About Me – Michael B. Shannon

Describe yourself in 15 words……

Writer
Photographer
Thalassophile
Flexitarian
Pacifist

Blogger
Dreamer
Traveller
Walker
Artist

Muso
Scientist
Environmentalist
Scarborian
Tolkienite

I have always loved being outdoors and have spent a lot of time climbing the hills and mountains of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Wales, and Scotland. The Yorkshire Coast is close to where I live and I spend a lot of time walking with my dog on one of my favourite coastal walks.

If I could go back in time, I’d really like to visit the Neolithic age. This period of history fascinates me and hence I like visiting prehistoric sites especially stone circles.

Travel

I love travelling, I’ve been very fortunate to have visited many parts of the Philippines. I have also travelled to the Middle East, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and The Maldives. In Europe, I have visited the Canary Islands, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Norway and Italy. The places I’d most like to visit are Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, India, Japan and there’s still a lot of Italy I’d like to explore. I have had several holidays in Tenerife over the years and for a change, I recently visited Lanzarote and totally fell in love with the place.

Photography

I have a keen interest in photography and always carry a camera wherever I go. The articles on this website are mostly illustrated by my own photos.

I am a contributor to the Adobe and Shutterstock stock libraries. https://stock.adobe.com/contributor/132253/Michael%20Shannon
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/MichaelBShannon/about

Many of my photos and art are available as framed prints, artboard prints and posters. I have portfolios on Redbubble and Photo4me and a shop at Pixels.com.

Artwork for sale

Music

Music fills much of my spare time. I don’t have any particular musical talent, although I can read music and play the odd tune on a piano. I used to have a large vinyl collection which was replaced by an even larger CD collection. My taste is very eclectic, spanning classical, folk, pop, electronica, prog rock and heavy metal. I have a particular love of Romantic piano concertos, Gustav Mahler symphonies, Celtic folk, Pink Floyd, U2, Enigma, Genesis, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Led Zeppelin, Runrig and Sandy Denny.

Education

I went to Poppleton Road Junior School and then Nunthorpe Grammar School in York. I decided to return to education later in life as a mature student to study Applied Environmental Science and Geography at St John’s College in York.

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring