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On the southern coast of Madeira, a short distance from Câmara de Lobos are the cliffs of Cabo Girão. At up to 590m (1967ft) high, they are the third highest cliffs in Europe.

At the foot of the cliffs are terraced fields (visible in the photo) which were only be accessible by boat until a cable car was installed.

The height was dizzying but seeing the Atlantic merge with the sky in the distance made it worth it.

Canon EOS 350D with Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS

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Boats by on the shore of Lac de Sainte-Croix in Provence France. The clouds were rolling in as the day drew to a close.

We were visiting the Gorges du Verdon just to the East of this lake.

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

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Seeing the Great Wall of China disappear into the dusk on one side and stretch beyond the sunset on the other was a bittersweet experience.

While the sheer strength of will to build something of this stupefying scale beggars the imagination, the thought of the number of people that died in its construction adds a sad tinge to the feeling. Either way, it's proof that when humanity focuses itself it can achieve amazing feats.

We were spending a few days hiking along the wall and spent most of our time atop it during the daylight hours which was ideal for seeing just how expansive the structure is. Pausing at nearly any point on the wall you could follow it away from you, above the tops of numerous mountains ahead of you, and when you looked carefully at the farthest ridges rendered contrastless by atmosphere, you could still pick out the towers continuing on and on. Truly amazing.

However, I really wanted to be back on the wall as the sun set to get more interesting light. During the day I picked out a few spots that I could jog back to after our party was back at our accommodation. This was one of them.

Climbing back up to the wall and then jogging along it to get here in time to capture the very last colour of the sun was tough on already tired legs but worth it to have this moment with nobody else around. Apart from the ghosts of those who built this amazing structure of course :)

Jinshanling, Luanping County, China, 2015

Sony a7R with Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 OSS

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Despite visiting the spot several times, it was only when we were late and rushing to catch our ferry on our last day that we had good light over Reine in Northern Norway -- we had to stop!

It was a photo of this tiny fishing village that brought us to Lofoten in the first place, and it was important for me to take a decent photo of it before heading home. The spot where this photo is taken is remarkably easy to get to as it's essentially a parking lot for the southern side of the village but offers better views than some of the more arduous hikes in the area. I only had a minute or two for this photo, so it was a quick dash from the car with the only camera I had in easy access to a spot I'd identified earlier, 2 captures and then back to the car again.

Reine, Lofoten, Norway, 2016

Sony RX1R Mark II

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The south-western view of Tre Cime reflected in Lago Antorno under a windswept night's sky.

We'd spent the bulk of the day hiking around Tre Cime in the Italian Dolomites. The heavy snowfall of the winter of 2013/2014 meant that even on the last day of May the majority of the path was invisible under a metre of snow and so much of the hike was made knee deep in snow along steep ridges relying on GPS tracks. We hadn't planned on making the full round trip due to the weather, but the views were so enticing that we risked it, despite only carrying food for breakfast.

At the far end of the hike in the early afternoon and with our breakfast eaten hours ago, we dug into our emergency food (i.e. Snickers!) hoping it would sustains us for the hike back which we agreed would need to be fast with no photo stops. What we didn't plan for, however, was the weather improving on the way back which meant that by the time we got back to our car the sun had set and we were cold, wet and in possession of some awesome photos.

After a warm shower and big meal, everyone went back to our hotel to bed. I made the mistake of looking out of the window to see a clear night sky and knew that I would need to head back out into the cold. The others were too tired and cozy in their beds to head back out, so I popped on my wet socks and shoes and head back up. This effort was rewarded by this view shortly after midnight.

Lago Atorno, Italian Dolomites, Tyrol, Italy, 2014

Sony a7r with Sigma 35mm f/1.4mm Art

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