Parque Nacional De Timanfaya(Montanas del Fuego) – Lanzarote

Parque Nacional De Timanfaya(Montanas del Fuego) - Lanzarote

A shot taken from the coach tour (the only way you are allowed as a tourist to get around the park) from the Volcanoes National Park on Lanzarote. Timanfaya is in the South West of the Island. The landscape makes it very easy to believe you are on another planet! Ash and dust everywhere and still quite active. The resteraunt uses the heat rising from an underground vent to grill food. You can feel the heat as soon as you enter that part of the restaurant – called El diablo! A good way to spend a half day. But be warned – its popular!

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Moody and Magnificent… a collection of Winter Shots from the North Yorkshire Moors

Although I am exiled in the south of England (Voluntarily I hasten to add) – I do like to get back up to the moors and keep an eye on them. They never fail to suprise, intimidate and inspire me. The shots below were taken December through March – and its the March shots that have snow.. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them. It was cold, but even with snow on the hills, determined mountain bikers were braving the conditions and enjoying the scenery. Image

A very watery December sun…this ‘Famous Grouse’ was determined to check me out… this was at the highpoint of the moors – roughly 450m above sea-level.

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This was the view in December…

 

 

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How it changed for my next visit….

Looking in the same direction but not quite the same place.. actually about 3 or 4 miles east looking west from the above pic..

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By March when this shot was taken, most of the snow had gone, but this final shot shows how deep it had been…

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Chessington Zoo – a ‘Grand Day Out’..

My son recently started as a zoo-keeper @ Chessington Zoo in SouthWest London (just). Yesterday, we were invited, along with all the other families to a ‘Rehearsal’ Day, where they ‘shakedown’ the operation ahead of the public opening on the 15th March. The zoo is now embedded in the ‘Chessington World of Adventures’ a theme park. I dusted off my trusty Nikon D70 and let loose taking pic after pic. The animals brightened up my day – hope they do yours.. enjoy. this selection..

These Penguins looked they like were having fun…

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As did this Sea-Lion..

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This Ostrich definitely wanted to have a closer look…

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This little chap, a baby meerkat was a bit nervous..

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Mind you, there enclosure was pretty close to this chap…who was enjoying the spring sunshine

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As was this little guy

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And finally(honestly) –  a zebra using trees to scratch an itch!

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The Marina, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

The Marina, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

A couple of years ago, when I thought I was recovering from an illness (long story.. way too boring to list, suffice to say i AM recovered now). we had a nice 12 days or so on Lanzarote. I wandered off with the camera one sunday afternoon when the rest of the party were deep into doing nothing and wandered around the Marina.
This just happened to catch my eye as I walked between two buildings – I really like the way the perspective draws your eye to the centre of the picture.. which happens to be the distant lighthouse.