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Formerly avid caver, now enthusiastic canoeist (white water and sea kayak, occasional open boating). Skier, ski-tourer, cyclist, walker, climber, mountaineer, photographer, boat-builder, reader... About two thirds of Munros bagged, but this game has been somewhat in abeyance as the kids grew up - probably now resuming.

I first discovered geograph whilst searching for photos of new rivers to paddle and quite a lot of my photos are aimed to meet this need, since photos from on the water seemed under-represented.


With a large proportion of the world, I share an utter hatred of everything Microsoft, but have the good fortune to be able to practice what I preach and use Linux almost exclusively. So, something of a geek, then... and yes, when I was little, I was a train spotter - but there were steam engines then !

The personal milestones seem to add up quite quickly:

My first photo cited in Stellar Examples Game for Information was submitted on my second day as a user, but the next took a while longer (and was not an exciting photo). A third materialised after a solo sea kayak trip to Mull and a fourth after another Mull visit (must be a particularly inspiring place!)
NM8172 : Camping at Seilag on an inland sea kayak trip by Andy Waddington NY9516 : Race Yate bridleway by Andy Waddington NM6622 : Port a' Ghlinne landing by Andy Waddington NM7734 : Lady's Rock beacon by Andy Waddington

My first photo shortlisted for GoTY (PoTY nowadays) was in week 10 of 2009, a week after becoming a user, but it took a while to get the hang of it. My first (and so far only) winner was a year later in week 10 of 2010. As many of my better submissions in the first few months were from my deep past, those weren't eligible.

Shortlisted:
2009: SE0499 : Barn at Fremington by Andy Waddington NY9416 : Race Yate Stile by Andy Waddington NY9207 : Major junction by Andy Waddington NY9717 : Weathered trees at East Loups's by Andy Waddington NZ0719 : Derelict house by Andy Waddington

2010: NZ0314 : Too much snow for first footing? by Andy Waddington SD8880 : Zig-zag drop on the Upper Wharfe by Andy Waddington SD9964 : Lower section of Ghaistrill's strid, lowish water by Andy Waddington NZ0808 : Cautious descent, Moor Lane by Andy Waddington NZ0314 : Sheep foraging in the snow by Andy Waddington NM6224 : Sandy Tràigh Bhàn Lagain by Andy Waddington NM5921 : Rubha na Faoilinn by Andy Waddington NM6122 : Loch Buie shore to Port Ceann da Aoineadh by Andy Waddington NY5342 : Fishermen's path in the cliff by Andy Waddington NY5045 : Wish I'd brought my sticky boots by Andy Waddington SD7797 : Eden valley woollies by Andy Waddington NZ0314 : Sunrise on the snowy fields of Boldron by Andy Waddington NY9626 : Shelter on the south elevation by Andy Waddington week 10 winner: NM6122 : Sunset boulder, Loch Buie by Andy Waddington

2011: NY7932 : Cow Green track crosses Sledge Sike by Andy Waddington

2013: NN2782 : Sunshine through autumn oak, Glen Roy by Andy Waddington

2015: NN1950 : "Chasm" on Allt a'Chaorainn by Andy Waddington NN1950 : Allt a' Chaorainn by Andy Waddington NY9302 : Eweleap Scar by Andy Waddington

I was most gratified to get two shots selected as photograph of the day within my first month, but again, the next had to wait for some time, then more, including three taken on the same night, in my home gridsquare. There's been a huge gap until the latest, mainly because I've not been submitting enough

NY3412 : Grisedale Tarn and Fairfield by Andy Waddington NY8727 : Bleabeck Force by Andy Waddington HU5381 : Natural Arches at the Horse of Burravoe by Andy Waddington NZ0314 : Too much snow for first footing? by Andy Waddington NZ0314 : Moonlit New Year above Boldron by Andy Waddington NZ0314 : Stag-headed oak by New Year's moon by Andy Waddington NZ8911 : Beach chalets at Whitby sands by Andy Waddington V4698 : Coastal path climbs to Ceann na Binne by Andy Waddington NY2107 : Scafell Pike trig point in winter raiment by Andy Waddington NM4167 : Passing Ardnamurchan Head by sea kayak by Andy Waddington NH3615 : Upper Moriston during Wet West Paddlefest by Andy Waddington

