by Ferne Arfin, 22 April 2020
Pictures of wide open spaces
I woke up this morning to the strains of the Dixie Chicks singing Wide Open Spaces. “She needs wide open spaaaces,” they wailed. And the first thing that popped into my head was, “Don’t we all”.
With that in mind, I’ve collected some of my favorite pictures of wide open spaces. Surprisingly, they are not all outdoors and at least one of them is in the middle of a city. But all provide long views and more than enough space to dance away your cabin fever. I hope you enjoy these.
Midday on the Santorini caldera
Launchpad for the Battle of Hastings
It was from the haven of Dives-Sur-Mer, sheltered from the open sea by the beach at Cabourg, that William the Conqueror launched his fleet in September 1066. Off to conquer England, he had prepared more than 700 ships, carrying 7,000 men and 2,000 war horses, in this tiny port in the Calvados region of Normandy. A huge plaque in the village church lists all the nobles who accompanied William.
In the Haute Pyrenees
The view from Buckland Abbey
Cape Cornwall – the connoisseur’s Land’s End
The view from Richmond Hill
The Ancient Agora of Athens
October on Dartmoor
Dartmoor Views from Prince Hall
The lovely view from the rear garden of dog-friendly Prince Hall ends in a distant glimpse of Fox Tor Mire. The mire was likely the inspiration for the deadly, man-eating Grimpen Mire in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles.