As I write this, winter has not yet given up the fight, with some late flurries of snow on the Pennine hills keeping us on our toes.
But the welcome buzz of the bee, the chirruping of the home-making blue tit, the distinctive scent of wild garlic floating on the breeze and the occasional heart-lifting splash of colour in our woodlands and fields show that spring is here.
The change in seasons is welcomed by all, but particularly those who enjoy viewing Yorkshire through a lens.
At Dalesman we have always showcased the talents of the photographers who capture the county on film and digital sensor, and this month’s issue shows off the work of photographers old and new.
On our front cover you can admire the skills of Bradford’s Dave Zdanowicz, a photographer of the digital age, who came to prominence through the thoroughly modern world of social media.
Later in the magazine, we profile another Bradford photographer of a very different generation. Christopher Pratt documented everything from nesting mistle thrushes to poverty on the streets of Bradford.
I hope you enjoy the work of both men.
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Andrew Gallon meets penny-farthing maker Christian Richards in Aldbrough
Patrolling the countryside
Frances Griss spends time on the beat with one of a growing army of special constables
We know who thy are
Ian McMillan pays tribute to A Kestrel For A Knave novelist Barry Hines, who died in March
Betsy Everett visits a community centre going from strength to strength
A very Yorkshire undertaking
Helen Johnson finds out what led Fergus Court, of Malton, to become a funeral director at such a young age
Tilburn of the “Mighty Hood”
Sebastian Oake celebrates a Yorkshire hero of the waves
A man of authority
Pip Land meets respected rural community champion Harold Brown
A cycling pilgrimage
Edward Grainger tells the story of “Coxwold Sunday”, a Yorkshire institution
Lad wi’ camera
David Pratt tells the life story of his father, the acclaimed photographer Christopher Pratt