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Lake Windermere and dogs…

We’ve decided at long last to get a dog. So, whilst on a quick trip to the Lake District, we rated every dog that we passed, with a view to working out which actual dog we want. We got some weird looks as dog walkers strolled past and we would call out “four”, seven”, “eight”, “two”… I just want a dog that likes coming with me early doors on my photography trips. Anyway, here’s a few pics from Lake Windermere, as I said, early doors.
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Dog photos will no doubt follow…


Memories of lazy warm summers

Just before the annual feasting begins, I’ve been looking back at some summer photos. Here’s beautiful Lake Trasimeno in lovely warm Italy. What a delight Umbria is!

Makes me want to take up fishing!

Makes me want to take up fishing!

 

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Even the birds just watch the dawn...

Even the birds just watch the dawn…

 

Now, bring on the snow!!! Merry Christmas to all.

 


The liquid blue of summer

Blimey it’s getting cold here in the UK. I’m quite looking forward to the stillness and quiet of winter. But just before the summer recedes too far into the memory, a quick moment to go back to the pictures of summer and dig out the liquid blue of the sea. To help block out the cold. Imagine these vistas in 40C. Blissful!

A Cretan village

A Cretan village

 

Reflection of a yacht mast

Reflection of a yacht mast

 

St Paul's Church - 2000 years old

St Paul’s Church – 2000 years old. And look at the colour!

 

Same mast, different reflection

Same mast, different reflection

 

A Cretan beach and a Cretan view

A Cretan beach and a Cretan view

So goodbye to summer 2014. Let’s see what the winter can do!


Wind, water, ice, and FIRE

This place is all about colour. Dusk and dawn, the rocks burn in Bryce Canyon, Utah

 

Bryce Canyon at dusk

Bryce Canyon at dusk

 

 

Wind, and constant freeze/thaw weathering have created the amazing rock formations at Bryce. All is jagged teeth and hoodoos. But it’s the minerals in the rocks that create the colour. And when the sun gets low, everything just glows.

 

Dawn at Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon

Dawn at Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon

 

Hoodoo and dead tree

Hoodoo and dead tree

 

This is the US, so nothing is impossible. Even the trees seem to believe that. Take the fir tree below. It’s grown up out of the canyon to a height of 200 feet before it gets anywhere near open sky. That’s an I-can-do-anything attitude. Unbelievable.

How did this tree grow here?

How did this tree grow here?

 

Those are the actual colours of the rock...

Those are the actual colours of the rock…

 

Lust for life

Lust for life

 

A remarkable place. Can’t wait to return – I want to see it in the snow!

 

Bryce amphitheatre - amazing.

Sunset Point – amazing.

 


Getting drenched won’t stop me taking photos! Niagara.

One of the benefits of working for a global organisation is that occasionally I get to go to fabulous locations, and OMG, this is one of them!!! Niagara Falls, awesome, no truly – AWESOME, in the real sense of an over-used word.

Here’s the pic from the top. The water is moving at a relatively slow sedate space just here. But even so, you can just feel that water pulling you forward. You know you want to go with it, float forward, forward, gently, ooops, over the top and aaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!

Over we go....

Slightly feverish imagination running wild with me there, apologies….

So this is the view looking down towards the Falls:

See the little yellow dots in the bottom right corner – that’s people, all dressed in waterproofs. They are getting drenched. Serves them right for getting so close. Mind you, I’m always up for a thrill, so no sooner had we spotted the mad little yellow people than we wanted to get kitted out and go and join them….

The (wet) view from the platform

….And this is the close up view that awaited us. What this photo can’t really convey is the thundering roar of the water. It is quite deafening.

Whilst the view of the Falls is of course stupendously, gob-smackingly amazing, we humans are ever so puny beside it. And frankly, those yellow waterproofs are pretty pointless anyway. And that depends on whether you know how to put the blessed thing on! Here’s a pic of Clive struggling with his yellow plastic mac. The slightly raised eyebrow hints at the beginning of his desperation at getting it on….

Wet boy struggling with waterproof (Clive, it ain't that hard...!)

Later on that day we went on the boat trip. More cagools, this time in blue (all very colour co-ordinated the Canadians). And look! Clive can’t manage this one either. Turn it round man! The kids behind you – they know what they’re doing, ask them!!!

Clive - you've got it on backwards!

Dig the flip flops…

You put the blue macs on to protect yourself (ho ho) from the spray on the boat, see pic below – head over to flickr (button on left hand side of the blog) if you want to see a larger more impressive version. The boat goes right into that mist, up to about 20m from the water crashing down. I feel it coming on again, I can’t hold it back, I’m going to have to say it…   …   …. AWESOME !!!!!

(Shot on a Canon G11, which got very wet and survived)