Is Hello in Korean and today someone from South Korea visited this blog and became the 49th country to register on my World map. As there are 196 countries in the world (I include Taiwan as a colleague was from there and she certainly saw it as a country) that meansĀ at least one personĀ from 25% of the worlds countries has read some of my ramblings.

So to each and everyone of you

Hello, Howdy, Guten Tag, G’Day, Hey, Namaste, Bonjour, Konnichiwa, Top of The Morning, Huomenta, Ahoj, Ola, Hallo, Kia Ora, Halo, Ni Hao, Sawatdee Kraup, Ciao, Marhaba, Bok, Gruetzi, Howzit, Selamat Pagi, hej, Halla, Kumusta Po Kayo, Shalom, Zdravo, Merhaba, Yassoo, Marhabba, Dzien Dobry, Sveiki and Alo

I apologies if I have forgotten any accents or have made a spelling mistake. I just wanted to say HELLO.

Edge – Photography 101

The edge of Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales. A step too far and a 260 foot drop to the floor below.

Some of you may recognise it from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as one of our intrepid heroes camp sites.

With my Geography head on, it’s a limestone pavement made up of clints and grykes.

Close to the Edge

Close to the Edge

Architecture – Photography 101

The Ribblehead Viaduct is an iconic structure within the Yorkshire Dales. If God had a train set this would be part of it !

It took four years to build between 1870 and 1874 and during its construction employed a thousand men who set up shanty towns around the structure.

It’s 400m long and 32m high and constructed using more than 1.5 million bricks.

Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct in Colour

Personally I prefer the colour version !

Maps and Stats

I don’t know if you’re anything like me but I love looking at the stats I get on my blog every day.

But mainly I love the map showing where my visitors have come from. I have a degree in Geography which apart from my love of the subject hasn’t really helped me in my career. I went to study geography for no other reason than my passion for it.

I love rivers, and glaciated valleys, tors, roche moutonees, ribbon lakes, ox bow lakes and hanging valleys. The names resonate and the study of how they were formed sucks me in.

How can you not love volcanoes, the raw power, the unpredictability and the danger. The shifting patterns of the weather and its effect on the land.

And maps!

Maps are just beautiful. I can spend hours studying an atlas, I get lost, literally in the topography, the names and all the history they can suggest.

And the map on my blog stats has become a little bit of excitement during the day. Just to see where people live who have read the nonsense I write gives me a buzz. And seeing a new country appear is special every time.

So thank you for stopping by and if you know someone who lives in an out of the way country give them a nudge and get them to appear on my map.