I live in a small market town on the border of the lovely Yorkshire Dales, and a stones throw from the English Lake District. Apart from their obvious beauty, these areas can have a certain wildness about them which I try to bring out in my writing and photographs.

Landscapes have been my subject of choice for many years, maybe it is to do with me spending most of my free  time in these areas walking, scrambling, climbing and caving. I prefer to photograph the ‘grit’ of the earth rather than the ‘picture postcard’  – although I do have some of these too. I like the secret ‘off the beaten track’ areas where few people go and you just have the curlew or sheep for company.

I am interested in the prehistoric stone circles, tombs and other artefacts which abound on the moors and I spend a lot of time researching and photographing them.

I hope that keeping a blog will focus me to produce better photographs, or maybe be more selective on what I display – but overall I would like to it to help me be a better photographer and writer.

Thanks for viewing and I hope you enjoy the show!

You can contact me at smackedpentax@gmail.com



244 thoughts on “About”

  1. thank you for liking my post 🙂

    • it is a really interesting article, very well written. This is what I love about blogs – ordinary peple can share their experiences. keep it up, I will return frequently!

  2. Glad to have found your site and photographs. Beautifully done.

  3. Thank you for visiting my photography blog. I really enjoy what I see on your site and will return often!

  4. Brilliant photos! Keep up the good work and thanks for stopping at my blog .
    Clive J

  5. Thank you for liking my post! You made it possible for me to find YOU!

    • That is what is so nice about blogging (I am new to it). There is so much to find and share! I enjoyed your post very much and you have captured the beautiful light so well.

  6. Beautiful photos!

  7. Hi,
    Recently http://elladeewords.wordpress.com was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Pete Denton – Writer http://petedenton.wordpress.com.
    I have posted the award details at http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/the-versatile-blogger-award-7-things-about-elladee/.
    The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
    1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Pass this award along 15 or 20 bloggers you read & admire.
    4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.
    Your blog is amongst the 20 that amuse & inspire me I nominated as my part in fulfilling rule 3. If you feel so inclined, please accept from me the Versatile Blogger Award, and my congratulations for great blogging, and pass it on to others also deserving.

    Best regards,

  8. johnnyc1959 said:

    Thanks for stopping by… J

  9. Hello,
    I am awarding you with the Versatile Blogger Award today! Well deserved! The info about how to proceed is on my latest post: http://annahergert.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/another-day-another-award/
    Congratulations! Happy to pass it on to you! Love your photos!

  10. I always wanted to go there, but never had the chance. So for now, the things I know of your beautiful part of the world came from the pages of All Creatures Great and Small, and that whole series.

    • Hi, thanks for commenting…I live in the area slightly to the east of ‘Herriott Country’ and that is where most of my shots are taken, but I know Thirsk well (his practice was there) and I do have a lot of shots of this area too … stay tuned as I will be posting some over the coming weeks and months.

  11. adrianduque89 said:

    Thank you for the “likes” on my blog. You have very nice photographs here.

  12. Thanks for ‘liking’ my site – how did you find it? I am always interested how other find me. Really impressed by your photos, and like the ‘moody’ clouds – did you use a filter to attain the contrast?

    • Hiya. I think I saw your blog on Freshly Pressed…I often browse it and I think it was there I spotted yours. No, I didn’t use a filter, but I did ‘enhance the clouds’ in Lightroom.

  13. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and liking my posts at http://reflectionsofchina.wordpress.com/ it is appreciated. Also thanks for sharing your beautiful images to the world through your blog. Your lanscapes bring back so many memories for me of the English Lake district in fact my wife and I were there last summer, we had a great time and the weather was really kind to us 🙂

    Thanks again


  14. I decided to check out your blog after you liked my “New Pentax K1000” post. Great blog! I was surprised to learn that you live in Yorkshire because my step dad is from Yorkshire. I’ve had the chance to hike all over a few times as referenced in my http://downshannonlane.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/hiking-all-over-the-world/ post. Can’t wait to see some more photos of yours! Thanks, Shannon


    • Hi Shannon, thanks for the comments! Shame you didn’t make it to the end of the 3 Peaks walk – but I know how you feel about having that pint – the hardest part of the walk is getting past the Hill Inn at Chapel-le-Dale!

