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U3AC Photo Forum 7 – What Makes a Good Picture?

Gerry Metcalfe, camera club member and photo judge of 20 plus years took the Forum through the challenges of judging.  The post on 21st July 2017 covers an earlier presentation to the U3AC by Gerry.  His views on judging? ‘It’s … Continue reading

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Purls Bridge

‘Birdwatching at Purl’s Bridge with David W.  Chilly and grey punctuated with escalators of light; with occasional rain, which didn’t hurt us in the hides.  Good to be out in the air; good to chat.  Bird list: tree sparrow… kestrel… … Continue reading

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Photography and Painting

It is easy to take photographs, more difficult to paint or draw, according to Andrew Marr introducing his latest publication, A short book about painting, at Ely cathedral on 6th November.  Though this is a gross over simplification, I have … Continue reading

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Rothschild Mynah

The Christmas Fair at Waddesdon yesterday was manic.  Away from the stalls selling things I didn’t want to buy, the Electric Menagerie by Lauren Booth floated through the gardens.  ‘Booth has interpreted the Rothschild Mynah as four neon sculptures installed … Continue reading

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Sarah Wrench

I wonder when it was in Post War Britain that being born out of wedlock stopped being a great social stigma, the badge that gave a member of my family born during the First World War a miserable childhood and … Continue reading

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The Guards Chapel

‘The Royal Military Chapel, St. James Park, known as the Guards Chapel, is the religious home of the Household Division at the Wellington Barracks in London. Constructed between 1839–40 in the style of a Grecian temple and restored in the … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Beech Lore 5

‘Healing: In The Bach Flower Remedies Beech is used against mental rigidity, fault finding, intolerance, arrogance and lack of sympathy.  Meditation: Meditation with the Beech helps us relax and let go of fixed ideas, which hinders us and our development. … Continue reading

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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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