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My Paradise…

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View across Lake Ohrid, Macedonia View across Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

This shot is a dusk shot looking towards mountains in Albania. I am on the Macedonian side of Lake Ohrid. I made this trip a few years ago, but thought I’d post it here for the Photofriday challenge, which this week is ‘paradise’.

For me, this image represents a kind of paradise as I was on a cycle touring trip around Europe, and I love cycletouring. This is a photograph looking across to Albania into the mountains where I would be cycling through over the following days. It’s these moments when I rest in a town or village that I look forward to more cycling adventures to come…..

I have a few more images from this evening here

Walkers in a snow covered Epping Forest, Essex, England, UK

I dug this photo out after visiting the photofriday website….with this weeks topic of ‘on a walk’. I knew I had this image but was surprised I had not uploaded it to this blog.

Anyway, here it is, and it was taken in March 2013, when, instead of the temperature beginning to rise into double figures due to it being the beginning of spring….the temperature instead went down to minus 10 degrees…which is crazy for this time of year in the south of England.

It was however, a fantastic opportunity to photograph Epping Forest covered in such deep snow. I love the silent atmosphere of snow scenes, which I presume happens because the snow adsorbs so much ambient sound.

This was taken with a 100mm lens and is a multiple image stitched panoramic. I saw this image in my minds eye, and the only way to take it without seriously cropping a single image, was to create a multiple image panoramic and stitch it in Hugin software.

Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England, UK

This is an image from Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. Rumour has it that the Peak District is the second busiest national park in the world, after Mt Fuji.

But actually, where I am here, near Kinder Scout, I saw only a few people along the footpath every hour or so, if that. It didn’t really feel busy, and I have been here a few times before in the middle of summer, and it’s always the same.

This isn’t a spectacular landscape shot, but the colours really struck me. I love these moody deep gray skies that sweep across the landscape threatening rain. After I had processed this, I realised that the sky looks added on, but it’s not! Even when you are there the light from the clouds contrasts starkly with the light on the landscape, and creates a very atmospheric look.

So, that’s that….I haven’t posted anything for a while, but I am back now and will be posting much more regularly again….!

Bye for now.