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My original intention was that this next post would bring us up to date on the journey so far, however, when I started I realised that to include the last five years in one post would be like trying to write a book in one chapter so I will do it year by year starting with 2006 when I first really started my photographic journey around the British Isles.

After considering various alternatives for accommodation and transport for this journey I decided it would be beneficial to be able to use a motor home as this would give me the advantage of being able to be at locations when suitable conditions prevailed, so I acquired one.

Journey so Far

Scotland and Northumberland

The first trip was, you guessed it, to Scotland, which if you do not know by now is my favourite area of the country as it allows you the freedom to visit great photographic locations whilst on most occasions being able to enjoy the solitude of the wide-open spaces.

A’Ghairbhe Crossing

The weather was not good, in fact, if I recall correctly it rained for most of the week and there were very few opportunities to capture the landscape. The trip went up the west coast via Oban, Fort William, across to Kyle of Lochalsh, through Torridon to Kinlochewe around Wester Ross and back towards Inverness and home.

One of the only images worth showing is an unreleased image of Eilean Donan castle which I have discovered in the archives purely by revisiting the trip to write this post. The lesson here is always to make sure you review older images regularly, you never know what you might find.

Eilean Donan Castle

The next trip, yes you have guessed it was Scotland only this time for longer and back via Northumberland, and with considerably better weather.

It started in Dumfries and Galloway and up the west coast to Glasgow and then into the Trossachs, followed by Altnaharra in Sutherland (20 miles to the nearest shop – great), the north coast including Tongue, Sandwood Bay and John O’Groats.

I did not quite make it to Cape Wrath as I was too late for the ferry you can only get to Cape Wrath by catching a small ferry and then a minibus ride – no other vehicles are allowed. Maybe next time in the journey so far.

From there back down the east coast to Fife, through Edinburgh and down through Berwick to Northumberland and finally a walk along Hadrians Wall before arriving home.

The walk to Sandwood Bay must be one of the best in the British Isles where you can experience the full thrust of the elements of the Atlantic. The next landmass is Greenland.

The Journey so far
Am Buachaille from Sandwood Bay

Norfolk and Suffolk

The final trip of 2006 was to Norfolk and Suffolk, an area of the country I had not really visited before. The route went via Hunstanton, Brancaster, Cley, Happisburgh, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Benacre and Covehithe including an amazing walk along the coast from Kessingland to Southwold where coastal erosion on a massive scale can be seen. Just make sure the tide is out when you try it. A coastline which I must revisit again soon.

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Benacre Sands – Suffolk

Further images can be found in the Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex gallery

Autumn 2006 brought the launch of the first British Landscapes website; a site which I will continue to run in the short term whilst this site develops.

Maybe by now you can see why trying to get five years into one post would not have worked and this is keeping it brief, mainly because I don’t want to bore you!!

Join me soon for a review of 2007in my journey so far. That’s unless you have had enough already -:)

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