God rays!

Technically crepuscular rays, but photographers know them as God rays, where shafts of light radiate from the sun through clouds and can be seen against darker clouds in the background – and this is a nice example taken near the Mithraeum Temple ruins and Milecastle 31 on a recent (short) visit to Hadrian’s Wall on…

Hadrian’s Wall

This is a very small part of Hadrian’s Wall – taken above Peel Crags from south of the wall, looking east – The water of Crag Lough is just visible in the middle distance. The wall was 73 miles long, stretching from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend on the River Tyne – There were milecastles (not exactly…

The Angel of the North

On a trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for the University Open Day last Saturday, I had to stop off here to view this 20m sculpture – The Angel of the North. Designed by Anthony Gormley and finished in 1997, the Angel is 20m tall and has a wingspan of some 54m – and she is a truly…

The Flying Scotsman 60103

At long last, we get to see her running on the North Cotswold line!  The last time she was due to pass through, she had a problem and was substituted at the last minute for The Royal Scot, but here she is, in all her glory! On return leg (we normally see these services on…

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…

Summer evening walk

Here are two photographs that were taken recently on a summer evening walk with Sparky going up to the top of Shipton Down near Shipton-under-Wychwood – both are of Cow Parsley that has gone to seed with the setting sun beyond – glorious evenings indeed! The second photograph was taken with a much smaller aperture to…

Sunset

A picture at sunset from a couple of weeks ago – beautiful sky and a spurious oat stem (I think!) making a nice silhouette – and this is in a field of Soybean – this has now been harvested, so the combine harvester cut everything in the field – it is quite barren and stubbly now…

Interlopers!

I have not been through the wild garden in Shipton-under-Wychwood for a while – but there are a lot more ducks on the pools there now – here are some of the interlopers – the regular ducks are mallards. This was taken mid-morning yesterday, with a long lens but with the angle and the shade behind,…

Busy Bumblebees

A quick birthday post – Here are some busy bumblebees captured on a walk up to the top of Shipton Down in the Cotswolds – this was captured with the standard 18-55mm lens, so I was pretty close, but due to a gusty breeze, the flowers were moving every so often – so I am lucky…

Hawk Stone

This is the Hawk Stone, near Dean, Oxfordshire – a Neolithic oolitic limestone standing stone – according to Wikipedia, local legend has it that the stone was used for burning witches – the cleft in the top was made by the chains used to tie them up. I was not aware of the connection to witches until after…