Stats

Stats are correct up to and including 11th October 2021, which was day 3,700 of the blog.

In this time a total of 364 named locations have made it onto the blog, though some are collectives: for example, the Lake District, a label applied to everywhere within that National Park (like Wasdale, pictured above). However, more than 364 different places have actually appeared as when the photo is taken in or from some kind of transport, it is not always possible to specify a location. These appear as ‘Unspecified’ in the lists.

The top 10 locations, ranked by number of pictures, are:

  1. Hebden Bridge: 1,513 photos in my home town, or 40.89% of the total. The 1,500th photo was taken on 9/9/21.
  2. Manchester: 678 in the city where I work (occasionally, anyway). 18.32% of the total.
  3. The Lake District: 149, accepting its identity as a single location (see note above).
  4. London: 102. The 100th London shot is the one above, taken in Wembley Stadium on 31st May 2021.
  5. Brisbane: 51.
  6. Leeds: 50.
  7. Moscow: 48.
  8. Bergen: 37.
  9. Brighton: 33.
  10. Halifax: 33.
Tromsø harbour, 7/3/17

Between them these 10 locations account for 2,694 or 72.81% of all the shots on the blog. Leeds will soon surpass Brisbane unless my life changes radically, and Halifax has also now caught up with Brighton. Fourteen other locations have reached double figures (including Tromsø, pictured above).

The longest sequences of photos in particular places are:

  • Brisbane holds the record, depicted on 15 days in a row (14/3/13 to 28/3/13).
  • Hebden Bridge has a longest sequence of 14 days (22/3/20 to 4/4/20) although it’s still not yet quite surpassed the leader. (It has had other longish sequences but I include only this one in the list).
  • Melbourne: 11 days in a row (5/4/19 to 15/4/19).
  • Yasawas, Fiji: 8 days (16/5/13 – 23/5/13).
  • Kilimanjaro National Park: 7 days (28/7/15 – 3/8/15).

From 23/10/15 to 20/11/15 there were 29 consecutive pictures taken only in Hebden Bridge or Manchester, the longest such streak.

The record for the longest gap between appearances of a place is a record that is going to keep getting beaten, and the latest place to grasp it is Nottingham, which went 2,649 days, or over seven years, between its second appearance on 3/5/14 (day 982) and its third, on 3/8/21 (day 3,632) with the picture here. Bolton, Chester and Amsterdam are the previous record holders, and there may be other locations with gaps of more than 2,000 days.

From 13/4/17 to 23/4/17 eleven different locations made it in eleven days: Manchester, Wolverhampton, Lancaster, Morecambe, the Lake District, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Markham Moor, Cambridge, King’s Lynn and Heckington.

There were seven consecutive days of named new locations between 22/12/20 – 28/12/20 (Easton-on-the-Hill, Cromer, Norwich, Beeston Regis, Wells-next-the-Sea, Horsey and Southwell). Though here note also 14/2/12 – 20/2/12 in Australia/New Zealand where two ‘unspecified’ locations snuck in: seven new places in seven days, but not all identifiable.

Counting different component parts of the UK separately, these locations have been distributed through 41 countries.  After 2nd February 2020, with the picture shown above (taken in Bucharest, Romania), there were 615 consecutive photos taken in the UK, but this run finally came to an end on 10th October 2021 with the shot taken as I came into Keflavik airport, on my way to Canada.

England: 3,093 photos, or 83.59% of the total. The Iongest run of English-only pictures started on 19/9/20 and eventually concluded on 3/6/21, a run of 258 days. The 3,000th English picture was taken on 28/6/21. Nearly half the English photos have been taken in Hebden Bridge.

