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8th December 2017

The picturesque Ashness Bridge near Derwent Water in England's Lake District The picturesque Ashness Bridge near Derwent Water in England's Lake District Old stone cottage at Ashness Bridge near Derwent Water in England's Lake District

I know I'm biased as to the beauties of my home patch of North Wales, but I have to admit that there are some nice places in the rest of the UK also.

One such is the Lake District, two hours north of where my wife Liz and I live, so within reasonable travelling distance for a long weekend.

Which is just what we did, spending three days exploring and photographing around the Lake District in late autumn 2017.

These three images are from Ashness Bridge, near Derwent Water, and are typical of the lovely rural scenery on offer in this part of the British Isles.

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7th December 2017

Time lapse video showing stars and clouds over the town of Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd, North Wales Time lapse video showing stars and clouds at night Time lapse video showing stars at night Time lapse video showing the Colwyn Bay windfarm off the North Wales coast at night, lit by a gas flare

Four more time lapse videos in my catch up on previous work session, this time featuring the night sky.

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And don't forget that almost all of my videos are available for commercial licensing from my stock agencies Pond5 and Videoblocks.


6th December 2017

Time lapse video showing dramatic clouds and bursts of sunlight at sunset and dusk over Llyn Mymbyr in the Snowdonia National Park, Wales Time lapse video showing clouds at dusk passing over Crummock Water in the Lake District Time lapse video showing clouds passing over Derwent Water in the Lake District as patches of sunlight and shadow play across the landscape

Having finally finished processing photos from our September break in Crete it's now time to catch up on a backlog of time lapse videos that I've been out and about shooting over the past few weeks.

These three all feature lakes, two from a long weekend in the Lake District and one from a spectacular afternoon in Snowdonia.

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5th December 2017

Grass in sunshine against a clear blue sky at Malia on the Mediterranean island of Crete Broken window set in a crumbling wall at Old Hersonissos on the Mediterranean island of Crete Old window with closed wooden shutters set in a stone wall at Old Hersonissos on the Mediterranean island of Crete Window with closed blue wooden shutters and flowering tree at Mochlos on the Mediterranean island of Crete

Wow! These are the final images from the two week holiday that my wife Liz and I enjoyed on the Mediterranean island of Crete.

I can't now believe how much ground we covered, and how many photos I took during our stay.

It's certainly been a lovely experience developing and presenting these sunny and warm images while outside the weather has been typically damp and cold welsh.

Now - where to next?

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4th December 2017

Stone wall with a flowering bush, Mythos, Crete Stone wall and plain, brightly lit window, Spinalonga, Crete Painted decoration on the outside wall of Agia Paraskevi greek orthodox church at Viannos on the Mediterranean island of Crete

A selection of wall images from our time on the Mediterranean island of Crete today here at goHOWiE.com.

Odd I know! But it's often in the little details that the meaning of a place can be revealed.

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1st December 2017

An old door with peeling blue paint at Mythos on Crete Blue door in sunlight and shadow at Mythos on Crete An old door with peeling blue paint at Mochlos on Crete

It's funny, but in every country that my wife Liz and I have visited we've noticed that there is a prevailing colour that sort of defines the place, culture and tradition.

On the Mediterranean island of Crete that colour was blue, which was seeming applied to all architectural features that weren't walls (which were almost invariably white).

Here are three typical expamples of blue painted doors, each one different in terms of age and care, but all sharing that common colour.

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30th November 2017

View overlooking the beach and Mediterranean sea at Vai on the east coast of Crete Girl in a red bathing costume on the beach at Vai on the eastern coast of Crete Beach and Minoan ruins near Vai on the east coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea Rocky beach at Vlichadia on the northeast coast of crete in the Mediterranean sea

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. Oh I do like to be beside the sea...

Especially when the sea is the Mediterranean and the temperature is in the high 20s.

Having beautiful scenery to look at helps with the liking as well!

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29th November 2017

Village of Ano Amigdali in central Crete, surrounded by mountains Small ferry boat to Spinalonga, moored in the harbour at Plaka on the eastern coast of Crete in the Mediterranean sea Large quarry for white sandstone near Mochlos on the northeastern coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea Dramatic sunset over the Mediterranean Sea as seen from Milatos on the north coast of Crete

A bit of a mix of images from the beautiful island of Crete today, taken from various places that struck me especially lovely, interesting or dramatic.

