[ Photo Blog #56 ]
The coast of Northumbria on the North-East of England bordering with Scotland is atmospheric and highly impressive. It was described by Janet Street Porter on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Best View’ as having ‘a coastline ravaged by nature and steeped in history. There’s a story round every single corner … you’re not just looking at a view, you’re standing in the footsteps of kings, and all on one of the most dramatic coastlines nature has to offer.’
I have visited many times, usually on the way to or from my tours of Scotland. For me, one of the highlights of a visit to this part of the country is the small town of BAMBURGH. The following photographs I took there in 2003 on one of these visits when I stayed in this historic town for several days.
Bamburgh is a stunningly attractive small town within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In fact it is even perhaps just a village, with a population of only about 450. It is dominated by its magnificently imposing Castle, once the seat of the former Kings of Northumbria, that can be seen for miles around. It would be hard not to be impressed by the sheer size of the Castle and there is so much to tell about its long and amazing history. On the seaward side of the castle and town there are impressive stretches of pure golden sandy beaches with rolling sand dunes and views across the sea to both the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and to the Farne Islands. The town also houses a museum dedicated to its great heroine, Grace Darling.
To read the story of Grace Darling and of how her heroism caught the attention of the Victorian public, click on this link . . . The Story Of Grace Darling
[ Photo Blog #54 ]
Alum Bay … The cliff chair lift sets off for the beach
[ Photo Blog #54 ]
One of the highlights of my visit to the South West of Ireland in 2003 was a tour by horse-drawn Jaunting (or jaunty) Car of Killarney’s Muckross House and gardens and of the world famous Killarney National Park and its lakes and mountains.
[ Photo Blog #52 ]
Nordkapp (English: North Cape) is in Finnmark County of Norway. It was long claimed as the northernmost point of the continent of Europe. In fact it is the furthest north that one can drive in Europe but, by less than a mile, it is not quite the most northerly point. The administrative centre of the area is in the town of Honningsvag, where the local population is approximately 3,500. Nordkapp is a splendid spot, weather permitting, from which to see the midnight sun. It is normal for about 200,000 tourists to visit there annually during the two to three months of summer, the main tourist attraction being the splendid views from the North Cape itself. The North Cape first became famous when the English explorer Richard Chancellor sailed round it in 1553 while attempting to find a sea route through the North-east Passage. Except for the first photograph, the photographs are from my own visit there in 2002.
[ Photo Blog #51 ]
Mainland Scotland has 6,160 miles (9,910 km) of coastline. Including the numerous islands, this increases to some 10,250 miles (16,500 km). The west coast in particular is heavily indented, with long promontories separated by fjord-like sea lochs. In addition to these, there are more than 30,000 freshwater lochs in Scotland. I give below a selection containing a dozen of my photographs, taken in 2001, of just four of these inland lochs – Loch Earn, Loch Fyne, Loch Lawyers and Loch Voil – all in the southern reaches of the Western Highlands . . .
In response to the recent ‘Daily Post’ PHOTO CHALLENGE, outlined as follows . . .
“Today, take a moment to notice the structure of everyday things around you. Note the lines, freckles, and tiny hairs on your arm, and imagine the biological blueprint that created them. See the bricks of a building, and realize that they were individually placed there by another person. Then, share with us a photo of the structure of something wonderful. We’re eager to see details through your lens.”
I submit the following two of my photographs of a scanned leaf skeleton, taken some while ago …
[ Photo Blog #50 ]
I paid the first of my two visits to this delightful city, the capital of West Flanders, in north-west Belgium in 2003. As will be seen from the photographs, the weather was not particularly kind during my visit, but the rain stopped long enough to enable me to take the following photographs . . .
A selection of my photographs, taken on different occasions between 2004 and 2010, of sunsets – looking westwards from the south bank of the River Thames along the four mile stretch of the River in Surrey, England, between Chertsey and Walton-on-Thames . . .
[ Photo Blog #48 ]
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Never far from water in the Lake District
My photographs, taken several years ago on what would now be considered to be an old camera
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