Sandscale Haws, 27/7/20

Accrington (2), Arnside (1), Arundel (3), Ashton-under-Lyne (1), Aston-on-Trent (1), Atherton (1), Bamber Bridge (1), Bamford (1), Banbury (1), Battle (1), Barrow (1 – pictured above), Barton-upon-Humber (1), Bath (3), Bedford (1), Beeston Regis (1), Berwick-upon-Tweed (1), Billsborrow (1), Birkenhead (2), Birmingham (6), Bishop’s Cleeve (1), Bishop Wilton (1), Blackburn (11), Blackpool (3), Bolton (3), Bolton Abbey (1) Bradford (13), Brighouse (14), Brighton (33), Burnley (8), Burslem (1), Bury (2), Buxton (1), Cambridge (5), Capel (1), Carlisle (4), Carshalton (1), Chapel-en-le-Frith (1), Chapeltown (1), Cheshunt (1), Chester (3), Chester-le-Street (1), Church Fenton (1), Cleckheaton (1), Clitheroe (4), Cloughton (3), Colne (1), Coverdale (2), Cragg Vale (5), Cromer (1), Crowborough (5), Derby (3), Dewsbury (1), Doncaster (6), Drighlington (1), Dronfield (1), Dukinfield (4), Dunsop Bridge (1), Durham (1), Easton-on-the-Hill (1), Ebrington (1), Elland (2), Elston (1), Emley (2), Fleetwood (1), Foxfield (2), Garforth (1), Garrigill (1), Glasson (3), Goole (1), Grange-over-Sands (4), Halifax (33),  Harrogate (2), Haslemere (1 — pictured at the end of this list), Haslingden (1), Hassocks (1), Hastings (4), Haworth (9), Hebden Bridge (1,513), Heckington (1), Hereford (1), Heysham (5), Heythrop Park (3), Holmfirth (1), Horsey (1), Huddersfield (8), Hurst Green (1), Hyde (1), Ilkley (1), Keighley (8), Kendal (1), King’s Lynn (1), Kirkby-in-Furness (1), Lake District (149), Lancaster (14), Leeds (50), Leigh (1), Lincoln (1), Littleborough (10), Liverpool (9), London (102), Long Causeway (4), Luddenden (4), Luton (2), Lutterworth (1), Manchester (678), Markham Moor (1), Marshaw (1), Middleham (2), Middlesbrough (2), Midgley (1), Mills Hill (4), Milton Keynes (1), Morecambe (30), Mossley (1), Mytholmroyd (21), Nelson (1), Newcastle (5), New Mills (1), Normanby-le-Wold (1), Norwich (1), Nottingham (4), Oakworth (1), Oldham (3), Oxenhope (8), Penistone (2), Peterborough (2), Pickering (1), Poulton-le-Fylde (1), Preston (8), Ravenglass (2), Ribblehead (1), Richmond (1), Ripponden (1), Rochdale (12), Runcorn (1), Sabden (13), Salford (4), Saltaire (1), Scarborough (1), Seaford (1), Seascale (1), Sheffield (6), Sidcup (6), Skelmersdale (1), Skipton (2), Slaithwaite (1), Slyne (1), Snodland (1), Solway Firth (1), South Milford (1), Southport (2), Southwell (1), Sowerby Bridge (6), Stalybridge (3), Steeton (1), Stockport (1), Stockton-on-Tees (2), Stoke-on-Trent (2), Strait of Dover (1 – see also France), Sutton Coldfield (1), Symonds Yat (2), Telford (2), Todmorden (27), Ulverston (1), Unspecified (12), Wakefield (1), Walsden (2), Wellingborough (1), Wells-next-the-Sea (1), Wendover (1), Wessenden Head (2), West Bretton (1), Wetherby (6), Whalley (2), Whitehaven (1), Whitworth (2), Widnes (1), Wigan (2), Wolverhampton (2), Worksop (6), Worston (1), Wraysholme (1), Yarm (1), York (10).

Tennyson's Lane, 13/10/19

Of these, the most recent one to be depicted for the first time was Leigh, debuting on 9/10/21. The place I have visited longest ago, without yet having gone back, is Stockport (14/10/11). My favourite ‘one-off’ shot is probably the picture above, the only one taken so far in Haslemere, Surrey (on 13/10/19).

Australia: 109. Adelaide (2), Ballina (1), Brisbane (51), Byron Bay (3), Cleveland (1), Cooktown (1), Geelong (1). Glasshouse mountains (1), Glenelg (1), Hobart (4), Kangaroo Island (4), Katoomba (3), Laura (1), Melbourne (12), Mulligan highway (1), Nimbin (1), Redcliffe (1), South Port (1), Stradbroke Island (3), Sydney (10), Torquay (1), Unspecified (1), Wagga Wagga (4).

Sea monster island, 3/2/15

Norway: 95.  Aursfjord (1), Bergen (37), Bodø (1), Bø (1), Finse (1), Gardemoen airport (3), Kristiansand (3), Lysefjord (1), Oslo (3), Ringvassøy (2), Seljord (2), Skulsfjord (1), Snilstveitøy (1 – pictured), Stavanger (13), Tjeldstø (1), Tromsø (14), Trondheim (3), Unspecified (6), Østerfjord (1).

