A is for Archimedes Screw and B is for Boat

A is for Archimedes Screw and B is for Boat I’ve waited a long time for an opportunity to post this picture of a detail of a model of an Archimedes Screw. It was part of a display of working models to show ways of moving water uphill. These Ancient Greeks were clever! Eureka!   I came across this old boat on a walk a couple of years ago. I must go back to see if (a) it is in an even worse state , (b) it has been “tidied up”or (c) the rope has worn away and it has drifted out to sea.   Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Letters A and B

cameras photographers Happiness is.... Fuji camera coffee smiley donut

Happiness is….. a camera, a coffee and a donut

The topic for this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge from Cee is “Any Camera or Photographer“   This first picture sums up perfection for me, especially when Mediterranean sunshine is added into the equation: Happiness is  ….. a camera, a smiley coffee and a donut. (although my coffee was an espresso with no facial features whatsoever).   A photoshoot on a local beach is always fun too, even without the Mediterranean sunshine! :   I took this next picture on a photography course I did a few years back. Whilst I enjoyed learning about studio lighting, still life and portraiture, I came to the conclusion that all that faffing about with light-meters, flash-guns, lightboxes etc is not for me. I definitely prefer to be out in the open air. To each his own.  I’ve always maintained that people enjoy doing what they’re good at: I wasn’t much good at studio photography.   I love old cameras. This isn’t mine though:   And so do these enthusiasts at a weekly local market:  

Looking Down with some Degree of Nostalgia

The Kyles of Bute in Scotland’s Cowal Peninsula is one of my favourite places in the whole world.   In Glasgow when I was a child (in the olden days) it was a tradition  to take summer day trip on “The Waverley” paddle steamer. This annual treat was called “goin’ doon the watter“, though my English mother never allowed such Glaswegian dialect to be spoken in her presence!  The steamer left from the  Broomielaw dock in the centre of Glasgow, sailed down River Clyde out to the Firth and over to the Kyles of Bute.  A kyle (in Scottish Gaelic, a “Caol” or “Caoil”) is a narrow strip of water; this one separates the northern end of the Isle of Bute from the Cowal Peninsula.  When I was teaching, we used to bring  kids here for a week’s field studies trip every year for about 10 years.  We stayed in an education centre, formerly a Victorian millionaire’s house,  in the village of Colintraive. When I look at this photograph I can pinpoint exactly where it was;  it’s tucked in behind the trees on the shore of the bay on the left, by the wee white buildings you might just make out. […]

Rock-Hewn Graves and Nettle Tea Bags

A Visit to Heysham I’m hoping that “Rock-Hewn Graves and Nettle Tea Bags” is the only post in the whole of cyberspace with this title.  If it is then that should make it especially OddBall for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge this week. Why am I thinking of an unused title? No particular reason other than how many combinations of words can there be?  And will we ever run out?  Probably not in my lifetime! The graves and the tea bags are closely connected as we saw both of them within half an hour of arriving in Heysham on a day-trip last year. It’s only 40 minutes up the road. Heysham is a large coastal village on the Lancashire coast. Whilst it is a ferry port for ships to Ireland and the Isle of Man, and has a nuclear power station nearby, the old part of the village is very quaint and set apart from the newer developments. It could be the setting for a 1950’s TV drama.  Rock-Hewn Graves Around St Patrick’s Chapel are the remains of eight rock-cut graves hewn from the headland, several of which are body shaped and have rock-cut sockets, possibly for wooden crosses. It is […]

Solitude-by-the-Sea on the Fylde Coast

Solitude-by-the-Sea  In winter it is easy to find solitude on the Fylde coast.           WordPress Photo Challenge: Solitude   

Dark and Light at Jenny Brown’s Point

I took these pictures on a coastal walk last week. A forty-minute drive up the motorway takes us to the Silverdale area at the extreme North-West of Lancashire. It’s an unspoilt peninsula, mostly by-passed by the hordes of tourists who head a bit further up the road into Cumbria’s beautiful Lake District. We went for a short walk from the village of Silverdale, starting at Jack Scout and following the cliff-top path to Jenny Brown’s Point. These shots show the winter sun on Morecambe Bay at low tide and are my post for this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Dark and Light:            

Made in Scotland: The Forth Railway Bridge

This magnificent cantilever railway bridge crosses the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Built between 1882 and 1890, this iconic structure is a symbol of Scotland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At one point in its construction, approximately 4,600 men were employed. Local historians have so far found records of 73 who died in the process.     This second picture shows both the Forth Rail Bridge and behind it the Forth Road Bridge.     A third bridge is currently under construction and I am so looking forward to seeing it on my next trip up to Scotland. If the pictures I’ve seen of it so far are anything to go by, then it’s going to be the third iconic crossing from Edinburgh and the Lothians over the Firth of Forth and into the Kingdom of Fife. Thanks as ever to Cee for her Black & White Challenge which this week was “Built by Humans”.  

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