Category Archives: Remains

The ‘Remains’ project: to look at how objects – animals, bicycles, boats and gloves – decay and part merge into the background while retaining their identity.

Pigeon Prey

I went into the garden yesterday morning to collect fallen apples and was presented with evidence of nature red in beak and claw flourishing in my suburban garden.  Wood pigeon wing and tail feathers were scattered across the grass; and … Continue reading

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Talking Pictures

I’ve applied to join the U3AC Photography Forum in 2018-19.  If successful I think I shall focus my efforts on trying to improve the way the Forum talks about photography and photographs, see post 16th June 2018.  There are many … Continue reading

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Graffiti

Banksy is the best-known (and best?) of the graffiti artists whose work has blurred the distinction between art and vandalism.  Local authorities don’t like graffiti.  Cambridge City Council’s web site says: ‘Graffiti is illegal. It spoils property and can be … Continue reading

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Conifers

I’m reading Mark Cocker’s Our Place – Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late?  A sharp focus for his criticism of the way we mistreat our wildlife and countryside is the creation of vast areas of coniferous … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 21 – Still Life

Jitka Brynjolffssen ran Friday’s session on still life, which she defined as: ‘A genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life … Continue reading

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Prayer Flags

These warning tapes flapping in the breeze are reminiscent of Buddhist prayer flags.  Yellow symbolises the element earth and the east; horizontal flags, are called Lung Dar.  Prayer flags should always be still and it is considered disrespectful if they … Continue reading

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Fish

Benjamin Franklin, someone never short of a good quote, famously said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.  When choosing fresh fish the advice is to: check the smell; test for taut flesh; and look for bright … Continue reading

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Disposal of the Dead

There are good public health reasons for taking care over the disposal of human corpses. The manner of disposal is often dominated by spiritual concerns or a desire to show respect for the dead or both, and may be carried … Continue reading

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Sic Transit

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Ozymandias warns: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ / Nothing beside remains. Round the decay /…’.  It is not just the ruination of the works of … Continue reading

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Squirrel

This male grey squirrel was foolish enough to climb a local three-phase power supply array, meeting an untimely death and blacking out several properties near Waterbeach. Photo: Grey Squirrel, Waterbeach, Cambs 170624

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Houghton Trestles

On 17th August 1847 the railway line linking Cambridge with St Ives and St Ives with Huntingdon was opened to traffic. The line ran on trestles across the River Ouse at Houghton.  The St Ives – Huntingdon line was closed … Continue reading

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Swan RIP

Remains of a swan found by the River Cam just downstream from Bottisham Lock.  Two mysteries.  First, what species is it?  Probably a Mute, but as the head was missing it I wasn’t able to tell.  It had not been … Continue reading

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Blackbird

The first post under ‘Remains’ for well over 18 months.  Late spring has brought a clutch of dead fledglings and a reminder that this subject has been neglected. Photo: Mowbray Road, Cambridge, May 2016

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Traces

Remains of the steel ribs of a ship merge into the rocks of the Cornish shore.  What’s the story that the waves erase relentlessly?  Walking companions recall seeing the recognisable hull of a ship on earlier visits. Photo: Thretherick, Cornwall, … Continue reading

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Fish

Unknown, broken fish.  Why hasn’t it been picked clean by the east coast Herring Gulls? Photo: Overstrand, May 2013

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