Roundway Hill, Devizes, Wiltshire

Roundway Hill, Devizes, Wiltshire

I had visited this location a number of times but this time dark storm clouds hung overhead with heavy showers in the distance. The edge of the weather front was clearly visible on the horizon and a strong wind made the lighting unpredictable. As the sun slowly dipped a break in the clouds illuminated the hillside which shone golden from long grass waving in the breeze. This was an impressive contrast to the dark ominous sky above. I only had a few exhilarating minutes to record the scene before the sun finally dropped behind a ridge.


I settled down to watch the after-glow contented with the scene that had unfolded. The silence of the deserted hillside was only broken by the nearby sound of a ghostly bagpipe drawing cows from surrounding fields like the 'Pied Piper of Hamlet'. A strange but memorable end to the day.


I am pleased to announce that 'Roundway Hill, Devizes, Wiltshire' has been Highly Commended in the prestigious competition 'Landscape photographer of the Year'. It has won a place in the Awards book and will also appear in print at the National Theatre exhibtion from the 9th December 2013.

Photograph ID: WT001
Edition: 50
2014 James Hourd