Horses roaming free – New Forest National Park, March 2012

It’s been a mild winter in the UK, it’s officially now Spring, and thought I would share some photos from the New Forest National Park that’s 10 minutes from my door step. Unfortunately I didn’t have my Digital SLR with me but I always carry my iPhone 4S with 8mp camera and as any good photographer does, he uses the tools he has with him. So I was fortunate enough to take the following photos.

The great thing about the New Forest National Park is that animals are allowed to roam free. Most days you can drive through sections of the New Forest and you will find horses grazing by the side of the road just like these ones.

The New Forest was recently upgraded to a National Park status to protect it from becoming extinct or from land grabs and building. You can see from these photos just how desolate it really is. It’s on some grounds similar to the Highlands in Scotland, but it’s more flat with no mountains, but equally as beautiful to spend a day out in the forest.

I hope to spend a lot more time this year in the New Forest National Park taking photos.

Tudor House, Southampton March 2011

Here’s a photo I took of the famous Tudor House in Southampton. This is one of several Tudor style houses that have survived the years from the Tudor period in Southampton and is close to the Roman walls.

Tudor House is arguably Southampton’s most important historic building. Tudor House encompasses over 500 years of history with an impressive timber framed house, built at the end of the 15th century by Sir John Dawtrey.

The Wool House, Southampton March 2011

The Wool House (as it was previously called) now called the Maritime Museum is a great building to photograph. Within the Maritime Museum it holds the history of the Superliner called the Titanic, the people who worked on it, the jobs they did and vivid recollections of the night the Titanic struck the iceberg and the consequences for them and their families. It still reverberates in Southampton today as Titanic’s maiden voyage departed Southampton before it was sunk by the iceberg.

Originally this was called “The Wool House” and was built in 1417 as a warehouse for the medieval wool trade with Flanders and Italy. After the decline of wool exports in the late 16th century, the building became a store for alum, a substance used to prepare cloth for dyeing. During the 18th century it was used as a prison and some French prisoners of war carved their names in beams, which can still be seen on the first floor. In 1966 the Wool House opened as Southampton Maritime Museum. It houses one of the finest collections of maritime history in the world.