Welcome

I am thrilled that you have chosen to look at my photographs.

I have recently (March 2014) returned from South Africa having visited the Tswalu Game Reserve. A glowing description of the lodge and reserve appears in the Tswalu gallery. I commend to you a visit to this gallery if you are interested in the animals and birds.

Landscape enthusiasts may appreciate my 2013 pictures in the New Zealand gallery. A trul;y lovely country.

Following a visit to Southern Africa in 2012 I have posted some more animals and birds on the Botswana gallery.

The Australia pictures date from my visits in 2011 and 2013. The Tasmania gallery shows the remoteness and beauty of this island.

Please also go to the "news" option where there are details of my new romantic novel, "Aynho Junction" which has now been published. If you would like a First Edition copy please e-mail me at robinbarke@aol.com or telephone 01869 340629. The early feedback I have received has been fantastic. Thank you everyone.

The pictures fall into two main categories; landscapes, my main interest and notable building, mainly medieval churches but also the great chateaux of the Loire Valley.

The Cherwell Valley, Oxfordshire, England, is where I live and which offers many opportunities for the photographer. The valley is criss crossed with public footpaths yielding a wealth of wildlife and although by no stretch of imagination is the valley remote it is quite possible to walk for several hours without seeing a soul.

St Mary's church at Lower Heyford is particularly photogenic and she will offer an ever changing face according to time of day and season so I have included several examples.

St Mary the Virgin, at Adderbury is a truly exceptional parish church. I am particularly pleased with the picture of the chancel. Now that the scaffolding is down I have been able to include recent photographs of the exterior.This was Charlotte Green's church, the heroine in my new novel, "Aynho Junction."

The photographs in the newly posted 'Medieval Churches of North Oxfordshire' are all recently taken(2009/10) and there are more to come.

Heyford houses are mostly built of stone, generally very attractive and I will offer a random selection with frequent changes.

The river and canal, both of which wind their way down the full length of the valley provide much colour, especially the canal craft, and an ever changing perspective.

Do enjoy my photographs of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. I hope the impression they give will, at least, partially explain why I am so besotted with these fabulous countries. Their peoples, hospitality, landscapes, winelands, animals and whales have the capacity to touch the soul. Many of the locations may be familiar so do try McGregor, Bartholomeus Klip and say, Bushman's Kloof for the real South Africa.

I took my camera to India to capture some of the fine buildings in Delhi designed by our great architects Sir Herbert Baker and Sir Edwin Lutyens and I hope you enjoy them. See if you can spot the tiger in the wild in the Ranthambore National Reserve.

I have also posted the Gulf of Morbihan. It is famous for its light and its micro mediterranean climate. Both attributes endear it to the photographer and its only a ferry ride from home and a stride across the Breton peninsula.

For those familiar with the site please see the latest postings, the glorious Chateau of the Loire Valley.

Finally, and by no means less importantly I have posted some wedding photos which Matth and Tara can show their friends around the world after their epic trip to most of the inhospitable parts of the globe.

Upon request I shall be delighted to post additional photographs within any of the gallery headings.

I will post other locations soon but in the meantime I would appreciate, very much, feedback of your impressions of the site. Please go to the 'contact' page for my e-mail address.