Peaks of the Balkans (2): Man on a donkey

Man on a donkey, near the Pejë Pass (Qafa e Pejës) leading to Theth. Peaks of the Balkans trail, Albania. © Rudolf Abraham

Peaks of the Balkans Trail, Albania © Rudolf Abraham

Peaks of the Balkans trail, Albania © Rudolf Abraham

The Peaks of the Balkans is a recently developed 192km cross-border hiking route through mountainous borderlands of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. I’ve just finished writing the first English-language guidebook to the whole route, for Cicerone.

Nikon D700 & 14-24/2.8

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Cerro Torre (2)

Another shot of Cerro Torre, the iconic rock spire in the El Chalten/Fitzroy area of Los Glaciares national park, Patagonia, Argentina. © Rudolf Abraham

Cerro Torre, Los Glaciares national park, Patagonia, Argentina, travel photography © Rudolf Abraham

Cerro Torre, Los Glaciares national park, Patagonia, Argentina © Rudolf Abraham


Like the image of Cerro Torre in this earlier post, this one was also shot back in 2008 on a Nikon D200 while working on a guidebook to hiking in this area and Chile’s Torres del Paine national park. The lens? My trusty old manual focus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AIS – tiny, lightweight and unobtrusive, incredibly cheap and phenomenally sharp.
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Cerro Torre (1)

Early morning light on Cerro Torre, reflected on Laguna Torre. El Chalten/Fitzroy area of Los Glaciares national park, Patagonia, Argentina. © Rudolf Abraham

Cerro Torre, El Chalten, Laguna Torre, Los Glaciares national park, Patagonia, Argentina, travel photography © Rudolf Abraham

Early morning light on Cerro Torre, Los Glaciares national park, Patagonia, Argentina © Rudolf Abraham


This is an oldie, shot back in 2008 on a Nikon D200 while working on a guidebook to hiking in this area and Chile’s Torres del Paine national park.
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Bjelasica

Katun (summer cottage) and truck on Bjelasica, the rolling mountains on one edge of Biogradska gora national park, Montenegro. © Rudolf Abraham

Montenegro mountains travel hiking photography photographer Rudolf Abraham

Katun (summer cottage) and truck on Bjelasica, Montenegro. © Rudolf Abraham


Shot long ago (2006, soon after switching to digital) on a D200 with an old 28/2 AiS, during the two day hike from Biogradska gora national park to the rugged Komovi peaks near the Albanian border – and dug out of the archive recently for the new edition of The Mountains of Montenegro (Cicerone Press).
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Northumberland: The Snook

Hiking on The Snook, a long, low, dune- and grass-covered spit of land on the west side of Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Northumberland, UK. The castle-like tower hidden away among the dunes was originally a windmill, built in the 19th century to drain a mining shaft, when attempts were made to find workable coat deposits here. Holy Island and The Snook are part of one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline anywhere in Britain. © Rudolf Abraham.

The Snook, Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Northumberland, UK, photography © Rudolf Abraham

The Snook, Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Northumberland, UK. © Rudolf Abraham


Shot earlier this year while working on a feature for OE magazine.
D700 + 70-200/2.8
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Island highs (3) – Rab

As some of you already know, I’m currently walking, cycling and ferry-hopping my way around some of Croatia’s 1,185 or so islands, while working on a new hiking guidebook for Cicerone – so here’s the third of several posts on some highlights from the roof of the Croatian Adriatic…

Hiking above the rocky northeast coast of Rab (top), and view of the nearby island of Goli otok (literally ‘naked island’), formerly the site of a high security prison, in front of the rocky island of Prvic, with wind turbines on the mainland beyond (bottom).

Hiking on Rab, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © copyright. All rights reserved. HRrab_0172

Hiking on Rab, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © copyright. All rights reserved. HRrab_0164

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Nikon D700 + 14-24/2.8 & 70-200/2.8
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New books

Just received advance copies of my two most recent books:

St Oswald’s Way and St Cuthbert’s Way, published by Cicerone Press
Istria. The Bradt Travel Guide, published by Bradt (co-author with Thammy Evans)

Both published February 2013

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Northumberland Coast (2)

I’m expecting to receive the proofs from my Northumberland book (St Oswald’s Way & St Cuthbert’s Way) from Cicerone within the next few days, so here are a couple of shots taken on or near Holy Island (Lindisfarne) that I haven’t posted before.
Northumberland Coast Path, just north of the causeway to Holy Island

Walking the ‘Pilgrim’s Route’ across the sands to Holy Island (Lindisfarne), only possible at low tide

Refuge box for those caught by the tide…

The ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island

Sculpture of Saint Cuthbert, 7th century saint and hermit (and Bishop of Melrose and later of Lindisfarne), by Fenwick Lawson, in the ruins of Lindsfarne Priory

A well preserved group of lime kilns behind Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island. There was an important lime industry in Northumberland during the 19th century, and kilns survive at various spots along the coast and inland

Cairns left by pilgrims just beyond Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, with the big, bad and bleakly beautiful North Sea beyond

These images were all taken over several trips to Northumberland and the Borders in the second half of 2011 and early 2012.
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St Oswald’s Way, Northumberland

A few shots from my most recent visit to Northumberland (last week), walking/re-walking some sections of St Oswald’s Way for my new Cicerone guide, due out later this year.


Morning light on Warkworth Castle (built from the 12th to the 15th century), Warkworth, St Oswald’s Way / Northumberland Coast Path, Northumberland


Victorian postbox in the wall of what was formerly the village school, one of the oldest buildings in Great Bavington, St Oswald’s Way, Northumberland


The remains of Whittington Mill, an 18th century windmill near the village of Great Whittington, St Oswald’s Way, Northumberland


Whittington Mill


Looking towards the Simonside Hills (a SSSI, or Site of Special Scientific Interest), Northumberland National Park, from the edge of Harwood Forest, St Oswald’s Way, Northumberland


18th century stone bridge over the River Coquet at Pauperhaugh, St Oswald’s Way, Northumberland

D700 + 14-24/2.8 (#2, 3, 5 & 6), 24 PC-E (#1) and 70-200/2.8 (#4).

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Alive, alive oh (PAW 9/52)

Week 9 of the PAW (photo-a-week) challenge on Nikongear.com.
Another one from my recent trip to Northumberland. This is taken in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, just around the corner from the famous ‘Old Bridge’ (built in 1611). The landmark ‘Berwick Cockle Shop’, which opened in this location in 1886, closed its doors in 2010.

The ‘cockles’ sold here, unlike those in the song Molly Malone, were actually sweets.
D700 + 14-24/2.8 ISO 800
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