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

BRIDGE OVER THE CALDER, ELLAND

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.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The When Question


As with so many of my old photographs, I have no idea who this person is, nor where the photograph was taken. The "when" question, however, is far more inviting, and the lady in question whispers "1920s' to me.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

The Shape And The Shade


A wild flower, picked at random from the roadside and then subjected to a very high resolution scan. The individual flowers are less than half a centimetre wide. I have no idea what it is called - it matters not, it is the shape and the shade that is attractive.

The Road In-Between


Another typical Yorkshire scene: a freshly mown pasture, parallel hedgerows, fields receding to infinity. This, however, is West Yorkshire, and therefore between the second and third hedges runs the M62, one of the busiest roads in Britain

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Backlit Bush



A backlit bush and a grainy sky, and little else to do other than walk the dog and play with Photoshop.

Friday, 8 May 2020

1857 : Yorkshire Stone


Yorkshire stone: from a passing stone wall. Stone with a crust like burnt toast. Stone with an interior like a golden honeycomb. Priceless.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

1856 : Black Brook, West Vale


If you have to be locked down. If you have to be restricted to just one hour's exercise a day. Let it be Spring. Let the sun shine. Let the waters of the Black Brook flow through the green fields.