Stats

Roughton Gill, 25/5/20

Stats are correct up to and including 6th September 2020, which was day 3,300 of the blog.

A total of 319 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 Roughton Gill, pictured above). The 300th named location was New Mills, Derbyshire, on 18/12/19 (the picture below). However, more than 319 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.

New Mills, 18/12/19

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

  1. Hebden Bridge: 1,325 photos in my home town, or 40.15% of the total — a proprtion that thanks to COVID-19 has just risen above 40% for the first time in a long time. The 1,000th photo was taken in the PIcture House on 22/7/18.
  2. Manchester: 615 in the city where I work (these days, nominally). 18.64% of the total. The 500th was taken on 3/10/18.
  3. The Lake District: 137, accepting its identity as a single location (see note above).
  4. London: 96.
  5. Brisbane: 51.
  6. Moscow: 48.
  7. Leeds: 47.
  8. Bergen: 37.
  9. Brighton: 33.
  10. Morecambe: 30.

Between them these 10 locations account for 2,418, or 73.3% of all the shots on the blog. Their ordering has changed very little in years, though Leeds will soon surpass Moscow and then Brisbane unless my life changes radically, and Morecambe will also move up. The nearest other place to joining the top 10 is Halifax with 26 appearances so far. Ten other locations have reached double figures (including Tromsø, pictured below).

Tromsøya, east side, 19/6/17

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).
  • Thanks to the spring 2020 coronavirus lockdown Hebden Bridge extended its longest sequence to 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 longest one).
  • Melbourne: 11 days in a row (5/4/19 to 15/4/19).
  • Yasawas, Fiji [pictured below]: 8 days (16/5/13 – 23/5/13).
  • Kilimanjaro National Park: 7 days (28/7/15 – 3/8/15).

Fiji sunset, 16/5/13

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

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.

On two occasions there have been five consecutive days of named new locations: 8/6/13 – 12/6/13 in Norway (Tjeldstø, Finse [pictured], Oslo, Gardemoen, Stavanger), and 19/8/17 – 23/8/17 in Canada/USA (Toronto, Gilman, Ullin, Carbondale, Urbana). Though note also 14/2/12 – 20/2/12 in New Zealand where two ‘unspecified’ locations snuck in, thus making, technically, seven new places in seven days.

Bergen-Oslo railway, 9/6/13

The longest gap between appearances of a place comes with Chester, which went 2,326 days, or around six and one-third years, between its debut on 10/6/12 (day 290) and its second appearance on 23/10/18 (day 2,616). (It has since appeared a third time.) A close second is Amsterdam, 2,268 days between 25/1/12 (day 153) and 11/4/18 (day 2,421).

Counting different component parts of the UK separately, these locations have been distributed through 41 countries:

England: 2,711 photos, or 82.15% of the total (proportion rising, etc.). The longest run of English-only pictures so far came between 3/2/20 and 23/6/20 inclusive — 142 days — before I deliberately went to the nearest bit of Wales I could reach in order to break it. (There have been no pictures from outside the UK since 2/2/20, and this is unlikely to change in the near future.) The 1,000th English picture was taken in Hebden Bridge on 11/4/15 and the 2,000th also in HB on 9/6/18.

