60009 The Union of South Africa

Here is the LNER Pacific class 60009 Union of South Africa locomotive pulling another Cotswold Venturer service from London Paddington to Worcester – here seen between Shipton and Kingham stations – a panning shot on a slowish shutter to give the impression of the speed – of the 18 shots (3fps continuous mode), only about 4…

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),…

Super Blue Moon

This is the super blue moon – taken from the edge of the Wychwood Forest, near Charlbury. It is super because the moon is closer to the Earth than usual, blue because this is the second new moon this month (2nd January 2018 and 31st January 2018) – and, in certain parts of the world…

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…

Ducks all in a row?

Happy New Year everyone!  One of the first photographs of 2018- not quite ducks all in a row, but swans…and a goose on the bank (one of several who were getting a little upset because of Sparky being sat next to me when this was taken!) This photograph was taken on New Years Day in Stratford-upon-Avon,…

Merry Christmas…Cake!

Merry Christmas…with the view of our cake – only got round to tasting it today after stuffing ourselves yesterday! It’s a snowy scene (not completely unlike a couple of weeks ago) – the cabin is a bought cake decoration, but the cake, icing and trees are hand-made – the trees are an adaptation of ones…

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…

Bath Abbey and Christmas Market

This is Bath Abbey, in the heart of the city of Bath, UK – Paula and I went to Bath yesterday afternoon for the Christmas Market – and there is a lot to it!  Wasn’t too busy (the reason for going mid-week!), but it is spread over many streets around the Abbey and city centre –…