Photograph by Gillian Fisher, My Shot
The Edwardians, Victorians, the new Elizabethans. • Chaucer, Dickens, Shakespeare. • Churchill. • The Beatles. • As the crow flies, it's 900 miles from Land's End in southwest Cornwall to John o'Groats in northeast Scotland, yet this storied archipelago is a historical heavyweight whose politics and literature, arts and architecture have done as much as those of any nation to shape our world. • The smorgasbord that is Britain is as rich as its justly famous breakfasts—and every bit as gratifying.
Photograph by Philip Cozzolino,Looking at Saint Paul's and the Millennium Bridge in London
Photograph by Narahari Grama Sri,Durdle Door is one of Dorset's most recognizable features. On a clear day you can see along the Jurassic Coast westward toward Portland and eastward toward Man of War Bay and Lulworth Cove
Photograph by Dan Evans,Taken in the English countryside near Devonshire
Photograph by Dariusz Boron,Open architecture weekend in London, England. This is London's City Hall, designed by Foster and Partners.
Photograph by Kevin Byrne,Morning shot in Manchester Cathedral, England
Photograph by Sebastian Wasek,Botallack Mine is situated in the St Just Mining District, one of the most ancient hard-rock tin and copper mining areas in Cornwall. The lower of the two engine houses was built in 1835 to pump water from the mine. The higher engine house was built in 1862 to provide winding power for the Boscawen Diagonal Shaft, which ran out under the sea.
Photograph by Philip Connor,Cliffords Tower in York, England
Photograph by Elena Baroni, tHow to describe London‚ one of the great walking cities of the world. I had fun riding the tubes all day as well. Wow! Talk about crowded. Pricey place to stay but worth every pound. Endless things to see and do in London. Here is one of the pictures I took during my time off from work. I took this photo at Tottenham Court Road Tube Station. I get a bit of vertigo when I look at this image. It happens every time I start down the stairs in most tube stations. They seem somehow steeper to me than usual.
Photograph by Magda Caloian,My first impression of Big Ben, the Parliament and London's double-deckers on a cool February evening.
Photograph by Caylin Gans,Stonehenge
Photograph by Mark Stickland,This is Westbay in Dorset on the south coast of England. I love the texture of the sea on the sand.
Photograph by Sebastian Wasek,Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) on Donna Nook beach, Lincolnshire, England
Photograph by Erik Harrison,Typical Lake District weather in England always provides some amazing light.
Photograph by Piali Das Gupta,Light shining through the cloisters at Durham Cathedral in England
Photograph by Karen Wood,Glastonbury Tor, in southwest England, is crowned by St Michael's Tower. Although the tower was rebuilt in the 15th century, evidence of humans on the Tor dates back to the Neolithic.
Photograph by Greg Vivash,The red public telephone box, first designed in 1924 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. In Britain many of these have been replaced by modern stainless steel and glass designs. However, the iconic red box still exists in London, some small villages and a number of British colonies. The image shows three from a row of five boxes in Covent Garden, London.
Photograph by Rick Wianecki,This was taken on a nice early summer night in Trafalgar Square. Everything came together, the people just enjoying being outdoors on a lovely evening!
Photograph by Lauralee Settles,This is a photo taken in Oxford, England. I was inspired to take this photo because of one of my favorite quotes: "When one door closes another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." This is exemplified by the contrast of dark and light—we cannot change the past but we can move forward and we can learn from our past mistakes to create a better future.
Photograph by Nicholas Gray,Victorian Water Tower in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, is a Grade 2 listed building that has been unused for some time. It's taken me a few months to get this shot right thanks to the weather. The tower is lit by the moon while street lights and traffic create a backlight effect. Exposure was four minutes to get a slight streak in the stars.
Photograph by Wei Ping Teoh,A statue of a Roman soldier overlooking the Roman Baths in Bath, England
Photograph by Stephen Darlington,Red deer photographed one misty morning in Bushy Park (on the southwest edge of London, England). It was October and I was hoping to capture the red deer stags clashing (as it was the rutting season). This stag was more interested in grazing, so as the sun rose, the mist started to burn away, giving the lovely golden light, and I captured the deer as it glanced in the direction of another stag bellowing in the distance.
Photograph by Jackson Voelkel,In late 2008 and early 2009 I spent my time traveling through the European countryside living on organic farms and working for my stay. Very rarely would I get to go into the city while in Great Britain, so on one freezing night in London I tried to do as much as possible. My biggest desire: to photograph Tower Bridge. Once I arrived I was shocked at the colors and the activity that took place on top!
Photograph by Shanna Hillebrand,Buckingham Palace, London
Photograph by Teresa Morey,Taken in December 2009. A quaint town in England that is known for its horses and horse racing. Every morning they would exercise the horses, rain or shine. I felt this image captured exactly what you would expect from England and reminds me of when I lived there.
Photograph by Bill Lockhart,It had rained for days, but on this morning the light fell on the castle at sunrise. The garden proved to be a good location to frame the scene.
Photograph by Ray Evans,Boats moored at Looe Harbour, Cornwall, England, against the scenic backdrop of quaint cottages
Photograph by Henry Gilbey,Sea bass fishing in Cornwall (UK) during lively winter conditions. The fisherman is caught out by a crashing wave that threatens to knock him off the rocks.
Photograph by Kevin Smith,At Bempton Cliffs Reserve in England, gannet breeding ledges are at a premium, causing much aggression between competing families.
Photograph by Christopher Jones,Participants in the annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England, pause in the Royal Crescent.
Photograph by David Wogan,A sheep farm in Garsdale, West Yorkshire, England
Photograph by David Wogan,Sunrise at Lindisfarne, Holy Island, Northumberland, England
Photograph by Binhui Shao,This was taken at Warwick Castle, England, on January 2, 2010. I was strolling in the garden and a carriage came by. I liked the beautiful horse and pressed the shutter under the sunlight.
Photograph by Eric Figueroa,London, England
Photograph by Alex Tomoff,East London. Linking Greenwich with the Isle of Dogs. The tunnel is 370.2 m long and 15.2 m deep. The project was started in 1899 and was completed in 1902. The spiral staircases will take a smoker at least five minutes to climb and maybe three minutes for a healthy non-smoker. The tunnel is also a comfy link between Canary Wharf and Greenwich.
Photograph by Sylwia Domaradzka,This image was taken in Northumberland, on the east coast of England.
Photograph by Kevin Smith,Sliding through the gale, Bempton, England, May 2009
Photograph by John Henry,This was taken on our trip to London, England. Interesting patterns.
Photograph by Mariusz Smiejek,London, UK
Photograph by Ion Paciu,Taken on February 2, 2009. Light fluffy cotton-wool stuff you see in pretty calendars for December in other European countries. It was about -2 degrees Celsius, enough to bring much of the country and its capital to a standstill. Airports were closed, buses weren't running and the tube was struggling. Lucky me, living on the South Bank and normally walking to work, I grabbed my camera and rushed toward the river. I managed to get there before others and captured the unspoiled white carpet.
Photograph by Maggie Finney,A familiar scene in the Yorkshire Dales, England, but on an autumn, cold but sunny day, a very welcomed one.
Photograph by Anthony Crossland,Always ready to join me on my photographic outings, Polly sits high above the valley on the lookout for rabbits. Thankfully, despite her enthusiasm, after four years trying she has yet to catch one.
Photograph by John Ball,Richmond Park, London, England. This deer was doing its very best to camouflage itself and doing a good job.
Photograph by Mark Sykes,Neon lights above an escalator
Photograph by Vladimir Spirov,Hyde Park, London
Photograph by Steve Roche,Amazing light before a summer storm in Peak District
- London; 7,615,000
- 242,910 square kilometers (93,788 square miles)
- English, Welsh, Scottish form of Gaelic
- Anglican, Roman Catholic, other Protestant, Muslim
- British pound
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $25,500
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England is the most populous part of the U.K., with 49 million inhabitants. Almost one third of England's people live in the prosperous southeastern part of the country centered on London—one of the largest cities in Europe. Scotland, with one third of Britain's area, is a mountainous land with 5 million people, most of them (75 percent) concentrated in the lowland area where Glasgow and Edinburgh (Scotland's capital) are located. The Scottish nation can be traced to the Scoti, a Gaelic-speaking Celtic tribe. Wales, with 2.9 million people, is also mountainous with a Celtic culture—the country is called Cymru (pronounced CUM-ree) in the Welsh language—and its capital, Cardiff, features castles and museums highlighting Welsh culture. Since 1997 the government has been pursuing a policy of devolution, leading in 1999 to an elected Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly. In 2000 Londoners elected their first mayor and assembly.
The industrial revolution was born in Britain in the 18th century, making it the world's first industrialized nation. The British Empire, a worldwide system of dependencies, fed raw materials to British industry and spread British culture. Most dependencies gained independence in the 20th century. Part of the legacy of empire is that Britain is home to a growing multicultural population. The 2001 census counted more than 2.5 million Asians (mostly Indians and Pakistanis) and 1.1 million Blacks (from Africa and the Caribbean). Most of the remaining dependencies consist of small islands in the Atlantic and Caribbean.
- Industry: Machine tools, electric power equipment, automation equipment, railroad equipment, shipbuilding
- Agriculture: Cereals, oilseed, potatoes, vegetables; cattle; fish
- Exports: Manufactured goods, fuels, chemicals; food, beverages, tobacco