I am lucky enough to live next door to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which is about 10 minutes drive away! Actually, before the boundary changes in 1974, Slaidburn, where I live, was IN the Yorkshire Dales and to most locals still is, though we are now officially in Lancashire!
The Dales are one of my favourite areas in the country. Stunning limestone scenery, short grassy turf sprinkled with eyebright and orchids, high remote fell tops where the wind blows the cleanest of air into your lungs, immense vistas in every direction....yes, I love the Dales. Below are a few of my favourite spots.
There is nowhere in the world comparable to Iceland. It is unique, one of those miraculous places on our earth where nature has created something quite extraordinary. The power of this landscape is immense, brooding, and compelling. I cannot stop marvelling at what I experienced, and cannot wait to go back.
I only managed 4 days in Iceland but thanks to one 17 hour drive I did capture some of the fantastic scenery of the southern fringe of the country, even managing to get as far as the incredible glacier lagoon of Jokusarlon. It was late February and the low sunlight shafting across the snow covered volcanoes or highlighting the fractured glaciers made for some amazing images.