Hadrian’s Wall

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” I especially thought about the words of Edward Abbey as we where hiking on Hadrian’s Wall Path. It was such a beautiful day and the two bookfayries were so happy to fly next to each other, Siri in Scotland and Selma in England and a couple of minutes later, the other way around.🙂🙂
What a bliss to be able to travel, to go hiking in good health, to be in the middle of such a grand nature and fully enjoy the pleasure and adventure of living, loving and just being alive.

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Klausbernd, Siri and Selma hiking on Hadrian’s Wall Path. Can you spot them? It’s difficult, I know. We put the blame on the wide angle. That’s why it looks likes they are years ahead of me. Carefree. Or is it my backpack? Honestly, if I had known how what a heavy load my new camera + 3 lenses + the old the camera + 2 lenses + tripod would add up to …🙂

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Siri, Selma and Klausbernd at Hadrian’s Wall admiring my good spirits and strong back and being ever so patient with me. And my backpack … I wonder how Stefano copes on an expedition with all his gear?  Tina Schell was struggling on the Chinese Wall, gosh she had 2 tripods and no sherpa either. Anyway, what a glorious sunshine today!🙂

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 Now that’s better … With the help of Siri and Selma, who kindly interrupted their search for the Romans, 1600 years after they left this amazing site,  I’m catching up.🙂

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Klausbernd and the Bookfayries at Sycamore Gap, also known as Robin Hood’s Tree. It was featured in the 1991 film version of Robin Hood, ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’. Link to: youtube. And I’m getting closer all the time!

 
Klausbernd Vollmar, Hadrian's Wall, Foto: Hanne Siebers DSC_0057_kl
 

Siri and Selma playing with children on the remains of Castle Nick, near Steel Rigg:

 
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Enough for now, back to more inspiring words from Eward Abbey:

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic.

“Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. While you can. While it’s still here.

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So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests,

climb the mountains,

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bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air,

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sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.

Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much;

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I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators.

I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” – Edward Abbey

All photos taken at : Unesco World Heritage Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland National Park, Frontiers of the Roman Empire, England  © Hanne Siebers, 2013

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    • Living in a fantasy world with two adorable bookfayries like Siri and Selma you can travel and fly anywhere in no time.🙂🙂
      Thanks a lot for visiting and commenting and putting it right, dear Vladimir.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. Mein lieber Schatz,
    DANKE für die schöne Erinnerung an diesen tollen Tag🙂
    Mit lieben Grüßen aus Cley, wo es heute so sonnig wie an Hadrian`s Wall war
    Klausbernd xxx
    Huch, unbermerkt wurde ich aufgenommen – da hätten mich doch Siri oder Selma warnen müssen

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  2. Lovely photographs, but despite what many English people seem to think (according to the comments in the Guardian) Hadrian’s Wall does not mark the boundary between Scotland and England. A chunk of England lies to the north of it. You need to drive further north — though who knows what might happen come Scotland’s referendum if there is a vote to leave the other nations that form the UK!

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  3. Great report from your travels Dina, and lovely photos too. I am really drawn to the very wide shot at the end. Is that about 20mm? I gave up two bodies, four lenses, and accessories, after an arduous day out to another wall, the one near Beijing! One camera, short zoom, is all I allow myself these days, and then not that often. Well done for lugging it all around, as the reults prove that it is worth it.
    Regards and best wishes to you as always. Pete.
    ( I don’t care where the border is, or was. I understand the spirit of your idea.)

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Pete.
      The last photo is taken with the Nikon 14 – 24 2.8 at 14mm. Today I handle my gear more selective too. This trip was the first trip when I really had some time to get to know my new camera and the new lenses (3 lenses = almost 5 Kilos!) and since we travelling by car it was a good opportunity to try them out. Lucky you to have seen the other wall! How was that trip, would you do it again, can you make us some recommendations?
      Enjoy your weekend, Pete and give Ollie a pat and big hug XL from me.
      Are your heating working alright again?

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    • I went to Beijing in 2000, to visit and stay with a friend who was working and living there. As he was working, I had to make my own amusement most days, so went on trips to The Wall, The Forbidden City, and The Ming Tombs. It was all very organised, as I cannot speak Chinese, but there was always free time, and I enjoyed it a lot. Even then, a pre-Olympic Beijing felt a bit disappointing. Western corporate companies, advertising, and familiar logos were everywhere. Subway, and other outlets were all around, and it didn’t look much like the China I had imagined.
      It is different in feel though, with few non-Chinese around, and I absolutely loved the experience. It will be even more Westernised now though, I fear.

