Behind the scenes

Playing With Light

Blender has a Sky Texture plugin that lets you simulate sunlight at any point in the world at any time of day… will it work for a floorplan? Spoiler - seems that there isn’t much blender can’t do…

Global Contour Model

Once I started playing with a globe and showing flights, in the 30dayMapChallenge, I started to think about how I could build polygon world and overlay adsb flight data….

Poole Local Shipping Movements

Some projects take time, quite a lot of time. Since being inspired by Craig Taylor and the wider GIS community, I’ve been creating a series of geospatial animations in Blender based on real-world data. This post describes a concept that was almost a year in the making…


The great thing about the #30DayMapChallenge is that you can choose how many challenges to get involved in. Some people go all out and manage every day. I tend to be more selective. Day 09 - Space seemed like a great opportunity to dig out an old globe model and look outwards from planet earth. Researching possibilities, I stumbled across the amazing Skyfield that is able to predict the positions of Earth satellites.

Globe Flights

Created as part of #30DayMapChallenge

London Bars and Pubs

Created as part of #30DayMapChallenge

Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain is coming to our local roads in Dorset and the Isle of Wight. This is, most likely, a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the pro cyclists on the roads we ride week in, week out, all year round.

2021 Rides

2021 was an amazing year for cycling. Like many, I’d spent much of the winter on the turbo trainer avoiding group rides due to the pandemic. I’d followed a structured training plan and really felt the benefits as the country opened up in Spring. In total, I spent over 200 hours on the bike clocking up 5,600km with three 200km rides.

Isle of Purbecks

We are lucky enough to live near the Jurassic Coast with some of the most beautiful scenery in the couuntry and amazing lanes for cycling. In need of some new artwork for my office wall, I’ve attempted to capture the landscape and road cycling routes as Tanaka 3D contours.

Dragon Ride

I was lucky enough to win a place in the Dragon Ride ballot. Good excuse to animate the route profile using Blender and a mix of Geometry Nodes and regular keyframes.

Storm Overflows

Experimental map highlighting pollution discharge in our rivers and seas… hoping visualising might lead to change.


Something a bit different… A mathmatical puzzle. Each sphere has six possible moves based on the triangular lattice but can only move if the selected option is empty…