Tag: inspiration

Pukaha Mount Bruce: National Wildlife Centre, New Zealand

Being the huge fan of our feathery friends that I am, one of my favourite places to visit is Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre, a wildlife sanctuary situated in the Tararua District, North Island, New Zealand.  Oh Pukaha! How do I love thee, let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth, breadth and height of the 942-hectare, protected forest and wildlife gem that you are.  There is so much to see and do at Pukaha, one visit definitely is not enough. Pukaha Mount Bruce is dedicated to the protection and restoration of New Zealand native...

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The Observatory of The North Pennines

During a recent visit to the Durham Dales and the North Pennines AONB I very quickly saw, with my own eyes and camera, what a perfect area this is for Dark Skies and Stargazing. The are so many spots to see perfect clear night skies without light pollution as I have said in my previous post on The Night Skies and Stars at High and Low Force. The next evening was not just for seeing but for learning, lots, as well as seeing. For there is now an observatory deep in the heart of the The North Pennines AONB,...

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Stargazing and Photos at Low and High Force, Durham

The Durham Dales, packed full of dark sky locations. A perfect part of the country for stargazing and/or taking great pics of the night sky. In fact did you know that The North Pennines has more Dark Sky Discovery Sites than anywhere else in the UK.  It was time to learn a new type of photography and excitedly headed into the dark of these Dales to Low and High Force, fantastic natural landmarks and sights to behold at any time of the day. These photos are not perfect by any means at all, but from what I would have...

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Gorilla Tracking Uganda – The Mubare Family

The Bwindi Impenetrable Nation Park Rainforest sits in the South West of Uganda. No matter how many photos I had looked at prior to travel, nothing compared in the slightest to actually being there, within it. Feeling it, seeing it, smelling it with my own senses. It was day 1 of my Mountain Gorilla tracking in Uganda and I had a complete sense of wonder and excitement. In the next post I will discuss the rainforest and the guides in more detail as they all deserve writing about, but today, I want to tell you about my first experience…....

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The Deva Triathlon 2017 – Chester

Recently I went to Chester to take part in my first triathlon of this year, The Deva Tri. This was a middle distance triathlon so consists of a 1900m swim, a 90km bike then a 21km run. I had done this distance once before in September last year so was interested to see how I got on this year. I’ve been doing more cycling the last few months but have only managed to get to Salford for some open water swimming 4 times so was expecting the swim to be tough. The event also runs an Olympic distance triathlon...

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Hebden Bridge Fell Race – Hills, Moors and Pikes

A popular local race for the hardy fell runners is the Hebden 15/22 which is run each year at the end of January. Having not attempted a fell race before, this one is just about as brutal as they get with a 15 or 22 mile option over some very undulating terrain (almost 3000ft of ascent in 15 miles) in usually bad weather. A friend of mine who is training for a ultra-marathon later in the year suggested that I enter to run the course as a good introduction to fell running, so, on the 21st of January I...

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