The Mid West American Road Trip

Wow, first off apologies for such a long hiatus, summer was very busy and blog time has been at a premium.  Finally though I expect to get a little bit of free time over the next week or so to update you all on the American Road Trip I’d mentioned in a previous post.

In short and amazing holiday/vacation plenty of photo’s taken and plenty to share in coming posts.  But for now a very quick photo summary to whet you appetites…..

Having started off on a 9 hour flight from London Heathrow.

London Heathrow

We landed for a very short initial stay at Denver

Denver Colorado

The next day we drove to Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore (Black and White)

and then onto Badlands National Park

The Badlands

before heading West towards Devils Tower

Devils Tower

where we met a large colony of Prairie Dogs

Prarie Dog

Still heading west we stopped off at the Little Bighorn battlefield.

Little Bighornand then headed over the Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass

Into the beautiful Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Falls (Landscape)

where we sat by Yellowstone lake on a moonless night and stared at the Milk Way

Yellowstone Lake Milky Way

Our next trip took us South to the Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons Mormans Row

and then on a long drive over the Rockies to Salt Lake City

Utah State Capitol Building

Another Drive took us South and East towards Moab where we visited Arches national Park

Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

… and the stunning Canyonlands National Park

Dead Horse Point Panorama, UtahNearing the end of our trip we headed east back towards Denver

Denver City

A fantastic and memorable holiday that I will never forget.  We covered 6 states experienced temperatures from -2 to 34 deg C and covered 2843 miles.

Milage

 

Just glad the Pilot decided to clean the screen before we headed back to London.

When I'm Cleaning Windows

 

 

Views of Farthing Downs, Coulsdon

Farthing Downs Sunset

I recently submitted one of my images to the local newspaper, the Croydon Advertiser as part of their #visionsofcroydon theme.  The image as you can see was of a beautiful summer sunset looking across Farthing Downs towards what was Cane Hill Hospital just south of Coulsdon town centre, it is a really stunning area.  I feel lucky to live here being able to enjoy the countryside and be within a stone’s throw of London – the best of both worlds.

Yesterday I found said image taking a prime double page spread.  Fantastic, but it was a favourable comment from a local conservative council candidate that got me thinking.

“Looks Amazing” he said, “it is I thought”.  However the very same conservative council that run Croydon are, it would seem hell bent on taking away such views for future generations.  You see the Cane Hill hospital site is due to be redeveloped for housing after many years of laying derelict and unloved.  Now I am the first person to recognise the acute housing shortages that have been building up in London over the last 30 years and agree there is need to build more homes and quickly, but what is being proposed for Coulsdon’s Cane Hill site represents over development and these views are very likely to be consigned to history.

So please enjoy a few of my favourite images of Cane Hill and Farthing Downs, lets hope the views aren’t damaged too much.