These flowers are for Becky, indefatigable host of Square Perspectives. She has encouraged us to look for an astonishing range of perspectives over the last month, and to share our findings with contributors in every continent. Thank you, Becky.
Normal service will be resumed in August. Whatever ‘normal’ means these days. The flowers will bash on regardless.
.. when you cut it, when you split it, and when you burn it.
So goes the old saying. Well, wood warms us thrice too. We don’t fell trees and we don’t split logs. But we do burn wood, in our wood-burning stove. And before that, we forage in the woods nearby to supplement the wood we buy for the winter months.
This was the week when we bought, sorted and stacked the trailer load we’d ordered. It burns calories alright. From our point of view, it’s worth more than any gym membership. And eeh by gum we feel right proud when all is safely gathered in.
Canary Wharf, Crossharbour, Cutty Sark, Mudchute, Pudding Mill Lane, Royal Victoria, West India Quay, Woolwich Arsenal.
Is it any wonder I love travelling on the Docklands Light Railway in London when I visit, with all those evocatively named stations, speaking among other things of London’s past as a thriving port? A port complicit in many things we’d rather forget, such as the slave trade, but can investigate at the Museum of London Docklands.
The journey is a window onto a watery world of harbours, jetties, watery cul-de-sacs and wharfs: old and new in close juxtaposition. And the windows of the train carriage itself reflects the cosmopolitan society that London has always been.
One of Europe’s emblematic skylines is provided by Antoni Gaudí‘s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Its construction began in 1882. It’s due to be completed in 2026. The cranes which are a constant feature of the skyline will at last become a thing of the past.
This week, Jude’s Photo Challenge invites us to use empty – negative – space as part of a photo.
I thought that Becky’s Perspective Squares Challenge provided a perfect tool to consider the value of this space. Is it empty – as in vacant? Or does it tell us more about what’s going on?
So I’m going to show you each shot twice. Once with the negative space I originally included, and then again, cropped to a square illustrating only the subject. Which do you prefer, in each case?
This is a whistlestop tour to the bird reserve at Slimbridge, to the Farne Islands, and for the last two sets of shots, to Dallowgill, a lonely, beautiful moor in Nidderdale, only a few miles from home. Click on the images to bring them up full size