Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash

Here is a view of the Royal Albert Bridge spanning the Tamar River between Saltash in Cornwall and Plymouth in Devon – designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, work was started in 1854 and opened by Prince Albert in 1859 – Brunel died later that year and his name was then placed above the portals at either…

The Oliver Cromwell

Here is Britannia class locomotive 70013 “Oliver Cromwell”, at speed, pulling the Cotswold Venturer service on the North Cotswolds Line from London Paddington to Worcester via Oxford – taken from a farm bridge between Bruen Crossing and Kingham in West Oxfordshire station this morning – the weather was rather drab (cold, wet and a little blowy),…

Three Dancing Fairies

This is a temporary sculpture installation called ‘Three Dancing Fairies’, currently sited at the Rollright Standing Stones, Oxfordshire – previous photographs are Rollright Stones and Rollright Stones Revisited.  The sculpture is sited near the stone circle (about 20m behind me when I made this photograph). From the notice nearby: This temporary sculpture by environmental sculptor…

Snowy Worcestershire Beacon

A rather snowy view on the way up the Worcestershire Beacon above Great Malvern earlier today – at low levels, very little settled snow, but up here there was 2cm or so.  Quite a steep climb out of Malvern – takes around 30 minutes to get from the town to the summit – a little…

Rollright Stones – revisited…

These are some of the Rollright Stones, near Chipping Norton on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border – I have been here before (see this post), but not for quite some time. Three sets of Neolithic and Bronze age stones in total – a stone circle (The Kings Men), a burial chamber (The Whispering Knights) and a single…

Glastonbury Tor

  This is a set of four photographs taken last weekend during a trip to Glastonbury Tor and St Michael’s Tower – a rather overcast day until we were leaving, lending itself nicely to the conversion to Black and White. We got lucky with the parking, finding a space quite close to the bottom of the Tor…

The Orca

This is a picture of The Orca – she is moored on the banks of the River Thames near St.John’s Lock, between Buscot and Lechlade in the Gloucestershire countryside – I think this just counts as the Cotwolds (especially as she is moored on the north bank of the river!) I took this photograph on Saturday…

Thames Barrier

  The Thames Barrier – revisited!  This time from the south side of the River Thames and with a Thames Clipper travelling from Woolwich towards the O2/Millennium Dome, and the City of London – I like the contrast between the static barrier and buildings with the movement of the boat. I had stayed the previous night…

Boats and the Thames Barrier

This is a photograph of some boats on the River Thames with the Thames Barrier in the distance, taken on a lunchtime walk from North Greenwich – it was high tide (or close to it), lifting the boats nicely – so much more attractive than having them stuck in the mud!  The tidal range in…

Bar Italia

Met up with my friend Ola last night on the way home and stopped off for a coffee at Bar Italia (22 Firth Street) in Soho before walking on, cameras in hand, down to the Mall, Green Park and Hyde Park back to Paddington Station I took several pictures while we drank our coffee –…