Thursday, 3 November 2011

Mirror on the Landscape: Colourful Scenes Across Britain

Glistening in perfect symmetry these breathtaking pictures may look digitally enhanced but they are in fact autumnal Britain in its natural glory.

Amateur photographer and keen walker Roger Merrifield, 45, has spent the past few weeks collating this stunning series of mirrored landscapes from the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District to the Scottish Highlands.

Mr Merrifield, originally from Burnley in Lancashire, has spent many years walking in the north of Britain pursuing his love of the great outdoors.

mirror on the landscape Stunning pictures of Britain's glorious countrysideTree-line click: The perfect symmetry of this autumnal scene in Cockermouth, complete with the white slash of a mountain stream, is captured by Mr Merrifield's camera

An astonishing reflection of contrasting colours and shapes results in this dramatic image of Glencoe in ScotlandPicture perfect: An astonishing reflection of contrasting colours and shapes results in this dramatic image of Glencoe in Scotland.

'It makes you happy to be alive,' explained Mr Merrifield, who travelled to Glencoe in Scotland last month. 'You forget everything; all the stresses and strains of modern life melt away and you just concentrate on capturing the perfect light.'

According to the business director, the best time to capture the wonder of the autumn landscape is an hour before and after sunrise, and the hour before and after sunset.

One of amateur photographer Roger Merrifield's pictures taken at Glencoe in ScotlandOne of amateur photographer Roger Merrifield's pictures taken at Glencoe in Scotland

The hills of Glencoe are reflected in a loch, along with with the russets and greens of the trees by the waterOn golden pond: The hills of Glencoe are reflected in a loch, along with with the russets and greens of the trees by the water

Mr Merrifield's dramatic and richly-coloured image of trees hanging over the water at Bolton AbbeyReflections on nature: Mr Merrifield's dramatic and richly-coloured image of trees hanging over the water at Bolton Abbey

...And how big is the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow?

This is the moment a tiny island off the coast of Cornwall came alive with colour at the end of a rainbow. The amazing picture was taken by Emily Walton, 30, who climbed through the skylight in her roof to take the picture when she saw the rainbow lighting up the island in Trevorne Bay in Padstow.

Emily Walton's picture of the rainbow that suddenly light up the murky island in Trevorne Bay in Padstow, CornwallGoldie looking rain: Emily Walton's picture of the rainbow that suddenly light up the murky island in Trevorne Bay in Padstow, Cornwall

Emily said: 'I looked out my window and couldn't believe what I was seeing.

'One minute the skyline was drab and dull after days of torrential rain, the next the island was completely illuminated.'

a4_2043731iReflections in the lake at Hardcastle Crags in Hebden Bridge

English countrysideEnglish countryside.

a8_2043712iAutumnal leaves are reflected in Loch Dunmore in Perthshire, Scotland

a21_2043734iSheffield Park near Haywards Heath

a9_2043708iAutumnal leaves are reflected in Loch Dunmore in Perthshire, Scotland

a5_2043727iAuntumal colours at Thirlmere Reservoir in Keswick

a14_2043698iStourhead in Wiltshire

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