  15. Thank you for visiting my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking my post “The Watchers …” … I am a huge fan of your beautiful part of the world so will follow your blog with interest. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

  16. I sent a message to your @gmail account, a week or so ago, about a Liebster award. Has it reached you? Just thought I should check….

    • Thank you, I received it and please accept my apologies – I have a million things going on at the moment (and 200 emails to answer as well). I didn’t mean to be rude – as soon as I have a moment free I will give it my full attention and I will hget back to you shortly!

  17. I’m having a great time going through your earlier posts – Sleets Gill was a tremendous read!!

    We might have been caving about the same era looking at your gear – 1970’s? – although perhaps I have just offended you regarding your assumed age and the state of your caving gear 🙂

    Like you I no longer cave, and probably won’t climb anything desperate (unless dragged up) but I still enjoy getting out on the hills, as you obviously do.

    I was most impressed by your images, superb use of light! Do you use a film camera? If so, do you scan the prints or get digi images on disc? I’ve been using digi cameras for a few years now, and love ’em, but I’ve got a lovely Olympus OM2 with a selection of lenses and filters that I should really be using more.

    If my results were as good as yours, the OM2 mwould be out every time – I suppose the answer to that is the old gag about the youngster carrying a music case who asks an old guy “Excuse me sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?”, and gets the answer, “Practice son, practice!”

    And on that thought, looking forward to your posts in the future 🙂

    • Hi Paul

      Thanks for commenting…yeah I was caving in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – but I sort of ‘retired’ after that – although I am very interested in anything underground and will still go if ‘pushed’. Glad you liked the Sleets Gill tale – ever been down there? It is a superb trip – especially the far reached past hydrophobia and up the Ramp – provided you watch the weather…

      We all have mates like Paul (not his real name)…and as he is very famous in the 80’s caving scene you may have come across him. I think he was in the BPC – I was in White Rose for a bit, but then I helped form the Ilkley Caving Club and we spent a lot of time in the shafts and levels on Grassington moor – looking for the ‘Lost Caverns of Grassington Moor’ – more later!

      Regarding cameras – I used a Nikon FM2 for awhile (but I broke 3 – 1 in Mossdale, 1 in Alum Pot and I in Black Shiver) – then I moved onto Canon and had an A1 for awhile – and later a Fuji and Pentax K1000. I had always shyed away from digital but eventually I got a DSLR and haven’t looked back.

      Obviously the caving pics are Ektachrome 200 but most of the shots on the blog are RAW. I hardly use post processing at all.

      I certainly enjoyed your blog and will put you on my blogroll.


      • My caving club was a peripatetic bunch of vagabonds called the VCPC (Viking Cave and Pothole Club) – half the membership was from North Lancs and half from Wensleydale!

        We only formed a club because we didn’t want to join anyone elses club, were fed up having to borrow tackle and wanted to join CNCC instead of doing night time pirate trips!

        We never had a hut, and used pub bases instead, including the Hill Inn (handy for Lancs!), the Green Dragon at Hardraw, the George at Huberholme and the Fox and Hounds at Starbotton. – We probably wouldn’t be allowed through the door now in the state we used to turn up in!

        Never did Sleets Gill, but I stopped caving before the club eventually faded out – I’ll check with some of the lads if they ever did it.

        You’ll see the name John Bamber in the photo credits for some of my blogs – John is a great photographer both above and below ground. A big Canon fan, who probably carries twice as much weight as me when on the hills, half of that cameras and lenses.

  18. Thanks for taking the time to check out my post and “liking it”…

  19. Hi there! Lovely blog and I am inspired by what you say “I prefer to photograph the ‘grit’ of the earth” and going ‘off the beaten track’ 🙂

    Best regards!

  20. Thanks for visiting my site. You’re photographs are fantastic. I love both the composition as well as the processing!

    • Thank you Richard..I am flattered. I was drawn to your site by your incredible b/w shots of the sunsets (who ever would have thought sunsets would work in b/w) but yours have…maybe it is time I took to b/w again – your shots are inspiring.

  21. Max Reynolds said:

    I saw that you liked my photos today and just wanted to let you know that I appreciate it very much. I also took a quick look at your site and enjoyed it also. I am now a follower and looking forward to exploring it somemore. Take care. -Max-

    • Thank you Max…your sunrise photos are superb – I think it is really hard to get a good sunrise but you have achieved that. Your other photos are excellent too – I am now an avid follower. Thanks also for following my blog!

