Saturday, 31 May 2014

Chris Froome

Monday, 19 May 2014

Views of Berlin

Three views of Berlin [1989] scanned from recently rediscovered HP5 negatives:








Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Larger than Life!


My  apologies to the citizens of Carlisle but, no matter which way I look at it, this magnificent statue of a local dignitary still looks like a man resting his hand on his considerable manhood!



Saturday, 8 March 2014

Looking at Flowers in Close-up

Just a couple of macro shots of flowers in the garden, using a Ricoh R8 camera to capture them:



Sunday, 2 March 2014

Finding Faces!

It has been a while since I noticed any faces in things but a nearby wall provided me with a corker and an opportunity to try out some of the filters on my iPhone 5s. Mind you, the more I lingered, the grumpier it looked.





Monday, 24 February 2014

Green Tree

There is something about trees, especially when the trunk lies on the ground and the branches rise from it. It is also very green and I reckon pixies or elves might visit it at night. Very Tolkien-ish!


Thursday, 6 February 2014

More Puddles!

I thought I would have another go at capturing reflections in puddles, again in Roman Ribchester. There was a lot of larger puddles but it was very windy and the water rippled furiously. When the wind dropped, I managed to get these images:








Friday, 10 January 2014

Looking into Puddles!

I must spend more time looking into puddles rather that jumping in and splashing them. A recent visit to Roman Ribchester led to me finding this puddle illuminated by the early morning Winter light. I must begin a new pastime of looking through the Puddle Window into other worlds!


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Four Arnhem Heroes

In 1984, I had the great pleasure of acting as a tour guide for a coach party of Arnhem Veterans returning to the battlefield for the 40th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden. I had never been there but diligently did my research. I used history books and maps to plan an itinerary that would take in all the main fighting areas, memorials and the major commemorative events. I was very pleased when several of the veterans were very complimentary about my knowledge of the battle.

They were fascinating and very candid about their experiences and the horrors they endured. The youngest veteran on my coach was 58. So young, compared to now when the numbers of Second World War are rapidly diminishing. It was a wonderful experience. I was pleased to find a captioned photograph this week - one of about 30 I had published in a magazine article I wrote afterwards.

The caption reads: After the service in Arnhem's Airborne Plein, four veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment caught up with each other to recall their memories of the battle. Less well-acknowledged than their Para counterparts, the Glider Pilots played a vital part in Operation Market Garden. Pictured (left to right) are: George Davis (Sydney, Australia), Reg Dance DFM (Distinguished Flying Medal for gallantry at Arnhem) and Len King (both from London) and Jim Wells (Chepstow, Gwent) 22 Sept 84




Thursday, 4 July 2013

Maya Temple in Belize

A rare day off, during a lengthy assigment in Belize in the 1990s, provided an opportunity to take a canoe ride down a Belizean river that culminated in a visit to Maya Pyramids. I was greatly impressed by Altun Ha - the ruins of an ancient Maya City north of Belize City. The site covers an of about five square miles. The largest structure is the Temple of the Masonry Altars which is 54 feet high.

At the top of the steps, shown in photo 2, is what was thought to be a giant jade head associated with the Sun GOd. It is now thought to represent a Jester God - a sign of Maya rulership and the person buried here is of great importance. The city, itself, was thought to have been occupied from 900 BC to AD 1,000. Thankfully, the recent destruction of a Maya Pyramid by construction workers in Belize occured at another site.