      The heating seems to be repaired, though I am loathe to boast about it, and the wood burner is even working, though there do seem to be some sealing problems, that still need attention.
      Ollie has had his pats and hug.
      Best wishes as always, dear Dina. Pete. x

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    • You could spend a year just exploring Wales🙂 Which part are you living in?
      When you have tired of Wales then there is Shropshire, Herefordshire and the Cotswolds not too far away, though travel in those parts is very slow due to no motorways!
      Jude xx

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    • Jude is correct Wales is very big! I wouldn’t miss the castles of Pembrokeshire; (if you like castles!) Manorbier, Pembroke, and many more, most surprisingly well-preserved. Then there is Cardigan bay, and Mount Snowdon, the list goes on and on…Regards, Pete.

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    • Oh well, try the Gower first – gorgeous beaches. Or north to the Brecon Beacons if you like wilderness and hiking trails and great views. I still need to visit Cardiff though🙂

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    • Thanks a lot to Jude and Pete for helping out, I’ve never been to Wales myself and I don’t know the areas close to Wales worth visiting. Wales is another place high up on my bucket list. Sounds like it would be good to combine with the Cotswolds, coming from Norfolk. Thanks again!
      Dina xx

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    • Dear James, thank you so much for this great comment!🙂

      I have just visited your official website
      http://www.jameselkingtonphotography.com/
      your photos are breathtaking!

      We stayed in a cottage in Eden Valley and took the A686 to Hadrian’s Wall. What a treat! Splendid weather on one of the top ten scenic drives in the UK. I’ll never forget this day. Hiking along Hadrian’s Wall was pure magic. I hope to see more of the Dales another time. We just stayed 2 nights near Harrogate, much too short for the wonderful Dales.

      Have a lovely weekend!
      Dina

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    • Thank you Dina, what a lovely thing to say about my website. Glad you are enjoying England, and Harrogate is not too far from the Dales…Pateley Bridge is a beautiful little Dales village, and is only a few miles away. Have a great weekend!
      James

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    • Your kind words are much appreciated, dear Cathy – a BIG thank you for visiting and liking my work. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
      Love, Dina xx

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    • I know this feeling very well, Amy, that’s why I LOVE to travel and see new things, landscape, meet new people, the whole lot. Poor Klausbernd, he’s not such a keen traveller, but still a wonderful travel companion. Good thing we have Siri and Selma to persuade him to leave home and garden every now and then …🙂🙂
      Big hug!
      Dina xx

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    • That could very well be so, Amy, But; as soon as we have actually decided to go somewhere, he’s jus as excited as we are. Then we have great fun preparing our travels. That’s like travelling twice for the price of one, if you get me … ?😉
      {{Hug}} back to you, Amy – good night and sleep tight!
      Dina x

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  4. Lovely photos and day! My visit to Hadrian’s Wall involved horizontal hail and an angry herd of very large sheep that drove us into boggy mud. It was fun…afterwards.🙂 Siri and Selma look like they are having lots of fun!😉

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    • Really – where did you meet this angry sheep? We had an encounter with some VERY angry sheep on Hardside on the top of the A686 going to Hadrian’s Wall!🙂 I have never climbed a gate so quickly in my whole life, With two cameras in my hands!🙂 Siri and Selma laughed themselves silly, they just flew away …
      We were so lucky with the weather on this day, I’m sorry about your visit. Horizontal hail doesn’t sound much fun at all, Julianne Victoria!

