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Asahi Pentax K1000 II, 35mm SLR. Photograph gallery.

Britain's largest beetle, the Stag Beetle. In flight...yes, scarily, they can fly, they sound like clockwork toys. This chap was photographed in July 2007, using a couple of extension tubes to get close in.

Britain's largest beetle, the Stag Beetle

Herculaneum is a ruined Roman Town, destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, in 79AD - the same eruption destroyed Pompeii. Pompeii is fantastic in all respects, but in many ways Herculaneum is better. The buildings are well preserved, in some cases the remains of the 1st floors may still be seen. Remarkably some of the wooden fittings can still be seen, albeit in charcoalised form. This panoramic photograph, taken in March 2000, is a bit of a cheat, as it is in fact two pictures joined together, the two pictures are joined down the middle of the pillar in the centre of the picture, fortunately the resolution of web base pictures disguises the join rather convincingly.

Pompeii is famous for its wall paintings, and Herculaneum has a fair share also.

Herculaneum is a ruined Roman Town, destroyed in the eruption of Mount         Vesuvius

Great Wall of China

In March 1999 the two K1000s were treated to an amazing 5 day trip to Beijing. Any trip to China absolutely must include some of the surviving 3000 miles of the Great China Wall. Much of it is unrestored and gently decaying, this section - about 25 miles from the capital has been tidied up and made safe for tourists. Initially disappointed with the overcast conditions it eventually started to snow, making the whole event unforgettable - if treacherous. At left, having climbed up into the clouds, we are looking back down as the snow starts to lay. Back on the way down is this young Peoples Army conscript engaged at one of the many watch towers, the poor light resulting in an exposure of half a second. Much of the traditional living quarters of Peking has been cleared, that which remains is now preserved from rampant encroachment as China industrializes. Aside from the human inhabitants was this little fellow exhibiting all the curiosity any other cat anywhere in the world would. Great Wall of China, guard

Great Wall of China in the snow

fellow exhibiting all the       curiosity any other cat anywhere in the world would

 

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