Alps; Champery; Morzine; winter; snow; cloud sea; cloud; weather; inversion; meteorology; mountains; hillside; bleak; Col de Chesery; frontier
WESTERN ALPS - winter on the Col de Chesery, astride the Franco-Swiss frontier above Morzine. The view is to the N.E. over the cloud-filled Champery valley to the Dent de Morcles (2969m./9741 ft) above Martigny in the Swiss Rhone Valley. ref: 0898
LAKE TITICACA lies at an altitude of 3850m.(12,635 ft) high in the Andes astride the Peru / Bolivia border. Here an Aymara Indian fishing boat navigates through the reed beds in Peru's Puno Bay as it returns home. ref: 1007805.021 (60.6/4/12(3)
THE Dorsetshire GAP : view to the S.E. from just above the Gap - a narrow saddle or pass through the North Dorset Downs - towards the site of the medieval village of Melcombe Horsey with Henning Hill (199m.) beyond.
antiquity; architecture; building; England; folly; landmark; memorial; tower; 19th Century; obelisk, tower, Somerset, Blackdown Hills, Wellington, Napoleonic Wars, Iron Duke, Vale of Taunton Deane, commemorative, Duke of Wellington, hill top, needle,
Blackdown Hills, Somerset : the WELLINGTON OBELISK, built in 1817-18 to commemorate the Iron Duke, stands on the crest of the Blackdown Hills overlooking the Vale of Taunton Deane and the little town of Wellington itself. ref: 1035489
Africa; equatorial; Uganda; Congo; Bakonjo; tribesmen; Ruwenzori; mountaineers; high altitude; forest-dwellers; porters; ethnic; natives, young men,
RUWENZORI MOUNTAINS - Uganda / Congo : two stout BAKONJO lads, recruited as porters for a Ruwenzori climbing expedition. The Bakonjo live in the thick montane forest that cloaks the high Ruwenzori slopes on both sides of the frontier. ref: 2878/G/28
ARGENTINE PATAGONIA : the skeletal remains of a horse lie on the arid pampas above Rio La Leona - in sight of Lago Viedma and the ice-hung spire of Fitzroy, 130 kms distant on the Andean watershed. ref: 1010781 (62.2/1/11(2)
On the INCA TRAIL : early morning in the 'Brow of the Jungle' region high above the gorges of the Urubamba River and not far from the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca at 11,900 feet altitude. ref : 1007088.021 (60. 4/2/15(6)
On the INCA TRAIL : trekker descends an Inca stairway on the steep and difficult short-cut linking 'First' and 'Second' Passes, thus by-passsing the descent through the deep Pacamayo Valley. CORDILLERA VILCABAMBA, PERU ref : 1024798.021 (60. 4/2/24(9)
On the INCA TRAIL : the ruins of the Inca 'fort' of SAYAJMARCA are remotely sited at an altitude of 12,234 feet (3730m.) high on a prow in the 'Brow of the Jungle' area beyond the Abra de Runkuraquay - 'Second Pass'. Its name means " The Waiting Town" . CORDILERA VILCABAMBA, PERU ref :1013242.021 (60. 4/2/13(10)
South America; Peru; Andes; ruins; mountains; Machu Picchu; citadel; Incas; abandoned; architecture; Torreon; buildings; historical; archeology, ancient; stone walls; Rio Urubamba; gorge; geographical; steep
PERU - MACHU PICCHU : a view of the Inca ruins perched on a mountain ledge at 2400m.(7,900ft) altitude. The curved feature left of centre is known as the Torreon and represents classical Inca arcitecture. Over 600m. (2,000 ft) below lies the horseshope bend of the Rio Urubamba gorge. ref:1014243.021 (60. 7/1/9(1)
LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL : the magnificent West Front of the 13th century cathedral holds more than 100 statues and the building is especially notable for its unique three spires. It is seen from West Gate as it opens onto the Cathedral Close. ref: 0986
LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL, Staffordshire : the medieval Cathedral is seen from the south west over the Minster Pool. The three spires, unique among English cathedrals, are known as ' The Ladies of the Vale' ref: 07.1/ 25 / 6
STAFFORDSHIRE : LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL - the magnificent West Front is seen across the Cathedral Close from West Gate. Dating to the 13th. century, the Cathedral is notable as having three spires- unique in England. ref: 0988
crag; distance; distant view; England; erosion; imposing; landscape format; pinnacle; quarry; rock; rural; Staffordshire; weathering; wide view; Mow Cop; Old Man of Mow; Cheshire Plain; gritstone; Biddulph, Cheshire,
The OLD MAN OF MOW is a gritstone pinnacle left by the old quarrymen on the 1,100 foot hilltop of Mow Cop on the Staffordshire/ Cheshire border close to Biddulph. It commands wide views across the Cheshire Plain to the Welsh hills. ref ; 1035251 (01.5/12/6)
FINNMARK, NORWEGIAN LAPPLAND (Arctic Norway ): at the Easter Reindeer Races at KAUTOKEINO, an competitor struggles to harness his racing reindeer at these annual celebrations to welcome the return of the sun..
Alps; Mont Blanc; France; Switzerland; monochrome; black and white; cloud sea; cloud, inversion; weather; meteorology; mountains; skiers; tiny figures; winter; snow; Val Veni; Verbier; St Bernard Pass; distance; cold, distant mountains,
WESTERN ALPS - above Verbier, winter : skiers on the Haute Route pause on their way to the Mont Fort Hut. The MONT BLANC MASSIF rises to the west beyond the cloud-sea covering the Val Veni and the valleys below the Grand St.Bernard Pass. ref : 1010000.041 (10. 7/1/1(1)
Isle of Anglesey, North Wales : this is the LLANFAIR P G. railway station on the main London to Holyhead ( for the Irish ferries ) line. The full name of the village, as on the sign, is the longest of any habitation in Britain. ref: 04.1/3/3(01)
MACHU PICCHU : ruins of the Inca citadel stand at an altitude of 7,900 ft (2400m) high over the gorges of the Rio Urubamba which flows over two thousand feet below. The sharp rocky fang of Wayna Picchu, crowned by the so-called Temple of the Moon, rears more than a thousand feet above the site. ref ; 1007802.021 (60.7/1/5 (3)
KILIMANJARO : the great dome of KIBO - at 5895m (19,340 ft) the highest point on the African continent - is seen at dusk from the south-west high on the Umbwe Ridge near the upper limit of the Heather forest at some 3650m. Clumps of characteristic Helichrysum occupy the clearing in the foreground.
ISLE OF MULL - TOROSAY CASTLE, Craignure : View along the Lion Terrace with the higher Fountain Terrace standing above and to the right. In the distance stands the celebrated Dovecote Tower with the Statue Walk glimpsed beyond. ref : 1026040.021
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS : the ruins of CASTLE URQUHART stand on the shore of Loch Ness. Built before 1509 as a fortress for Clan Grant, it was destroyed in 1692 to prevent its use by Jacobite rebels. This is the western aspect of the castle.
CRANBORNE CHASE : HAMBLEDON HILL (630 ft) - jutting out from the western escarpment of the Chase, is crowned by one of Britain's finest hill-forts. The lone hiker looks down over the Blackmoor Vale and the village of Child Okeford.
Snowdonia : the peaks of the 'Snowdon Horseshoe' are seen from the north-east near Capel Curig. In the foreground stands Plas y Brenin - the National Mountaineering Centre, once the Royal Hotel, with the twin lakes of Llynau Mymbyr beyond. In the distance, left, stands Y Lliwedd with Yr Wyddfa - Snowdon itself ( 3,560 ft/1085m.) - right of centre and Crib Goch and Crib y Ddysgl further right.
HOD HILL, Dorset : this is the southern portal of the Iron-Age hill fort above the village of Stourpaine near Blandford. The hill, an outlier of Cranborne Chase jutting into the Blackmore Vale, guards the Stour Gap - the River Stour is seen below with the Dorset Downs beyond. Hod Hill is unique in being the only hill-fort with a superimposed Roman legionary encampment and it has been established that the hill-fort was captured after a Roman artllery bombardment.
Epping FOREST, now covering some 5,600 acres,was once a huge Royal hunting preserve but has been owned by LONDON since 1882. Autumn leaves in GREAT MONK WOOD where BEECH trees (fagus sylvatica) predominate. Essex.