  22. Thanks for dropping by my blog I look forward to some interesting exchanges.
    Thank you

  23. What a lovely blog, I’ll keep watching.

    Thanks for liking my post.
    Dorinda (lakesideindia)

  24. Can’t wait to visit the Lake District when I get the time – your blog will be great to read whilst I wait to go!
    Oh and thanks for liking my latest post -appreciate it =)

  25. Hi Smacked! (I couldn’t find a name for you) I’m just the other side of the Moors in Hartlepool and love walking. Looks like yours might be a nice blog to follow.

  26. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your photos and words.

  27. Thanks for checking out my blog today, and it was fun to discover yours!!

  28. Hi! I nominated you for the ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award. I was moved to do so because I am delighted whenever I see an email from you in my in-box. You can read about the award at http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/a-community-garden-and-abc-awards/ .
    Accepting awards to enable you to nominate other worthy recipients isn’t for the faint hearted or time poor, so please accept if you choose and there’s no timeframe on responding, or obligation to do so if it’s not right for you.
    Best wishes,

  29. Hi,
    I enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award which you can see here http://wp.me/p287u8-8f on lakesideindia.
    Please mention this award on your blog with a link back to my page. Then, the fun part, tell us 7 things about yourself as well as nominating other bloggers for the award. Please keep up the good work!

  30. Hi! Love your blog and your photography. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award–you’ve got great work. 🙂


  31. Thank you for liking my picture. Your pictures are beautiful.

  32. Thank you for the follow. I love your stories and photos!

  33. You have a beautiful blog here! I absolutely love the photographs 🙂

  34. kevinmayne said:

    Thanks for picking up on my blog – I like what you are doing!

  35. I think you are quite an inspiration! So I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. http://margieinitaly.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    Permalink, Reply

  36. Such a beautiful blog… love it.
    Thanks for visiting and liking my photograph blog.
    Greeting from Jogjakarta, Indonesia… 🙂

  37. Because I really like your blog, I nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. You can see it here: http://brilliant-london.com/2012/07/26/blog-award-2/

  38. Thank you for the follow. I’ve been to Great Britian once – mainly south. Love the countryside and hope to get back one day to visit the northern parts. I have a friend who now lives in Philadelphia from the Yorkshire area.

  39. I’ve just come across your blog and will now be following. An interesting take on my favourite part of the country. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi James, nice to meet you – thanks for following, I will try to keep it interesting and amusing. I have just been looking at your blog and I have become a fan..your writing is inspiring and your photos are superb! Take care!

  40. Have I mentioned that I love the aesthics of your blog site, the colours and settings are great. It’s nice to visit such an attractive and professionsl site. Regards Leanne PS thanks again for visiting my site so often, its a real boost and encouragement to continue.

    • Thanks very much for your very kind comments Leanne, I keep visiting your site and I really love it – your writing is fresh and your photos are superb, a joy to visit. I have added your site to my blog roll so others may visit and enjoy!

      • Ooohh thankyou so much. I’m so knew, I don’t know how to do that… adding another site to your blog roll. I will investigate and do the same because I too really love ur site and would love to share it with others. Thkyu its soo encouraging being so new and battling with the technological side. I haven’t even yet been able to work out how to upload the Leibster Blog award picture on my site. OOOPs I’ll get there.

      • Hi – you already have kindly added my site to your blogroll already…(it is added under the Links menu)…thanks for that. Good luck with your site, it is brilliant and you should do well…

  41. loving how you’ve updated your blogs look. just thought I’d let you know. 🙂

  42. thanks for the like……i was born in nottingham but have never seen the yorkshire dales….but my dad told me about them……perhaps ill return home one day and check them out.

  43. I’ve arrived at your blog from a link posted by Ella Dee on Clouds moving in blog.

    What an absolute gem you’ve got here.
    A lovely easy read with stunning photographs!
    So many childhood memories for me………WOW!!

    • Thank you very much for your lovely comments! I am really glad you like the blog, and if I have given you warm memories then so much the better!