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  5. A visually stunning post that makes me smile too. There’s not much more I could ask for. And I love this gentleman, Edward Abbey- though I’d never heard of him before.
    Dina, this post was a joy 🙂

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  6. Wunderbare Fotos und Worte zu einer bemerkenswert schönen Landschaft. Da werden sie unruhig im Schrank, die Wanderstiefel!
    Danke schön und liebe Grüsse aus Hamburg unter sternenklarem, aber sicher vergleichsweise sternenarmem Nachthimmel von Jarg

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    • Ganz herzlichen Dank für den lieben Kommentar, Jarg! Die Zwillinge hätten bestimmt Freude an dieser Strecke gehabt. Anschauliche Geschichte in einer wunderbaren Landschaft.🙂
      Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht aus Bonn
      Dina

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    • Liebe Dina,
      das glaube ich Dir sofort. Die Verbindung von Landschaftsanschauung und Geschichtserkundung stellt ja von jeher einen schönen Wandergrund dar.
      Uns reichte heute mangels rascher Reisemöglichkeit zu Hadrians Wällen bei komplett wetterberichtskonträrem, da sonnigen Herbstwetter auch ein kleiner Spaziergang in einem Stadtwald – mit der Tochter an der Seite wird auch eine spannende Geschichte daraus.
      Herzliche Sonntagabendgrüsse aus dem Norden nach Bonn von
      Jarg

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  7. Wonderful photos – wish I was there. Looks like it was great weather too.
    (I still say my 18-200mm lens is perfect for those times when you don’t want to carry too much gear).

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    • Thank you, Victoria!🙂 It was a perfect day! I used to travel with my D200 and a 18-200. Easy and quite comfortable. But not sooo good…
      In the future, now when I’m getting used to the new better lenses, I ‘ll make a choice and then I have to stick to the lens I pick and make the best of it. And give Klausbernd the backpack to carry.😉
      I hope you are enyoing your weekend!
      Dina xx

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    • Thank you so much, it’s highly appreciated! Do you have any connections to Greenland or Alaska being married to an Artistic Eskimo?
      Have a great weekend!
      Dina xx

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    • Yes, Dina – his Eskimo relatives are still all in Alaska – Bristol Bay, Seward, Dillingham…and his cousin guards the Russian border at an outpost on four-month rotations. The cousin takes phenomenal photography – trying to see if he’ll join us in the blogosphere!
      ~~ssm

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    • That would be great! I’d love to see his work.:-) Do you go visiting? Do you know the area well? I’m eager to go North, you see.🙂

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    • We haven’t been since 1996 – much too long. Now that our children are getting older and curious about their roots, a trip will likely be in their future, though. What draws you to the North?
      ~~ssm

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    • We were almost in Corbridge, Richard. I enjoy your paintings from the north of England very much. Thanks a lot for visiting and commenting, it’s highly appreciated🙂
      Enjoy your weekend.
      Dina

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  8. A glorious post with photos and words and I love the thought of the Bookfayries flying in Scotland and England (even if they weren’t). We were in the same spot a few years ago – a most beautiful part of the country!
    Jude xx

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    • The Bookfayries live in a dreamlike fantasy world and bring us much joy and pleasure when travelling, Jude.🙂 It’s indeed a great, very beautiful landscape up North. England is gorgeous. I hope you are enjoying your weekend a lot!
      Big hug, Dina xx

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  9. Dear Dina, what a pleasant surprise. My husband and I walked the same trail 25 years ago on our honeymoon…on our way to Scotland. And we had a sunny day as well. Ha, believe it or not we spent a few weeks in the North of England en Scotland with only one evening of rain (which we spent in a jolly pub in the harbor of Ullapool) Beautiful photos as usual and Siri and Selma look their best ;0) Love Johanna

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    • I was in for a great surprise as I saw your wonderful shout out, Johanna!🙂 Thanks a lot!
      I’m glad this brings happy memories for you as well. Glorious sunshine is not daily in this region, we loved every minute of the day there. Siri and Selma are sooooo HAPPY🙂🙂 that you like their looks! You know, only the ones believing in fayries can actually spot them, that makes you a very special and dear friend, indeed!🙂

      Lots of fayriedust and big hug from us!
      Dina, Siri and Selma
      xxx

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  10. I especially love that last image and the part about your “heart in a safety deposit box”….ha, wise words for how NOT to thrive in ones own life and this world! And what lovely experiences and memories in the making for the children!