Russia: 60. Domodedovo airport (4), Khanty-Mansiysk (5), Khimki (2), Moscow (48), Unspecified (1).

Scotland: 52. Aberdeen (6), Aberdour (2), Annan (1), Ardochrig (1), Attadale (1), Ben Lawers [pictured] (1), Biggar (1), Burntisland (1), Dumfries (1), Dundee (8), Edinburgh (8), Fort William (2), Forth Bridge (2), Glasgow (5), Glen Clova (1), Glen Esk (1), Glen Shee (1), Gretna (1), Hamilton (1), Inverness (1), Kenmore (1), Kirkcaldy (1), Loch Skeen (1), New Lanark (1), Stirling (1), Tillicoultry (1).

The United States of America: 29. Atlanta airport (1), Carbondale (1), Chicago (1), Gilman (1), Honey Island swamp (1), Lake Pontchartrain (1), New Orleans (3), San Francisco (5), Stanford (2), Tuscaloosa (4), Ullin (1), Unspecified (1), Urbana (4), West Lafayette (3). Here, let’s list the states too, which are Alabama (4), California (7), Georgia (1), Illinois (9), Indiana (3), Louisiana (5).

Wales: 26. Aberystwyth (2), Conwy (1), Devil’s Bridge (1), Flint (1), Holyhead (2), Llandudno (3), Llangollen (1), Moel Famau (1), Newport (5), Ponterwyd (1), Portmeirion (1), Prestatyn (1), Rhyl (1), Saltney (2), Treherbert (1), Unspecified (2).

Finland: 17. Helsinki (9), Oulu (5), Tampere (3).

Frankfurt, 9/5/19

Germany: 14. Berlin (3), Frankfurt (2 – pictured), Hamburg (3), Munich (3), Passau (1), Regensburg (1), Simbach am Inn (1).

Croatia: 13. Dubrovnik (3), Dubrovnik airport (1), Popovici (1), Zagreb (8).

New Zealand: 13. Collingwood (2), Dunedin (1), Heaphy Track (3), Karamea (1), Marlborough Sound (1), Nelson (1), Stewart Island (3), Unspecified (1).

Tanzania: 12. Dar es Salaam (1), Kilimanjaro national park (7), Moshi [pictured] (3), Unspecified (1).

Railway, Moshi, 27/7/15

The Netherlands: 12. Amsterdam (4), Maastricht (3), Schiphol airport (5).

Denmark: 10. Copenhagen (3), Kastrup airport (3), Nyborg (2), Øresund (1), Æbelø (1).

Fiji: 10. Nadi (1), the Yasawas (8), Unspecified (1).

France: 9. Paris (4), St Malo (4). Also the shot of the Strait of Dover/Pas de Calais (1): the only shot to definitively include the territory of two countries, England and France.

Iceland: 9. Akureyri (1), Dalvikurbygg∂ (1), Hverir (1), Keflavik (2), Reykjavik (4).

Japan: 9. Osaka (2), Tokyo (7).

The Channel Islands: 9. Alderney (3 – pictured), Lihou Island (1), Pembroke Bay (1), Sark (1), St Peter Port (2), St Martins (1).

Braye beach, 17/8/18

Kenya: 8. Lake Naivasha (1), Nairobi (7).

Indonesia: 7: Bandungan (1), Ketep Pass (1), Salatiga (5).

Czech Republic: 6. Prague (6).

Italy: 6. Fiumicino airport (1), Rome (5 — see also the Vatican, listed below).

Portugal: 6. Cascais (1), Lisbon (4), Sintra (1).

Sweden: 5. Borås (2), Gothenburg (2), Unspecified (1).

Mekong delta, 1/4/19

Vietnam: 5. Ben Tre [pictured] (1), Ho Chi Minh City (4).

Belgium: 4. Brussels (3), Villers-la-Ville (1).

Estonia: 4. Tallinn (4).

Romania: 4. Bucharest (4).

Singapore: 4. Changi airport (1), Singapore city (2), Unspecified (1).

Greece: 3. Agii Deka (1), Lakones [pictured] (1), Potamos (1). These are all on the island of Corfu.

Lakones, 5/6/19

Republic of Ireland: 3. Dublin (1), Howth (2).

Lebanon: 3. Beirut (3).

Saudi Arabia: 3. Jeddah (3).

United Arab Emirates: 3. Abu Dhabi airport (1), Dubai (2).