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28th November 2017

Rocky foreshore and beachfront restaurants at Mochlos on the Mediterranean island of Crete Rocky foreshore and offshore island at Mochlos on the Mediterranean island of Crete Offshore island with small greek orthodox church at Mochlos on the Mediterranean island of Crete Offshore island with small greek orthodox church at Mochlos on the Mediterranean island of Crete

Four more images today here at goHOWiE.com from the lovely seaside village of Mochlos on the northeastern coast of Crete in the Mediterranean sea.

It's making me feel good on this cold and damp November morning just to look at them again and be reminded of warm sun, warm water and beautiful scenery.

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27th November 2017

Small colourful boat on the seafront at Mochlos on the Mediterranean island of Crete Colourful rocky foreshore and offshore island at Mochlos on the Mediterranean island of Crete Small colourful boat moored at Mochlos on the Mediterranean island of Crete Colourful rocky foreshore and offshore island at Mochlos on the Mediterranean island of Crete

Carrying on showcasing some of the lovely coastal locations that Liz and I visited during our two week stay on the Mediterranean island of Crete.

These are some images from the seaside village of Mochlos, nestled on Crete's northeast coast.

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24th November 2017

Small pleasure boats moored at Elounda on the Mediterranean island of Crete Small pleasure boat moored at Elounda on the Mediterranean island of Crete Small sailing boat moored at Elounda on the Mediterranean island of Crete

Nothing speaks 'holiday' more than strolling along a seafront on a gloriously sunny day as small boats bob in the gentle Mediterranean swell.

Such was the scene at Elounda, on the northeast coast of Crete, as my wife Liz and I took a rather warm stroll along the lovely promenade.

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23rd November 2017

Pillar of balanced pebbles on the Beach Agios Antonios near Kato Selles on the Mediterranean island of Crete Waves breaking over rocks on the Beach Agios Antonios near Kato Selles on the Mediterranean island of Crete

A hot day's exploring on the northeast coast of Crete was relieved by a paddle in the Mediterranean sea at the lovely and unspoilt beach Agios Antonios near Kato Selles.

However, I got more cooling than I was bargaining for while taking one of these photos!

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22nd November 2017

Raven flying in a clear blue sky over the Mediterranean island of Crete Griffon vulture flying in a clear blue sky over the Mediterranean island of Crete

I'm no wildlife photographer - slow moving subjects are much more my thing.

But when I'm presented with an interesting subject and I have a camera in my hand then I'll have a go.

Such was the case on two occasions during the two week holiday that my wife Liz and I spent on the Mediterranean island of Crete, when some rather impressive birds flew by.

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21st November 2017

The milky way galactic centre over mountains of central Crete Colourful sky at twilight after sunset over the Mediterranean Sea from Matala, Crete

The Mediterranaean island of Crete.

Not only lovely to see during the day, but pretty spectacular at night as well.

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17th November 2017

Solitary tree in harsh, dry landscape on the island of Crete Battered shop sign near Kera on the island of Crete Flooded village of Sfendili by the side of the Aposelemi reservoir, Crete Grove of olive trees surviving in a rocky landscape, Crete

During our two week holiday on the Mediterranean island of Crete, my wife Liz and I spent most of our time driving around with no particular place to go, just to see the landscape and experience the Cretan ambiance away from the developed tourist areas.

Of course, there were many photography stops during our travels, and here are just a few examples of things we saw along the way.

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16th November 2017

Mural 'Prince of Lilies' at Knossos on the island of Crete Mural 'Water Carriers' at Knossos on the island of Crete Mural 'Octopus Tentacles' at Knossos on the island of Crete Mural 'Dolphins' at Knossos on the island of Crete

Four images of the famous murals and frescoes in the Minoan ruins at Knossos on the Mediterranean island of Crete.

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15th November 2017

Bronze statue of Arthur Evans, the archaeologist who excavated the Minoan site at Knossos on the island of Crete Minoan palace at Knossos on the island of Crete Mural of the Minotaur on a Minoan palace at Knossos on the island of Crete

The number one attraction on the Mediterranean island of Crete, according to the guide books, is the excavated Minoan palace complex at Knossos.

So during our two week stay my wife Liz and I set aside a day to visit.

I must say that I found the experience disappointing, with Knossos having been heavily developed for the tourist trade and the ruins having been 'restored' using modern materials.

