GarySeven -- from the UK

Photo of the week: 28 Apr 2002, no.10

Every Sunday one of my photographs and the story behind it

Photo of the week
Photo of the week
Photo of the week

I was looking at some superb satellite photos of the UK on the NASA website recently. I was struck by how an entire country or mountain range can look remarkably similar to a tiny 6-inch square of ground. A few years ago, I went through a phase of taking close-ups of natural textures and patterns: ripples in the sand at the beach, dry-stone walls and small patches of mossy or cracked earth. The shot above is of some lichen on a rock. Check out some of those satellite shots and I think you'll see what I mean...

Watching the film Babe over Easter (the one with the talking piglet) some of the countryside -- especially the hills -- looked very similar to the part of Northern England where I am at the moment. Only the colour of the earth was wrong. It was much too red. Checking the credits, it turns out it was shot in New Zealand. Which is about as far away from here as you can get, unless you take off into space.

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