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The view from the window of my office on the Broughton Hall Estate, near Skipton, never ceases to amaze.

From my desk, the ever-changing outlook is shaped by the gently winding Broughton Beck as it meanders through the tree-lined slopes of Mill Wood. It is those trees that show the most dramatic changes. As I write this, their bare branches are laden with snow, yet soon they will be ablaze with colour as spring magically brings them back to life, filling them with vibrant blossom.

Aside from the obvious seasonal transformations, my view of these trees changes minute by minute. A piercing shaft of sunlight or sudden snowstorm can have a dramatic effect. From time to time the view is too good to miss and I grab my camera to capture the scene.

In this month’s Dalesman, photographer John Potter explains why he, too, is captivated by trees. He explains how best to photograph these wonders of nature, and shares some of his favourite pictures of Yorkshire trees.

Another subject popular with photographers is the classic British red telephone box. Although most are now surplus to BT’s requirements, thanks to the unstoppable rise of the mobile phone, they thankfully remain a common sight around our countryside. A number of communities have purchased their local kiosks and several have been re-imagined, with trademark Yorkshire ingenuity, as libraries, art galleries and newsagents. Peter Naldrett visits a number of villages to discover how they are working hard to utilise their little red boxes.

Also this month, we make macarons at Carlton Towers, visit the hall Charlotte Brontë called a “gothic old barrack”, and meet the Thirsk farmer who has been working the land for sixty years. Happy reading!

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This month’s great features

Captivated by trees
Landscape photographer John Potter shows why he finds trees so irresistible

Art in the bar
Sebastian Oake meets an illustrator fascinated by the “shape” of the Dales

Sculpted by the sea
Tony Francis visits the village of Sunk Island

March winds
Ian McMillan and cartoonist Tony Husband get blown away by March winds

Sixty years of change
Helen Johnson meets long-serving Thirsk farmer Bob Gallon

Boxing clever
Peter Naldrett visits Yorkshire villages working hard to keep their red telephone boxes

The spiral of life
Peter McGrath on barnacles, Darwin and the renaissance of Staithes

A great Yorkshire bake-off
Ali Schofield makes macarons in stylish surroundings

Mighty Oakwell
Richard Aspinall tells the story of a hall set for a starring role in a new BBC series


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