Steam train / tube train

Some days you just get lucky.

I didn't plan on photographing this perfect scene of a steam train with an underground going, er, over it. It just fell into my lap.

Read on for the not very interesting story of how, and more importantly, extra pictures.

Steam train / tube train

Ronda

Nerja

Córdoba

I went to Córdoba took photos, mostly of the truly amazing Mezquita.

Mezquita - prayer hall opens into cathedral

Málaga

I flew into the Andalusian port city of Málaga hoping for a week of sunshine, history, architecture and landscape.

Cathedral from the Alcazaba

Clapham Common and Stockwell Skateparks

In my usual pursuit of landscape or architectural subjects, I often found myself treating people as an annoyance and an obstruction. But a nagging sense that photographic abilities, or a photographic sense of style, which depended on the absence of people was not much cop, especially in London of all places, prompted me to set myself a challenge to make people the focus of my photos for a change.

So it was that I headed off to Clapham Common, the first of two nearby skate parks on the afternoon's agenda.

Clapham Common Skatepark

Under the M4

Checking out graffiti in an unlikely chamber of light, underneath the M4 in Boston Manor Park.

Under the M4 - diagonal

River Brent — from Brentford to Perivale

Following the River Brent through west London from its namesake Brentford up to Perivale, I discovered an eclectic range of sights, including:

  • a 17th century manor house,
  • an 18th century flight of locks,
  • from the 19th century, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first major structure,
  • from the 20th, a magical accidental motorway-cathedral-island,

all mixed up with some delightful (and some fairly average) parks, and rounded off with a nice sunset.

Abandoned boat on the Brent

Wye Tour, Part Three: Abbey, Bridges and Castles

The final chapter of my Wye tour is an ABC of picturesque, as I test William Gilpin's assertion that the correctly picturesque usually requires architectural intervention by taking in the delights of one ruined Cistercian abbey, a pair of contrasting bridges, and a couple of Norman-going-on-medieval castles.

Chepstow Castle above the Wye

Wye Tour, Part Two: the Forest of Dean

If you haven't read the opening installment of this trilogy, A Picturesque Wye Tour, Part One, then you should probably go ahead and do so.

Because in that piece, I introduce the awfully brilliant structural conceit of following in the footsteps of 18th century priest William Gilpin, who wrote an influential travel book about his 1770 trip to this neck of the woods.

The trouble is though... he missed the woods in this neck of the woods. He followed the Wye, and then scooted off into Wales. Didn't pop into the Forest of Dean at all, really.

So, while I may yet crowbar Rev. Gilpin back into part three, that whole angle looks to be a dead loss for this episode. We'll just have to explore the forest without him...

Sculpture at New Fancy View

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