Monthly pic August 2011

The Lake District, UK. Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, 1/60, f/4.5, iso 100, Cokin Gradual Neutral Grey filter, handheld.
The view on this picture is down the hiking trail up to Scafell Pike, with 978 meters the highest mountain in England. Scafell Pike is located in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, which I visited with two friends. We only went for a short hike, but the views where beautiful. Rainy weather proved one particular prejudice about this region quite right (with some consequences for my poor lens). :(

However, the contrast between this peaceful countryside and the ugly riots in most major cities in the UK couldn't be bigger. Headlines in newspapers in the airplane back to Schiphol airport read "...formerly known as Great Britain". Not that dramatic I say, since the hospitable people we met and the great countryside we enjoyed still proved otherwise.

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