Friday, 29 May 2020

Overflowing With Green

There is so much vegetation around at the moment - fields and hedgerows seem to be overflowing with green. Maybe nature is getting ready to replace the modern dinosaurs, once the virus has done its worst.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Old Age

Another in my series of high-resolution scanned flowers. I think this was an orchid at one time in its life, but now it is old and withered, a little twisted, and well passed its prime. It is old age. I know what it's like.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Grandeur Without Guilt

Yesterday, I went for a socially distanced walk with my son in the grounds of Wortley Hall, Sheffield. This magnificent eighteenth century stately home has, for the past half century, been owned by the British labour and trade union movement, and used for meetings and residential courses, as well as being made available to the general public as a venue. A beautiful setting for a gorgeous walk: grandeur without guilt.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Structure And Strength


A gentle River Calder glides by the angular ferocity of a twentieth century concrete flyover. One is all ripples and curves, the other structure and strength. If that river is enraged, however, we know to our cost, it will sweep away all before it.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Welsh Poppy

When you've rearranged all the books on your bookshelves, watched all your box sets, re-indexed your memories, and there seems nothing left to do .... you can always scan a Welsh Poppy.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Blue Anchor Bikers

An old family photograph which must date back to the mid 1930s. The man in the photograph is Charlie Pitts, I am not sure about the woman next to him. It was taken in Blue Anchor, a village in Somerset, when my parents were on a motorbike holiday with Charlie and his lady friend.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Castle Hill

Castle Hill in Huddersfield: There have been settlements here for more than 4,000 years and numerous hill forts and castle have stood on top of the hill. The current tower dates only from 1899, when it was erected to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Sun, Song And Stone

When the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the power cables are humming, can there be a finer place in the world than West Yorkshire. In this case, the fields and farms above Greetland, near Halifax.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Signs Of Division

These old parish division markers have been gathered together in a local park. They tell of days when localities were divided by poverty, and local Board of Guardians would endlessly seek limit the boundaries of social responsibility.