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    • Wow, thank you for this lovely comment, dear Veraiconica! Siri and Selma are truly happy now and we all send you lots and lots of fayriedust, love and a BIG hug.🙂
      Dina
      xx

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  11. Guten Morgen, Dina,
    schöne Fotos!
    Da bekomme ich gleich Fernweh und möchte wandern und klettern.
    Aber heute muss ich wieder mal ein wenig Gekauftes von Ikea zusammen bauen.
    Einen schönen Tag , liebe Grüße, wünscht dir Susanne

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    • Liebe Hanne, ich hätte auch dazu Lust! Prost aus Berlin…. und ganz doll liebe Grüße und eine Umarmung von Susanne
      P.S. Ich freue mich schon, wenn wir uns das nächste mal sehen, dann holen wir das mit der Flasche Wein nach…

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    • Einverstanden!🙂 Freue mich schon, Susanne! Hundi muss jetzt bald raus und ich werde einfach nicht fertig mit dem kommentieren.🙂 Wenn ich zurück bin vom Gassigehen, wird eine Flasche aufgemacht. Eine kleine, oh je, ich muss soooo irre früh zum Dienst …🙂
      Eine liebe Umarmung zurück!
      Hanne
      xx

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    • Ich habe eine Piccolo Sekt getrunken und fest an dich gedacht. Jetzt gehe ich ins Bett und lese. Morgen ab 7 Uhr kommt der Heizungsmensch… meine Heizungen werden nicht warm, besonders im Galerie-/Präsentationsraum ist es super kalt…. brrrrrr

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    • Liebe Susanne,
      wenn der Tag nur mehr Stunden hätte … Oder weniger Arbeit …🙂 Läuft die Heizung wieder bei dir? Bei mir hat über Nacht die Heizung auch ausgesetzt Ich bin heute soooo früh aufgestanden und dann kam nur kaltes Wasser aus der Dusche, brrrr… Jetzt gehe ich raus mit Hundi im anhaltenden Regen und dann ab in der Badewanne, hoffentlich wieder heiß!🙂
      Schönen Abend dir,
      Dina x
      Auch .. einen Piccolo trinke ich dann auch auf uns!

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  12. la grande libertà e la fortuna di poter viaggiare, ammirando senza sosta le bellezze naturali e le grandi impronte lasciate un po’ ovunque in Europa ,Asia e Africa dei miei antenati romani, portando civiltà e le grandi doti del loro codice di diritto,ancora valido per molte nazioni al mondo
    grazie Dina, ti auguro di avere tanta, tante e tante di queste avventure
    con simpatia
    Ventis
    the great freedom and the good fortune to be able to travel and enjoy without stopping the natural beauty and the great footsteps everywhere in Europe, Asia and Africa of my ancestors, Roman civilization and the great qualities of their code of law, still valid for many countries in the world
    Thanks Dina, I wish you to have so much, many and many of these adventures
    with sympathy

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    • You are a true gem! You always lift me, put a great smile on my face and I don’t even notice the dull rain outside. Please visit me again, real soon!🙂 You have the most fantastic images on your beautiful blog. I’d love to go to the polar bears right now.
      What are you up to, next?
      Have a lovely evening, Ventis!
      Big hug,
      Dina
      xx

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  13. Beautiful photographs and a really wonderful set of quotes! Loved it. It was exactly what I needed today. (It was especially nice to see some sun since we haven’t had much here in Denmark lately!)

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    • Thank you Allison, your kind words cheered me uo right now!🙂 Just like a rainbow.
      It’s raining in Bonn, it’s grey and dull outside and I’d love to see the sun again too.
      Big hug to you all in beautiful Denmark
      Dina
      xx

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    • 🙂🙂🙂 That makes us all very, very happy, dear Martina. We feel very inspired now!
      Have a lovely evening in gorgeous Ticino.
      Dina
      xx

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    • Lucky you to live in such nice surroundings, Mrpipponders!🙂
      Thanks a lot for visiting and commenting, it’s highly appreciated!
      Best regards
      Dina

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  14. Wunderbar, liebe Dina. Ich bekomme gleich wieder Lust, wandern zu gehen. Das mit dem Gepaeck ist natuerlich immer ein Problem. Wir nehmen auf Wanderungen immer nur eine Kamera und ein Objektiv mit. Und die lade ich meinem Mann auf. Der ist schliesslich viel groesser und kann schwerer tragen🙂 Sei lieb gegruesst, Peggy

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    • Liebe Peggy,
      über deinen lieben Kommentar haben wir uns sehr gefreut!🙂 Ich begrenze mich mitterweile auch ein wenig, aber nicht ganz … Dafür trägt Klausbernd meistens meine Ladung, ohne zu klagen!🙂
      Ich hoffe, du und der kleine Entdecker sind wieder wohlbehalten in London.
      Liebe Grüße
      Dina

