One of the many joys of editing Dalesman is the time I spend browsing through the hundreds of photographs we receive every month to select a striking image for the front cover. Having worked with some pretty amazing landscape photographers down the years, I have long admired their art. That seemingly effortless ability to capture the light and beauty of a scene on film or digital sensor is an enviable talent.

Every now and then, I will pick up a camera, fumble about with the shutter and flashgun, frantically try to recall the nuggets of advice I have been offered by my photographic friends, and snap away at some beautiful hill or dale. Inevitably, much to my dismay, the end result will be rather flat, dark and disappointing. My pictures never seem to quite capture the true extent of the landscape I am attempting to photograph.

Fortunately Yorkshire is blessed with many exceptional photographers, inspired by the glorious variety of the county’s countryside. One of the best is Mark Denton, who we feature in this month’s magazine. Mark specialises in panoramic photography, using specialist cameras to capture the full breadth of the landscape around him. He has kindly shared some of his autumnal images with us, as the leaves change colour and begin to fall from the trees.

Mark is not the only Yorkshire creative to grace our pages this month. We also meet the world-renowned trombone-makers of the Holme Valley, exchange banter with the stick- makers of Dent and visit the studio of Swaledale floral artist Jocelyn M Campbell.

Hopefully the articles will inspire you to get creative yourself this autumn. And if you take a good photo, why not enter our Yorkshire countryside photography competition?

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This month’s great features


Making Brass
Andrew Gallon visits a Holme Valley-based maker of world-class trombones

Four and twenty blackbirds
Peter Brears discovers how wild birds were once a popular Yorkshire delicacy

Yorkshire: the bigger picture
Panoramic photographer Mark Denton shares some of his pictures of the Broad Acres



Rest in peace
Gervase Phinn finds humour in the most unlikely of places – the graveyard

The future’s no longer orange
Colin Speakman mourns the passing of a once-familiar sight in the Dales

The other place
Chris Phipps reveals how a literary giant immortalised a Dales village in fact and fiction




Mummer’s the word
Forty years of a traditional outdoor theatre group in Knaresborough

The stick-makers of Dent
Tony Greenbank meets some experts in a traditional craft

An extraordinary woman
Pete London uncovers the story of a Yorkshire heroine of the First World War


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