However, there were some lovely visual touches to enjoy, especially the frescoes and murals, which I concentrated on photographing in preference to the larger, tourist and scaffolding filled, views.

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14th November 2017

Venetian fortifications in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Old bronze bell in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Engraved plaque set in a wall on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

The final three images from the surreal island of Spinalonga, just a few hundred metres of the coast of Crete, taking in views both large and small.

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13th November 2017

Fortified sea wall in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Fortified rampart in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Fortified turret in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

Here are some more images from the few hours that my wife Liz and I spent exploring the unique island of Spinalona, just off the coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea.

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10th November 2017

Fortified stone building and tree on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Decaying stone building and tree on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Fortified wall in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Fortified wall in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

During our few hours on the surreal island of Spinalonga, just off the coast of Crete, Liz and I managed to walk all the way around the path that circumnavigates the island, taking in a wonderful selection of old buildings and fortifications on the way.

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9th November 2017

The island of Spinalonga, taken from the ferry from Plaka, Crete Stone archway on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Old decaying wooden joists on the island of Spinalonga, Crete Crumbling stone buildings on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

Another island my wife Liz and I visited during our two week stay on Crete was the historically fascinating Spinalonga, just off the Cretan coast in Mirabello Bay.

Over the next few days I'll be presenting a series of images from this unique location, mostly featuring the amazing architecture and crumbling ruins that abound here.

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8th November 2017

The picturesque village of Oia overlooking the Aegean sea on the island of Santorini Ornate church bell tower and bells at Oia on the island of Santorini Church with blue dome overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini with flowers in the foreground Church with blue dome overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini

Here are the final images from the day trip that Liz and I took to the beautiful island of Santorini during our two week stay on Crete.

The artisan village of Oia was lovely to look at, and my only regret was the lack of time we had here.

One day I'd like to return and stay a couple of days - this place must look amazing at sunset!

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7th November 2017

White painted church bell tower and bells at Oia on the island of Santorini Church with blue dome and flags at Oia on the island of Santorini Church with blue dome overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini Church with blue dome overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini

Definitely the highlight of our day trip to the beautiful Aegean island of Santorini was the time my wife Liz and I spend exploring the strange and wonderful cliff top village of Oia.

Here are some more of the views I managed to capture photographically during our somewhat rushed visit.

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6th November 2017

White painted roof terrace with small lemon bush overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini Small lemon bush on a table overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini White painted buildings overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini White painted buildings and pink flowers overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini White painted buildings and famous blue domed Greek Orthodox church overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini

During our stay on the Mediterranean island of Crete Liz and I took the opportunity of a day's excursion northwards by ferry to the famous Greek island of Santorini, nestled in the Aegean Sea.

Travelling around Santorini by coach made it difficult to photograph the passing scenery, which was magnificent, but we did manage a couple of hours in the lovely, but very heavily touristified village of Oia, with its famous blue domed churches and white painted terraced buildings.

So here are a series of images from Oia, with more to come over the next couple of days here at goHOWiE.com.

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3rd November 2017

Minature roadside greek orthodox church near Vrouchas, Crete Minature roadside greek orthodox church near Vlichadia, Crete

The greek orthodox churches on the Mediterranean island of Crete certainly come in all shapes and sizes, including minature church models set on plinths by the roadside.

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2nd November 2017

Greek orthodox church near Kalo Chorio, Crete Greek orthodox church of Agia Paraskevi, Viannos, Crete Greek orthodox church of Panagia at Neapoli, Crete Interior decoration of the greek orthodox church of Agia Paraskevi, Viannos, Crete

Three more examples of picturesque greek orthodox churches that Liz and I 'discovered' on our two week stay on the Mediterranean island of Crete.

And the insides can be be just as visually arresting as the outsides!

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1st November 2017

Greek orthodox church Agia Fotini on the north coast of Crete Bell and roof of the greek orthodox church Agia Fotini on the north coast of Crete The greek orthodox church Agia Fotini on the north coast of Crete with clouds

One of the many 'finds' during the two week stay my wife Liz and I enjoyed on the Mediterranean island of Crete was the small, beautifully situated, church of Agia Fotini, right by the sea just off the main raod between the towns of Sitia and Agia Nikolaos.

So nice we visited it twice!

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