Photos: A day in Whitby

Whitby Pier

Whitby Pier
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Last week I made it to Whitby in East Yorkshire. Whitby is a coastal town situated on the mouth of the River Esk and was a fishing / whaling village for many hundreds of years. It still has a lively fishing industry, but it’s main source of income is now tourism – and when you see the location, you’ll understand why. One of its most famous landmarks is the Whitby Abbey pictured below. The abbey is a ruin, and similar to Fountains Abbey, it is well maintained and preserved by the English Heritage group.

The shot above is possibly my favourite from the day, this is a 3 shot enfusion/HDR from under the pier. Read on for more photos and info.

 

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey
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As mentioned above, the Whitby Abbey is a ruin, nut is well maintained by National Heritage. The abbey is one of the town’s biggest attractions – and rightly so. Its location is magnificent and picturesque.

 

Another amazing location, just past the abbey is the Church of St Mary, and the attached graveyard located along the top of the cliff. While a little eery, it is a beautiful location for a graveyard. The majority of the headstones (made from sandstone) are weathered and worn beyond legibility due to ferocious winds and weather that have ripped through here over many hundreds of years.

 

Whitby Pier

Whitby Pier
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Whitby pier, located along the entrance to the River Esk, is another one of the main tourist attractions in Whitby (apart from the beach).

 

Whitby Pier

Whitby Pier – looking back to town
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Looking back along the pier into town.

 

Whitby Pier

Whitby Pier
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Once you have walked out to the end of the pier, there is a little ladder that you can climb down to access the cement foundation beneath. The sun was setting behind and made for some striking shadows and patterns. This was a 3 shot enfusion/HDR.

 

Whitby Headland (West)

Whitby Headland (West)
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Another shot of the pier taken from the west side of the river. The benches in the foreground are commemorative and have a plaque with a name and message about who they are commemorating.

 

Whalebone Arch

Whalebone Arch
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Lucky last, I have one of the most cliche shots that you can take in Whitby: the Whalebone Arch looking out to the abbey in the background. The bones were donated to Whitby some time ago and commemorate the town’s rich history in whaling.

Hope you enjoyed the pics!

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Photos: Sunrise in Dawlish, UK

Sunrise in Dawlish

Sunrise in Dawlish
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Sunrise in Dawlish, England. I took these photos in early December on a road trip through the UK. We were in a small campervan and I was determined to stay off main roads as we travelled west along the Devon coast. It paid off, as it was a picturesque morning when we set off and were passing through Dawlish. I really wanted shots of the sunrise, so we pulled off the road and parked along the waterfront. The coastline here is amazing – cliffs of red sandstone that have been weathered over many years. There is a train line that runs along this part of the coast which has tunnels through some of these cliffs along the waterfront. A real gem to see!

Beach Huts

Beach Huts
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Sunrise over sea

Sunrise over sea
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Dawlish History Sign

Some light reading

 

 

Photos: Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Ok without further adieu, I bring to you ‘Part two’ of the Lake District posts (finally).

As mentioned in my previous post, I didn’t get as many shots as I’d hoped of the lakes themselves due to some dismal weather, but I still got some keepers. The images below are in no particular order. Read on to see what they’re all about.

Sunset over Coniston Water

Sunset over Coniston Water
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Above we have sunset over Coniston Water. This was taken on the way back from visiting Tarn Hows (seen below). For those wondering (like I did, having not heard of it before), a tarn is a small mountain lake. Small Mountain Lake Called Hows. Makes sense. Anywho, the sunset above at Coniston Water was taken during a quick stop by the side of the lake. It was windy and cold, however the sky was starting to turn shades of pink and orange as the sun got lower. I explored a few different angles along the shore line, but this was my favourite shot due to its composition.

Above we have Tarn Hows. It was a reasonably nice day with scattered cloud. Tourists were out in force and you couldn’t throw a stick without hitting one. The tarn has a nice walking track right the way around which only talks about an hour to walk. The cloud cover didn’t provide much in the way of colour, but once the sun came out a little I snapped this.

 

Backbarrow Bridge

Backbarrow Bridge
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Backbarrow is a small town built next to the River Leven. Pictured is the bridge and an old factory building that I’m told was once used to make blue dye that was added to washing in order to make whites whiter (before ‘modern’ washing detergents were invented). The river was flowing fast due to a lot of rain upstream and was a lot of fun to watch. There’s something very unique about the power of water that always gets me. I could watch it all day.

 

Exploring the mountains of Cumbria

Exploring the mountains of Cumbria
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A couple of days later we drove through the mountains of Cumbria via some of Britains steepest roads (Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass) in search of the deepest lake in the district. We stopped along the way for lunch by this little creek . The rock wall in this image is one of thousands in the area. It boggles my mind to think how long they took to build as the terrain is so rugged.

 

Exploring the mountains of Cumbria

Exploring the mountains of Cumbria
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This image I took as we got to the top of the Hardknott Pass looking west out over the landscape. You can see the road snaking down for miles into the distance.

 

Hardknott Roman Fort Remains

Hardknott Roman Fort Remains
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Just down from the top of the Hardknott Pass on the west side, are the remains of the Hardknott Roman Fort. A fort built centuries ago by the Romans to fend off invasion. The size of the area they built is quite amazing.

 

Lucky last we have Wastwater – the deepest lake in the Lake District at 260ft deep. You can just see snow starting to form on the mountain in the top right of the image. Unfortunately there wasn’t any snowfall lower down near us.

The lake was very clean and clear and I couldn’t help but taste the water – clean and watery – just like it should be. Lakes have always been a bit of an odd concept for me. I’ve grown up on and around the ocean my whole life. Seeing grass and shrubs on the edge of a large body of water like this is strange to me.

That’s all folks. Hope you’ve enjoyed the lakes as much as I did!

Photos: Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK

Grange Over Sands Sunset

Sunset at the Duck Pond
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Alrighty, I’ve finally finished sorting and processing my shots from Grange Over Sands and the Lake District. I didn’t get out as much as I had hoped due to bad weather, but I still got some nice shots which I hope you’ll enjoy.

Consider this post to be 1 of 2. This will highlight Grange Over Sands, whilst my next post will be focussed on the Lakes themselves and the mountainous countryside.

Grange Over Sands is a small town that was once a small fishing village and has been a popular tourist destination ever since a train line was established. It’s located at the mouth of the River Kent, which once flowed past the town promenade. The river has altered course over the years and now the promenade has become a lush meadow covered by tides that sheep occasionally graze (pictured below).

Grange Over Sands Estuary

Grange Over Sands Estuary
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Sunset over the Estuary

Sunset over the Estuary
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More images from Grange Over Sands:

Grange Over Sands Duckpond

Grange Over Sands Duckpond
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View from my apartment

View from the apartment I stayed in
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And there we have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed the images. Keep an eye out for ‘Part 2’, coming soon.

Justin.

Happy New Year 2014!

A big Happy New Year to all! I wish you the best for 2014 and may you make it ‘your year’ to shine and achieve.

I will be travelling for another four months before I head back home to Australia and travel for a further month before getting back to the real world.

I’ll leave you with this image I snapped last night just after the clock hit 12am and the new year rolled in. You see, in the UK fireworks are still legal for your everyday citizen to buy off the shelf (unlike Australia). As soon as the clock struck 12am, fireworks started popping up all over the place. There was no official fireworks display made by the town, but its citizens really took it into their own hands. It was unlike any other fireworks display I’ve seen before.

Happy New Year!

New Year from Grange Over Sands, UK

Have a great New Year!