Friday, 17 June 2011

Two Years Later – 17 June

A year ago I was overwhelmed to see that 8,500 of you stopped by to have a look at what we (and sometimes you) had been doing. Today I am equally overwhelmed, gratified and humbled to see the Visitor counter at around 24,000 and want to say a huge “thank you” to each of you for looking in. Thanks also due to those of you who take the time to leave comments on Twitter, Facebook or on here – getting responses makes a very real difference, so thank you especially.

Looking at the photographs from the last twelve months and reliving the memories they trigger has been great fun and made me realise the “rush”, and often it is a rush, to post something, more or less, every week sometimes means potentially interesting shots are overlooked. This is the main reason for creating other blogs (the PHOTO ALBUMS in the side bar on the right) where I post photos from time to time. This is a kind of excuse for posting two “Photos of the Year” – one that did appear here and one that didn’t appear here, or at least didn’t appear here in its final form.

The one that did appear here in its final form was taken on a morning in September last year, travelling home from my first Ben Nevis race, when we came across this steam train heading south to Crianlarich.

Highland Steam Train 007-1The Great Marquess" 61994 Heads South

Only weeks later, at the Langdale Horseshoe fell race, I had some shots taken during the race and after posting them I went back to have another look at one or two. One in particular, as Rhiannon (whose blog remains a favourite) said, seems to capture something of the essence of fell running. In this case the colour in the original seemed a distraction and the black & white version is, to my mind, a more powerful, more evocative image.

Langdale 035-2A lone runner on a lower line

The last twelve months have been great fun, I have enjoyed sharing them and we are both looking forward to the next twelve months and beyond. I hope we may see you somewhere on the hills and if not, I hope you enjoy what you are doing and it would be great if you could look in here from time to time.

Thanks again, Ian


  1. happy blog-a-versary! really enjoy your photos and tales of long days out. hope there are many more to come-even the so called 'rushed' ones are inspiring.

  2. some fantastic photos on this site thanx for your time , patience , and energy , in getting them....a job well done ..john catterall

  3. keep it up Ian, great blog! Will have to come and try a fell race one day!

  4. you really have an eye for a good shot ian

  5. Thanks John, am glad you enjoy the photos.

  6. Thanks Steve, am looking forward to the third year.

  7. Thanks Charlie, I have plenty of luck too

  8. Thanks for the mention, Ian, and congratulations on a blog well done. Keep up the inspiring photos!