Tag Archives: photography

Durham cathedral, from the train

Wednesday 17th July 2019, 3.15pm (day 2,883)

Durham cathedral, 17/7/19

Scenes from the East Coast Main Line… there is plenty to see (like the Forth Bridge which also nearly made it today), but this view of Durham, its cathedral and castle, from the station rivals that of any other railway view in the world. But you have to know when to click the shutter. One of these days I will get out at Durham station and look around, as I don’t think I’ve been to the city since at least 2004.

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Bone cave

Tuesday 16th July 2019, 6.05pm (day 2,882)

Bone cave, 16/7/19

Even less happened today than for the last two days, although this short period of purdah will end tomorrow. Isolation at home forced me to find subjects from the stuff around the house, like this — I mean, everyone has horned sheep skulls on their bedroom window sill, right?

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The jackdaw poses

Monday 15th July 2019, 2.40pm (day 2,881)

Jackdaw poser, 15/7/19

There is something statuesque about this jackdaw, I think. Like he’s posing and ready to launch a discus like an ancient Greek athlete. Perhaps that is why I have gone monochrome for the day.

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Frond

Sunday 14th July 2019, 5.10pm (day 2,880)

Frond, 14/7/19

Very little happened today — nor will happen for the next couple of days, so let’s see what can be done with the creative juices. This shot comes from my playing with the zoom lens in the garden. Would it be better without the second plant in the background? I like the juxtaposition of the two.

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Ready for the start

Saturday 13th July 2019, 3.00pm (day 2,879)

Start of the season, 13/7/19

It’s that time — the football leagues around the country all start getting ready for the start of the season, and so do we fans. It’s still the time of pre-season friendly, warm-up games, but this is the good time, as the slates are blank and anything is possible.

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Hebden Bridge meets Mariam

Friday 12th July 2019, 8.05pm (day 2,879)

Mariam, 12/7/19

I first met Mariam at the i3 conference in Aberdeen in June 2015. She is Tunisian by birth, but at the time was studying in Japan, so the second time we met was when she served as my guide round Tokyo on a (very wet and cold) day in March 2017. And as she has recently moved to Australia, I met her in Melbourne this April; it was her I was waiting for ‘under the clocks‘ — though that picture is of someone else, which also indicates that despite these different meetings each on different continents, this friend has yet to appear on the blog herself.

Let’s rectify that. Mariam speaks seven languages by the way and is a living example of why internationalism is the way to go. It was great today to finally introduce her to the home town.

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A lenient storm

Thursday 11th July 2019, 4.25pm (day 2,877)

Whitworth Street rain, 11/7/19

Back to work, back to Manchester. Walking home through the city under threatening clouds, strongly suspecting that at any time I was going to get drenched.Here, on Whitworth Street, the rain had begun to fall. But the storm was lenient; just this one shower, then it passed on, to go drench some other part of the world.

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Incompetence (not even peaked)

Wednesday 10th July 2019, 11.35am (day 2,876)

iIncompetence, 10/7/19

Our last day in Iceland was supposed to end around, oh, say 9am? And we were due home in Hebden Bridge by 2pm.

As you can see from this, this didn’t happen. In fact, we did not leave the airport until 9.30pm, after a litany of farce that I do not wish to begin to recount. Thus, another two hours after this take-off time was promised to us.

You can’t completely see the flight number to identify the budget carrier who inflicted this joke upon us (with no informational updates); let me just say they wear orange. A shame because otherwise this has been an excellent week in Iceland, if you get to visit it I highly recommend it.

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Feed me

Tuesday 9th July 2019, 12.25pm (day 2,875)

Akureyri gull, 9/7/19

Our last lunch of the week in Iceland was had beside the waterfront in Akureyri. We were being watched…

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Tourists at the Gates of Hell

Monday 8th July 2019, 1.55pm (day 2,874)

Hverir, 8/7/19

Astonishing vistas throughout our road trip today, to the east of Akureyri. Could have chosen any one of a dozen shots of the active volcanic region around the lake of Myvatn and the lava fields of Krafla. This one of Clare and Joe at the mudpools of Hverir wins though — because of the sexy curves of the hills behind, and because of their seemingly casual attitude towards wandering around a place that is as near as I’ve ever experienced to what it must be like in Mordor, or the Gates of Hell. This is, I guess, what I came to Iceland to see; something that surely doesn’t exist in many other parts of the world, and certainly not in Europe.

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