Roger Whitehead's photos


  • Electric monks

    Rose Finn-Kelcey's It Pays to Pray. Simulated prayer machines, which she made in 1999. The Borgias would have loved these. My title comes from a character in Douglas Adams's book, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. The Cass Sculpture Foundation,…

  • Death's hand

    Part of one of Dame Elisabeth Frink's three oversized bronze statues forming The Dorset Martyrs Memorial. The group comprises the figures of two martyrs facing that of Death, and was installed at Gallows Hill, Dorchester, Dorset in 1986. It was listed Gr…

  • Sea Radish seed pod

    Siliqua (seed capsule) of Raphanus raphanistrum ssp. maritimum. It's a native member of the cabbage family found in sand dunes and beaches. New England Bay, near Stranraer, Galloway.


  • Evening, Stonehaven Bay

    This model of a purse-net trawler is about 2 feet (60 cm) long. It was made mostly out of scrap metal in, I think, 2010 by an artist who prefers anonymity. Stonehaven, Kincardineshire. At the far left is Garron Point, where the sedimentary rocks of the L…

  • Ammunition

    Bobbins of wool in a weaver's workshop. Fairfield Mill, Sedbergh, Cumbria. Reprocessed 7 January 2019.

  • New Spruce

    That year's leaves of Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis). Native to the west coast of North America, this tall, fast-growing conifer has been planted in Britain as a timber crop since the 19th century. Dunnet Forest, Caithness, Highland.


  • Tutsan

    Hypericum androsaemum is a member of the St John's Wort family. Native to Britain, the shrub grows in damp hedgerows and woodland. Its common name is a corruption of the French, toute sain (all healthy), from its medicinal use. The plant's foliage gives…

  • Derwentwater from Crow Park

    Looking south. Keswick, Cumbria

  • Little and large

    Emsworth, Hampshire


  • Towers

    Welted thistles (Carduus crispus) and an electricity pylon. The thistle gets its first name from the flange-like wings on its stem. It's native to Britain and found mainly in damp, chalky grassland. Norwich, Norfolk.

  • Bring large trug

    Near Cley next the Sea, Norfolk.

  • Water Avens

    Geum rivale. Cobleland, near Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire. Native to Britain. As its common name suggests, likes damp ground. Hybridizes freely with Wood Avens (Geum urbanum), aka Herb Bennet. [Reprocessed and re-posted 27 December 2018]


  • Elgar's birthplace

    The Firs, Sir Edward Elgar's birthplace at Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire. He lived here for only two years but reportedly had fond memories of the place. It is now a museum devoted to the composer and his works, with a well-designed and executed modern…

  • Evening service

    The ferry, Pride of Hayling, arrives from Portsmouth. Strong tide running. The service ceased in 2015 but began again the next year under new owners and in a new livery. Hayling Island, Hampshire.

  • Budget cutbacks

    Imprisoned Xmas tree, made of wire. St Ives, Cornwall. [It's the time of year to re-post this sad and bizarre scene -- 23 December 2018.]


  • Cracked

    Car park attendant, Oxted, Surrey. Picture inspired by Elliott Erwitt's 1955 photo, Cracked Glass with Boy, Colorado.

  • Buzz off

    European Garden Spider, aka Cross Orb-Weaver (Araneus diadematus) and freshly-wrapped wasp. The picture's title is also the name of the insecticide being advertised. Blackpool, Lancashire.

  • Santa Croce memorial crypt

    Part of the Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), Florence, Tuscany, Italy.


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