A random selection of my own favourites:

NH2584 : The way on from Eididh nan Clach Geala by Andy Waddington SD5086 : Force Falls, River Kent by Andy Waddington NY9028 : Gibson's Cave by Andy Waddington NM2742 : Kayaking south down the west coast of Lunga in a swell by Andy Waddington NY8928 : The upper part of Salmon Leap Fall (aka The Dogleg) on the Tees by Andy Waddington NJ0004 : Skiers arriving on Cairngorm by Andy Waddington NG5938 : Paddling under the windswept waterfall at Hallaig on Raasay by Andy Waddington NY9027 : Low Force - normal line in moderate water by Andy Waddington NM6589 : Sunset at Portnaluchaig by Andy Waddington NZ0207 : What became of the Stang Forest by Andy Waddington NZ0414 : Sunrise over Boldron fields by Andy Waddington NM4918 : Sunset over Mull south coast by Andy Waddington NM8430 : Fading light over Oban Marina by Andy Waddington NM6121 : Allt nan Airichean waterfall at sunset by Andy Waddington NZ0125 : Grey Carrs trig. point by Andy Waddington NZ0313 : Beech against the light pollution by Andy Waddington NZ0314 : Beeches at dawn above Boldron by Andy Waddington

My home hectad is NZ01 and I completed this with my hundredth personal point on 2011-01-09. There are a couple of other hectads with a real prospect of completion soon - I had imagined in 2011 before I got sidetracked with other projects. Early afternoon 2009-11-13, after submitting 67 images in a week to hit the rapidly closing window of opportunity, I achieved the personal milestone of being the 250th contributor to reach 500 personal points, thus gaining a foothold on the bottom of one of the more popular leaderboards. 1000 personal points no longer got one into the top 150, but I managed to reach the bottom of that list with my last submissions. Having neglected geograph for a while, I see I'm back outside the top 200, but will soon start working on my backlog to get back there.

Oh, dear. Lots of incentives to get out every day, but unfortunately, I got busy with other things in 2011, about the time that our internet went flaky making uploads difficult - I seem to have neglected geograph for some time. Had a couple of bursts of submissions, and hope to get some of backloog uploaded towards the end of 2015 - in search of that 100th first geograph point !

Context for a lot of my photos is provided by blog posts (they go back almost fifty years) on the website URL given above, though many of those entries are outside the UK. It, too, is still a work-in-progress with many more trips to write up.

The original images of all my photos released CC-BY-SA on geograph are available CC-BY-SA-NC on my website, but since we lost our almost-a-decent bandwidth rural broadband initiative (a WiMax link) my server is back on an increasingly flaky ADSL line which won't stand up to a lot of traffic, so if you are interested, please contact me through geograph in the first instance.

An interesting development in 2015 is that a lot of the kayaking video I take is now being shot in quad-HD (3840x2160) and this provides surprisingly good quality still frames. So if you were wondering how some of the shots (especially those in rough seas, or partway down rapids and waterfalls) were taken, the answer lies in 24-frames a second hands-off helmet cams.


