European rail trip, part 1: introduction and Paris

Planning of my trip across Europe by rail, from Edinburgh to Vienna, via Paris & Zürich then returning via Köln & Amsterdam. Plus the first leg of the journey and exploring Paris.

Once I knew that I had been accepted to present my poster at the European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna, I started to think about how to travel there. I’ve never been a big fan of airports, and the associated security palaver. So my first stop was of course the excellent, which shows that overland travel by rail was possible and not a ridiculous idea. I began to plan the trip. Continue reading “European rail trip, part 1: introduction and Paris”

2014 in numbers

Over the past year I have walked approximately 4.15 million steps, covering 2 600 km, and I cycled a further 2 750 km. In between, I have taken over 6 000 photos and I’m not sure how many hours of video. It is quite interesting to look back on the year past with some data, although I don’t have much from previous years to compare it to. Continue reading “2014 in numbers”

2014 in photos

Rather than put together another list of top photos from the year, I though I’d do something a bit different, and remember some of the interesting trips and events by the photos I took.

I saw in the New Year in Edinburgh, although avoiding the street party. I went up to Calton Hill with my flatmate Ali and some friends, before returning to a rather good night at the Tollbooth Tavern.

2014 Fireworks

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Favourite photos of 2013

I recently realised when thinking about my favourite photos from the past year that I had not even put together a selection from the previous year. So to remedy that, below is my top three, with the rest of them on Flickr. Partly I suspect this was because photography was somewhat overshadowed by my return to academia, but hopefully now that I have a little more time I will get back into taking and sharing photos.

Brig o'Doon

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My favourite photos from 2009

Now that the new year has begun, it is time for the annual retrospective look back at the year just past. I’ve started by trying to gather together some of the photos I’ve taken over the past 12 months which I like best. It has been difficult — not because I’ve taken so many good photos — but that the photos I’ve uploaded to the web each mean something different to me.

Anyway, I’ve collected together 25 photos in a set at Flickr. These are in a rough sort of order of preference, but there are others I could have chosen. The top three of which are also shown below:

Gulls at Sunset

The sun setting towards Dunnet Head (the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland) from Dunnet Beach where I camped overnight before meeting up with the Flickr Scotland crew for a great weekend of photography at Durness and along the north coast.

Backlit Steam

Taken whilst out chasing the steam special across the Highlands with Sandy, along with hundreds (if not thousands) of other people. I was amazed just how many people turned out with still and video cameras to witness this trip — one man we spoke to had followed the train all the way from the north of England where he lived, over the course of 4 days.

Golden Light on Branches

Taken on Christmas Day, on the Wildcat Trail walk around Newtonmore, this tries to capture the wonderful winter light and snow hanging in the branches, that lasted all week while I was home (and the snow still falls…).

Hopefully 2010 (aka tenpasteight) will be a great year for everyone.