David Swatton's PhotoBlog

An old photo but still one of my favourites. I wanted to start with something beautiful, if melancholy - “in sooth I know not why I am so sad.. ..it wearies me…

“A book should serve as the ice-axe for the seas frozen within our soul…” Franz Kafka Everywhere in Prague you see the juxtaposition of these two iconic images;…

“England, with all thy faults I love thee still” - William Cowper (1785) I wanted a classic English landscape; something reminiscent of John Constable or Thomas…

The poppies were in bloom and I stood by the side of the road watching the shepherd leading his flock down the steep hillside towards the valley below.

Most of the pictures of Cathedral Cove that I have seen naturally show the huge rock arch which gives the cove its name but once you walk through the arch you…

I walked the 10km or so round the base of the rock, beginning at dawn. The rock turned orange as the sun began to rise and I took this picture of the moon…

For me, this is one of the most beautiful villages in England and the locals have done all they can to try and retain its unspoiled charm. Look at the picture…

“The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief - But the pain of grief Is only a shadow When compared with the pain Of never risking love.”

Le Marche is my favourite region in Italy. Offida has a beautiful historic centre, but probably the most stunning building in town is the Church of Santa Maria…

What can you do? You line up a shot of a fantastic mirror lake, then a bunch of ducks fly in and splash down right in the middle!

I've been too sad for too long and it's time to change. Yesterday I left my job and last night I changed the way I look - shaved for the first time in 20 years!…

Day 1 of my road trip - I'm staying overnight in an old coaching inn which unbelievably has wireless internet access so I will post ahead while I can. I drove…

Day 2 of my road trip - still posting while I can get internet access. Today I travelled up through Northumbria via Bamburgh Castle (future post because it is…

Day 3 of the trip and it's away from Edinburgh and up into the Cairngorms. On the way I stopped to have a look at the Forth bridges - fantastic feats of…

Day 4 of the road trip and it's all the way north to John O'Groats. A really cool drive all the way along the east coast - saw dolphins swimming in the Moray…

Day 5 of my road trip and I have access to the internet again so I will also post for the previous two days. The road trip became a boat trip today as I put the…

Day 6 of the road trip and a great day of ancient history and beautiful walking. I visited Skara Brae (the best preserved Neolithic village in Europe, built in…
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