Here is my personalised "geograph" map. The red splattering effect reveals where I have taken photographs for the project since my very first contribution back in September 2009. There are other drips of red paint elsewhere - Cornwall, South Wales, Fife, Sussex, London and Essex for example but these are off the main map.
As you would expect, the biggest red splash is centred on my home. I have taken pictures in every square kilometre of The City of Sheffield and like a blob of red ink that central splash has leaked out over most of The Peak District and into Nottinghamshire and various parts of Lincolnshire.
Taking pictures for geograph is a hobby that I find very enjoyable and it suits me down to a tee. It involves map reading, walking, historical research and posting pictures on the internet for all to see. Mostly I hope to take good pictures that will interestingly represent any particular square kilometre but occasionally I snap dull pictures that are just about "bagging" a square. Of course I have blogged about this hobby before. Here for example.
So far I have uploaded 8004 photos to geograph but that is less than 20% of the total number of pictures I have taken whilst out rambling. It's slightly shocking to estimate that I have in fact taken over 50,000 pictures in the last six and a half years and of course many more during my two working stints in South East Asia and on various holidays.
Taking pictures can be like writing poems or songs. You're looking to make the best poem you have ever written, the best words n the best order or you are looking to capture an image that is special - perhaps in its simplicity or in its quirkiness or because the weather and the light conspired to perfectly enhance the scene in front of you.
If my currently sore hip or a future debilitating injury or the creakiness of old age prevented me from getting out there to explore the world around me I should feel like a bird without wings but at least there'd be all those photos to remind me of the wonderful places I have been and the splendid things I have seen.
England is a fantastic and beautiful country, rich in history, filled with surprises and any fellow countrymen or women who dispute this must be stupid, blind or both.