Top 10 Landscapes of 2013

1) Windswept Atlantic Ocean. The rocky coastline of Galicia, in northern Spain, stands impervious to the wind and rain the elements hurl against it.

Atlantic ocean; Galicia, Spain.
Atlantic ocean; Galicia, Spain.

2) Sycamore Gap along Hadrian’s Wall. On a rare sunny day in England, I snapped this shot of the iconic tree in the gap. It presides over a section of the Roman Hadrian’s wall, built originally to keep out the barbarians in the north, called “Steel Rigg.”

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Sycamore Gap; Cumbria, England.

3) Clouds roll in over Carlisle Castle battlements. In testament to the fickle nature of weather in northern England, the sun shone brightly and the sky boasted cerulean blue mere minutes before I shot this photo. This castle traded hands numerous times in the English/Scots border wars, and saw its share of bloodshed.

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Carlisle Castle, circa 1092; Carlisle, Cumbria, England.

4) Sun sets over a stormy sea on the shores of Northern Ireland. This photo (below) was taken in the coastal region near the famed Giant’s Causeway.

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Storm rolls in on coast near Giant’s Causeway; Northern Ireland, U.K.

5) Winter mist shrouds the shoreline of Keswick Lake in northern England’s Lake District, a popular holiday spot in the summer months.

Keswick; Lake District, England.
Keswick; Lake District, England.

6) Fishing boats in an ocean inlet. On a bright summer’s day in northern Spain small, brightly-colored boats cover this small estuary. Galicia is famous for its seafood.

Fishing boats; Galicia, Spain.
Fishing boats; Galicia, Spain.

7) Mist-covered mountain in the Scottish Highlands. When my parents visited me in England this past fall we took a day trip into the Scottish Highlands. I fell in love with the hauntingly beautiful landscapes – featured in the recent Bond movie, Skyfall.

Scottish Highlands; Scotland, U.K.
Scottish Highlands; Scotland, U.K.

8)  Fishermen in the Canary Islands. A walk along the beach as the sun sets gave me this evocative picture of everyday life for the locals on the sizzling tourist vacation spot of Lanzarote.

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Fishermen silhouetted by sunset; Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

9) Lone sailboat on the Aegean Sea. I took the ferry for a day trip from Athens, Greece, to visit the small Greek island of Aegea. Easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.

Aegean Sea; Aegea, Greece.
Lone sailboat off the Greek island of Aegea.

10) Setting sun lights the clouds on fire over the city of Novosibirsk, Russia, in one of the farthest reaches of the earth – Siberia.

Sunset over Siberia; Novosibirsk, Russia.
Sunset over Siberia; Novosibirsk, Russia.
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