I went to the Lake District walking with the UoN Rambling Society. I really enjoy getting away from city-life for a bit, even if its just for a few hours. I spend enough time typing away in front of a screen as it is [headshake]
I'm not sure whether I'd call it "great" or "terrible" weather. It was perfectly clear blue skies (giving huge visibility - I wonder what near/far plane draw-distance was used?) and around 25-30 degrees all day (we drove past a garage that was recording 31 degrees at 9pm). I know thats nothing compared with some places around the world, but for the UK and a pasty-white brit like myself its pretty hot [grin]
I say "terrible" simply due to the fact that I was walking on the tops of mountains all day. Heavy bag, dehydration (despite setting out with 3L of water) etc... Even the wind was hot and dry - sometimes its nice in the lakes during the summer as you get to the top and get a pleasant cooling breeze. Not this time.
Combine that with having trouble with not eating properly and a recurring problem with my breathing meant I was quite ready to keel over dead at several points. But that'd just be pointless when you've got this sort of stuff to look at:
How can you NOT want to get up there and just sit back and admire the views?
I want to make (another) terrain renderer. I've lost count of how many I've worked on over the last 5 years or so - my love of geography and hill/mountain walking seems to cause me to gravitate towards them [grin]
One thing I did notice is that the classic reflect/refract effect on the water is not obvious if at all visible. Yet EVERY terrain renderer these days seems to favour the liquid-glass like effect....