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In my previous photo note I mentioned that Teesdale is a wonderful place offering plenty of hiking opportunities. This photo presents one of numerous waterfalls in this area, called Low Force, as opposed to the High Force located further upstream of these falls (not visible here). You can spot some picnickers here and there which will help you to imagine the scale of this place.

Teesside, or North East England in general, does not have a good reputation in the United Kingdom. It was a heavily industrialized region. Steel and chemicals produced here were shipped all around the world. Globalization has transformed this place completely. The Imperial Chemical Industries were divided into smaller companies and sold, shut down or demolished. I can sympathize with this because this is quite similar to what has happened in my home country Poland after it joined EU. In the name of growth and economy, some rich people got richer and poor lost their jobs, their future, their hope. North East England is nowadays known as a region with the highest unemployment, crime rate, poverty, etc.

I have checked again last 10 photos which I shared from places which are in a driving distance from Teesside and I realized that these are places of extraordinary natural beauty. Teesside may not be the favourite destination to live in the UK but it is an amazing base to explore little known hidden gems of this country. I was worried that I have seen so much already here, and that I have nothing left to explore, but the fact is that now I can peacefully re-visit the most attractive destinations trying to take better photos of them.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5558 W: 104 N: 14279] (56803)
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