      • My pleasure 🙂
        I am still reading and re-reading and re-living.
        There is Sooo much I want to comment on, but every time I read a post, my mind justs drifts away to those places, and words I want to write just vanish.
        I will eventually, I promise 🙂

  44. I linked your post to a comment I made on roughsea’s blog http://cloudsmovingin.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/yorkshire-1/#comment-1926, and you got some lovely compliments )

  45. After staying on the Orkneys for a good week we came down to Yorkshire and stayed in Appletreewick from Friday evening to Sunday. My wife and family were on a camping and I was at Parceval Hall. When I arrived at the hall which dates from the 16th century and I felt like I was in the “Hound of the Baskervilles” stopping in that house. Amazing countryside and a place I would like to visit and walk. Like you I enjoy that feeling of loneliness as I walk. Thanks for the interesting photos of the Dales.

    • Hi Stephen…

      You were next to Trollers Gill then…now that is a mysterious and spooky place. Appletrick is superb and I have enjoyed many boozy nights in the New Inn…

      Glad you like Yorkshire and thanks for visiting.

  46. Like your blog. I live by a riverside myself and also love the rolling mist in the morning it gives. Sadly no mountains are near. So there you have an advantage and you use is wonderfully in your pictures!

  47. Thanks for stopping by my photo blog and your “like”. You certainly are very fortunate to live in an area with such an array of beautiful landscapes! Very nice photos!

  48. This is a great blog- I’m really enjoying reading it 🙂

  49. Thanks for coming by my new photo blog! I hope to be posting a photo-a-day starting Nov. 1 and hope you will continue to come by. I really liked reading about you…seeking out the not so lovely and finding the gritty as you said. I will visit often!

  50. I just want to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. To accept go to http://jimages.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/ and finish the process.

  51. hovercraftdoggy said:

    beautiful blog…shamefully we have lived in south england for 7 years and not made it to the lake district once 😦 .. but its certainly on the agenda

  52. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours looks interesting and you have some lovely photos too – I visited the Lake District a few times when I was in England in 1986-88 and enjoyed the area very much. I will be back to read more as time allows. 🙂

  53. Love your blog ! I have an award for you at my place. Please stop by and check it out ! Bella

  54. Emily at Bella Remy Photography sent me over – I’m so glad she did because this is a surprising England and I’m enjoying it!

  55. Thank you for liking my post at Starlight Affinity, and for sharing your “eye” on your blog as well. As a desert-dweller, I love seeing the landscape of different parts of the world, and yours is truly beautiful. I am envious of all those magical trees and old buildings! I look forward to visiting there vicariously through you.

  56. Such beautiful images!

  57. nice blog, we have common interest : landscapes!!

  58. Congratulations! I’ve nominated your lovely blog for a Versatile Blogger Award. For details, please click on the following link … Be well, Dorothy 🙂 http://shakespearesgal2.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/two-award-nominations-thank-you/

  59. Ajaytao2010 said:

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  60. Thanks for visiting my site and liking my post. Your photography work is impressive and so is your new web site. Keep sharing your photographic adventures in Northern England with us. The Lake District is on my list of dream places to visit (and shoot)…

  61. Thank you so much for the follow. You clearly love the land….many beautiful photos here…I’m enjoying it!

    • I am also enjoying your blog very much too…I don’t have a lot of time on my computer so I will be looking at it in ‘bits and bobs’ but I am very impressed by what I have seen so far 🙂

  62. You have a Lovely blog, lots of gorgeous photographs!
    Thanks a lot for following!

  63. lyonsroarforgod said:

    Please accept this sunshine award for inspiring me. http://lisanlyons.com/2013/10/08/sunshine/ If you do not accept awards, just pass it on to a friend, or ignore. 🙂 Thank you so much for your photography and the way you see your world! Lisa

  64. A lovely blog with fabulous photos! You’ve got stunning landscapes over there. As a Pentax user I’m curious what the smackedpentax stands for? 🙂

    • Thank you Elina…the ‘smackedpentax’ refers to my old K10D – which was sadly dropped onto a rock and suffered a dent on the top – it went away to be repaired for a month or two as the focussing and shutter were broken…so from then on it was a ‘smackedpentax’..

      • That’s a sad story… they saved it and it still works?

