Stats

Borrowdale from Catbells, 19/3/19

Stats are correct up to and including 14th June 2019, which was day 2,850 of the blog.

A total of 275 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 Borrowdale, above). The 250th named location was Whitworth, Lancashire, on 17/11/18 (the picture below). However, more than 275 different places have actually appeared as, sometimes, when the photo is taken in or from some kind of transport, it is not possible to specify a location. These appear as ‘Unspecified’ in the lists below.

Whitworth Valley goal 4, 17/11/18

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

  1. Hebden Bridge: 1,102 photos in my home town, or 38.67% of the total. The 1,000th photo was taken in the PIcture House on 22/7/18.
  2. Manchester: 556 in the city where I work, well, some of the time. 19.51% of the total. The 500th was taken on 3/10/18.
  3. The Lake District: 118, accepting its identity as a single location (see note above). The 100th was this shot, taken near the village of Uldale on 6th April 2018.
  4. London: 84.

Lambs and Skiddaw, 6/4/18

  1. Brisbane: 51.
  2. Moscow: 48
  3. Leeds: 44
  4. Bergen: 37
  5. Brighton: 33
  6. Morecambe: 26.

Between them these 10 locations account for 2,099, or 73.65% of all the shots on the blog. Other named locations in double figures are Halifax (23), Tromsø (14), Todmorden (14), Stavanger (13 – pictured), Mytholmroyd (13), Melbourne (12), Lancaster (12) and Sydney (10).

Stavanger storm, 9/9/14

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).
  • Melbourne: 11 days in a row (5/4/19 to 15/4/19).
  • Hebden Bridge‘s longest sequence was 10 days in a row (28/12/11 to 6/1/12) (it has had other longish sequences but I include only this longest one).
  • Yasawas, Fiji: 8 days (16/5/13 – 23/5/13).
  • Kilimanjaro National Park [pictured below]: 7 days (28/7/15 – 3/8/15).

Bird in Karanga valley, 31/7/15

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

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, 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.

Chester station, 23/10/18The 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) — the picture above. 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 35 countries:

England: 2,311 photos, or 81.09% of the total. The longest run of English-only pictures came between 16/11/13 and 31/3/14 inclusive — 136 days. The 1,000th 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), Arundel (3), Aston-on-Trent (1), Bamber Bridge (1), Billsborrow (1), Birkenhead [pictured] (2), Birmingham (4), Blackburn (8), Blackpool (2), Bolton (1), Bradford (8), Brighouse (4), Brighton (33), Burnley (4), Burslem (1), Bury (1), Cambridge (5), Capel (1), Carlisle (2), Carshalton (1), Cheshunt (1), Chester (2), Clitheroe (2), Cloughton (3), Colne (1), Coverdale (2), Cragg Vale (3), Crowborough (5), Derby (2), Doncaster (4), Dronfield (1), Dukinfield (4), Dunsop Bridge (1), Elland (2), Emley (2), Foxfield (2), Glasson (2), Grange-over-Sands (3), Halifax (23),  Harrogate (2), Haslingden (1), Hassocks (1), Haworth (5), Hebden Bridge (1,102), Heckington (1), Hereford (1), Heysham (4), Heythrop Park (2), Holmfirth (1), Huddersfield (6), Hurst Green (1), Hyde (1), Keighley (5), Kendal (1), King’s Lynn (1), Kirkby-in-Furness (1), Lake District (118), Lancaster (12), Leeds (44), Littleborough (6), Liverpool (7), London (84), Long Causeway (3), Luddenden (2), Lutterworth (1), Manchester (556), Markham Moor (1), Marshaw (1), Middleham (2), Middlesbrough (2), Midgley (1), Mills Hill (4), Morecambe (26), Mossley (1), Mytholmroyd (13), Nelson (1), Newcastle (5), Nottingham (2), Oakworth (1), Oldham (2), Oxenhope (4), Peterborough (2), Pickering (1), Poulton-le-Fylde (1), Preston (7), Ravenglass (1), Ribblehead (1), Ripponden (1), Rochdale (5), Sabden (9), Salford (4), Saltaire (1), Scarborough (1), Seaford (1), Seascale (1), Sheffield (4), Sidcup (6), Slaithwaite (1 [pictured below], Slyne (1), Solway Firth (1), Southport (1), Sowerby Bridge (2), Stalybridge (2), Stockport (1), Stockton-on-Tees (2), Stoke-on-Trent (1), Symonds Yat (2), Todmorden (14), Ulverston (1), Unspecified (12), Walsden (2), Wakefield (1), Wellingborough (1), Wetherby (4), Whalley (2), Whitehaven (1), Whitworth (1), Wigan (1), Wolverhampton (2), Worksop (1), Worston (1), Wraysholme (1), Yarm (1), York (9).