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  15. Lovely post as always, dear Dina, with great images and great content/quotes to go with them: I love the quote at the very end – so true, it really makes you think hard about what you are doing with your life…
    As to the images, I particularly like the third and the second to last photograph: glad to see you are enjoying your 14-24!😉
    Regarding lugging photo equipment around, well unfortunately it is kind of part of the game, although there are a few things you can do to make it at least a little bit better on you: 1. Absolutely invest in a good photo backpack (and use that hip belt) and/or a modular belt system; 2. Choose the gear you want to carry with you wisely ahead of the trip, thinking hard what it is that you want to achieve (each lens is a tool for a specific task); 3. Although having two bodies with you is an insurance against mechanical failure and is convenient because you can (for instance) slap a 70-200 on one and the 14-24 on the other one without having to swapping lenses all the time, consider leaving one behind on long hikes; 4. If you plan on bringing a tripod along (which for serious work you should), do invest in a carbon fiber one: it makes a world of difference on your shoulders!
    Perhaps at some point I will write a short post about it…😉
    Lots of love and hugs to the four of you!
    Stefano

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    • Dear Stefano,

      sorry, I’m hopelessly caught up in work and I’m way behind with my comments. Your kind words and advice are highly appreciated – a huge THANK YOU!
      I’d love to see a post from you about this subject, Stefano.

      I have a very good photobackpack; it feels good to have both belts on, when it gets hot I only use the hip belt. So far I have never carried a tripod whilst hiking, but I have a very light one, that’s not so much a problem.
      For me the main problem is the weight of the lenses. The 70-200mm is seriously heavy, so what do I do? Going for a walk, carrying two bodies with me, the 70-200mm is to big and too heavy. But that s another problem.
      So far, I like taking two bodies with me, that saves time and protects the camera. Most of the time in the Lakes I had the 18-200 on the D200 and the 14-24 on the D800.
      Looking at the photos now, I’m sort of sorry I didn’t use the D800 more. The files are enormous, but I’m slowly getting used to it. I need more experience with the light sensitive lenses, what a difference to the lenses I used before!🙂

      Because I was inexperienced with camera and the lenses, I brougth it all with me.🙂 For a long, hard hike I’d probably settle for one lense and make the most out of it: If I go somewhere and only have the 24-70 I’ll have to try things out and that can be fascinating too.

      Very important reminder if you should write about gear and travels; for all the ones that doesn’t travel alone, maybe with a partner not so interested in photography – how can you make the outdoor activities tolerable, easy and great fun for both? Klausbernd is very patient, he carries my gear and the bookfayries are easy, but not so helpful, – of course due to their lightweight.🙂

      Thanks again, dear Stefano.
      A BIG, big thankful hug to you from us all!
      Dina

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  16. Dina, the wall is simply magnificent!!! And the landscape is spectacular. The colors of the images are so vibrant and I love the Robin Hood’s tree shot! What a privilege to be there!!!🙂
    Love,
    F. Xx

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    • Thank you, it was indeed a great, great pleasure, Francesca. It helps to travels with bookfayries, they are pure magic as far as the weather is concerned!🙂
      Now when we are looking forward to seeing the film with Kevin Costner.
      A big hug across the pond to you, Stefano and of course Her little Majesty! We hope to see some fine artwork from her soon.🙂
      Dina
      xx

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  17. Genial! Hätte ich doch diese feinen Fotos, diese Eindrücke zur Verfügung gehabt, … … damals im Englisch-Unterricht. Wie oft Herr Th. davon erzählt hat … … und ich keine Vorstellung davon hatte.
    Danke Dir!
    Herzlich, mb

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    • Hahaha, genau das Gleiche dachte ich als wir da waren!🙂 Hinter uns lief eine kleine Gruppe mit Studenten aus Cambridge, vor uns eine Schulklasse aus Italien. Wir machten nie solche tolle Schulausfluge als ich zur Schule ging! Neulich, als ich den Flughafenbus von Norwich nach London nahm, fuhr eine Schulklasse aus Paris mit.
      Schönen Abend, mb +dm + Hundis!
      Herzliche Grüße aus Bonn
      Dina

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  18. Wunderschöne Eindrücke sind dir da gelungen, liebe Hanne. Bei etwas mehr Zeit damals im Lake District hätte ich wohl auch einen Trip zum Hadrians Wall gemacht. Aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgeschoben. Und hoffentlich habe ich dann auch dieses Kaiserwetter, ihr Glückspilze🙂 Ich habe drei gleichermaßen England verliebte Schwestern. Meine jüngste hat mir letztes Jahr genau von diesem Robin Hood Tree eine schöne Postkarte geschickt. Vielen Dank für die herrlichen Bilder und den passenden Text dazu.