      • yes..it was saved after a lot of surgery (it still has a long scar on the pentaprism housing) but it is working just fine, but it has now gone to live with a good friend and budding photographer (I upgraded recently) – but I see it every weekend when we go walking together…a fine camera indeed

      • That’s great and nice that it has a good new home. It’s cool how attached you can get to a camera. 🙂

      • It was a lovely camera – but I wanted something a bit lighter – it got a bit heavy carrying it and a couple of lenses on a 20 mile walk…so the Nikon is much smaller and fits in my normal walking rucksack nicely. But it has now got a new home and James will take very good care of her..

  65. Hi James, didn’t know you had a photo website until just now. Hope and yours are well and warm. 🙂

    • I have had it for about 3 or 4 months now…I am not too happy with it – I used a third party software package (which I can’t fault) but it doesn’t give me the diversity I want – you know, something ‘personal’. Being a web developer myself I should rewrite it and am just trying to find the time to do it, but at least it gives me a presence…

  66. Nice choice for the new theme, James!

  67. robert87004 said:

    I love the Dales (and your photos from there) and should be heading in your general direction sometime later this summer, as I have a good friend near Skipton. Maybe I’ll even make the Lake District this time. 🙂

    • Skipton is one of my favorite places – my mother was born there and I live about 15 miles away (in Otley). My partner and I go shopping there a lot (when she can drag me away from the moors. Hopefully you will make it the Lakes too – although they can be a bit crowded this time of year – but still breathtakingly beautiful.

      • robert87004 said:

        I plan on exploring as much of S. Yorkshire as I can afford, as I have until December. The Dales are more of a reach for me, as I am at my friend;s house in Rotherham, so will have to rely on my friends near Skipton (Gargave) to be able to explore there. I think the Dales are lovely, everywhere. I hope this response didn’t arrive twice, as I typed it out, then by mistake I did “something” and it disappeared. 🙂

      • I am sure you’ll have a great time – pack your walking boots and lots of film 😉

  68. wonderful blog 🙂

  69. Sure like the new look, James. I noticed in a previous comment you were a web developer – did you make modifications on this one? Really nice!

  70. Hello! You have very beautiful and interesting blog! I enjoy reading your blog! It is really interesting to me! The best regards! 😉

  71. Thanks for following The immortal jukebox – hope you find much to enjoy. i can see there will be ts to arrest my eye and attention here. Regards thom

  72. A fellow Pentaxian, that alone is worth the follow! 🙂

    • Thank you…although I have to confess I have jumped camp. Nothing at all wrong with the K10D but it was a bit heavy and bulky (a sign of good build quality)…but I recently carried it along with 2 lenses on a 23 mile walk and I nearly broke my back. So I have swapped it for a much lighter make. But I know the person who has it and it is in good hands 🙂

      • My k-5 is nice and light! 🙂 and I love it.

      • Yes, my friend has one and I borrowed it for awhile..lovely cameras. Everything seems to be either Nikon or Canon and the ‘lesser makes’ don’t seem to get a look in. Which I think majes them try harder. I have used Pentaxes (slr’s) for 40+ years and love them. But for me the Dslr’s are too bulky when you do a very long walk.

  73. I’m glad you found my neck of the woods here on WordPress. Your photos are lovely…

  74. Many thanks for following my blog, which has brought me here. Enjoying some lovely scenery from my armchair – but I do want to know who smacked the Pentax? And how ever did you get through 3 FM2s, they were pretty solid!!

    • Ah…the Pentax (which was a K10D) was dropped shortly after I bought it – I tripped climbing over a wall and dented it. I got it repaired as the metering was damaged, but the dent remained. Sadly I no longer have it – it was a lovely camera but it was too heavy to take on long walks (I did 26 miles with it and a couple of lenses, nearly broke my back). My friend and walking buddy James has it now and I bought a much lighter Nikon. Regarding the FM2’s – I was an active caver for many many years and they accompanied me everywhere. I dropped one down a 365 ft. shaft, drowned one and a very large rock fell on one!

      • Oh, OK! In that case, I still have a smacked FM2 – it has a dented nose where I dropped it ( but I never use it now, film a thing of the past for me). Your FM2s suffered a worse fate!