Northern Ireland: 2. Belfast (2).

Slovenia: 2. Ljubljana [pictured] (2).

Ljubljana, 12/4/18

Canada: 2. Toronto (2). [There will be more to come shortly, as this run of stats was put together while I still have a few days left during a visit to Toronto.]

Turkey: 2. Istanbul airport (2).

Egypt: 1. Lake Nasser (1).

The Vatican City: 1. Rome [obviously] (1).

The remaining few pictures are accounted for by 13 photos that have been taken in or from planes where it is not possible to identify a country (such as the one below, which could be Belgium, France or Germany going on the route of the flight I was on at the time).

Beneath mushroom cloud, 18/10/15

Geographical extremes are as follows:

  • Northernmost photo: The photo of the mountains on Ringvassøy, Norway, taken on 2/10/17 at approximately 69º 55′ North.
  • Southernmost: Pretty much a dead heat between two photos taken on Stewart Island, New Zealand, on 20/2/13 and 22/2/13: both are more-or-less at 43º 53′ South.
  • Easternmost: The photo of the dancers in Nadi, Fiji, on 15/5/13, at approximately 177º 25′ East.
  • Westernmost: the one of the Aquatic Park Pier, San Francisco,  taken on 29/3/15 at around 122º 25′ West.
Roof of Africa, 2/8/15
  • Highest above sea level: discounting photos taken from planes, the highest was — and realistically always will be — this picture of the summit of Kilimanjaro. As I’m slightly below the summit here, this is about 5,885 metres or around 19,310 feet above sea level. The highest UK shot is the one approaching the summit of Scafell Pike on 19/5/12, which must be about 3,100 feet.

People

  • Joe, my son, appears on 141 photographs (an average of once every 26.24 days — though this frequency will doubtless now decrease that he is at university)
  • Clare, my wife, is on 128
  • 50 photographs can be considered self-portraits of one kind or another
  • My friend Steve is on 10 photos
  • My mother-in-law Carol is on 6, as is my Dad
  • My friends John B and Geri Rimer are each on 5.
  • Seven people are on four photos, seven are on three photos each, and twenty-four other people [at least] are on two photos each.
Pink haired woman , 30/9/11

All the rest are single-serving models. Of these the cutest – of the single-serving models, before the wife complains – is this lady pictured here (at 7.15am, I will add). No strangers have yet appeared on more than one photo but I do see the same people around in the same places now and again, and have got close to it. However, while Vill Powell, manager of Brighouse Town FC, can’t count as a total stranger, I don’t know him personally, and he’s been on twice: the second time with the photo below.

Further celebrity-spotting — at least, these people count as celebrities in my world: Bobby Gillespie; Saint Etienne; Michelle Ackerley; Peter Hook; Gogol Bordello; David Stockdale; Dick Knight; Jürgen Habermas; Etienne Wenger; Julian Cope, the Charlatans , James Murphy and Neil Young. I have no idea who the lady at the Amsterdam movie premiere was, but I assume she was a celebrity in the Netherlands at least, judging by the number of cameras (including mine) being shoved in her face.

Animals

At least eight animals have definitely appeared more than once. The record for an animal is six appearances (more than most people…) by Mathilda the cat, pictured here (18/5/14 , 8/3/15., 28/3/18, 28/8/18, 8/8/19, 3/4/20). (She’s unlikely to appear again — I know she’s still alive, but she’s moved house. Or her staff have, anyway.)

Mathilda again, 8/8/19

The first Muscovy duck that adopted Hebden Bridge as its home appeared on five photos (4/2/12 , 7/7/13,  6/2/13,  28/5/14 and 17/7/15), but by now more than one of the ducks that have, down the years, comprised this little colony have made at least two posts. Three dogs have been on more than once: Tara, the Railway’s adopted pub dog (sadly now deceased) has been on four photos; a whippet, first on 8/2/12 the second time in unfortunate circumstances on July 9th 2012, and Maggie the black labrador (18/1/15 and 3/7/16).

I suspect the heron I call ‘Humph’ has appeared more than once as well, on (at least) 10/6/19, 23/1/17, 25/5/16 and 17/2/16 — can’t be wholly sure, but have a look at the pictures and decide for yourselves. Then there’s ‘Maris Crane’, pictured here (5/11/20), who has surely also appeared twice.