December street, 5/12/14

Accrington (2), Arnside (1), Arundel (3), Aston-on-Trent (1), Bamber Bridge (1), Bamford (1), Barrow (1), Bedford (1), Billsborrow (1), Birkenhead [pictured above] (2), Birmingham (6), Bishop’s Cleeve (1), Bishop Wilton (1), Blackburn (10), Blackpool (3), Bolton (1), Bradford (11), Brighouse (8), Brighton (33), Burnley (5), Burslem (1), Bury (1), Buxton (1), Cambridge (5), Capel (1), Carlisle (3), Carshalton (1), Cheshunt (1), Chester (3), Church Fenton (1), Cleckheaton (1), Clitheroe (3), Cloughton (3), Colne (1), Coverdale (2), Cragg Vale (4), Crowborough (5), Derby (3), Doncaster (4), Dronfield (1), Dukinfield (4), Dunsop Bridge (1), Durham (1), Elland (2), Emley (2), Foxfield (2), Garrigill (1), Glasson (3), Grange-over-Sands (4), Halifax (26),  Harrogate (2), Haslemere (1 — pictured at the end of this list), Haslingden (1), Hassocks (1), Haworth (8), Hebden Bridge (1,325), Heckington (1), Hereford (1), Heysham (5), Heythrop Park (2), Holmfirth (1), Huddersfield (8), Hurst Green (1), Hyde (1), Keighley (6), Kendal (1), King’s Lynn (1), Kirkby-in-Furness (1), Lake District (137), Lancaster (14), Leeds (47), Lincoln (1), Littleborough (8), Liverpool (8), London (96), Long Causeway (4), Luddenden (3), Lutterworth (1), Manchester (615), Markham Moor (1), Marshaw (1), Middleham (2), Middlesbrough (2), Midgley (1), Mills Hill (4), Milton Keynes (1), Morecambe (30), Mossley (1), Mytholmroyd (15), Nelson (1), Newcastle (5), New Mills (1), Normanby-le-Wold (1), Nottingham (2), Oakworth (1), Oldham (3), Oxenhope (8), Peterborough (2), Pickering (1), Poulton-le-Fylde (1), Preston (8), Ravenglass (2), Ribblehead (1), Richmond (1), Ripponden (1), Rochdale (8), Sabden (11), Salford (4), Saltaire (1), Scarborough (1), Seaford (1), Seascale (1), Sheffield (4), Sidcup (6), Skelmersdale (1), Slaithwaite (1), Slyne (1), Solway Firth (1), Southport (1), Sowerby Bridge (4), Stalybridge (3), Steeton (1), Stockport (1), Stockton-on-Tees (2), Stoke-on-Trent (1), Strait of Dover (1 – see also France), Sutton Coldfield (1), Symonds Yat (2), Telford (2), Todmorden (20), Ulverston (1), Unspecified (12), Wakefield (1), Walsden (2), Wellingborough (1), Wendover (1), Wessenden Head (2), Wetherby (6), Whalley (2), Whitehaven (1), Whitworth (1), Wigan (2), Wolverhampton (2), Worksop (4), Worston (1), Wraysholme (1), Yarm (1), York (9).

Tennyson's Lane, 13/10/19

Of these, the most recent one to be depicted for the first time was Steeton (29/8/20). The place I visited longest ago, without yet having gone back, was Stockport (14/10/11). My favourite ‘one-off’ shot was long held by one the one taken in Birkenhead and shown at the top of the list above, but then I went back there, so I now nominate the picture immediately above, the only one taken so far in Haslmere, 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).

Near Bodø, 29/9/17

Norway: 95.  Aursfjord (1), Bergen (37), Bodø (1 – pictured), Bø (1), Finse (1), Gardemoen airport (3), Kristiansand (3), Lysefjord (1), Oslo (3), Ringvassøy (2), Seljord (2), Skulsfjord (1), Snilstveitøy (1), 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: 39. Aberdeen (6), Aberdour (2), Annan (1), Attadale (1), Burntisland (1), Dumfries (1), Dundee (4), Edinburgh (8), Fort William (2), Forth Bridge (1), Glasgow (5), Glen Clova (1), Gretna (1), Hamilton (1), Inverness (1), Kirkcaldy (1), Stirling (1), Tillicoultry (1).

Cable car trio, 30/3/15

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 – pictured), 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: 25. Aberystwyth (2), Conwy (1), Devil’s Bridge (1), Flint (1), Holyhead (2), Llandudno (3), Llangollen (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).

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

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

DOC worker, Heaphy Coast, 28/2/13

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

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

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).

