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The Knott and Angle Tarn

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blog, Cumbria, Photos, Slider Blogs, Walking | 1 comment

The Knott and Angle Tarn

Another photo frenzy day. Starting at Hayeswater and on to The Knott Route picked simply because I hadn’t been there for some time.   There is no other reason to go to the top of The Knot  bar the view. A glance over the hills to the east and Bannerdale, the first hint that you not in a mountain range of continental proportion. There was a vague thought to perhaps go up Rest Dodd, but then – I changed my mind.  Instead wandering down to find Angle Tarn.  Water and sunshine.  A good camera combination. Before Angle Tarn the tiny...

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Easedale to Codale

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in Blog, Cumbria, Photos, Slider Blogs, Walking | 0 comments

Easedale to Codale

Easy stroll to the pretty tarn of Easdale. Waterfalls and streams almost over flowing. Far more colour remains than expected. Though it looked just as good covered in snow a week or so ago. The hike up to Codale a little more of a challenge, as was our ‘alternative route’ down. Added a little adventure to the day.   And back down to Easedale And the...

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Cumbria’s Heat Wave

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Blog, Cumbria, Photos, Slider Blogs, Walking | 0 comments

Cumbria’s Heat Wave

Cumbria’s Heat Wave! For one day The temperature soared above 30C. Those lovely lakes filled by what can feel like incessant rain have more purpose. And yes, I know they are mainly ‘waters’ and ‘tarns’ As well as the main 16, Windermere and co, scattered on the fells and hidden in woods are tiny tarns and abandoned reservoirs from days before mass movement of water. Tucked away above the southern end of Windermere, sits the pretty village of Finsthwaite with its fascinating church.  Designed as a church ‘suitable for an alpine area’.  A short...

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Change of Scene

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Blog, Photos, Slider Blogs, UK | 0 comments

Change of Scene

Brexit has been but not gone! Like many, I find myself reading more political blogs than is healthy and writing little. More gripping than House of Cards. I wish it were fiction. Though I may have written little my camera has been with me wherever. One weekend in July I went to: A sleepy British town, Dodged rain in the park watched waterfalls pristine ponds, and woodlands In...

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Gardens and Galleries

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Blog, Elsewhere, Other Places, Photos, Slider Blogs, Tours and Itineraries | 0 comments

Gardens and Galleries

Never again will I look at Degas ballerinas eyes and imagine innocence.  Learning that for the less successful the corps de ballet was a cover for the sex industry of the time.   Impressionist paintings of ladies turning an ankle, of dancers.  Not just the ribald or bar maids of the Folies-Berger but the delicate young. All explained and examined in Splendour and Misery.  Pictures of Prostitution.    Currently at Musée d’Orsay.   A morning stroll through the Latin Quarter, central Paris is eminently walkable. Through the Louvre (no time...

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Moments in Hoi An

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Blog, Elsewhere, Other Places, Photos | 0 comments

Moments in Hoi An

  Little things paint a bigger picture.  Colour only one number and the painting is incomplete.  Fill in all those shapes to paint the full experience.  But sometimes a small patch is so brilliant shines out alone. Hoi An sits astride a delta.  Small islands and flat hinterland rich in alluvial deposits.  Perfect bicycle country.  On a bike – one day – a day when blue poured out of the sky into irrigation ponds.  When kingfishers sat patiently on lines and herons stalked silent and sure footed through reeds.  I realised not a...

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Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Blog, Elsewhere, Other Places, Photos, Walking | 0 comments

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

‘Only just opening up’.  It was this accolade which made Phong-Nha Ke Bang National Park my first trip out of Ho Chi Minh.  Quang Binh province in central Vietnam has the oldest karst mountains in Asia is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Western tourists have only recently started to trickle in and tourism will bring much needed income, though some projects, such as a cable car across the park may not enhance the natural features on offer. Never been attracted to exploring caves, I was totally ‘blown over’ by their magnificence and...

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Photogenic Fungi

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Blog, Nature, Other Places, Photos, UK | 2 comments

Photogenic Fungi

Sometimes nature is not obliging. Things move. They dance about in the wind. They fly or run or leap. Light dodges around trees or shines into a lens. Rain pours from the sky and drips down your sleeves,   but sometimes, just sometimes it doesn’t The subject stands still and the light is just where you want it to be. There is more than just fungi in these pictures. I was surprised to spot a creature on close inspection. Can you see it? Waxcaps found on the edge of Gillbeck Wood, Nidderdale.  A Woodland Trust Wood. You will need this OS...

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Greenside and Keppel Cove

Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in Blog, Cumbria, Photos | 0 comments

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Capture the Colour – in Cumbria

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Blog, Cumbria, Photos, Tours and Itineraries, Uncategorized, Walking | 8 comments

Travel supermarket is running a photographic competition,  five photographs titled the five colours: blue, green, yellow, white and red.  At first I thought it would be a great opportunity to show photos I have taken from around the world that don’t appear in my usual blogs, but looking through my blogs realised that colour, though not always striking and vibrant, is all over Cumbria, sometimes in the most unusual places.  Blue Sometimes we forget the sky is blue here in Cumbria, but at other times the inclement weather can create spectacular...

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