Month: August 2016


I was, and I still am, a geographer and a geomorphologist at heart even after all the years away from my “practising” days. Before we left for Utah, I knew I wanted to go and see Goosenecks. For those in the know, it’s one of those classic Leopold, Wolman and Miller – Fluvial Processes in Geomorphology …

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Painted rocks

Somewhere on the road from Hanksville to Hite on Route 96 in Utah (as I recall) I saw this jumble of colours of eroded brightly coloured sandstone rock and tussocky grass. In cropping to an envelope shape, the effect is to make it look more like a panorama than it actually was.

Tufa at Mono Lake

Mono Lake

In the lee of the Sierra Nevada after you’ve crossed the mountains from Yosemite, and before you descend down towards Death Valley and Las Vegas you come across these amazing tufa. I’m delighted with this image which has been considerably cropped from its original 35mm film incarnation. I must have got the focus right!! Anyway, …

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Bryce Canyon

Continuing the series of old pre-digital images whose negatives I’ve scanned, the next few posts are from a “road trip” we did from San Francisco through Yosemite, Death Valley, Zion and through to Los Angeles. They’re not going to be in any particular order – just how I feel. Anyway, here are a couple of …

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The most picturesque distillery?

One of the worst kept secrets is that I do enjoy my malt whisky. I’ve also managed to visit a few distilleries. Many have wonderful locations, often looking out over wonderful scenery, this one – Edradour, near Pitlochry – surely wins the prize for being the prettiest. Wins my prize anyway from those I’ve seen!


This is one of my very favourite places. As an early teenager living in Cornwall and interested in geology, I would often take off on my bike and wander around the spoil heaps and the cliffs around Botallack Mine looking for pieces of cassiterite, galena, pyrites and copper pyrites. I would spend the whole day …

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Spirit Island

This is a very well known spot for photographers. Some take just the island with the lake and mountains. I thought with the sky being so impressive that it might benefit from some framing as well. So this is my take on a very popular image.