    Liebe Grüße an alle

    Achim

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    • Lieber Achim,

      dafür hast du so viel anderes gesehen, wofür wir vier überhaupt keine Zeit hatten. Ich war nochmal auf deinem Blog und habe mir deine tollen Aufnahmen angeschaut, wirklich megatoll, ganz wunderbar. auch das schlechte Wetter! Ich hatte nur Schwierigkeiten zu komemntieren, es klappte nicht.
      Fazit nach 2 Wochen lake District: Wir müssen noch mal hin!!🙂

      Herzlichen Dank für den lieben Besuch!
      Dina

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  19. Wow, was für eine wunderschöne Gegend. Und diese Mauer ist der Wahnsinn. Da würde ich auch gerne mal langwandern. Vielen Dank für Deinen wunderschönen Post.
    Liebe Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende!😉

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    • Ganz, ganz herzlichen Dank! Und ich würde gerne auf deine Spuren Island bereisen!🙂
      Einen guten Start in der neuen Woche wünscht
      Dina🙂

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    • Mit deiner Einschätzung liegst du vielleicht richtig, liebe Nomadenseele, darüber habe ich mich keine Gedanken gemacht, jedoch gefällt mir der Gedanke sehr gut!🙂 Wir sind nur einen halben Tag gelaufen. Die andere Hälfte wurde im Auto verbracht. Die Strecke vom Cottage zu Hadrians Wall war abenteuerlich schön, über einem tollen Pass auf eine Landstraße die zu den 10 schönsten scenic drives in UK zählt; die A686. (Das nur zu Info, falls du Lust hättest mal die Strecke nachzufahren oder wandern. :-))
      Einen schönen Abend wünscht dir aus Bonn
      Dina x
      die jetzt mit Hundi rausgeht. Es regnet und regnet. Nicht Neues unterm grauen Himmel.

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    • Der Gedanke hat bei mir dazu geführt, dass ich mich über Trekkingreisen zu Fuß und Pferd in Schottland kundig gemacht habe. Aber den Wall geht niemand entlang.

      Entlang des Walls hätte drei Vorteile: 1.) Man kann es alleine machen, 2.) man kann sich die Strecken gut einteilen und man kann sich 3.) nicht verlaufen.

      Dass ich in GB Auto fahre, ist eher unwahrscheinlich, die Beziehungen der Länder sind gerade so friedlich.
      Und mich irgendwo auf die Straße zu lassen, und dann auch noch bei Linksverkehr, ist mindestens genauso gut geeignet einen Krieg zu entfesseln, wie mich die Nationalhymne vor dem Buckingham Palast singen zu lassen. (Meine Singstimme fällt unter das Kriegswaffenkontrollgesetz, da flieht jeder umgehend, sofern nicht gleich die Ohren anfangen zu bluten.)

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  20. Habt ihr auch ein bissel gebuddelt und so einen schönen alten Steinbrief ausgegraben? Oder darf man das nicht….wahrscheinlich nicht!
    Wie fühlt sich das an, oben auf der Mauer zu stehen und freien Blick in beide Richtungen zu haben?
    Josi musste gestern ihre erste Arbeit in Geschichte schreiben, Untergang des Römischen Reiches, sie war erkältet, hoffentlich ging es gut!
    Herzliche Grüße und vielen Dank für diese wundervollen Fotos!

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    • Hallo liebe Pia,

      es ist immer schön von dir zu lesen! Ich hoffe, Josi geht’s wieder besser, gute Besserung von uns! x
      Nope, wir haben keine alten Briefe ausgebuddelt1🙂 ( Aber unter uns, das muss streng geheim bleiben; auf Machu Picchu habe ich eine Dollarnote mit Text von mir vergraben! :-))
      An der Mauer entlang zu wandern war megatoll, die Energie dort is super.