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My Statistics About

Last updated: 03:02
  • 101 First Geograph points
  • 308 Second Visitor points, 230 Third Visitor points, 210 Fourth Visitor points
  • 1388 Personal points (grid squares geographed)
  • 189 TPoints (Time-gap points About)
  • 1858 Photographs
    • 1794 Geographs and 64 others
    • 1410 grid squares, giving a depth score of 1.32
    • in 265 different hectads and 31 myriads, taken on 505 different days
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? Grid Ref Title Submitted Image Type Taken
SD9898 Brownberry above Swaledale Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
SD9798 Green Sike Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
SD9698 Very grassy bridleway above Heights Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
SD9599 Ash tree and wall junction Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
SD9499 Hugill House, from Winterings track Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9400 Gunnerside Gill track below Winterings Scar Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9300 Gunnerside Gill Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9401 Bunton Hush above the entrance to Bunton Level Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9301 Sun Hush Level Mineshop Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9302 Eweleap Scar Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9402 Track to Blakethwaite Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9501 Old Rake Hush Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9601 Track and mine tips by Flincher Gill Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9502 Collapsed mineshaft below Friarfold Rake Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9602 Ascending Forefield Rake towards Great Pinseat Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9702 Track across Surrender Ground winds between mine waste Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9701 Track over Surrender Moss Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9801 Track down from Great Pinseat to Barras End Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NY9800 Track dropping from Barras End to the road Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 13 Oct 2015
NG7426 Contact tow beneath the Skye Bridge Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Tue, 15 Sep 2015
NG4077 Just about to round Rubha Hunish Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph (fourth) (tpoint) Sat, 19 Sep 2015
NG4076 Stack east of Rubha Hunish Fri, 16 Oct 2015 Geograph Sat, 19 Sep 2015
NG4176 Paddling with the tide towards Rubha Hunish Thu, 15 Oct 2015 Geograph Sat, 19 Sep 2015
NN7459 Running the last rapid on the Upper Tummel Thu, 15 Oct 2015 Geograph Fri, 9 Oct 2015
NN7359 Running the crux rapid on the Upper Tummel Thu, 15 Oct 2015 Geograph Fri, 9 Oct 2015
NN7259 Dunalastair dam from the Upper Tummel put-in Thu, 15 Oct 2015 Geograph Fri, 9 Oct 2015
NN1950 Paddling "Speed" on Allt a'Chaorainn Mon, 12 Oct 2015 Geograph Wed, 7 Oct 2015
NN1950 Paddling "Ecstasy" on Allt a'Chaorainn Mon, 12 Oct 2015 Geograph Wed, 7 Oct 2015
NN1950 Allt a' Chaorainn Mon, 12 Oct 2015 Geograph Wed, 7 Oct 2015
NN1950 "Pinball" on Allt a'Chaorainn Mon, 12 Oct 2015 Geograph Wed, 7 Oct 2015
NN1950 "Ecstasy" on Allt a'Chaorainn Sun, 11 Oct 2015 Geograph Wed, 7 Oct 2015
NN1950 "Chasm" on Allt a'Chaorainn Sun, 11 Oct 2015 Geograph Wed, 7 Oct 2015
NN1950 "Speed" on Allt a'Chaorainn Sat, 10 Oct 2015 Geograph Wed, 7 Oct 2015
NM4434 Fossil mud cracks in Triassic cornstone, Gribun Tue, 3 Jun 2014 Geograph (fourth) Thu, 29 May 2014
NM3022 Roches Moutonnées by track to Fidden Tue, 3 Jun 2014 Geograph (fourth) Tue, 27 May 2014
NM4918 Carsaig Arch Tue, 3 Jun 2014 Geograph Sun, 25 May 2014
NM2923 Granite boulders south of Fhionnphort Tue, 3 Jun 2014 Geograph Tue, 27 May 2014
NM2922 Geo north of Port na Muic Tue, 3 Jun 2014 Geograph (fourth) Tue, 27 May 2014
NM2921 Looking to the Sound of Iona from Torr Gaineamhach Tue, 3 Jun 2014 Geograph Tue, 27 May 2014
NM2919 Heading for Traigh Gheal past Rubha Calachain Tue, 3 Jun 2014 Geograph (fourth) (tpoint) Tue, 27 May 2014
discussion indicator NO1356 Milton Falls at Bridge of Dalrulzion Mon, 27 Jan 2014 Geograph Sat, 25 Jan 2014
NZ0024 Track to Grey Carrs Mon, 16 Dec 2013 Geograph Sun, 15 Dec 2013
NY9829 Great Eggleshope Beck Mon, 16 Dec 2013 Geograph Sun, 15 Dec 2013
NY9729 Great Eggleshope Beck Sun, 15 Dec 2013 Geograph Sun, 15 Dec 2013
NY9730 Estate track climbs above mine spoil, Great Eggleshope Beck Sun, 15 Dec 2013 Geograph Sun, 15 Dec 2013
NY9629 Gritstone boulder on Monk's Moor Sun, 15 Dec 2013 Geograph (fourth) Sun, 15 Dec 2013
NY9628 Monk's Moor Outcrops Sun, 15 Dec 2013 Geograph Sun, 15 Dec 2013
NY9627 Nothing must live here, except that which is to be killed Sun, 15 Dec 2013 Geograph (third) Sun, 15 Dec 2013
NY9727 Gripping feeding Horden Sike Sun, 15 Dec 2013 Geograph (fourth) Sun, 15 Dec 2013
NY9728 Shooting butts on Monks Moor Sun, 15 Dec 2013 Geograph (third) Sun, 15 Dec 2013
