Parts of the Northwest Highlands are amongst the oldest landscapes on Earth. The Lewisian Gneisses, a striped and banded family of rocks that form a hummocky plateau along the north west sea-board of Scotland, were formed between 2.5 and 3 billion years ago.
There are not many landscapes in Britain that are free from human influence - here are a few pictures of ancient and modern human involvement with the scenery.
Much of Britain found itself under ice in the relatively recent (in geological terms, at least) past. We all remember the U-shaped valleys of our geography lessons, but even areas that were not buried under mile-high glaciers - such as the south of England, experienced conditions that we would call 'Siberian' today.
Though often ignored, the liminal, in-between areas like grass verges, the overgrown un-farmable corners of fields or the embankments of motorways are all part of the landscape too. It’s almost a cliche to say that you get a completely different view from another liminal area - the railway track - than the one that you normally see, but I’ve recently started taking pictures from trains for that very reason.
The English Lake District is one of the best places to experience autumn in all its glory. Here are some shots taken from the shores of Lake Windermere.