Week 40 – Polluting Traffic on our Street

You have about 2 minutes’ warning on our street when one of these highly powered polluters is approaching.  They whistle occasionally, but it’s the sound of the wheels, rubber covers barely effective at muting the trundle, that tells you a steam traction engine is not far away.  And although the smoke is probably much worse than most diesels on the road, the sight and sound of these machines are balm to the soul.

A steam traction engine approaches past a line of modern cars parked on the side of the street.
Gamlingay steam engine
Two men operate a steam traction engine
Gamlingay steam engine

Week 24 – The Garden as Backup

This was a sparse week for photos, perhaps because I forgot to take some, or perhaps because I didn’t happen across any likely subjects, animate or otherwise.  Anyway, here is a shot of oats, moving intentionally, but with a little colour to add interest:

Moving vegetation
Oats, lit and moving

And here is an osteospermum, at least partly in focus.  Well, the ribs of the petals appear to be and very attractive they are.  My excuse for not completing the job is that I’m on the road as I write this, using my MacBook and an incomplete copy of my 2017 photo library; the library is very difficult to maintain on two different computers, particularly when one is an iMac and the other a MacBook (admittedly the 2017 version, so quite powerful).  The catalog, in this case a Capture One catalog, is pretty large and takes a while to copy from one computer to another.

Purple flower, osteospermum
Osteospermum

Week 17 – West Country of England

I booked a day’s workshop with ImageSeen, to be held at Westonbirt Arboretum.  It was called Impressions of Westonbirt, and the subject was closeups and “intentional camera movement” (ICM); but it didn’t really matter as it was going to be good to concentrate on photography, whatever the subject matter.  In the event it was very good fun and quite rewarding; I learned a few new techniques and remembered a few old . . .

Blurred bluebells and pink azaleas at Westonbirt
Zoom burst and swing – bluebells and pink azaleas
Skeleton of a dead leaf with pink showing through from underneath
Dead leaf with pink flower behind
Dead flower in silhouette
Silhouette

Westonbirt is not far from the “oldest town in England”, Malmesbury, where are situated some historic buildings and their gardens. The Abbey House Gardens was a delight.

Old house facade
Abbey House in Malmesbury
Old house facade
Abbey House in Malmesbury
Monolith with inscription: "Treat the Earth well / It was not given to you by your parents / it was loaned to you by your children"
“Treat the Earth well / It was not given to you by your parents / it was loaned to you by your children”

Finally, I found two delightful scenes:

Carnations and Union Jack cushion
A happy couple in denim
A couple, enjoying life