Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Surprise - surpriseI suppose that to any regular readers of my blog - if there are any - it has sunk in that I am rather Rabid about macro shots of flowers and also pictures of steam locomotives. After all there isn't a lot of difference in the two. (Is there?)
However this year in my wander around the magnificent lake and grounds, at the Golden Tulip Hotel, I spotted what I thought was a Bloody Cranesbill plant creeping up through flower leaves, un-noticed by their eagle eyed gardener.
I had not brought my Tamron 90mm macro lens but relied on my set of Fox dioptre lenses. The following morning I took the short half-way-round walk to where I had spotted the solitary flower. I was fully expecting to see that the weed had been ripped out, or eaten by slugs or snails, however it was still there untouched. As it was rather breezy I couldn't take a pic of it in-situ so carefully snipped it off and rested it on one of the many seats placed around the lake. I added the 10 dioptre lens to the Tamron 18-270 tele-photo and got a successful set, Leaves (although rather small) Flower and type of calyx.
Once again a beautiful little flower that we call a weed. Yet through perpetual destruction we have made them more hardy than some of the so-called precious flowers that we plant.
Back from Holland in a good time.
We came back via Nijmegen Eindhoven way and missed of lot of the traffic jams. I was home by just after nine. Best time yet I think.
There were so many folk at the official occurances that I didn't get any pix at the Para drop at Ginkel Heath. The cemetery had run out of programmes and the last 20 minutes before the service started they closed the gates to all but veterans and parties. Dutch folk that wanted to enter were told that if theymoved around the perimeter OUTSIDE of the cemetery they would be able to see and take part in the service. They wound up about 6 deep all around the small hedge and at the gates.
I managed to move over to the grass plot where the Polish servicemen's graves are and got shots of the children moving through with the flowers.
The seats in the 'gatehouse' were all taken and standing for the whole length of the service and more was very tiring.
This year it was the turn of some of the senior pupils to line the Polish grave stretch. The facial expressions are held back rather than shown and it is obvious to me that some of the younger children are really affected by their thoughts as they wait for the time to come to lay their flowers at the stones edge.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Monday, September 08, 2014
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Glad I did because Tangmere stopped to pick up at Yatton station for the Royal Duchy trip.
If I had been there I couldn't have got pix of the smoke as they pulled away.
Unfortunately when Bittern cruised through she was running with no effort but I did get a reasonable pic as she approached the farm crossing.
Very nice to see two steams running on the same day. I had considered Mud Lane but after the last times diesel running late I thought better of it. I got there just right too;. only one chap there when I arrived. I took my place when he was dodging about like he had 'ants in his pants' backwards and forwards. By the time the train arrived there were around 9 or 10 there but I had set my little tripod seat up where no-one could get in front of me. One more next Sunday and then I will be in Holland when the next double takes place.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
I came on a few pix that I took when on an Exmoor trip. Back in the 60's I was capable of getting down into the stream to look up Weir Water beneath Robber's bridge.
I wouldn't like to try doing that today. Probably not only would I fall in but would not be able to get back out again.
It was so beautiful down there before the crowds started visiting, quiet and peaceful. It was possible to go for miles without seeing another vehicle or person. Just chugging along on the B31 on the little side roads. "If only" is an impossible wish now though.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
And yet more turn up
Found another set of Adox R17 negatives. 4 strips with 12 pix of the seawall work in the early 60's. They were taken on my Agiflex III camera.
and show the work done when Kelting was still the chief engineer for the Somerset Rivers Board. Using a new system (I think thought up by one of his juniors) of binding loose hard core with a bitumastic, held with a wire mesh.
It certainly worked OK because it was still holding when the last job done by the Environment Agency took place over 40 years later.
I think I will post all 12 to the Clevedon Group on Flickr.
It will certainly make a change from the never ending "Pier at sunset" etc. postings.