A week in Oban 2017

I travelled north toward the Highlands in an attempt to capture the northern lights. My journey led me to Oban - all through the previous week my northern lights app for my phone had been on Red Alert for Oban. But on the week i was there, i had the smallest window of opportunity for... Continue Reading →

A journey north

On the way north... Angel of the North Bamburgh Castle A view of the sea from Bamburgh beach Bamburgh Castle coming up close, taken from the dunes The imposing walls of Bamburgh Castle, (Northumbria) Bamburgh Castle in the mist (taken from Holy Island)  

Palacios Nazaríes – Alhambra

A night visit to the Alhambra We waited patiently as the sun set over the Alhambra. As the light faded into the west, the sun dipping down below the horizon, spreading shadows across the walls of this majestic palace. The security man, lifted the barrier and we entered; for our night visit to the Alhambra....

Granada, Plaza del toros.

A Week in Spain On Saturday morning, we went to Granada's Plaza Del Toros; to have a look at the Bull Ring. There was no fight on at this time of day and the arena was closed; for cleaning. I asked the janitor who was hosing down the dust, if we could have a look... Continue Reading →

A week in Granada

Just recently, I flew to Malaga with a friend and we transferred to Granada by bus. I then spent a week in Granada photographing the city and the Al Hambra; with its imposing walls. What lay outside these walls was a beautiful and vibrant city with a lot of atmosphere. The temperatures were some days... Continue Reading →

Everest Base camp trek 2016

I went to Nepal in 2007 with the intention of trying the Everest base camp trek. Mainly due to the circumstances of the weather that year the flights to Lukla were rained off. I've been to Nepal several times since, but on each occasion there was some reason or another why the base camp trek remained... Continue Reading →

Kathmandu Streets

"Kathmandu is alive, vibrant, magical a living city. I have never know a more colourfully textured, rich and aromatic place. To give it it's due, Kathmandu is a very busy place. Everybody seems either constantly on the move, or quite conversely - sitting through the heat of the midday sun. It is a peaceful city despite... Continue Reading →

A night at the Reggae Bar!!

The band of the night was called "Strings". The party took place at the Reggae Bar, Thamel, Kathmandu. 04/05/2016 Reggae Cafe Bar - Facebook Kool Kathmandu....

The Road to Lumbini

We took a road trip to Lumbini, setting off at dusk leaving Kathmandu to huge traffic jams which held us up for three hours or more. We arrived in Lumbini, at around four in the morning. after quite a scary taxi ride in heavy rain covering the two hundred kilometers from Kathmandu. We then had... Continue Reading →

Scarfell Pike August 2015

I love wild camping and any excuse to get away into the hills and I go for it. I've just been away with a friend of mine to the Lakes. We caught the train to Windermere and then a bus up to Dungeon Ghyll, from where we set off into the wilds. We camped the... Continue Reading →

Hiking in the Yorkshire Dales 2015

I've just returned from hiking and wild camping with a friend of mine in the Yorkshire Dales. We hiked from Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, setting out from Settle on the Monday night. We arrivied at Scaleber Foss in the early evening and set up camp putting our bivvies up and having a night round the fire. The next... Continue Reading →

Portmeirion, Wales

I've just come back from a weekend away in Wales. Part of the purpose of the trip was to test my new Canon EOS M. I always take a camera away with me when I'm camping but generally, I err on the side of caution. Not wishing to take any one of my expensive cameras,... Continue Reading →

The Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is situated on the border between the States of Nevada and Arizona. It is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado river. On the day I visited the temperatures were nearly 102 degrees - the baking sun reflecting off the concrete structure making it seem even hotter... It... Continue Reading →

Snow Mountain Annual Pauite Pow wow 2014

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be able to attended the Snow Mountain Paiute Annual Pow wow 2014. I was visiting a friend in Las Vegas. Part of my reason for the trip, certainly the timing, was that the Annual Paiute Pow Wow was being held just north of Las Vegas, in... Continue Reading →

Wild Camping in the Lakes 2014

Last week myself and a friend set out for the Lakes. This was my first experience of wild camping with some else for a while and my first activity of the year. We arrived at Penrith, late into the afternoon and caught the bus to Keswick. Just short of Keswick, we got off the bus... Continue Reading →

Wild Camping West Highland Way, Mull & Iona 2013

The Highlands is an astonishing place which never ceases to amaze me. This summer I went wild camping again in the Highlands. Walking along the West Highland Way from Inversnaid  to Glen Coe starting from a place called Aberfoyle. A brief campout at a place called Stalker Castle and down the coast to Oban then... Continue Reading →

Normandy Graveyard & Chapel

Normandy Crosses In July of this year (2013) I visited my sister in France. She lives in a farmhouse, which she developed herself, in a commune situated in Basse-Normandy. She chose this life for herself partly as a means of escaping from the rat-race I believe - something for which I am full of admiration.... Continue Reading →

The journey to Muktinath 2013

Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists. It is located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass, in the Himalayas. Hindus call the sacred place 'Mukti Kshetra', which means literally 'place of salvation'. This is because it is believed that if... Continue Reading →

Kathmandu 2013

Kathmandu is a diverse city with all its noise and pollution, its poverty and its culture. The most striking thing about Kathmandu is its abundance of life, people carving out an existence under sometimes difficult circumstances. In Kathmandu for instance there is a load shedding system on the power. Electricity is off for fourteen hours... Continue Reading →

Bhaktapur, Nepal 2012

Bhaktapur is an ancient 'Newari' town to the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Famed for its 'Durbar Square' which was the Royal palace of the kings of Nepal; the seat of ancient power. Bhaktapur is much quieter and less polluted than Kathmandu. There is an admission fee for entering the city which I paid... Continue Reading →

Burning the bodies at Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath is one of the most important Shiva Temples in the world. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, Nepal. The temple is said to be the home of Lord Pashupati (Shiva). And here it is traditional to burn the bodies of departed loved ones. When I visited Pashupatinanth there... Continue Reading →

Nepal 2012/2013

I've been to Nepal for another adventure. On the 10th December 2012 I caught the long haul flight to Kathmandu, from Manchester airport; the flight took nearly 24 hrs. The flight time is actually only 13 hours to Kathmandu, but there was a long stop over in Abu Dhabi. I was flying to Nepal to... Continue Reading →

Fond Memories of Callanish 2011

In the September of 2011, I headed up to the Highlands to wild camp and hike in the wilderness there. After a week on the mainland at the Cape wrath I caught the ferry and headed over to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. I caught the bus out to Callanish, a small... Continue Reading →

Wild Camping in the Highlands 2012

Hiking and wild camping are my thing. A couple of times a year I like to pack my rucksack and head off up to the Highlands to explore the remoter regions of Scotland. This year was no exception. Towards the end of July I caught the train to Glasgow and then a coach to the... Continue Reading →

Les gargouilles de la Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse, Carcassonne

Les gargouilles de la Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse, Carcassonne The Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celsus is an imposing building situated within the walls of Carcassonne old town  It was formerly the cathedral of Carcassonne until 1801, when it was replaced by the present Carcassonne Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Michel de Carcassonne). It is a grand Gothic building with a large... Continue Reading →

Carcassonne 2011

My first trip away this year was in January, to Carcassonne, France. I had decided that I could not feasibly take any more photographs of Liverpool and needed to book flights, and I had always wanted to see Carcassonne. I was talking with my sister about the trip and she reminded me that our aunt had... Continue Reading →

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