Lonely Barn in the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, England - The Yorkshire Dales is an upland area of the Pennines in Northern England. I took this maybe a week after the heather was at it's best. Heather is out usually in August, but this might vary from place to place. I used a circular polariser here to reduce shine off the ground and to enhance the sky.
Sunrise over Windermere, Ambleside, Loughrigg Fell, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Loughrigg fell (hill) is easily accessible, being surrounded by roads on all sides. The fell is surrounded by lakes, to the south-east Windermere (the largest lake in England), to the north Rydal Water, to the north-west Grasmere and to the south-west a small lake called Loughrigg Tarn. Situated in the north of the fell is Rydal Cave, which is actually a man-made cavern. This photo is taken looking south towards Windermere. Ambleside itself is beautiful and famous for its tiny Bridge House built over Stock Ghyll more than 300 years ago.
Whitby Abbey, Shot from the road, Whitby, Yorkshire, England - The abbey was founded in 657 AD as a Christian monastery that later became a Benedictine abbey. The second monastery lasted until it was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1540 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In which monastic buildings were confiscated and sold off to families who sympathised with the break from Rome. By 1540 monasteries were being dismantled at a rate of fifty a month. Though the abbey was stripped and fell into ruin, it remained a prominent landmark and helped inspire Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. Dracula came ashore as a creature resembling a large dog and climbed the 199 steps which lead to the abbey.
St Thomas Becket Church in the Misty Morning, Fairfield, Kent, England - The church sits alone surrounded by watercourses and footbridges and is visible from a great distance across the marshland. The chapel is dedicated to St Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170 by followers of King Henry II in Canterbury Cathedral. The iconic church has been used as a filming location for Great Expectations.
Stormy Sunrise at Winnets Pass, Castleton, Derbyshire, Peak District, England - Disappointing sunrise this morning, the light was totally flat. I used a soft, low opacity brush in Photoshop (in colour dodge blend mode) to add light to the valley. I darkened the shadows using a black solid colour layer in soft-light blending mode.
Sunset Looking back at Monsaraz, Alentejo, Portugal - - taken from the east-side of the town near the ruins of Capela de São Bento ou Ermida de São Bento church. I loved this place, only a short distance away is the Megalithic Monuments of Herdade de Xerez, also the cute white fountain of the Telheiro. Monsaraz has been under Roman occupation, and later successively occupied by the Visigoths, Arabs, Mozarabs, Jews, and Christians.