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…

Church Path

Church Path in Shipton-under-Wychwood with some early morning sunshine – taken a few days ago. #b&w #church #path #cotswolds #oxfordshire Technical details: 18mm(XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS); 1/450s@f6.4; ISO200 – handheld –  post-processing in Lightroom – B&W conversion in SilverFX Pro – DSCF71511712195935-Edit  

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…

The Age of Steam

The Age of Steam…revisited…this is a photograph taken yesterday at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR).  The GWSR had a steam festival weekend, though we didn’t go to that.  We saw a couple of trains from a bridge and again here, after walking the dog up Nottingham Hill, at Gotherington Halt – the line runs from…

Vanishing Point

Vanishing point…in so many ways!  Artistically, we have converging lines from the track, bridge and railings meeting at the vanishing point at the base of the trees in the distance; Historically, this the track bed for a long dismantled railway – here it is fairly clear, but elsewhere it is vanishing – quite overgrown and being…

Grand Entrance

Well…it was probably once far more imposing, but currently somewhat lost – I imagine that this is, or was, the edge of the Sarsden estate though this is a just a field with a footpath and bridleway now – I expect it was to impress visitors arriving on horseback on the approach from the south…

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…