After recently sharing some of my favourite cityscape photographs, this time I’m redressing the balance by leaving the man-made world behind and heading back to nature. A natural landscape covers so many different places – it could be anything from a tropical beach to a snow-capped mountain, from a lush green valley to a dry sandy desert.
One of the things I always try to do in any new destination I visit is to find something tall to climb up to the top of – this week’s spectacular viewpoint was the tower at the Stratosphere Casino in Las Vegas. But whether I’m doing the climbing in a lift, a cable car, a funicular railway or occasionally putting in the work myself and doing it on foot, it’s a great way to get a feel for the layout of a new place, as well as making some of my best photos (just don’t mention The Shard). It’s probably a good thing that I don’t have a fear of heights though.
After escaping the English winter with my favourite sunset photos, I’m keeping in with the warming theme by revisiting (mentally rather than physically unfortunately) some of my favourite beaches from around the world next. For me a good beach has got to have a wide patch of sand, a clear blue sea, and preferably plenty of sun so I can take full advantage of it. My favourites stretch across Central America, Australia, the USA and Asia. But they’re not all on tropical islands though, some of the most stunning beaches I’ve seen are in the UK – you just have to be a bit lucky with the weather to take full advantage of them.
I’ve been running a series of photos over on Facebook recently, choosing a photo each week of somewhere hot, sunny and exotic to chase away the winter chills. And a lot of them seem to feature spectacular sunsets from around the world. Whether the sun’s setting over the sea, silhouetted against a palm tree or across a city skyline, there’s something warming about those shades of orange, pink and yellow that can’t help but cheer you up. So as the UK braces itself for another week of sleet and icy winds, here are some of my favourite sunsets from around the world – from Indonesian beaches to New York city skyscrapers.