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Birds. Of The Feathered Variety

*Blows cobwebs away from page*

Hello, we’re back!

We’ve recently discovered the Walthamstow Wetlands , And I’ve been doing some wildlife photography…and now realise my old Sigma 150-500 1:5-6.3 DG APO HSM lens, is, well, a bit not-so-good at the long end. Also, the autofocus is slow and not reliable.

But, it will have to do for now, as I don’t have a spare thousand quid for the nikon 200-500 f/5.6. Yet.
Anyway, the photos are here for your perusal. If you want.

Corrections, proper IDs very welcome.

Walthamstow Wetlands Gallery

Seeing Stars…

Ah, the yearly phonomenon that is the Perseid meteor shower. Been meaning to watch for years, never got round to it. Until last Thurday, that is.
And, I thought, I’ll get the tripod out and get some wonderful shots of the passing fireballs. it’s a clear and near-moonless night, no rain and not too cold. Ideal!

Har Har.

In over an hour, I got precicely ONE on camera. And quite a few aircraft going in and out of Luton Airport.

Here’s the Single one caught on camera. It’s the white blob on the left. Not very impressive, is it?

Meteor FAIL

Meteor FAIL

I gave up just before midnight due to excessive yawning.

Oh well. At least I got to use the interval timer on the camera for the first time, and was therefore able to build a small movie of the resultant failing camerawork.

here it is in rather crap YouTube quality. The single one is at about 24 second mark. If you watch the plough (just above and right of the tree) closely, you can see the star rotation in the sky. Yes, you can, just squint harder…

Bah! And bah! again.

Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside…

Today’s little trip out : Bognor Regis with The Shabby Seaside Appreciation Society. In the words of Lesley, “we go to shabby seaside places, take a few photos and then sit around in pubs”

Photos are HERE. Go have a look. There’s only 6, so no ploughing through tons!

I have lots of memories of Bognor, as many years ago we used to have our family holidays just down the road at Pagham. Where there’s no life whatsoever. I was so bored I used to have to go fishing, it was that dull.
Every so often, we’d meander down the road to get to Bognor, where there was some real *sand* on the beach, rather than the severe pebbles of Pagham. Not, frankly that it was much better, but still. So it was interesting to revisit Bognor after so many years – would it be, to quote HM King George V, “Bugger Bognor!”, or an interesting day out?

So here’s what the beach looks like:

The Beach

Bognor Beach

It’s changed a bit. The old tacky and run-down seafront shops have been replaced by up-market flats. The pier’s still crap, and short. Especially after it had 24m hacked off of it a couple of years ago.
And the beach is covered with a damned sight more pebbles than I remember.

So how shabby is it? Actually not very, it’s at least fairly clean and there’s very little grot and grime. Except on the pier, which is noticeably deteriorating…like this:

A bit of, err, rust

Not exactly inspiring you to feel safe on the pier, is it?

But on the positive side, there’s some beach huts (all reasonably well maintained, only a few slightly deteriorating), plenty of space and Fish & Chips (as you do at the seaside, obviously).

Today’s bonuses: A dead seagull in artistic pose, and a wedding couple having their photographs taken on the beach.

And no, we didn’t go to Butlins. As you wouldn’t!

Going Walkabout…

…which, rather regretfully for males of my certain age *cough*, did not involve a naked Jenny Agutter.

Back to the point. A little trip to Ely, to do a bit more of the ongoing ‘”let’s-take-photos-in-as-many-cathedrals-as-possible” project.

You might think this preoccupation a little strange for an ardent athiest. Think away. Done? Right then. I might not be approving of the purpose for which the things are built, but I can very much appreciate the craftsmanship and architecture splendour they inevitably contain. They are magnificent buildings, after all, and packed full of history, art, style and things of interest, not to mention stories galore.

So, the latest addition to the ‘done’ list was Ely. And what a place it is. A lovely little town, and a truely magnificent cathedral. Here’s a view of the unique Octagon ‘Lantern Tower’:

Lantern Tower

Ely Cathedral's Unique Octagon Lantern Tower

This was constructed in 14th Century, and replaced the old central tower which collapsed – although thankfully no-one was injured when it did so.
The Lantern is 23 m (74 ft) wide and is 52 m (170 ft) high. From the floor to central roof boss ‘The Lantern’ is 43 m (142 ft) high. And looks it from underneath , I must say. (Click on Image to see it bigger on Flickr)

There is a fantastic roof as well, which you can see in this end-to-end panorama (Yes, it’s flawed – I’ll correct it when I get time -Click on Image to see it bigger).

Ely Cathedral Roof

Ely Cathedral Roof

And there’s the fascinating David Wynne sculpture too, titled “Mary Magdalene Recognises Jesus”

Mary Magdalene Recognises Jesus by David Wynne

David Wynne's "Mary Magdalene Recognises Jesus"

I was rather pleased with this one 😉

And, after all this, I also managed to stick to the ‘no-chocolate, crisps or junk food’ diet which I’m going to need for a long while to come.

Go me!

Sir Richard is in the house!

Hmm, it’s time to catch up on the PhotoBlog again. (Well, probably!).

I shall over the course of the next few days try to backdate all the posts I should have done in the last, err, 6 months.

Eek, has it really been that long?

Slap my wrist for being indolent.

Anyway, to start back off, here’s that icon of britishness, Sir Richard Branson completing the London Marathon yesterday.

In Butterfly wings.

The man’s a loony.

But then again all the best people are…


Cathedral Hopping

All right, so I’m a sad git who’s got nothing better to do than wander off on day trips to take photos of large ornate buildings that I don’t even believe in the general purpose of.

But whatever your thoughts on the church are (THE church? Sorry, I should say ‘religion in general’ and not be denominationist!), you can’t deny they are magnificent structures with fascinating things in and on them, and are always beautifully decorated. Like Chichester, here, with a detailed little bronze in front of the rather spectacular Chagal window.

(Mildly embarrassing admission: I forgot to take note of the sculpture’s artist, so please correct this so that he/she can be properly credited, ta!)

And there’s a nice garden round the back (The Bishop’s Garden), where you can get a nice leafy view of the spire. Unfortunately you can’t get up it, though, unlike Salisbury, which is a pity, but still.

And the Roman stuff at Fishbourne is rather good, too.

So where next?*

*Obviously not Winchester, Canterbury, Bristol, Clifton, Either Liverpool, Rochester, St. Albans, Southwark, Westminster, St.Paul’s, York, Either Norwich or Portsmouth. Trips to Chelmsford, St. Edmundsbury and Lincoln are in planning (as Lincoln’s a nice city, and deserves a weekend, I think!), and Durham won’t let you take pictures and is a way away for a day trip – like Truro. And will be going to Paris soon….

Your suggestions, then?
(Preferably ones that do not have the word ‘Off’ in them, please)