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CITY OF WELLS • MENDIP HILLS • SOMERSET LEVELS

Daniel Collings - Black Dog

Kensington Place, Bath

Daniel is a keen amateur photographer and when going somewhere of interest likes to try and capture something of the essence of the subject matter. He also runs Black Dog a family business that makes decorative terracotta tiles. Black Dog used to be named as Black Dog of Wells before it moved to Bath in June 2016. Our unique wall plaques are based on historical quotes or phrases and visual references. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor display.

Daniel designed and maintained this tourism website from 2009 to 2016.

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  • Vicars' Close with Wells Cathedral in the background.
  • Wells Market in the Market Place on a lovely sunny day.
  • Masqueraders Carnival Club: Jester Choo Choo. A large carnival float with brightly lit moving jesters and dancers.
  • The stones basking in wintery sunshine.
  • Boules pistes in the Market Place
  • Stembridge Tower Mill
  • The imposing structure which overlooks the Somerset landscape
  • The classic picture of autumn colours with relections in the lake. The temple of Apollo is nestling in a small clearing amongst the trees.
  • The Circus in Bath
  • Muchelney Abbey
  • Other Stage with the Kaiser Chiefs
  • Heading to the start of the West Mendip Way from Cheddar on the west side of the gorge. Views looking back over Cheddar gorge.
  • The Wells Museum which also houses the Wells Visitor Information Service.
  • Decent towards start of the West Mendip Way.
  • The Pantheon through the trees
  • Close up of West Front
  • Glastonbury Tor in late afternoon sunshine.
  • Uphill over rocky ground at the start of the West Mendip Way from Cheddar to Wells.
  • Walkers heading up towards Beacon Batch, the highest point on the Mendip Hills.
  • Looking down into Cheddar Gorge with Axbridge Reservoir beyond.
  • Muchelney Abbey
  • Steps up the Tor
  • Profile of the Tor in late afternoon sunshine
  • We stop for a breather and a bit to eat with great views over Cheddar Gorge.
  • Looking down Cheddar Gorge to Cheddar with Axbridge Reservoir, Brent Knoll and Crook Peak in the distance.
  • Glastonbury Tor as the sun is setting on a beautiful winter day.
  • Many walkers were also enjoying the bank holiday Monday sunshine.
  • Cheddar Gorge with red car for scale
  • The heavily pitted landscape of Ubley Warren is the result of lead mining since Roman times up to the mid 19th century
  • Britannia Carnival Club: Joseph. Carinval float with an Egyptian theme and huge rotating pharoah heads with dancers.
  • Near Charterhouse on the Mendips the Gorse bushes are out in full bloom. This picture was taken in May.
  • A standing stone which is from one of the stone circles.
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  • Stembridge Tower Mill.
  • A quirky look up the inside the triangular tower.
  • Flowering rhododendron trees with a glimpse of the mansion behind.
  • The Roman Baths
  • Muchelney Abbey main hall
  • Looking through the tower's doorway towards Wearyall Hill as the sun goes down
  • A typical pathway with gorse in bloom in May.
  • Velvet Bottom in the Mendip Hills.
  • Glastonbury Tor at sunset.
  • Decent down a gravel track as we head towards Bradley Cross.
  • Doorway in Vicars' Close.
  • Spring flowers line the track.
  • Lunch with a view over Cheddar and Axbridge Reservoir and Crook Peak in the distance. This panorama has 10 shots photomerged together in Photoshop with a light bubble effect. Hills and buildings are slightly elongated.
  • Vicars' close in Wells.
  • A short walk and rock scramble in the Ebbor Gorge Nation Nature Reserve.
  • Meare Fish House is the last of the monastic fish houses in England.
  • Pyramid stage with Elbow performing
  • Ascent onto Mendip plateau.
  • Large floral display
  • Can you spot the Ebbor Gorge bear
  • Penniless Porch in the corner of the Market Place leading to the Cathedral Green.
  • Gremlins Carnival Club: Nemesis - Invasion of Earth. A mean looking futuristic carnival float with many moving legs, light guns and dancers.
  • Bluebells carpet the woodland in the Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve. This picture was taken in May.
  • A circle of standing stones from one of the stone circles.
  • Boules pistes in the Market Place
  • Stembridge Tower Mill. The thatched cap was rotated by pulling on a chain which reached  the ground and this hung from the wooden tail box.
  • The spiral staircase with 205 steps
  • Flowering rhododendron trees.
  • Bath Abbey
  • Muchelney Abbey fire place stone carved surround.
  • Open fields with the Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve past the next wall.
  • Stourhead Grotto and Lake
  • A Panorama of the Somerset Levels taken from the Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve on a glorious May 2013 bank holiday Monday. Made up of 8 pictures photomerged together plus a gentle bubble effect created in Photoshop C6.
  • Muchelney Abbey with angel in the main hall
  • Gothic Cottage
  • Draycott Sleights beech trees.
  • Muchelney Abbey with lion in the main hall
  • Draycott Sleights beech trees.