      • I keep meaning to get one and build a darkroom again, maybe when I retire. I used to hand print 16″ X 20″ b/w’s years ago using different formulas for developer… There is something special about pulling a wet print out of the fixer and watching it dry…

      • There certainly is…but many years since I used a darkroom…

  75. Thank you for following Storyteller. — Ray

  76. Thanks for following; I appreciate the feedback. Your photos here are amazing.

    • Thank you Matt…I just live in a picturesque part of the world. I love the lighting in your photos – especially that big orange train really stands out so well…wonderful 🙂

      • Thanks. Locomotives are a relatively new subject for me, but the drive to work runs parallel to the railroad tracks and I suppose the fascination is inevitable. It makes for some challenges when I’m on the west side of the tracks at times…

        A picturesque part of the world indeed. I’m sure my wife will also enjoy looking at your site.

  77. Thanks for visiting and following my little blog. I love your photos, they have a wildness and openness about them. Our countryside here is big and wide but in a different way, if you know what I mean!! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  78. Hello James , I just found your wonderful ‘introduction’ on Leanne’s blog and recognised your photo, you very kindly followed me a while ago and I can’t believe I haven’t returned the compliment before now! You have stories, atmosphere and incredible raw beauty in your images which is everything I love about photography and nature itself of course.

    • Thank you very much Jane. Leanne is a wonderful photographer and I am a huge fan of her work – so I was naturally very flattered when she asked if she could do an ‘Introduction’. I try to make the photos as interesting as I can – maybe tell a story or two because there is so much history in this wonderful world. I am pleased you you like them – it means a lot 🙂

      • I agree, there are some very generous people out there which is encouraging! Although my part of the world is rather less wild and rugged, I suspect we share a similar love of nature in the raw – my favourite thing here is the cry of the buzzards!!

      • We too have the Buzzards and recently Red Kites have been spotted. Beautiful birds…I can watch them for ages 🙂

      • How wonderful! We have red kites here which float – very majestically – over the hillside quite regularly, they’re called Milan Royal in French, we also have a nest of Kestrels every year in the pigeon tower, only 3 this year, an amazing 6 last year! Sadly I don’t have a camera quite equipped to capture them.

      • We just started to see the Kites recently… a local landowner has started a breeding program and now we see them every day. Beautiful birds

      • I shall think of the moors next time I see mine! 🙂

      • 🙂

  79. What a feast for the eyes, James. Your images are wonderful and it is a pleasure to wander through your posts. Thank you also for following our adventures in sailing and photography.

  80. hello james,
    greetings from kuala lumpur.
    thank you for taking an interest in my blog and following.
    you are my first fan from yorkshire!
    much appreciated.
    i actually got to know about you and your work from leanne’s recent post of your work.
    you have some amazing photography of the yorkshire and lake district landscapes.
    especially when they are not edited, really need to pick the right time and day for the shots.
    i suppose being local helps ;).
    i remember very well when i visited them during the uni holiday breaks.
    best regards,

    • Thank you – and welcome to Yorkshire! I am pleased you like the photographs and am grateful to Leanne for highlighting my blog and also it gives me the opportunity to follow others too! Thanks for following and liking Yorkshire 🙂

  81. Pleased to meet you and your wonderful photography!! I also love the standing stones and have visited some of the Scottish sites ( where I have relatives) I live in Canada!

    • The Scottish standing stones are really superb. I am Canadian – born in Cornwall, Ontario but I emigrated to the UK when I was 12. Still miss the place though…

  82. Thank you so much for following me over from Eclectic Faerie to Fiona & Co! Love your images and seeing the magical Lake District 🙂


  83. Lovely memories of home on here….thank you! I especially like the photographs from Saddleworth Moor you have on Flickr. I use to love to walk up there with my dog and enjoy the peace and tranquility. Keep up the good photography and keep reminding me of what I am missing living here in Australia! 😉

  84. Really beautiful photos here on your blog! Look forward to seeing more 🙂

  85. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I look forward to following yours as well. I enjoy following other landscape photographers.

  86. Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed reading your about page. I live in one of those off the beaten track areas. Happy to meet other photographers.

  87. I think I’ve got a problem, and it is that I would be liking your posts all day. Thanks for sharing your picture to everyone!