SD7058 River Hodder at Cross of Greet Bridge Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sun, 8 Dec 2013
SD7048 Lower Underhand and the track to Stone Fold Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sun, 8 Dec 2013
SJ1167 Fron-gelyn on the road to Aifft Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph (second) (tpoint) Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1069 Buildings east of the Grove Hall Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1169 Path to Aifft Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1170 Moel y Parc cairn Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph (fourth) Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1270 Footpath to Afon Wen Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph (fourth) Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1269 Path heading north for Moel y Parc Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
NY8701 Ledge drop on the Upper Swale - low water Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sun, 8 Dec 2013
SJ1268 Fine pine by the Clwydian Way Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1266 New Build nearing completion, Llangwyfan valley Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1265 Clwydian Way contours through woodland west of Moel Arthur Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph (third) (tpoint) Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1267 Offa's Dyke path crossing Penycloddiau hill fort Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1367 Offa's Dyke path leaving Penycloddiau Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1366 Forestry south of Penycloddiau Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1466 Pond and Shelter west of Moel Arthur Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
SJ1465 Invasive bracken west of Moel Arthur Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Geograph Sat, 7 Dec 2013
NZ0328 Fivelane Ends on Hamsterley Forest Red Trail Tue, 19 Nov 2013 Geograph Sat, 16 Nov 2013
NZ0529 Forest cycling at Hamsterley Mon, 18 Nov 2013 Geograph Sat, 16 Nov 2013
NZ0629 Forest junction Mon, 18 Nov 2013 Geograph Sat, 16 Nov 2013
NZ0227 Bridleway about the least suitable bike route Mon, 18 Nov 2013 Geograph Sat, 16 Nov 2013
NZ0229 About to descend from Neighbour Moor Sun, 17 Nov 2013 Geograph Sat, 16 Nov 2013
NZ0429 A fast descent in Hamsterley Forest Sun, 17 Nov 2013 Geograph (fourth) Sat, 16 Nov 2013
NY9408 Sleightholme moor road Sun, 17 Nov 2013 Geograph (third) (tpoint) Sun, 17 Nov 2013
NN1274 Eas a'Chlaiginn on the Lower Nevis Wed, 13 Nov 2013 Geograph Fri, 1 Nov 2013
NY8802 Stonesdale Beck Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Fri, 25 Oct 2013
NN3088 Kayakers below Rooster Tail on the Upper Roy Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NY8602 Black How from the Ravenseat road Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph (fourth) Sun, 14 Apr 2013
NY8603 Whitsundale Beck put-in at Ravenseat Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Sun, 14 Apr 2013
NY8803 Ledge drop on Stonesdale Beck Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Fri, 25 Oct 2013
NY8804 Autoboof on Stonesdale Beck Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Fri, 25 Oct 2013
NN2883 Allt a'Mhanaich Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN1788 The Main Event, River Arkaig Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Tue, 29 Oct 2013
NN3087 Coire Bohaskey Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN2988 Allt a'Bhreac Achaidh Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN3088 Kayakers approaching Rooster Tail on the Upper Roy Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN3088 Upper Glen Roy Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN3089 Small rapid on the Upper Roy Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
discussion indicator NN3189 Upper Glen Roy and Brunachan Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN2983 Bohuntine pasture Tue, 12 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN2882 Bohuntinville cottages Mon, 11 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN2781 Autumn logs for winter fires Mon, 11 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN2780 Roy Spean confluence Mon, 11 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN2781 Slow for fallen leaves - don't let the view distract you Mon, 11 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
discussion indicator NN2782 Sunshine through autumn oak, Glen Roy Mon, 11 Nov 2013 Geograph (fourth) Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NN2984 Descending to the Lower Roy Mon, 11 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
discussion indicator NN2985 Autumn colours in the Roy gorge Mon, 11 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
discussion indicator NN2985 Glen Roy road winds through autumnal colours Mon, 11 Nov 2013 Geograph Wed, 6 Nov 2013
NZ1609 East Layton Quoits and Social Club Wed, 25 Sep 2013 Geograph (fourth) Mon, 23 Sep 2013
NZ1806 Winter wheat, Kirk Bank Tue, 24 Sep 2013 Geograph (fourth) Tue, 24 Sep 2013

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