Strait of Dover, 29/1/20

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

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

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

Iceland: 8. Akureyri (1), Dalvikurbygg∂ (1), Hverir [pictured below] (1), Keflavik (1), Reykjavik (4).

Hverir, 8/7/19

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 – pictured), Sintra (1).

On the Tagus, 30/7/16

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

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

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

Estonia: 4. Tallinn (4).

Romania: 4. Bucharest (4). This was the last country outside the UK to feature, with the shot of the Bucharest parliament building shown lower down the page, and taken on 2/2/20.

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

Singapore, Boat Quay, 28/3/19

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

Lebanon: 3. Beirut (3).

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

Saudi Arabia: 3. Jeddah (3).

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

Northern Ireland: 2. Belfast (2).

Ljubljana, 12/4/18

Slovenia: 2. Ljubljana (2 – pictured).

Turkey: 2. Istanbul airport (2).

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

The remaining few pictures are accounted for by:

  • In addition to ‘Unspecified’ shots where I at least knew what country I was in, 13 photos have been taken in or from planes where it is not possible to identify a country (such as the one below, which could be Austria, Slovenia or Croatia going on the route of the flight I was on at the time).

Mpuntain/islands, 1/11/19

  • Two photos are flyovers of countries I did not visit: the photo of Lake Nasser on 11/1/13 was taken over Egypt; and then there is Canada (Toronto) on 19/8/17.

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 125 photographs (equating to an average of once every 26.4 days)
  • Clare, my wife, is on 111
  • 42 [yay!] photographs can be considered self-portraits of one kind or another
  • My friend Steve is on 9 photos
  • My mother-in-law Carol is on 6, as is my Dad
  • My friend John B is on 5.
  • Six people are on four photos, eight people are on three photos each, and eighteen other people are on two photos each.

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.

Pink haired woman , 30/9/11

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

Mathilda again, 8/8/19

Six animals have definitely appeared more than once. The record for an animal is six appearances (more than most people…) by Mathilda the cat, pictured above (18/5/14 , 8/3/15., 28/3/18, 28/8/18, 8/8/19, 3/4/20). 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 this heron 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.

Humph the heron, 25/5/16

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 is the blog’s only documented and confirmed death so far (on 17/12/18): because believe me, this wasp didn’t make it.

Death of the wasp, 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 23 of them. My favourite probably being this shot, taken on 24/10/14.

Fallen leaf, 24/10/14

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, 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 is the clear leader, with 356 pictures (10.79% of the total), followed by 14:00 – 14:55 with 334.

5.00 – 5.55 was the last hour to make it, in January 2017 with a shot from Manchester Airport, meaning all hours of the day are represented somewhere.

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 now 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: 21
  • 7.00 – 7.55: 73
  • 8.00 – 8.55: 182
  • 9.00 – 9.55: 297
  • 10.00 – 10.55: 232
  • 11.00 – 11.55: 326
  • 12.00 – 12.55: 277
  • 13.00 – 13.55: 276
  • 14.00 – 14.55: 334
  • 15.00 – 15.55: 356
  • 16.00 – 16.55: 283
  • 17.00 – 17.55: 216
  • 18.00 – 18.55: 144
  • 19.00 – 19.55: 113
  • 20.00 – 20.55: 66
  • 21.00 – 21.55: 44
  • 22.00 – 22.55: 30
  • 23.00 – 23.55: 12

The same time appearing on two consecutive days is less rare than one might think. Over the course of the blog this has happened 27 times, the last on 9th and 10th June 2020, both in Hebden Bridge at 11:55am. The closest to three-in-a-row came with 20/11/11 – 22/11/11 (9:55, 9:50, 9:50) and 10/11/14 – 12/11/14 (9:25, 9:25, 9:35).

Some superlatives

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

Big pencil, 5/1/13

Preikestolen, 19/6/14

Jeddah fountain, 2/11/19

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