’t get light until about 5am.
“They are quite easy to spook so you can quite easily ruin a morning.” Other photographs capture different seasons, ranging from an unusual autumn view of Low Force taken from a ladder, to an atmospheric picture of trees during a misty drizzle.
Mr Rogers said the latter shot was taken after he had been stuck indoors for several hours because of the weather.
He added: “I was going bonkers that day. I thought I have to get out. It was drizzling, but drizzle can be quite conducive to photography.
The exhibition will continue throughout April.