That Yorkshire upbringing led to a strong interest in Viking culture and explorations.
Family connections resulted in a fascination with the mining history and mineralogy of Northern England (particularly the famous Westgarth Forsters, father and son) and the story of artists, travellers and writers, Jan and Cora Gordon.
Professional interests in the Earth Sciences centre on understanding and making quantitative models of the Earth's sedimentary systems, especially the submarine fans and related deposits of the deep seas. Amateur interests in the Earth Sciences include crystallography (especially twinning phenomena), and palaeontology (especially the history of life recorded in exceptionally preserved biotas).
I take particular pleasure in encountering wildlife in the wilds, but also in cities. Human cultures, especially in Central and South America, SubSaharan Africa and Arabia, have also been major fascinations.
I also enjoy astronomy (Oman was a wonderful place for this) and meteorites (particularly those from the Moon and Mars).
And, to illustrate all of the above hobbies, I attempt, little by little, to improve my abilities to make decent pictures with a camera.