Time to catch breath-back from Madrid

I’ve just finished processing and captioning around 950 files from a recent trip to Spain. Around half are of Madrid, a truly vibrant, fun and interesting city, and the rest from various locations in Extremadura. These pictures are all now on Alamy and have been sent for editing to Agefotostock and Universal Images Group ( for Getty Images). They are available for browsing in two galleries on the homepage of Geography Photos


So, a pause to catch up on my website and to write a blog entry, and just begin to think about the next trip.

I’ve chosen the image above not because it is typical of my images (it  isn’t)  but because it is a bit different. In the foreground is a man who creates huge soap bubbles for a living, and further in is a rather jaded superhero figure. In between is a woman running gauntlet through the street performers and off in the distance another women approaches. This is early morning ( about 11am in Madrid!) in the city’s main square Plaza Mayor.


Chalk soil profile

Proper geography in this picture! Thin topsoil of chalk soil spotted in a quarry site in Wiltshire.


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Competition success….most amazed by!

I entered my first ever photography competition lured by the prospect of winning the prize of 100% of Alamy fees for a year ( no commission). This was the Open Oxford Photocall 2017 and the theme ‘Conceal/Reveal’

This is my entry:

Now,  obviously I didn’t win. But I was selected as one of the 20 panel of expert choices. The prize is having a framed print exhibited in Oxford.


Very sad story behind this use

Article in the Observer yesterday about the girls from Barra in the Manchester bombing,




Classic coastal landform 5 – Old Harry Rocks

This rivals Durdle Door as a favourite for schools in England, perhaps all of the United Kingdom. One of the pictures is the classic view from on top of the cliffs showing the succession in headland erosion – enlarged joints, cave, arch, stack, stump. The other is from the sea ( look out for the kayaker to give scale) looking at the cliff face with Old Harry on the extreme right. Below is a link to a 4 minute BBC Bitesize video explaining all about the processes and landforms. Old Harry chalk cliffs and stacks, Dorset, England

The Pinnacle stack, near Old Harry Rocks, Ballard Point, Dorset, England

BBC Bitesize video clip


Orange bus shelter on Unst

Possibly the most northerly bus shelter in Britain. Somebody goes to a lot of trouble to create this colour themed furnishing! This was a few years ago so no doubt the current colour of the moment is something  different.



Straw bales in a field

I thought I’d have a break from coastal landforms and post about a sale today.

“Straw bales in a field at Boyton, Suffolk, England, UK”


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