Author: Tom Warburton

Berlin Minimal – The Reichstag and Bundestag Buildings

To those us brought up on The World at War documentaries the very word ‘Reichstag’ summons up images of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, goose-stepping SS and the dreadful, hideous reality of the extermination of up to 12 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the disabled.  6 million of these victims were Jews – estimated to be approximately 2/3rds of the European Jewish population at the time. Although the Reichstag building seems synonymous with the Nazi era it actually wasn’t used during Hitler’s time in power as he used a fire in the building on the 27 February 1937...

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Minimal Amsterdam

Continuing my little foray into minimal photography whilst on city breaks and following Minimal Edinburgh and Minimal Glasgow I now present Minimal Amsterdam. OK – I admit all these pictures are not all that minimal – but still they aren’t the normal picture postcard views of a city. In my first blog about Amsterdam I quoted that the French philosopher René Descartes wrote in 1631 of the Dutch Republic: “Where else in the world can one enjoy all the comforts of life and all the interesting things that a person might wish to find? What other country is there...

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Tenerife Landscapes & Seascapes: Whilst dreaming of Humboldt and Darwin

Lots of people will probably think of Tenerife as the home of cheap (ish) holidays in the sun for Northern Europeans – especially the ‘lager louts’ of Britain.  And to some extent this has been the case – Los Christianos and Las Americas still have a little bit of this image.   Tenerife and the other Canary islands, however, have a lot more to offer.  My previous blog on Dolphins outlines some of the marine wildlife watching opportunities of the islands.  The geology is also fantastic, the centre of Tenerife being the volcano of El Teide  – also the...

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Tenerife – Up Close With Dolphins

It was a little bit of a surprise to me to find out that Tenerife is one of the best whale watching sites in the world.  However, it is and about a third of all whales and dolphin species can be present in Canarian water.  This includes four resident species – bottled nosed dolphins, Risso dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales.  There are can also be up to 21 migratory species, including, Northern Right Whales and Blue Whales. So when our family holiday this summer was booked for Tenerife I had in the back of my mind “I wonder...

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Wildflower Wanders in the Eden Valley

We live in a lovely valley in the North of England called the Eden Valley. It is perhaps less well known than it’s near neighbour the Lake District National Park. The valley’s rolling drumlins, rich agricultural grasslands, hedgerows and stonewalls present a less rugged landscape than the high fells and deep lakes of the Lake District itself but, in my view anyway, it’s equally beautiful – but then I was born and bred here – so I’m biased. One of the valley’s great joys is the abundant wild flowers on the road side verges. The road verges of Cumbria...

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Impressions of Amsterdam

We have just returned from a five night family trip to Amsterdam.  This was not, therefore, a ‘Lost Weekend in a Hotel Amsterdam’ of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions variety  – ‘twenty-four gone years to conclude in tears’ – but a family orientated museums, canals, food and markets kind of trip.  That said there was a few lessons in life for my teenage daughters as various questions like “why do they call it a coffee-shop when it sells weed?” and “what exactly is that rubber suit in for?” needed to be answered as we passed the ‘special’ shops in...

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