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Fenscape 30

Walked along the Great Ouse from the Lazy Otter this morning.  Mild; distant Fen horizons lost in the mist, trees and barns given an impressionistic wash, faint tractor lights like occasional lighthouse blinks.  Underfoot the grass wet and decorated with … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 1 – Introduction

Tim Ewbank has taken the initiative to run a photography Forum for the Cambridge U3A.  Canvassed about the purpose of the Forum before the start of term, 47% of those who signed up said that improving their photographic technique was … Continue reading

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Barrington Cement Works

The chimney for Barrington Cement Works is a landmark for miles around, a sign that Cambridge is near for those travelling by road and rail.  It’s also a historical signifier for a village notable otherwise only for its ‘enormous green’ … Continue reading

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Snettisham

Snettisham 9th October 2017.  A few times each year the highest tides in the Wash coincide with dawn to create a great avian spectacle.  The rising water creeps inexorably over the estuarine flats, sweeping before it the feeding waders, ducks … Continue reading

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Lichens

A cherubic face struggles to emerge from a behind a mask of lichens.  We never had lichens in our garden in the 1950s and sixties, now they grow in grey and orange crusts on stones, trees and garden furniture.  A … Continue reading

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Whittington Press

I found a web posting about the Whittington Press Open Day 2017 by accident the other day (http://whittingtonpressshop.com).  It reminded me of a trip to the 2009 Open Day with Roy Hammans. This followed an earlier visit when we had … Continue reading

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Bodnant Garden

Photographs of the Laburnum Arch dominate the pictures used to promote Bodnant Garden, examples of what I’ve called elsewhere ‘Kodachrome Icons’.  It’s a convenient simplification of what is an extraordinary, complex place.  My diary notes: ‘Spectacular and beautiful, full of … Continue reading

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Mole Plough

We did a five mile walk round Little Walden, Essex, yesterday.  High up on a big open field an ancient caterpillar tractor hauled a mole plough slowly and noisily back and forth. A mole plough, or subsoiler, is used for … Continue reading

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Olympic Park

Olympic Park evocations: cartoon thought bubbles; Rover from ‘The Prisoner’; time lapse photographs of a super moon. Photo: Olympic Park, London, May 2014

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Nature of Photography 2

‘I used to think photographs merely showed the viewer what the world looked like, but I realised very early on that a photograph is much more than that.  A photograph tells a story without necessarily answering any questions.’  Agnieszka Sosnowska, … Continue reading

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Meridian – Millennium

A prime meridian, based at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, was established by Sir George Airy in 1851. In October 1884 delegates from 25 nations met in Washington, D.C. and agreed on the Greenwich meridian as the official geographic/temporal reference line. … Continue reading

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Glasshouse

Greenhouse: ‘an enclosure with a transparent (glass) roof and walls used for the cultivation or protection of tender plants’. Glasshouse: slang for a military prison; ‘The term Glasshouse originated from the military prison at Aldershot, which had a glazed roof’.  … Continue reading

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Maize Maze

Another alternative crop.  Rectory Farm on the Fen-edge at Landbeach harvests leisure.  Hidden in the field is the Maize Maze, a jungly labyrinth in the meandering form of a castle and dragon for family adventures.  At the end of the … Continue reading

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Sustainable Fenland

The early morning sun picks up a ruler-straight line of light across the graphic landscape of the Fens.  A solar array.  The Fens, drained over the centuries in what Ian Rotham claims is the ‘greatest single ecological catastrophe that ever … Continue reading

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Tourism Backlash

On Saturday 12th August the Guardian carried a full page article, ‘Wish you weren’t here: locals take on tourists in Europe’s crowded hotspots’.  Spain is the focus for much of the spate of anti-tourist incidents reported, but it’s not alone … Continue reading

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