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The finest view in England?

Sutton Bank, North York Moors National Park

A recent visit to Yorkshire to attend a Mountain Rescue conference in Leeds gave me the opportunity to briefly explore the area. This lead me to Sutton Bank in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

Sutton Bank the finest view in England according to James Herriot

The finest view in England according to James Herriot

Apparently Yorkshire author James Herriot, famous for his series of books about his life as a Yorkshire vet, declared the view from the Sutton Bank escarpment over the Vale of Mowbray and the Vale of York, the “finest in England”.

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Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki

New Zealand’s stunning south island

Driving past Lake Pukaki on New Zealand’s South Island, we were greeted with this beautiful scene over Lake Pukaki looking towards Mount Cook, (Auraki) the tallest mountain in the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

The stunning Lake Pukaki in front of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook (Auraki)

The stunning Lake Pukaki in front of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook (Auraki)

Absolutely stunning I think you’ll agree. Views like this are very much the norm on New Zealnd’s south island and if this doesn’t encourage you to visit and experience the country yourself, nothing will!

Thanks to Peter Stephens Photography for processing the image for me.

Reflections of the North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s stunning north island didn’t disappoint

Reflecting on our 2 weeks on the North Island it has been good …… very good. We’ve driven 1870km and seen some fabulous countryside.

The genteel and historic Russell in the beautiful Bay of Islands on the New Zealand North Island

The beautiful town of Russell

Russell was probably my favourite place visited.

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The Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand.

The Classic Tramp

One key objective of our trip to New Zealand and our visit to the North Island was the ‘classic’ walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. A 12 mile or thereabouts tramp that can be done in a day.

The Tongariro mountain range

The Tongariro mountain range

The dilemma was the ‘what ifs’. What if the weather was bad, or something happened and we didn’t make the finish in time for a shuttlebus, etc, etc. So, I didn’t book one and decided to leave it to fate when I arrived.

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A fondness for Hong Kong.

My first visit to Hong Kong

I first visited Hong Kong in 2004 for a short 3 day stop over on the way to Vietnam. I had very fond memories of the place. More lively and less sanitised than Singapore I felt. So when it came to deciding on a stopover on my first trip to New Zealand I decided to return.

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I arrived late afternoon into the huge airport, just as the sun was setting, and took the Airport Express rail line into Hong Kong Central. A clean and efficient line and we were into the city in about 30mins.

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The Bowerman’s Kiss

Copyright - Alan Pewsey - Bowermans KissAlways nice to get a bit of recognition and I came across this blog post on the Dartmoor National Park Authority website recently.

http://dartmoornpa.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/merry-kissmas-from-dartmoor-national-park-authority/

Bowerman’s Nose is a rather impressive and distinctive rocky outcrop on Hayne’s Down near Manaton on Dartmoor. Legend has it the poor unfortunate hunter was turned to stone by a witch who also turned his hounds to stone and are scattered around him across the down.

It is very well photographed as any Google search will prove, so I thought for this image I would have a bit of fun and think of a unusual composition. So far I have not come across anybody else who has thought of this capture.

Hope you like it.

From a Kodak Instamatic to a digital SLR

I have been a keen photographer since a family friend brought my first Kodak Instamatic when I was about 8 for my birthday. A Kodak Instamatic 25 that took the 126 cartridge film popular at the time. I kept the camera for years using it on summer holidays and school trips using first black and white film and then colour. Post continues …….

Kodak Instamatic 25

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