When the sun shines you can get some lovely shots of Penshaw Monument, seen across the various lakes in Herrington Country Park. But when it is dull, you need to adopt a different strategy, in this case some Photoshop gimmickry.
My eye was taken by this row of terraced houses with the flags flying in the gardens. Sited not far from where the pithead once stood, presumably they were originally miners' dwellings.
I suspect that a supporter of Sunderland football club might live here.
The shot of the monument is available to purchase on Alamy D1CC1F