2 Days, 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

'Surprise View' in the Lake District, where we stopped for lunch.

I've recently found myself getting a little frustrated at the lack of time I've been giving myself to go out and shoot some landscapes.  I've been prioritising all the stuff that requires me to be shackled to my desk, often looking out the window at some glorious sunsets that we've had recently.  This was giving me a sever itch and it needed scratching!

The Lake District

So imagine my excitement when a weekend I've been looking forward to for so long finally arrives.  A weekend of landscape photography in the Lake District!  PHOTOGRAPHY HEAVEN!!!


I entered a ballot to attend Nikon's free #NikonMeetUps.  The way it works is you submit your name to a ballot and if you're name is lucky enough to be chosen you get to go along.  I guess it's Nikon's way of giving something back to its customers which I commend.

This weekend, the Lake District became the first National Park to receive World Heritage status, so where better to be than scrambling around the many stunning waterfalls and hillsides it has to offer with my camera in my hand. I'll share some of my photos below.

The scenery is simply awe inspiring.  It was my first time in the Lake District but it made me wonder how it is not already a World Heritage site.  It was an amazing day and the team from Nikon were excellent.  I'd highly recommend trying to get on a #NikonMeetUps event if you can (obviously the caveat is you must own a Nikon DSLR).

Back to Reality

After being on this massive high and feeling like a kid in a candy shop I was brought crashing to Earth.  Due to unforeseen circumstances which I won't bore you with the details of, I had to rush home late at night.  I arrived home at 3am, perfect timing for a sunrise shoot before tending to what I had to rush home for.  So making the use of the large Americano I ordered half way home (with an extra shot), I battled through fatigue and headed to more familiar territory, Old Harry Rocks, the most easterly point of the 94 mile stretch of coastline that makes up the Jurassic Coast.

The Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast in Dorset was the first site in the UK to be officially inscribed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) back in 2001.  As a landscape photographer I consider myself very lucky to have this site on my doorstep, I'm certainly never short of inspiration.

Old Harry Rocks

It was a beautiful fresh morning and there was a gentle breeze in the air, which was great as it helped keep me awake!  The still sea around the base of Old Harry was creating almost perfect mirror reflections of the chalk stacks.  I'd never seen it like this before.  I got my camera set up ready for sunrise and when everything was ready to go I stopped, admired the scenery.  In the stillness, as that gentle, cool sea breeze blew across my face while I stared at the empty horizon it dawned on me (no pun intended!)...I'm at a second World Heritage site with my camera in 2 days!

That's one way to scratch that itch!

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