Huddersfield Narrow Canal, 22/3/15

Of these, the most recent one to be depicted for the first time was Wakefield (22/5/19). 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 above, which is the only one taken so far in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire (on 22/3/15).

South Melbourne beach, 12/4/19

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 [pictured above] (12), Mulligan highway (1), Nimbin (1), Redcliffe (1), South Port (1), Stradbroke Island (3), Sydney (10), Torquay (1), Unspecified (1), Wagga Wagga (4).

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

Skulsfjord, 8/3/17

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

Scotland: 33. Aberdeen (6), Aberdour (2), Annan (1), Attadale (1), Burntisland (1), Dundee (4), Edinburgh (7), Forth Bridge (1), Glasgow (5), Glen Clova (1), Gretna (1), Hamilton (1), Inverness (1), Kirkcaldy (1).

The United States of America: 29. Atlanta airport (1), Carbondale (1), Chicago (1), Gilman [pictured] (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).

Gilman, Illinois, 20/8/17

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

Wales: 16. Aberystwyth (2), Conwy (1), Devil’s Bridge (1), Flint (1), Llandudno (3), Llangollen (1), Newport (3), Ponterwyd (1), Portmeirion (1), Prestatyn (1), Rhyl (1).

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

Simbach station, 24/11/18

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 (3), Unspecified (1).

Winter at Schiphol, 16/1/13

The Netherlands: 12. Amsterdam (4), Maastricht (3), Schiphol airport [pictured above] (5).

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

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

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

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

Port de Moulin, Sark, 13/8/18

France: 8. Paris (4), St Malo (4).

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

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 above] (1), Ho Chi Minh City (4).

Estonia: 4. Tallinn (4).

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

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 (2pictured).

Howth harbour, 30/5/19

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

Slovenia: 2. Ljubljana (2).

Turkey: 2. Istanbul airport (2).

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

Beneath mushroom cloud, 18/10/15

The remaining few pictures are accounted for by:

  • In addition to ‘Unspecified’ shots where I at least knew what country I was in, 12 photos have been taken in or from planes where it is not possible to identify a country (such as the one above, which could be Belgium, France or Germany going on the route of the flight I was on at the time)
  • 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 [pictured below].

Toronto, 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 109 photographs (equating to an average of once every 26.15 days)
  • Clare, my wife, is on 94
  • 37 photographs can be considered self-portraits
  • My friend Steve Grey is on 9 photos
  • My mother-in-law Carol is on 5, as is my Dad
  • Four people are on four photos, ten 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 here! Wowza! 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

Muscoy duck, 17/5/15

Six animals have definitely appeared more than once. The first Muscovy duck, pictured above, that adopted Hebden Bridge as its home has 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 comprise 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). A cat (Mathilda, according to her name tag) has  appeared four times (18/5/14 , 8/3/15., 28.3.18, 28/8/18).

Humph the heron, 25/5/16

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.

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. This 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.

Cassowary, 28/3/13

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

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, which I partly attribute to the number of photos I take at football matches. It has 305 pictures (10.7% of the total), followed by 14:00 – 14:55 with 289.

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.

Cragg Vale bunting, 7/7/14

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 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 above] and the latest night shot (end of an evening out) the one at 3.05am on 23rd June 2018.

From 17/2/13 to 11/3/13 I had 21 consecutive afternoon shots. The longest run of consecutive morning shots is 6, which occurred on 9/10/13 – 14/10/13, 30/6/18 – 5/7/18, and 2/2/19 – 7/2/19.

The complete distribution of shots by time is:

  • 0.00 – 0.55: 3
  • 1.00 – 1:55: 4
  • 2.00 – 2.55: 1
  • 3:00 – 3:55: 4
  • 4.00 – 4:55: 3
  • 5.00 – 5.55: 1
  • 6.00 – 6.55: 19
  • 7.00 – 7.55: 66
  • 8.00 – 8.55: 167
  • 9.00 – 9.55: 258
  • 10.00 – 10.55: 192
  • 11.00 – 11.55: 275
  • 12.00 – 12.55: 233
  • 13.00 – 13.55: 227
  • 14.00 – 14.55: 289
  • 15.00 – 15.55: 305
  • 16.00 – 16.55: 252
  • 17.00 – 17.55: 192
  • 18.00 – 18.55: 127
  • 19.00 – 19.55: 101
  • 20.00 – 20.55: 57
  • 21.00 – 21.55: 41
  • 22.00 – 22.55: 26
  • 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 25 times, the last on 30/4/19 and 1/5/19 (both in Manchester at 12:05). 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…

Tour de France, 6/7/14

Preikestolen, 19/6/14

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