By Night

Night photography takes a little more technique and time than just point and shoot. You have to know the functions of your camera well but the end results can always be different and sometime surprising. For me I think that is part of the appeal.

The inspiration for this post comes from a post card a friend of mine would always send me. The card would be completely blank with the simple phrase ‘(Insert name of city he was visiting at the time) By Night’.  The scene never changed, just the name of the city it was supposed to be representing.

 

From the Air

From the Air

Somewhere above Finland

After weeks at home in the UK it is time to return to Finland, but this time to Helsinki.

I have never been the person to take photographs through the window of the plane, but when greeted with the view of the frozen sea along Finland’s south coast I couldn’t resist.

Seeing the earth from the sky is fascinating and aerial photography is extremely interesting. I guess this is the closest I will get to taking photographs of the landscape from the air. Even with new technology that enables us to photograph from the air it still isn’t more accessible for a person to see the Earth from the air, except when flying.

Written in Rock

The Jurassic Coast is well known for its unique landscape. I have already mentioned Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, two places I was able to visit recently, but there are many others spread out along the 95 mile stretch, they include Chesil Beach and Old Harry’s Rocks. Most famously the Jurassic Coast is known for the Dinosaur discoveries made by Mary Anning in Lyme Bay during the 1820s. History is written in the rocks and landscape of this area and for that reason it has been protected.

As I photographed the cliffs I was reminded of another place I had visited last summer and saw interesting comparisons between the two, even though they were separated by thousands of miles. One point on the south coast of the UK and the other the most Northern part of Norway.

See for yourself.

Written in Rock

Lulworth Cove, UK

What do you think? Am I right to draw comparisons between the two locations?

Written in Rock

Kirkeporten, Norway

It’s not only the details in the rock that these two places have in common, they both feature a naturally formed rock arch. Both very different but also similar.

Written in Rock

Durdle Door, UK

Written in Rock

Kirkeporten, Norway

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is an agency of the United Nations with its purpose to contribute to peace and security by promoting science, culture and education.. UNESCO overseas many different projects but the one I want to concentrate on is their involvement in World Heritage Sites.

UNESCO assists in protecting World Heritage Sites, these are sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance. There are just over 1000 listed sites across 195 member states with Italy ranking the highest with 51 sites. These sites fall under the categories cultural, natural and mixed.

Recently the organisation has been criticised as recent events in Syria led to the destruction of ancient sites and there was little they could do to stop it. Its not only these factors that effect World Heritage Sites. Though the site is protected the area surrounding it is often over developed to accommodate the amount of tourists that UNESCO World Heritage Site label brings.

Does the UNESCO label effect your travel decisions? Is visiting a World Heritage Site important to you?

UNESCO Gallery

Landmarks Around the World

Landmarks have always been a favourite of mine and they have featured heavily on my blog in the past. Over the next few weeks I will be posting about different landmarks around the world that I have visited in the form of a photograph, description or my experience, sometimes it may be all three. A landmark can be big or small, a monument or a statue that marks a place in history, to mountain or building that symbolises the man made or the natural world. The possibilities are endless.

Many of us have visited a landmark of some description during our travels and even featured them on our blogs. What I would like is for others to join me as I explore the different landmarks around the world. Whether it is a photograph, your experience or a description I would like to see them.

Leave a pingback or a link in the comments to one of my current posts on landmarks and I will feature a selection of the best in my next post.

Landmarks Around the World

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Previously featured landmarks:

Ecotourism

In recent years it has become difficult to distinguish ecotourism from nature tourism, sustainable tourism, wildlife tourism, adventure tourism and how it relates to other forms of tourism. In nature tourism the attraction and the enjoyment comes from nature and the natural environment. Ecotourism is a sub-segment of nature based tourism along with adventure tourism and wildlife tourism. What distinguishes ecotourism is the inclusion of an educational aspect or sustainable management.

Ecotourism is a more strict form of nature tourism where education and sustainability are used as components to create an ethical experience for the consumer. Ecotourism can be described as a more sustainable form of nature based tourism that primarily focuses on experiencing and learning about nature. It is managed to be low impact, non-consumptive and locally orientated. It typically takes place in natural areas and should contribute to the conservation and preservation of those areas.

Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

It can be predicted that ecotourism will see continued strong growth as it is seen as self-reinforcing, as people experience something new, exciting or scary they might create an interest to explore more powerful experiences. Ecotourism is generally small scale which helps to reduce the negative environmental and cultural impacts, this also guarantees unique experiences. As activities have little impact on the environment and are largely unproblematic from a cultural perspective a large share of nature tourism fulfills the criteria for ecotourism.  Now, we can notice a growing trend in ecotourism as it is increasingly offered in a wide variety of locations and creates new products strategically marketed to create new markets.

Generally there is a greater awareness of the environment and its issues that include pollution, deforestation and global warming. Governments and environmental organisations are taking these issues seriously at both a national and international level. People’s interest in these issues has changed accordingly and they want to engage in nature or ecotourism and partake in activities that have a benefit to the local environment.

Due to this increased awareness it has become easier to manage protected areas as people understand the need for this action. To promote eco-friendly tourism it is important that there is a development in partnerships between tourism, environmental and community interests. These partnerships need to have a shared understanding in the processes and the benefits in producing eco-friendly tourism.

When you travel is preserving the environment and local surroundings important to you? What experiences have you had as an ecotourist?