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N 6 B 200 C 0 E Nov 5, 2017 F Nov 13, 2017
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Aurulent rays of a dying day highlight the upper reaches of Blickling Hall in Norfolk.

Blickling Estate, Norfolk, England, 2017

Sony a7R Mark II with Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Tags:   camera:sony_a7r2 f:long CinemaScope england National Trust blickling estate norfolk hall building architecture

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Deep in the Tugela Gorge in South Africa, we got a good view back up to the second highest waterfall in the world, which we had hiked to the top of two-days prior.

The best way to get a sense of the scale of the world is to travel by foot. When in the Drakensberg Mountains we hiked along the Tugela river that orginates in the mountains you see in the background of this photo, tumbles over the cliff edge as Tugela Falls and then heads to the sea in Tugela Gorge where I am standing. Following the path of the river this way provided a strong sense of the scale of the landscape both in terms of the size of the river and in the surrounding climate and plant life.

When so many aspects of modern life serve to make our planet seem smaller and smaller, taking time out to travel long distances by foot and rough it out a bit makes it clear that there actually is a lot to experience, enjoy and protect on our planet.

Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2011

Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Tags:   camera:canon_5d2 f:wide f:ultrawide FourByThree drakensberg mountains tugela gorge south africa africa self portrait kwazulu-natal

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At the end of a long bumpy road at the edge of the Icelandic Highlands is Aldeyjarfoss, the most interesting waterfall I've seen in Scandinavia.

While there were bigger and more dramatic waterfalls in Northern Iceland, Aldeyjarfoss was by far the most interesting. The waterfall is found on a lava field that was formed 9,500 years ago that has been carved over the millennia by the Skjálfandafljót river. The layers of rock that frame the main fall sparked much speculation amongst us -- we all agreed that the vertical columns were basalt but couldn't explain why the vertically aligned layer sat atop columns that were horizontal.

While we were there, we were also lucky to get some decent sunset colours. Although the best view of the waterfall was up at the edge of the cliff, I happened to be down near the water level when the colours were at their best and this was the result.

Bárðardalur, Icelandic Highlands, 2017

Sony a7R II with Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Tags:   camera:sony_a7r2 f:ultrawide f:wide panorama FourByThree iceland waterfall Bárðardalur longexposure dusk waterscape basalt volcanic Skjálfandafljót

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As the deepening blue hue of the dusk settles in over Manarola, the hubbub of tourists gives way to the quiet sound of the gentle evening tide lapping the shoreline.

My second visit to this photogenic region of Italy was as impressive as my first. Despite there seeming to be an order of magnitude more tourists, it was still possible to find times of day where the crowds quietened down and you could enjoy the picturesque towns in peace.

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy, 2017

Sony a7R II with Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8

Tags:   camera:sony_a7r2 f:ultrawide f:wide panorama SixteenByNine italy manarola cinque terre waterscape cityscape town liguria coast

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A lone labourer makes the long walk home high in the Peruvian Andes surrounded by imposing peaks under a hostile sky.

Pinchollo, Pervian Andes, Peru, 2013

Sony RX100

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