Birds are the most common form of animal to appear other than humans. A golden eagle in September 2012 was the best birdwatching coup, even if it’s not a great photo. A cassowary is probably the most exotic avian model, although a weka, a cockatoo, an emu, and, in suburban Kent, a parakeet also have a case.

Most other common forms of animal have made it onto the blog at some point, though it took nearly three years for cows and fish to make it. Exotic non-bird life include an alligator, some elephants,three water dragons and six monkeys.

The picture here becomes the blog’s second documented death so far (on 5/3/121): because believe me, the starling didn’t make it. It can be added to the unfortunate wasp depicted being eaten by a spider on 17/12/18.

Photowhacks

I only publish one photo per day, but a ‘photowhack’ is my term for when I only take one photo on a given day. This is usually a sign the day has been very boring and with dull light, to boot. There may have been occasions earlier on in blog history where I did not record these, but I have more recently been tagging them, meaning all recorded photowhacks can be seen via this link — there are presently 29 of them, the most recent being this shot, taken on 4/10/21.

Times

All times on the blog are rounded to the nearest five minutes (e.g. 8:55, 9:00, 9:05, etc). The most popular hours for taking photos reflect my average daily habits over the last ten years, like, when I am not sat in an office but wandering out in the streets, and the prevalence of daylight, as much as anything. 15:00-15:55 has long been the leader, having become the first hour to break 400 pictures with a present score of 403 (10.89% of the total); the runner-up is 14:00 – 14:55 with 380.

The latest picture in a calendar day was taken in Brisbane at 23:50 on 17th March 2013 (St Patrick’s Day). The earliest was taken at 00:10 on 27th September 2014 in Bergen. However, reflecting bedtimes, the earliest genuine morning shot, that is, a shot taken after I had spent the first part of the day asleep and then got up, was at 3.45 am on 7th July 2014 [pictured below] and the latest night shot (end of an evening out) the one at 3.05am on 23rd June 2018.

Cragg Vale bunting, 7/7/14

From 17/2/13 to 11/3/13 I had 21 consecutive afternoon shots. The longest run of consecutive morning shots is 6, and this has happened five times without ever making a 7th (and thus a full week of mornings).

The complete distribution of shots by time is:

  • 0.00 – 0.55: 3
  • 1.00 – 1:55: 5
  • 2.00 – 2.55: 1
  • 3:00 – 3:55: 4
  • 4.00 – 4:55: 3
  • 5.00 – 5.55: 1
  • 6.00 – 6.55: 22
  • 7.00 – 7.55: 78
  • 8.00 – 8.55: 200
  • 9.00 – 9.55: 324
  • 10.00 – 10.55: 267
  • 11.00 – 11.55: 369
  • 12.00 – 12.55: 317
  • 13.00 – 13.55: 328
  • 14.00 – 14.55: 380
  • 15.00 – 15.55: 403
  • 16.00 – 16.55: 315
  • 17.00 – 17.55: 236
  • 18.00 – 18.55: 155
  • 19.00 – 19.55: 124
  • 20.00 – 20.55: 68
  • 21.00 – 21.55: 48
  • 22.00 – 22.55: 33
  • 23.00 – 23.55: 12

The same time appearing on two consecutive days is less rare than one might think — as illustrated when it happened five times in eight weeks between 12/12/20 and 3/2/21. Over the course of the blog this has happened 33 times. The closest to three-in-a-row has come with 20/11/11 – 22/11/11 (9:55, 9:50, 9:50); 10/11/14 – 12/11/14 (9:25, 9:25, 9:35); 24/6/21 – 26/6/21 (12:00, 11:55 and 11:50); and 2/10/21 – 4/10/21 (14:55, 15:00, 14:50).

Some superlatives
Some of these are hard facts — others, blatant matters of opinion…

Preikestolen, 19/6/14
  • World’s biggest pencil
  • World’s greatest cycle race, the Tour de France
  • The Vatican — the world’s smallest country, and also (probably) its biggest museum
  • Highest point in Africa, and world’s tallest freestanding mountain (Kilimanjaro)
  • World’s most populous city (Tokyo) and busiest railway station (Shinjuku)
  • World’s largest parliamentary building and, apparently, the world’s heaviest building — the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania [pictured further up the page]
  • World’s northernmost city of over 50,000 inhabitants: Tromsø, Norway
  • World’s tallest folly — Wainhouse Tower, Halifax
  • Britain’s highest-altitude public road (at around 2,200 feet); the A93 in Glen Shee, Scotland [pictured]
World's best beer, 14/7/14

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