Calendar photos, of Gt Britain, really do impress

I turned over our kitchen calendar on the 1st February and this is the photo that greeted me. Gorgeous photo, what more can I say, other than photos on calendars are chosen because they’re good.

Oh, staycations for me this year. I don’t want to go to Europe, where they don’t seem to like us, our vaccines, or our shell fish.

Photos of warships, and military equipment to admire

Readers, you will know I love a good photo. I’m a regular visitor to the Navy Lookout blog, which has interesting articles on naval defence matters, and its tweets in its Twitter feed often contain arresting images. I often mean to copy the photos, but invariably fail to do so.

I’m rectifying that omission here with some photos that I’ve found from links on the Navy Lookout blog and others. The sources for some of the photos I like are;

Visiting Camberley Library, my last trip out for a while

On Tuesday this week I ventured out to Camberley, essentially to visit Camberley Library, fearing that libraries might soon close before I’d acquired a pile of books to read.

Books acquired, then, naughtily, because I’m in the category the NHS recommend to self-isolate, I wandered around Camberley for a while, taking photos on the way, which is my wont. I wandered down to the official entrance to the Royal Military Academy as the sunshine was highlighting it’s classical beauty – more on that later.

Then, quite unaccountably, I fulfilled a long held wish to visit St Tarcisius War Memorial Church. Sure, I’ve passed by the church hugely often, but have never been inside. That visit is the subject of my next blog post.

Fun discoveries from zooming into old photos

Much thanks are due to Stuart Humphryes and his BabelColour twitter feed for the fun discoveries of zooming into old photos of London.

This photo, posted by Stuart on BabelColour, is of the building of Holburn Viaduct on Saturday 11th September 1869. The photo delivers much from zooming in. I’ll not tell everything that can be seen in the photo, and let you discover things yourself. I would though say you should look at the couple in the bottom right hand side of the photo, where you can see a lady in a crinoline dress.

Beneath the photo, again thanks to Stuart Humphryes, are three zooed in images from the photo. Clicl on images to expand.

Colour photos of England in the 1920’s: Part 1 of 2

Here are a few photos by American photographer Clifton R. Adams, who was sent to England in the 1920’s by the National Geographic magazine to record life on farms, in towns and cities, and residents at work and play.

The photos are Autochromes – a time-consuming and complicated film process requiring long exposure times. The resulting images have aa atmospheric quality.

A track surface made up of scalpings and junk

The heathland track alongside the Bisley and Pirbright Ranges from Lightwater to Deepcut is a regular walk of mine. I enjoy the distant view of London from Chobham Ridges, and just as much the seasonal changes to the flora and and fauna.

On one walk I noticed a piece of junk buried in the track, and on subsequnent walks I noticed more and more buried junk. Yesterday I photographed some of the buried junk, and thought you might like to see it. These five photos are the most obvious pieces of junk.

The surface of the track is mostly scalpings of one sort or another. Occasionaly there are exposed areas of bricks and crushed ceramics.

Surrey Heath Museum focus on the work of two remarkable Camberley people

On Monday this week, the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams, opened new exhibition in Surrey Heath Museum – the life and work of artist Percy Harland Fisher. [Click on image to expand]

I’ve a favourite paining of his that is currently on show in the Museum. It’s The Washing Line, which is No.6 in my Painting of the Week.

Also in the museum is an exhibition of the work of noted local photographer Ron Francis. Well worth a visit to the museum to see some of the works of these two notable Camberley people.

Here are my photos of the official exhibition opening by the mayor.