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  • Muchelney Abbey with tapestry wall hanging in the main hall
  • Draycott Sleights panorama constructed from 14 portrait photos and then photomerged in Photoshop.
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  • Rock Climbing in Cheddar Gorge.
  • Griffins Carnival Club: Cleopatra. A large float with huge moving pharoahs and dancers.
  • Grazing sheep amongst the stone circles.
  • All go on the pistes
  • Stembridge Tower Mill, the brake wheel used to stop or slow down the sails.
  • Alfred's Tower makes a large shadow on the landscape. The people on the ground look very small from up on the tower.
  • The Palladian Bridge with the Pantheon in the background.
  • A typical row of Georgian Housing on Landsdown Road
  • Muchelney Abbey hall way.
  • Typical dry stone walls on the Mendip plateau.
  • Rather puzzled looking cows presumably baffled by my crouching to get this picture.
  • Heading along lane towards Priddy. This farming scene is typical on the Mendip plateau. This panorama is made up of seven photos photomerged in Photoshop with a light bubble effect added.
  • Sitting by the lake with trees in bloom
  • Burrow Mump is thought to have connections as far back as the Neolithic period. Roman artifacts and coins have been found there. The remains of the present chapel date back to the 1830's.
  • After a refreshing stop at the Queen Victoria Inn in Priddy we head past ploughed fields on our way to Wells.
  • Glastonbury Abbey in late afternoon winter sun.
  • Curious cows.
  • The winter snows of 2010 transformed the look of Vicar's Close.
  • Market day on Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year.
  • Cheddar Village.
  • Hucky Duck Carnival Club: Tat2Art. A tableau float with an Art Deco theme.
  • Shows some of the standing stones in their countryside landscape.
  • Play continues outside the Town Hall
  • The 360 degree views are breathtaking and give the observer a really good feel for the landsape.
  • The Pantheon in the autumn with Maple tree.
  • The Royal Crescent
  • Muchelney Abbey upstairs rooms.
  • Wells Cathedral and Bishop's Palace
  • Views over Ebbor Gorge.
  • The decorative doorway at Glastonbury Abbey.
  • Walking through a grassy valley between Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole.
  • Nearing Wells, we pass through a cutting/old quarry with the remnants of lime kilns.
  • The Glastonbury sign with resting revellers
  • A secluded valley just past the old quarry just before we drop downhill into Wells.
  • Wells Cathedral looked stunning in the winter snows of 2010.
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  • Stembridge Tower Mill, the brake wheel used to stop or slow down the sails.
  • Silhouette of the tower at dusk
  • Great Pultney Street
  • Muchelney Church
  • Typical scenery on the Mendips with natural stone walls and cattle or sheep. The fields during spring have much colour from many flowering plants.
  • Pultney Bridge and weir
  • The clubhouse and course with Wells in the distance.
  • Muchelney Church painted ceiling.
  • Typical Somerset Farm
  • The Bishop's Eye leading into the Market Place from the Bishop's Palace
  • Toy Town from the Ramblers CC is a float with los of huge toys and dancers
  • View of the Palace wall which looks south over open fields.
  • Muchelney Church with sun detail from ceiling
  • Horror Express by the Tango JCC
  • Stone walls and meadow flowers
  • Rickford Church on the north side of the Mendip Hills.
  • Masqueraders Carnival Club: Jester Choo Choo. A large carnival float with brightly lit moving jesters and dancers.
  • One of the many flowering plants seen during May. This is a colourful yellow flowering rhododendron.
  • Aerial view of the clubhouse and course.
  • Muchelney Church stained glass window.
  • The wicker fox
  • The Bishop's Palace Drawbridge.
  • Swan on the moat with cygnets
  • The swans of Wells ringing the bell for their food. The signets learn from their parents keeping this long tradition going.
  • Oasis Carnival Club: Ghost Riders. A tableau float with cowboys pursuing cattle.
  • Muchelney Church tiled floor
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  • Revellers Carnival Club: Diamonds of India. An indian theme float with brightly lit rotating wooden dancers and human dancers.
  • The Palace with the snows of 2010
  • Temple of Apollo
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  • A beautiful sunny day during the winter season of 2010 with a light scattering of snow.
  • Vicar's Close with visitors
  • Arcadia Spectacular.
  • Vagabonds Carnival Club: Warparty. A huge float with giant red indian heads and dancers.
  • Parade Garden in the very heart of Bath
  • Burrington Combe is the smaller cousin of Cheddar Gorge.
  • Hillview Carnival Club with the Hollywood Hotel
  • A sunny winters walk alongside the Bishop's Palace moat.
  • Westonzoyland Carnival Club: Cursed. A pirate themed float with giant moving skeletons and dancers.
  • Meander along the canal path and watch canal boats chugging by.
  • Mickey Mouse balloons passing by between the floats
  • A long panorama of nearly the whole Glastonbury Festival site

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