Author Archives: Brian Human

Fen Landscape – North Fen, Cottenham

Walking out onto North Fen under a bi-polar sky, yesterday evening.  Clear sky and bright sun to the east; slate skies of an approaching front to the west.  Trees and buildings, hedges and stubble illuminated in a diorama relief.

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Ambivalent Auras (Classical Contrasts) – 39

Three figures added from the Museum of Classical Archaeology’s cast collection.

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Fen Landscape Revisited

Further to recent posts after my visit to RSPB Lakenheath, three photographs from the archives. The Padnal signal box Shippea Hill; it always looked as if it was about to collapse before it succumbed to fire. The Wellingtonia (if that … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Lakenheath New Fen

According to historian on the Fens, W H Wheeler,: ‘so wild a country naturally reared up a people as wild as the fen, and many of the Fenmen were as destitute of all the comforts and amenities of civilised life … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Poplars

The poplar plantations are a striking feature of RSPB Lakenheath – the trees thrive on the moist soil and the mild/temperate climate. There are many 40-60 year old plantations throughout the British lowlands, including the Fens, as a result of Wilkinsons … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Little Ouse

The Little Ouse marks the northern edge of the RSPB reserve at Lakenheath, flowing through rough pasture between raised embankments. It rises east of Thelnetham, flows west and defines the boundary between Norfolk and Suffolk for much of its length.  After 37 miles it … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Lakenheath

To Lakenheath over slumped, rodeo roads yesterday.  A once familiar route from Ely through Queen Adelaide, Prickwillow, Shippea Hill and down towards Beck Row.  Still a landscape of dykes, big fields, lonely farms, straight roads and sharp bends.  Still an … Continue reading

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Analog Deferred

Here is the ultimate in deferred gratification.  Tim Hannigan is interviewing travel writer Rory Maclean. ‘Look!’ he said, reaching across to his desk as I settled into my seat and switched on my digital recorder.  He lifted a small, hard … Continue reading

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Ambivalent Auras (Classical Contrasts) – 38

Three more figures from Classical Archaeology. Off there this morning to take what should be the last set of pictures.

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Ambivalent Auras (Classical Contrasts) – 37

I’ve now started to take photographs of the casts of subjects in the Museum of Classical Archaeology that correspond to the figures in the grounds of Anglesey Abbey.

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Ambivalent Auras (Classical Contrasts) – 36

Faun (Roman) or Satyr (Greek), a woodland creature that is part human and part goat. Part of the retinue of Dionysus and devoted to drink and sex.  The name faun is derived from Faunus, the name of an ancient deity … Continue reading

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Ambivalent Auras (Classical Contrasts) – 35

Venus (Roman) or Aphrodite (Greek) goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility.  Awarded the golden apple as ‘the fairest’ of three goddesses by Paris.  Daughter of Zeus and Dione in Olympian genealogy. Figure: Venus de Medici (Aphrodite), French or Italian … Continue reading

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Analog Forever

Further to the previous post, here’s something from an interview with Bellamy Hunt, founder of Japan Camera Hunter, in which he’s asked, ‘Why do you think there’s been a resurgence on film photography?’ ‘There are a few reasons, but the … Continue reading

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Ambivalent Auras (Classical Contrasts)

I’ve been able to make progress with my Classical Contrasts project (see posts 28th &29th July and 4th June 2020, renamed Ambivalent Auras) now the Museum of Classical Archaeology has opened for booked visits.  I spent a couple of hours … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Cottenham

Early evening walk, Cottenham, 3rd July 2021.

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