Category Archives: days out in London

The Macro World

A rather nice little trip with the London Flickr Meetups mob to the lovely Kew Gardens was yesterday’s little outing, for a bit of macro mayhem.

I like Kew, and normally organise a trip there in the summer. ‘Organise’ very much in inverted commas, for this usually consists of ‘turn up at 11am, wander around until 5pm when we’re going to the pub’. I prefer informal, me 😉

It doesn’t seem -quite- the same without the Henry Moore Sculptures from a few years back (see Here, and Here, but I still enjoy a wander in the beautifully kept gardens, exploring the flowers and wildlife.

And in this case, the butterflies. There’s some info about it Here if you’d like to go too. The live ones are at the east end of the Prince of Wales conservatory. And some sculptures too.
Like this one:

A Bug. With Water Lillies

A Bug. With Water Lillies

For once, I was organised and came equipped with my lovely little Nikon 60mm Macro lens. Which, for once, I magaed to put to good use, and got some half-way respectable macros of the butterflies, in very-very-very close up (‘macro’ to you photo-y type people) mode. And a few other things, too.

You can go view them on Flickr Here.

And there’s a few bonus butterfly shots Here, as well.

Nice to see some new faces (Andrew – I was DEAD impressed with the Technica!), as well as the usual suspects.

Oh, and did I mention the new toy?

Nikon 16-35 f/4 *grins in a ‘now-I’m-borassic-but-happy’ way*
It does this sort of thing:

Temperate House

Temperate House. In Wiiiiiiddddddeeee view

Carnival!


Yay, it’s that time of year again, when we get to wander the streets of Notting Hill with can of Red Stripe in hand oggling scantily clad young ladies – it’s the Notting Hill Carnival!

Now ongoing since 1966, and pulling in the crowds as much as ever.

As you’ll notice if you try moving anywhere in it…

Which given views like this:

Oooh!

is hardly surprising, is it?

Love it.

Full set can be found Here. Warning: has a couple of NSFW images (i.e. boobs!)

For the lazy pervs amongst you, the ones that have bare boobies in are Here and Here. You’ll need to be logged in to Flickr to see them as they’re marked ‘Moderate’

{Cue Kenny Everett voice} But it’s all done in the best possible taste 😉

Colour!


Carnival del Pueblo. London, August 2009

The Latin American celebration of the year!
Along with some reprobates from the LPMG, we all took some of the last batch of Kodachrome in our dusted-off film cameras to record the event for posterity.

And have a damned good time ourselves too. And this year, it didn’t rain, and was lovely all day.

Yay!

Full (Digital) set Here

With Pride


Gay Pride. London, July 2009

I was SO dissapointed when it was pointed out it was a wig!

Bah.

Full set Here

Festival Season!

Aahm, it’s festival time gain. Paradise Gardens, held annually in Victoria Park is the mecca for strangeness and fun.

After all, where else would you see grannies riding shopping trollies to “You can’t touch this”?

You had to be there, honest…

Puppets!


Ohh look, another of these loony events in London to go look at. and the sun is shining, many yays!

It’s the Covent garden May Faire and Puppet festival, to commemorate Samual Peep’s first sight of Punch on May 9th in 1662.

– or as we see it now, a good excuse to go take some photos of politically incorrect Punch & Judy shows, clowns and other odd strangenesses, like Maypole dancing, if your tastes run to that sort of thing.

And of course, visits to the pub, because it was very warm and taking pictures is hot work.



And where else do you get to see Goth puppets?

More Rollergirls!


Two lots of them, in fact, as ahead of the Championship Final (Suffra Jets 97 – 73 Steam Rollers, well played both teams!), we also had the bonus of the Ultraviolent Femmes taking on our German visitors, the Barockcity Rollerderby, who got rather hammered by the much more experienced team (171 -15), but fought gamely and certainly didn’t disgrace themselves – Look forward to seeing them back, stronger and hungrier next time.
Mucho credits to all the ladies, and all at the LRG for putting on quite a show. I was privileged to be an official photographer this time, and although not on top form with the camera, still enjoyed it hugely.

you can see the pics on Flickr Here

And some more lesser ones on Facebook Here, and Here too.

Enjoy. I did. (Until I had to heft all that crap back home, of course. And my little S51 compact camera is also missing, so if anyone finds it there’s beer money available for it’s return. Ta)

Barnes Again…


A visit to the London Wetland Centre at Barnes with the Flickr group. Last year’s visit proved rather good (except, of course the foul thunderstorm in the afternoon!), so man-with-camera-extraordinaire Phill Price organised us to go again, ably joined by the Wetland centre Flickr group bods, who kept kindly answering the question ‘What’s one of those?’

And as you can see, we all got some rather nice piccies.

A recommended visit!

Dinosaurs!


Yes really!

Oh, all right, so they’re concrete, and not very accurate models at that, but they’re still dinosaurs, and quite enough for the big kid in all of us to go see on a nice clear and bright (if a trifle chilly!) February’s day. Brrr.

They’re in Crystal Palace park, and it’s a rather nice little place to go for a few hour’s wandering. The sight of the original Crystal Palace is here too, and you can see the remains on the ground. Compete with Sphinxes.

What more do you want?*

(Just don’t drop your expensive VR telephoto on the only bit of concrete for 100 yards around, like I did. Clumsy twonk!)

More piccies can be seen here. As you might expect.

* Answers of “Warmth!” “Beer!” and “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll” will be studiously ignored

Winter Warming


Global warming, my ever-expanding a**e.

After the Christmas excesses, a bit of excercise was in order, so on Monday a few hardy souls from the London Flickr Meetup Group headed for Westminster Cathedral for a look-see.

Good job we could get in as it was Bloody Freezing outside…a quick trip to the coffee shop was required as a service was on when we arrived, which I was quite thankful for as it probably prevented frostbite on my chunky mits.


And, as you can see it’s rather good inside, even if it is covered in less-than-attractive scaffolding and the viewing gallery was closed. Hrmph.


And there’s a LFM trip to Kew on New Year’s Day as it’s free entry.

And they actualy expect people to turn up on NYD with momentous hangovers, lack of sleep and in the freezing cold?
Sheesh.

Oh well, I’m in, if only I can get there with {insert favourite expletive here} rail replacement buses YET-A-BLOODY-GAIN.

I hate you London Midland…

Now where’s that heater…