Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands

Who would have thought when I wrote my 2020 Vision – 20 from 20 that within three months we would be in the coronavirus pandemic. As of now, more than 88 million cases have been confirmed worldwide, with more than 1.9 million deaths attributed to COVID-19. Its impact has been broad, affecting general society, economy, culture, ecology, politics, and other areas.

It is not my intention to dwell on this because anyone that reads this article will already know only too well the effect that it is has had on peoples lives. It also makes the idea of carrying out a review of my 2020 objectives pale into insignificance.

At this time of year, I would normally be writing a full review of what I had completed in the year and sharing the best moments of my continuing journey around the British Isles but all plans were put on hold and are still on hold so there is very little to provide feedback on.

If you care to look back at that 2020 Vision 20 from 20 article I had already decided to take a more flexible approach to my yearly plan by being non-specific in my objectives but rather just say I would aim to complete 20 activities.

Well as I am sure you can appreciate that did not happen with no photo road trips providing new material to share with you and a real lack of enthusiasm to move forward with anything when not knowing from one day to the next where I would be able to travel to or get out anywhere apart from some daily exercise.

The only things I can say I achieved was two one day walking trips. The first being to Magnificent Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the second being to visit the Extraordinary Parys Mountain on the Isle of Anglesey. Both articles on those trips can be seen by following the links.

Malhamdale

I have picked just one image from each trip which I consider the best of the bunch starting off with the Malhamdale trip.

2020
Malham Links Lone Tree

Parys Mountain

From the Parys Mountain visit, I have selected the view across the Great Opencast mine area that shows off the excavation’s amazing colours – an artist’s palette of reds, oranges, pinks, browns, purples, blacks, greens, yellows, and greys.

A landscape view is also available and if you wish to see this just visit the Snowdonia and North Wales gallery.

2020
“Great Opencast”

Lost in a Landscape – Sutherland

What the lockdowns have allowed me to do is to look back through my image archives to see how many images, if any, were worthy of processing and releasing. This has not yet been fully completed and I suspect it may be an ongoing process. I was fortunate enough to find sufficient images to write two articles on Sutherland in the far north of Scotland. You can catch up at Lost in the Landscape – Sutherland which includes a link to the second part. I hope you enjoy taking a look. I have chosen my favourite to be the featured image for this article.

Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands
Stoer Head Lighthouse

South West Coast Path

The final point I want to mention is that one of my images was used on the South West Coast Path Association magazine Front Cover. Here is the original image and a copy of the cover can be seen in the South West Coast Path – Trailblazing article from earlier in the year

2020
Reedy Cliff – North Cornwall

Well, folks, I am afraid that was it from 2020 and although as I write this the pandemic is at a higher alert level than ever before I remain hopeful that 2021 will be a better year and we can all get back outside and enjoy the fantastic landscapes we have here in the British Isles. Needless to say at this moment I have no plans myself until we know what the immediate future holds

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