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.
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:
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.
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 . . .
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.
Finally, I found two delightful scenes: