Photographer's Note

I took this photo before I got the Nikon. I like it so much I went again last week to replicate it with my Nikon. Unfortunately the weather was not the best and despite the difference in camera quality, this is the better shot. I was inspired to post this one today by sayzey's photo of Captain Cook's Monument at Whitby. Born in 1728 Captain James Cook is a big hero around these parts, as it is where he was born, raised and began his career. Among his achievements is the charting of New Zealand, Eastern Australia and many Pacific Islands, during his 3 voyages circumnavigating the globe. At a time of great loss of ship's crew, hardly any of Cook's men died because of his insistence on cleanliness and the eating of fruit if available or pickled cabbage. The added vitamin C to the diet virtually eradicated scurvy. Failure to comply with this, earned the miscreant lashes with the cat'o'nine tails!
Cook's achievements of navigation and map-making skills (charts & maps done by Cook have needed little subsequent change) are all the more remarkable because he was born the son of an impoverished farm labourer; such children then were rarely educated, but his father's employer recognised the young Cook's abilities and paid to send him to the local school at Great Ayton. When he left school, young by today's standards (early teens I guess) he started work in a shop at another local village, Staithes; this one by the sea.

The obelisk in this picture was erected to honour Cook and it overlooks one of our area's most famous landmarks, Roseberry Topping, as well as the area where Cook spent his early life. It is not easy to get to. One way is to start at the pictuesque village of Great Ayton, leaving the village via narrow winding roads. Park your car and walk up to Gribdale on the open moor through a forest; It's a steady climb for about 1-2 miles. The views make it worthwhile.

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