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Classical Contrasts 32 – Titus

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Titus was Roman emperor from 79 to 81. A member of the Flavian dynasty, Titus succeeded his father Vespasian upon his death. Before becoming emperor, Titus gained renown as a military commander, serving under his father in Judea during the … Continue reading

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Walking 32

‘Walking is mapping with your feet.’

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Blue Rope, Snettisham

Spring at Snettisham, Norfolk: Blue rope is used to cordon off and protect ground nesting birds like oystercatcher and ringed plover.

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Classical Contrasts 31 – Silenus

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Silenus was a companion of the god of wine Dionysus and leader of the satyrs.  Sometimes a purveyor of wisdom.  Parentage various, including Pan and Hermes.  Figure: Silenus with the Infant Baccus, French School, c. 1800-99, bronze; origin Colworth House, … Continue reading

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Oystercatcher, Snettisham

Oystercatcher found in the dunes at Snettisham on 30th March 2021. No obvious signs of injury leading to death. Digital image converted to monochrome and selenium toned with Lightroom preset.

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Snettisham Mud

At the early morning high tide the water lapped the shore like brown Windsor soup slopping in a bowl carried by a doddering waiter.  The sea retreated leaving a smooth chocolate desert finish to the beach.  Determined parents desperate to … Continue reading

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Walking 31

I described my current walking and photography project on 29th January, saying, ‘I want to explore the often messy nature of urban walking in the changeable dour months of winter that will transition into hopeful early spring’. My walks had … Continue reading

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Cliffing – Snettisham

What is ‘cliffing’?  Irrational attendance at Cliff Richard concerts?  The act of falling off a cliff?  Noun or verb?  The Urban Dictionary offers ‘To talk/sing to one’s self’.   The Oxford English Dictionary makes it a noun:  ‘The action or sport … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 30 – Satyrs

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Satyrs, lustful wild men of the woods devoted to drink and sex.  Sometimes depicted with horses or goats’ tail and legs.  Part of the retinue of Dionysus. Figures: herm of a satyr blowing a conch shell and herm of a … Continue reading

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Tyre Fire

It’s beautiful and appalling: a pile of worn out motor tyres dumped and set alight leaving a mass of soot, charred rubber and a tangle of rusted reinforcing wire like spun burnt barley sugar.  Beautiful for: the abstract expressionist contrasting … Continue reading

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Walking 30

‘We can walk,’ said Rose.  ‘Walking won’t do us any harm.’ 

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Classical Contrasts 29 – The Olympian Courtship

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Meleager offering Atalanta the head of the Calydonian Boar. Meleager, one of the Argonauts.  Host of the Calydonian boar hunt, he killed the boar and presented the skin to Atalanta.  Son of Oeneus and Althea. Atalanta a virgin huntress, who … Continue reading

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Walking 29

‘In the city, one is alone because the world is made up of strangers…’

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Fen Landscape – Quy Fen Pit

The water level in the coprolite pit at Quy Fen is exceptionally high.  This winter (December, January and February) has been the 5th wettest since records for the UK began in 1862.

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Walking 28

‘A bridge between imagination and reality must be built.’

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