Grand Canal, Venice, photographed from the Ponte dell'Accademia

Surprised by Venice

We took advantage of a much-reduced number of tourists in July to visit Venice. I came away with an unexpected number of good and unique photographs.

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Swallows on a telephone wire

Last of the swallows

Last of the swallows for this year, I suspect. I haven’t seen them around much this year at home, but there were dozens out yesterday, feeding their young before their long journey. (We have a perfectly-positioned telephone wire near our balcony, so it’s a great spot to watch and to photograph them.)

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Bluebells in Switzerland

Until I moved to Switzerland, my interest in photography was mainly confined to recording what I was up to; from time with friends and family, to documentary photography on the streets of London and capturing scenes when I was on holiday. I had begun getting interested in landscape photography after a few visits to the […]

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Great Asby Scar

Leaving the familiar fells and valleys of the Lake District to visit a less familiar part of northern England.

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The wilds of Scotland

Even after the many miles of road travel to the populated north of Scotland, the next stage out into the northern Highlands, delineated by the huge Great Glen between Oban and Inverness, is something else entirely. Leaving dual carriageways behind on the Black Isle and heading west, especially during inclement weather, both the roads and the landscape become increasingly […]

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A nerve-wracking trip to Birg cable-car station

My only cable-car trip into the high Alps this past winter season was in February. Webcam confirmation of a fabulous cloud inversion encouraged me to get into the mountains after a long abstinence. I expected the visit to be be a nerve-wracking experience thanks to so many people wearing their coronavirus face-masks around their chins, […]

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Gelateria di Berna

A branch of one of the most popular ice cream parlours in Bern, with queues stretching down the neighbouring street.

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Dessert, Schilthorn, 2012

I think I’ll treat myself to a poke o’ chips and a Coupe Danemark in a mountain-top restaurant once they’ve re-opened for business. It’s been too long. I have simple tastes.

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End in sight

Kind of a metaphor for a current project. If I look at it one way, it’s just endless repetition. Look at it another way, and there is sunshine and freedom and an end in sight.

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