      Einen schönen Abend und eine leichte neue Woche wünscht euch drei
      Dina
      xx

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  21. HI Dina,
    love these beautiful photographs and the blue sky. I spent yesterday on a heathland in the rain so it as nice to see someone was enjoying a beautiful autumn day

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    • Dear Carola,
      thannks a lot – this region has plenty of rainy days so we consider ourselves very lucky indeed!🙂
      Wishing you a dry week, stay happy
      Dina
      xx

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  22. Liebe Dina,
    was für tolle Bilder, die so viel Lust auf eigene Wanderungen entlang des Hadrian´s Walls machen. Irgendwann will ich da auch mal entlanglaufen!
    Viele verregnete Grüße, Claudia

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    • Das freut mich sehr, wenn die Bilder dich zum Wandern und zu einem Ausflug nach North Cumbria/Northumberland einlanden! Herzlichen Dank für deinen Besuch! -)
      Liebe Grüße aus dem ebenso verregneten Bonn
      Dina

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  23. Dina,
    I’ve talked to many Scots , and I know where they think the border should be.
    It wasn’t the English who caused the Romans to build that wall. In any discussion of the wall one should ponder that.

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    • Thank you so much for visiting and traveling with us!🙂 Please come again soon!
      You do some great work for the animals, we appreciate your effort to give the poor animals a voice very much!
      Best regards
      Dina

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  24. Liebe Dina🙂 Diese Sätze am Schluß ..find ich einfach genial. Und deine Bilder sind absolut gigantisch! Was für eine traumhafte Landschaft .. danke, dass du dieses Wander-Erlebnis mit uns teilst. Die Einsamkeit und Ruhe, den Blick in die Weite schweifen zu lassen ..ganz eins mit dem Gegenwartsmoment und der Natur – das ist kostbarer als jeder “Schatz” der Erde, unbezahlbares Glück.

    Ich grüß dich ganz lieb und wünsche Euch einen schönen Sonntag🙂
    Ocean

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    • Jetzt bin ich richtig gerührt, liebe Ocean!
      Ganz, ganz herzlichen Dank für diesen lieben Kommentar. Ich habe mich sehr gefreut – und Siri und Selma auch!🙂

      Wir schicken dir ganz viel Feenhauch und die besten Wünsche für die kommende Woche. Einen dicken Knuddler für Greta. xx Ich gehe jetzt die letzte Gassirunde mit Franco.
      Dina

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  25. Hi Dina, schon wieder etwas gelernt……….; super. Mit dem Amerikanischen hatte ich es nicht so sehr………, nun ja – Edward Abbey – toller text und das mit Deinen Bildern. Danke kram Ruth

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    • Takk skal du ha, Ruth!🙂
      Ich hoffe, dir geht’s gut?
      Eine schöne, leichte neue Woche
      mit den besten Wünschen aus dem völlig verregneten Bonn
      Dina xx

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    • Good morgon Dina, nachdem Walter`s Beschreibungen las habe ich so eine Sehnsucht nach diesem verregneten B. Das hört wohl nie auf. Wann war ich das letzte Mal im Weinhaus Sülz? oder pflückte Waldmeister an der Petersbergauffahrt ( rechts und links und gegenüber -war auf jeden Fall eine super Stelle) – shit happen. Die Wünsche für eine schöne, leichte neue Woche werde ich ernst nehmen, so gut das einer stillen Brüterin gelingen kann, und danke Dir dafür. Auch lese ich jetzt wirklich Adam, Douglas und probe das Fliegen ( das Komma fügte ich später ein). Ha det så bra, vi ses o hörs, kram Ruth

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    • Hei Ruth,

      da schreibst du was; ich war eeeeewig nicht mehr im Weinhaus in Oberdollendorf! Jahrelang war das rustikale Restaurant an der Ecke sehr bleibt, dort war ich ebenfalls ewig nicht mehr. Ich bin so viel unterwegs und wenn ich hier bin, arbeite ich Tag und Nacht bis ich wieder fort bin.🙂
      Du glaubst ja nicht wie schnell sich das Bild der Uniklinik in Bonn verändert hat! Hier wird nonstop gebaut und abgerissen. Vielleicht mache ich eine Tages Fotos …🙂
      So ähnlich empfinde ich, wenn ich den Campus in Cambridge sehe. Addenbrookes Hospital gleicht heute eine eigene supermoderne Stadt, so völlig anders als vor 25 Jahren.

