St. Magnus Cathedral (commenced 1137) dominates the skyline of Kirkwall, the main town of Orkney. It is the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles. Built for the bishops of Orkney when the islands were ruled by the Norse Earls of Orkney, it is owned by the burgh of Kirkwall (not by the church) as a result of an act of King James III of Scotland following Orkney's annexation by the Scottish Crown in 1468. The first Bishop was William the Old, and the diocese was under the authority of the Archbishop of Nidaros in Norway.
Iceland :: Skógafoss
An Icelandic Miscellany
A selection of images that didn't fit with the other projects.
Iceland :: Vesturland
Photos of Snæfelsnes and Hvalfjörður in Vesturland, September 2013.
Orkney :: Island of Hoy
Who will mark the grave of poor Betty Corrigall? The Old Man of Hoy?
Norway :: The Bergen Railway
Taken through the double-glazed windows of a moving train on the Oslo to Bergen Railway
Orkney :: Home
Abandoned in Orkney
Isle of Skye :: Carbost
A view of Carbost on the Minginish Peninsula with the Cuillins in the background.
Sunset at Tram Ton Pass near Sapa, Lào Cai Province, North-West Vietnam. This is Vietnam's highest mountain pass (1,900 metres) and it regularly has extreme winds as it acts as a dividing line between two weather fronts - on one side is Sapa which is about the coldest place in Vietnam and on the other is Lai Chau which is one of the warmest. I was perched on a rickety bamboo platform jutting over the edge of the cliff - what could possibly go wrong! There was only the odd moment when I was not completely enveloped in cloud - the whole day had been fog so thick in Sapa that you could not see across the road. So, much to the amusement of the locals I decided to see if the weather was any better at Tram Ton Pass and to try and get some sunset photos. I was at the pass for about an hour, and for about 45 minutes of that time I was completely enveloped in fog. These images reflect pretty much the only time I could take pictures (between cloud and wind gusts and the movement of the platform).
Cambridge :: The Backs
The Backs, Cambridge
Rannoch :: Dubh Lochan
A few moments at Rannoch Station