Mallerstang – Hell Gill, Yorkshire Dales

12 August, 2016

This was our first adventure into the Yorkshire Dales. On this hike we would see sculpture, lunch by a waterfall, follow rivers, walk past barns in fields and, of course, be studied by sheep.

The GPS track of our (almost) 6.5 mile walk can be found on my ViewRanger account. We were meeting up with Mike and Karen just south of Outhgill to start our walk along a section of Lady Anne’s Way, following the Penine Bridleway.


We start on a gentle incline. The weather was wet – not because it was raining, no – I insisted, it’s just that the clouds happened to be laying quite low on this day.

At the top we reach the Water Cut sculpture, by Mary Bourne, one of the 10 Eden Benchmarks located along the length of the River Eden. Mike and I try to take pictures while keeping our camera equipment dry.

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desktop of the month – march 2011

This month’s desktop calendar is of the Kipu Falls, on the island of Kauai. It was late afternoon when we got down there and the sunlight was streaming in low between the branches, spreading these shafts of light across the pool.

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wailua rainbow

We visited the Wailua Falls in Kauai on New Year’s Eve. These 80-ft falls are quite majestic and powerful. On this particular visit, we arrived in the early afternoon, and the Sun was at the right angle to cast this lovely rainbow from the mist created by the falls.

I used a long(ish) exposure on this image above – closing the aperture down to f/22 and the exposure set to 3 seconds. Of course I used a tripod, and the proof is in the image… there’s the camera’s shadow to the bottom left of the image!

The reason for the long exposure was not just an attempt to capture the power of the falls, or to transform the torrent of water into milky smoothness. I noticed that the mist that was being created by the falls was naturally broken up and not uniformly distributed as it travelled across the lake at the bottom of the falls. So the intention with the long exposure was to capture a more vibrant and fuller rainbow as that mist “travelled” through it.

Finally, an apology, I just can’t resist throwing in a black and white image. Wasted on the rainbow so a close up study of the falling water.

desktop of the month – march 2010

Something new. Every month I’ll try to give away a new wallpaper image which you can use as your desktop image. With a handy little calendar for the month!

This image was taken at the Three Bears waterfall on the Hana Road, Maui.

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Just download the one that is appropriate for your machine and set it as your desktop. If you need a size different to the ones listed here, let me know and I’ll get one made up for you.

akaka streams

wpid534-20090510-7370_hdr.jpgMost people, when they go visit Akaka Falls in Honomu, do so to see the 442 foot waterfall – and rightly so. It really is a great waterfall to admire and it seems that nobody can go there without taking a few pictures. I’m no different. We went there this weekend, but this time I made a point of looking more closely at the stream that flows through the middle of the park.

(I don’t know if this stream is one that branches off the Kolekole river which feeds Akaka falls, but I’d appreciate knowing if somebody out there does)

The images above and below are two HDR renditions of the same streams taken at different positions in the park. Quite picturesque in their own right, I think.


uma uma waterfall

umauma1The Uma uma waterfalls are situated in the World Botanical Gardens, about 17 miles north of Hilo. It’s a three-tiered waterfall where each tier of the waterfall falls into a tranquil pool before cascading on to the next tier.

There is a $6 entrance fee (Kama’aina, $13 for visitors) which isn’t bad, and for that you get the waterfalls, a walk through rain-forest and the gardens. The jewel in the crown is clearly the waterfalls – if you want rain forest and exotic floral variety, I would recommend the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden in Onomea Bay (sorry, don’t know the prices).

A selection of some other pictures that I took are below.

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