Category Archives: Blue Rope

Blue rope is ubiquitous. It moors boats, it marks boundaries, it secures covers. Taut, sagging, coiled; it is used, it lies discarded. It’s a visual thesaurus blueness, azure, forget-me-not, sky blue. It ages to almost white. Synthetic, let’s say nylon. What happened to the natural hues of flax, hemp and cotton? Why not red, green or yellow? Who makes it and where? It materialises when we are not watching.

Blue

Blue sky, blue sea, blue rope. Blue is often associated with depth and stability, symbolising trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.  Blue may also mean being rigid, deceitful and spiteful, depressed and sad, self-righteous, superstitious, too conservative, … Continue reading

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Blue Tether

Blue cord is used to tether a bunch of willow whips soaking in the moat at Oxborough Hall.  The willow will be used for weaving. In close up the cord becomes a river meandering in a steppe-like green landscape. Photo: … Continue reading

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Milton Country Park

I’m slowly beginning to get to know Milton Country Park.  Away from the big lakes there are quiet corners where vegetation runs down into water unruffled by wind.  Looking at this corner Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pond came to … Continue reading

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Blue Rope – Two Blue Buckets

I bought a copy of Two Blue Buckets – Photographs by Peter Fraser (Cornerhouse Publications, Manchester, 1988) this week.  I remember seeing it at the Cambridge Darkroom when it was first published, but it didn’t resonate with me then.  At … Continue reading

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Green protector

Photo: Meridian Golf Club, Comberton, Cambs, February 2014

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Blue Rope Heaven

Anglesey Abbey: open for the very popular snowdrops and winter walks; keeping visitors away from the sensitive wet areas has created a blue rope heaven. Photo: Anglesey Abbey, February 2014

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Colour Blind

Are crabs and lobsters colour blind?  Are they concerned only with the bait that’s in the trap? Photo: Overstrand, May 2013

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Seaford

Photo: Seaford, April 2013

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Mixed

Mixed media: stone, wood, metal, blue rope. Photo: Hastings, February 2012

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Accident

I stopped to photograph the blue rope with its makeshift prayer flags and saw the fox.  No connection – an odd juxtaposition. Photo: Granhams Road, Cambridge 22nd September 2011

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Woodbridge Blue

Rope £9 for 10m. Photo: Woodbridge, Suffolk, 15th August 2011

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Buoy Blue

No comment. Photo: South Quay, Great Yarmouth, 1st July 2011

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Kardamyli

Blue rope in the land of blue doors, blue skies and blue and white flags. Photo: Kardamyli Harbour, Mani, Greece, May 2011

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Blue Bracken

On 24th February on BBC2’s The Spice Trail, Kate Humble met the people from Indonesia, who have rebuilt their lives and communities around the cultivation and trade of nutmeg and cloves.  In Ternate the islanders used blue ropes to work … Continue reading

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Emerging Rope

A utility provider has turned over the ground.  A blue rope emerges.  Attached to what? Photo: Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, 6th February 2011

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