They don’t build them like they used to!
Tuesday 14 November 2023
A little series of pictures for you today from lensman Gordon Ridgewell, who took himself and his camera to Greensted Church, which Gordon tells us is the oldest wooden church in the world. You can learn more about it here Read more >
Thursday 19 October 2023
Gordon Ridgewell has turned his focus on one of our county’s architectural gems. “I had a look at Prior’s Hall Barn – now owned by English Heritage and with FREE entrance,” he tells us. And English Heritage tells us: “Prior’s Hall Barn is one of the finest surviving medieval barns in the east of England. […] Read more >
An eye on the winter ahead…
Thursday 19 October 2023
Be prepared! An age-old adage that has served photographer Gordon Ridgewell well over the years… and one that is clearly held dear across the natural world. Gordon takes up the story: “I had a walk round Bridge End Garden in Saffron Walden on one of the last sunny days to find squirrels stashing away food […] Read more >
With this Ring…
Friday 6 October 2023
Just a simple shot from photographer Gordon Ridgewell to share the very essence of our beautiful Essex… “I had a ride out early the other morning as the mist was rising and captured this shot. “Audley End House stands in the parish of Saffron Walden. The Ring stands in the parish of Littlebury, over the […] Read more >
Beating the beetles
Wednesday 4 October 2023
The seasons they are a-changin’… or are they? Gordon Ridgewell tells us: “The field in this picture looks like it’s springtime, but it was taken in September. “Audley End estate has drilled a companion crop with the rape to attract the flea beetle away from the young rape plants. Government rules do not allow certain […] Read more >
‘It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it’
Thursday 21 September 2023
“Well, you said it – keep ’em coming!” lensman Gordon Ridgewell tells us. “After a really hot day, just as the sun was setting, the sky turned all artistic – mean more than normal. “So I reached for the ever-present mobile phone and snapped it. It’s the old story: it’s not what you have, it’s […] Read more >
Back in business!
Wednesday 6 September 2023
You might have been missing Gordon Ridgewell’s photographic talents over recent weeks, but fear not… here are a couple he’s taken during the recent early autumn (or is it late summer?) heat. He tells us: “I’ve not had much chance to get out and about with the camera for the last few weeks, but looking […] Read more >
Worra lorra lorries!
Wednesday 26 July 2023
Some things you just can’t ignore, even when you might wish to, as photo king Gordon Ridgewell reminds us: “Harvest is just getting started here in north-west Essex, where the M11 segregates some farms. The road was busy this afternoon with lorries as usual.” Read more >
Thursday 6 July 2023
Here’s one for the tabloids! Hemlock is a notoriously poisonous plant – indeed it is reputedly what did for Greek philosopher Socrates when he was executed. Gordon Ridgewell, photographer extraordinaire, tells us: “ The hemlock is on the march at Littlebury this year and has reached about 10 feet in height.” No need to panic, […] Read more >
One man’s weed?
Tuesday 4 July 2023
Photographer Gordon Ridgewell reflects on the passing of time and changing of attitudes with these pictures: “When we were kids these were weeds, but now to an old man with time on his hands and a smartphone they are things of beauty.” Never in doubt, Gordon! Read more >