      Stor klem til deg fra meg i Bonn . her regner det og det regner og det regner🙂
      Hanne

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    • I’m not sure about that, my dear. I stop a lot to take photos, a slow mover indeed …
      I’m glad you enjoyed it.! Wishing you a great new week.
      Dina

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    • Oh, do I know this problem, Madhu! Sigh.🙂 I don’t know how to put it all into 24 hrs. Now my work is waiting and I have to rush. And I don’t like rushing things too much, but there’s no way to catch up without getting up a bit earlier and staying up a bit later… Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could find a remedy …
      Have a lovely new week! Your visit cheered me up!

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  26. Liebe Dina,
    ich würde so gerne diese Strecke bei schönem Wetter nachwandern!🙂 Die Fotos zu betrachten bereitet viel Freude, wunderschön kannst du Stimmungen einfangen.

    Kennst du den Steinkreis bei Oberdollendorf? Ich habe auf den Buchfeenblog von Klausbernd dazu kommentiert, vielleicht interessiert es dich.
    Ich freue mich auf den nächsten Beitrag!

    Liebe Grüße
    Walter H

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  27. Wow! What a wonderful time you have had and the images compliment your terrific words of a day that had laughter, pain (carrying so much camera equipment) but also the absolute joy of being out in the great outdoors. Hoping you have a great week ahead, regards, James

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    • Indeed! But on the other hand, we were soooo lucky to have the sun at all.🙂 I’d love to stay longer, but we had a long drive over the mountain to get back to our cottage. Although it was not quite as spectacular as Trollstigen, it was curvy enough for us to want to drive with a little daylight.

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    • I totally agree. The best thing is being outside in nature. Thanks a lot for taking a look at my work! Wishing you a lovely day,
      DIna

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    • Yes, we had a great day!🙂 We first stopped at Housesteads Fort. The place was so crowded that we decided to enjoy the drive along the wall until we found somewhere less popular and eventually we left the car at Steel Rigg. From there we went to Housesteads Fort, that was a great walk. Thanks for visiting, Jaspa!

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  28. Great article with great photos. It looks like it was a beautiful day, ideal for a walk like this. As a desk-bound man hypnotized by a calculator I try to get out there as often as I can, too.

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  29. A most uplifting, heartwarming post…. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your escapade, in that beautiful sunshine… I’m all for Carpe Diem. No good leaving things for later, if you can avoid it!🙂

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  30. It must have been a wonderful day. Great pictures – and I love the quotes by Edward Abbey. The first one felt like a diagnosis of capitalism… Thanks for the great post – all of you.

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  31. Liebe Dina,

    dein neues Blog-Outfit ist ja gigantisch! jetzt am großen Laptop seh ich es richtig, und die Bilder kommen NOCH schöner rüber – gefällt mir unheimlich gut!
    Liebe Abendgrüße zu Euch🙂
    Ocean

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  32. So beautiful!
    I do think about the back breaking labor to build those walls/fences, though.
    Living in a heavily forested area, it’s hard for me imagine using rocks instead of lumber. Such a different world.

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  33. Thank you – three bows to you over there! This is a generous post, with its head held high and feet firmly on the ground, if you know what I mean. I love Edward Abbey, that brilliant rascal. Beautiful photographs, inspiring, warm, and timeless words.

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  34. You have just taken me on a hike I have always hoped I’d one day see with my own eyes! Since the opportunity to do so is highly unlikely, I thank you!

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  35. Great post – and wonderful quote to end with🙂
    Interesting to read about your (and others’) gear dilemma – weight vs not having what you need. For specific days out I think about the images I’m hoping to get and take only one/two lenses. On holidays/travels I tend to take it all as I know I’m going to use some of it somewhere. I’ve just spent a week in Spain lugging almost 10kg around – and used it all. I got some decent images that would have been ‘lost’ otherwise so, for me, it’s all worth while ……. besides, it’s a good work out😀

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    • Hahaha, I really enjoyed your lovely comment, Noeline!🙂
      Of course it’s worth it, somehow.😉 I’ll think about the good work out the next time.
      Enjoy your weekend.
      Dina

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  36. Very nice photos. I’ve been around Great Britain many years ago. Coming from the land of the Romans I could’nt miss to see their work up to the North… I should have some old slides in my archives… thanks Dina …

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