Photographer's Note

Captain Cook's Monument stands above the conurbation of Teesside, the towns of Middlesbrough and Stockton. When Cook was born this was a rural backwater, his home village of Marton is now but a district in Middlesbrough.

The inscription upon the monument begins "In memory of the celebrated circumnavigator Capt. James Cook F.R.S. in nautical knowledge inferior to none, in zeal, prudence and energy superior to most..."

On a bright day like today it is a pleasant (if a little strenuous) walk rewarding the successful traveller with expansive views over the vale of the river Tees, which is far more rural than reputation would suggest. As I walked away from the pillar, I turned and framed it between two stone gateposts. Ironically, these may be older than the monument which was erected in 1827 (some considerable time after Cook's death)!

Cropped a little excess sky from the top, upped the saturation a touch, resized for TE then sharpened and framed.

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