|After the scrum had gone - Mesa Arch in Utah's Canyonlands National Park|
Given that it's New Year's Eve and I'm trying to stave off jetlag I thought I'd keep myself busy by collating some of my favourite photos from this year, as I've done for the past couple of years. I managed to cram in quite a few trips in 2014 - Iceland twice, Norway's Lofoten Islands, a big road-trip to the US south-west, a family visit to Austin, Texas and a couple of city breaks to Prague and Rome! As a result there's quite a few highlights, which I've shown in chronological order.
Iceland - March 2014
I travelled to the east of the country for the first time this year, as well as some my my regular favourites (Jökulsárlón, Vik, Reykjavik). I also managed to see some decent northern lights for a change.
|Reflections near Stokksnes, south-east Iceland|
|The most magnificent blue iceberg on Jökulsárlón Beach, south-east Iceland|
|The golden hour at Jökulsárlón lagoon, south-east Iceland|
|Finally some northern lights over Jökulsárlón|
|The annual self-portrait at Lómagnúpur, my favourite Icelandic mountain, along the south coast|
|The wonderful wrecked US Navy DC3 near Vik, southern Iceland|
Prague - May 2014
I spent a chilly weekend in Prague in May with my hubby and father-in-law. First time back since a visit as a child in 1981 - had changed quite a bit!
|View of Prague old town from Petrin Hill on an overcast day|
|Prague's Charles Bridge at sunrise - nice and empty!|
|A cartoonist takes a break with a book on Prague's Charles Bridge, as tourists walk by|
|Long exposure at sunset, looking up at Prague Castle|
Lofoten Islands - June 2014
A last-minute holiday was snuck in before some surgery in July - the choice was between Norway's Lofoten Islands or the Faroe Islands. The Lofoten Islands won out as the weather-forecast was better. It's a bit of a pain to get to, but the scenery is fantastic. Just make sure you don't get caught speeding...
|The view of Olstind from our rorbu (hut) at Eliassen on the island of Hamnøy; typical moody weather|
|The sun sets over Olstind, seen from Hamnøy|
|Hiking near Munkebu Hut, near Sørvagen in the Lofoten Islands|
|A late-night midsummer hike to Kvalvika beach on the Lofoten Islands|
|A view of the pretty rorbuer (traditional fishermen's huts) of Reine, Lofoten Islands|
Rome - August 2014
I would definitely not recommend Rome in the height of the summer - so hot and crowded! But I had the chance to go with my sister and nephew and managed to get a few good shots, in spite of the unpleasant conditions!
|The imposing Altare Della Patria in Rome|
|The Colisseum in black & white|
|Tourists rest in the shade of the massive pillars at the Vatican City|
|The rather clichéd shot of the spiral staircase at the Vatican Museum|
|Sunset over the Vatican City|
Iceland - September 2014
Iceland again! Another last-minute trip, as a result of the eruption of the Holuhraun volcano - I just had to fly over and see it. It's a lot more colourful in September than March. Any excuse...
|The mighty Dettifoss on a very windy day|
|More northern lights! This time over Dimmuborgir, near Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland|
|The thing I went over to see - Holuhraun volcano erupting!|
|Another day, another waterfall - this is Goðafoss, near Akureyri|
|A new discovery - Holufossar in north-west Iceland|
|Another new destination - the impressive basalt stack at Hvitserkur in north-west Iceland|
|Back to the pretty waterfalls near Kirkjufell on the Snaefellsnes Peninsular|
South-West USA Road-trip - September 2014
Something we'd talked about for a while, and finally got round to doing - a road-trip encompassing SW Colorado, NW New Mexico, NE Arizona and the bottom half of Utah. Too many highlights, so here's a very small selection.
|The extremely picturesque Nymph Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado|
|Colourful autumnal aspen leaves in Colorado|
|The Eggs at Bisti Wilderness in NW New Mexico - awesome place!|
|Sunset at the Totem Pole in Monument Valley - the dunes were untouched and stunning!|
|A rare moment of solitude in Lower Antelope Canyon|
|A woman squats to photograph Horseshoe Bend, near Page, Arizona|
|A couple hikes up The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah|
|The sunset shot of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah|
|A different view of the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah|
Austin, Texas - Christmas 2014
Back to the US for the last trip of the year - this time to celebrate Christmas with the in-laws just north of Austin. Took a few trips into the city centre, as well as practised star trail shots.
|View of Austin's skyline seen from Lady Bird (Town) Lake|
|Star trails above the Texas Hill Country|
|The Texas Capitol Building in Austin, complete with dreadful coloured paint on the dome!|
It hasn't all been travel; I've also managed to get a few shots of London, as well as friends and family.
|The lovely tree-lined avenue in Wandsworth Park|
|A long exposure at sunset, looking across to the Houses of Parliament|
|Shadows of visitors to the magnificent poppy display at the Tower of London|
|View of Tower Bridge at dusk|
|A tall ship sails down the Thames past Greenwich|
|Cool girl at Columbia Road Flower Market in east London|
|Old meets new in East London|
|A woman walking down Rivington Street in Shoreditch, east London|
|Masked demonstrators in Trafalgar Square|
|One of the pillars in Trafalgar Square|
|Buses at Oxford Circus, with the Christmas Lights just visible|
|Autumn leaves in Parsons Green on one of the early frosty mornings|
Family & Friends
|My friends Rob & Georgie's wedding|
|The essence of Mands, taken at Rob & Georgie's wedding|
|My niece Lottie|
|My niece Surya|
|My friend Helen, who is a fantastic singer, at a recording studio|
|My first pregnancy shoot - this is Alli|
|My first new-born baby shoot! This is Alli with week-old Stella|
|Henry, taken with a rented 21mm Zeiss lens|
|Henry waiting for dinner|
|It's a hard life being Henry|
|Henry does not like the Christmas hat|
|Last but not least, a photo that totally captures Henry's personality for me.|
Happy New Year!
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