  88. Amazing photos! I enjoyed visiting your blog. 🙂

  89. I see your name on a few of those I also follow. I should have checked in before now but you have some great posts which I shall now follow. Happy New Year, Ashley

  90. Thanks for the follow. I had already dropped by to tell you I love your photos — but I think I’ll tell you again! 🙂

  91. Thanks so much for following ZimmerBitch and introducing me to your blog. 🙂

  92. Thank you for commenting so kindly on my blog – and for the follow that lead me here! I love England and Scotland, always has. Two years ago I went to Scarborough and walked on the moors of the Brontes – is that close to where you live? I would not mind returning.

    • Scarborough is about 70 mies away, but I live about 10 miles from Haworth where they lived. Beautiful countryside and I love the moors there. I often walk there 🙂

      • We visited Haworth and also walked up to “Wuthering Heights” farm – if it really is those ruins. Beautiful, beautiful…At least they know the Bronte girls used to walk there. I can see why you love it.

      • It is a beautiful moor – it gets a bit crowded in summer though – I prefer Rombalds to the North – but I still like Haworth moor. Last time I was at Top Withins a sheep ate my tuna fish sandwich 😉

      • There were sheep on the top, resting and munching under a tree by the ruins. I have some lovely pictures from that day.

      • I have been up there several times, but each time the weather have been too bright and sunny. I want it to be dark and stormy to remind me of Wuthering Heights – still I’ll keep trying 🙂

  93. JohnAmes said:

    The photographs on your website are wonderful sir!

  94. James, thank you very much for visiting my blog and liking my post. I can see that you have also caught the photography bug. I still remember the old days of film and being so excited when I’ve got the shot but not really knowing for sure and then racing down to the camera lab to get that roll of film printed. The wait was excruciating! Too bad if you botched it!
    I was quite drawn to the title of your blog because my husband started out on his photographic journey an an old manual Pentax SLR and the shutter got jammed but he fixed it. He grew up on a farm in Tasmania where money and anyone to fix things was scarce so you had to fix things yourself and often be quite enterprising about it as well!
    I look forward to seeing more of your work!
    xx Rowena

    • Thank you Rowena, I have been taking photos for nearly 50 years now – and the ‘Smacked’ Pentax has sadly passed on. I now use Nikons now – but only becaus they are lighter than the old Pentax…necessary when walking 15 or 20 miles.

  95. Really enjoyable blog, very authentic and honest and with great imagery. A very nice slice of real life!

  96. I can immediately see this blog is going to be something to enjoy. I love being outside, especially hiking, camping and caving and like your photography already.

  97. Thanks for following and looking forward in joining you on your trips via your posts. Nice one!

  98. Thanks for visiting The Glasgow Gallivanter. You have some wonderful photographs of places I also love.

  99. Thanks for the follow! 🙂

  100. Nice captures! Looking forward to seeing more.

  101. Thank you for following my blog! That brought me to yours, and I identify a lot with your love of wild places and grit. (Now tell us about smacking your Pentax …)

    • Thank you, yes I do love the wild, barren places, and I would love to visit Iceland too..

      The Pentax was a K10D, a superb camera – but it took a ‘hit’ a few years ago we it was dropped. I got it repaired but sadly I I don’t have it anymore. My friend and walking buddy James is taking good care of it – it was a bit heavy carrying it and a couple of lenses. I now have a smaller Nikon DSLR. But the blog title remains 🙂

  102. Thanks for following my cricket blog! I hope you find a smile or two when you visit! 😉

  103. I have always had an interest in our ancient landscape and the magnificent and mysterious stone monoliths, circles and other monuments we have left behind, so I will very much look forward to take a journey back in time here! Magnificent images and a fabulous blog you have!

    • Thank you very much! One of my best friends is an antiquarian, and although he now lives in Scotland, he has spent 40 years living just a few miles away from when I live nr. Ilkley in Yorkshire. I have spent 50 years wandering the moors where I live, but it is only recently that he has opened my eyes to the amazing amount of tombs, circles and other prehistoric artefacts on these moors. I am enjoying exploring them very much – thanks for following me, I will try not to disappoint 🙂

  104. Some lovely work, and nice glimpses of unfamiliar views! I’m afraid I’ve only ever seen the U.K. from the air – someday I hope to see it on the ground.

    • Thank you….The country side can be superb, not huge like the US, but we pack a lot into what we have. Hopefully you will get to visit, you won’t be disappointed…And this form a non native too (although i have lived most of my life here) 😊

  105. Nice pictures, its a beautiful area there. I lived in north yorkshire last year.

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