Category Archives: landscapes

Early morning mist in a cotswolds forest, England, UK

Early morning mist in a cotswolds forest, England, UK

I was cycling along an empty country lane, and passed through this forest. The mist and fading trees grabbed my attention. I loved the silence too, as this was early morning last summer. So the air was still and there is the impression that you are the only one awake. That’s the great thing about being on a bike, I can travel large distances, but at a pace that I can take in my surroundings and stop if necessary. It also makes me more sensible about how much gear to take out….and putting it in bags on my bike relieves me of the weight!!

I was reminded of these images because here in the UK there is a lot of mist around at the moment, and I haven’t yet been able to get out early. But hopefully I will over the next few days. There has been so much wind over the last few months, it makes a welcome change to have this lovely still air and sunshine….!

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

I couldn’t resist that smooth sky and those smoke stacks. It’s the scale that I like. I rarely come across industrial architecture like this, but would love to photograph it up close. This, however was a spontaneous moment and had no idea that these giant chimneys would creep into view.

Walking into the evening sun, Sahara Desert, Mauritania

Walking into the evening sun, Sahara Desert, Mauritania

Camel transporting a bicycle across the Sahara

Camel transporting a bicycle across the Sahara

I dug these photos out from the archives for this weeks Photofriday challenge. I like the weekly challenges because they get you rooting thorough old photo memories looking for something suitable.

This is a trip I made on a bike across the Sahara in Mauritania a few years ago. I cycled to Chinguetti from the coast, into the interior. But there is only one road in or out, so I left by camel, rather than backtrack on the road by bike.

Trekking in these inhospitable environments is always described as a huge struggle and full of challenges by travel writers and programme makers. But I have to say that it was a very relaxing time just ambling across the desert in sandals!!

There is no real point in sitting on the camels because it’s more fun walking alongside them, as you can wander off whilst the guide follows the trail that is memorised in his head.

Most of the routes that the guides take are ancient trade routes. The routes have long since shut down for trade, but the tourist industry keep them open and frequently used. The guide stop over at small oasis in the desert, where he can stock up on water (60 liters) which was carried by the three camels that I hired for the trip. Although as you can see by the pictures…one of them had to carry my bicycle.