10 of the best images showing nature in and around Ludlow in 2020

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Written byClaire Hunte

‘Tis the season to remain optimistic. it’s been a hard slog 2020, but in an otherwise volatile year, the outdoors has been one of the bright spots. Finding silver linings where one can, so many more of us have gained a new appreciation for the nature that surrounds us here in Ludlow.

Certainly, since the first quarter of the year, I have slowed down more when I am outdoors. I have learned to look, listen and learn. I am more curious than ever about my surroundings, the magic of the seasons. I’ve ramped up my activity as a result and it has had an impact on self sure, but it has also increased awareness about climate change and what every individual can do to mitigate it. I am pretty sure I am not the only one feeling this way.

Ludlow’s natural bounty soothes

This is why it is so fitting to showcase the work of local photographers dedicated to capturing the diversity of nature around us. Steve Sankey, Tom Blockley, Manuel Diez, David G Jones (one of whose photos shown below made it into the Top 101 International Landscape Photographs of the Year) and Nick Jackson have captured some stunning images reminding us of the bounty available on our doorstep.

Although this year unfolded in unsettling ways, respite was in close proximity, as these dramatic images show. By turns atmospheric and uplifting, the views around Ludlow and the natural world captured by photographers will hopefully inspire you to get outdoors immediately! View the images below, just hover and click through to reach the photographer’s Instagram post.

Seasons greetings

Wait! Before you head outside LGL wishes you, reader, a wonderful holiday filled with what’s most important — love. Stay safe and bring on 2021.

Ludlow’s nature in the frame – 10 of the best


Bird on a limb
“Grey wagtail on a wet soggy October day.” Photographer: Steve Sankey

Otter-ly beautiful!
“A beautiful dog otter got so close to the bank only just squeezed into frame .” Photographer: Steve Sankey

Autumn celebration
“[One of] a collection of images taken … in various woods and forests in Shropshire. The collection celebrates the colours of autumn.” This photo also featured in Top 101 international landscape photographs of the year in the prestigious @ilpoty awards. Photography: David G Jones

A tree in mist
“Simply a tree in mist (and a pheasant) … I think the mist is what makes it interesting for me, helping to isolate the tree and almost present a blank backdrop to show off the autumn leaves. “ Photographer: David G Jones
Two deer better than?
“Feeling very lucky to have come across beautiful Deer this morning in the #mortimerforestludlow” Photographer: Nick Jackson
From cool to warm
“Loving the transition from cold to warm in this scene.” Photographer: Nick Jackson

Ray of light
“Lucky enough to catch the sun rays shining down on the River Teme in Ludlow.” Photographer: Manuel Diez
Dinham Bridge in Ludlow
“Just to the right of this pic is @csons_food – best bacon roll I’ve had in Ludlow.” Photographer: Manuel Diez
Golden mist
“Misty explore in a local woods, Shropshire.” Photographer: Tom Blockley
“For me it’s the variation of trees in this image that makes it … explore of the stunning woods near Ludlow.” Photographer: Tom Blockley


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