Saturday, December 28, 2013

Angel Of The North


on our way back from Edinburgh yesterday...

Into The Sun - Newcastle, England



Standing Tall - Newcastle, England

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Baku Revisited


...a lot cleaner, tons of new buildings, and the roads are in far better shape than my last visit. But not nearly the time to walk around that I had previously, complicated further by my nasty cold and weather that didn't always cooperate for roaming around. Still, I managed a day of photos, some in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the "Walled City of Baku" and an hour or so along Martyrs' Lane (Şəhidlər Xiyabanı). Here are a few.

Flame Towers (At Night They Light Up Like Flames) - Baku, Azerbaijan



The Old City of Baku (İçəri Şəhər) - Azerbaijan



Maiden Tower - Old City, Baku



Catapult Along the Walls of the Old City - Baku


Out & About



Took a couple hour drive about thru a few of the towns and villages in the Cotswolds today. The sun was out so we had to take advantage of it.

Ducks Up - Bibury, Gloucestershire



It's Time You're Told....You're Adopted


Sunday, December 01, 2013

Wales


was the subject of our second overnite. Again, the coast line was dramatic and the subject of the photos below. Portmeirion where we stayed for the two nights was unique and nice...especially so without any tourists. Caernarfon and it's castle (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) was also very nice. So I'm even further behind on photos.

Estuary at Portmeirion - North Wales



Coastline Near Nefyn - North Wales



Estuary Near Malltraeth - Isle of Anglesey, North Wales



Estuary Near Malltraeth - Isle of Anglesey, North Wales



Along the Anglesey Coastal Path - Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast


Bournemouth...and on further investigation, Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast, was the subject of our first weekend overnight. Our drive down through the New Forest National Park was mostly nasty weather and rain, but by the time we made our way to the coast (my previous entry on Milford on Sea) the weather was a bit nicer. In fact, the following day was quite nice, so we drove down to Lyme Regis and walked around the town, then made our way back up the coast to the place we were staying in Bournemouth. Here are a few photos of the day along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

Along Dorchester Rd - Dorset, England



Sea Wall Protects the Cobb - Lyme Regis, England



Stair Hole - West Lulworth, England



Lulworth Cove & World Heritage Marker - West Lulworth, England



Bat's Head at Dusk - West Lulworth, England

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Milford On Sea


'tis a long way from Ohio...
a few photos from our weekend getaway a couple weeks back.

Milford On Sea - Hampshire, England



The Beach - Milford On Sea



Swan - Milford On Sea


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Salisbury


A couple of weeks ago we went out for our first day trip. Elesa had picked Salisbury. Salisbury is a fairly compact town so we figured it wouldn't be too much walking, in what we anticipated would be rain.

After making use of the Park & ride (I'm a fan!), we walked through the market, bought some berries much cheaper than here in Oxford. Then we spent time in the Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund, which has a unique wooden roof with interesting carvings and also some neat paintings. Next we went to the cathedral which I really liked. I took a lot of photos there. The added benefits of visiting Salisbury were the nearby ruins of Old Sarum, the original settlement. We stopped there for an hour or so. Then in the late afternoon on the way home, we did a drive-by of Stonehenge, which is just a few miles away and easily seen from the road.

If you want to see all 56 of the photos that made the cut. I put a totally, as yet unannotated, slide show of them on photobucket, HERE.

Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund



And Then There Was One - Salisbury Cathedral



Water Downspout- Salisbury Cathedral



Angel Plays Harp - Salisbury Cathedral



Columns - Salisbury Cathedral



Ruins of the Original Cathedral - Old Sarum

Night Comes Early


It is getting dark earlier and earlier. Sun is down by about 4:30. During evening walks I noticed that the street lamps really emphasize the color of the leaves, which inspired me to bring my camera on a night time walk a couple days ago. Below are the results. In other news, I'm far, far behind on photos...

Leaves At Night



Leaves At Night #2



Church Entrance at Night



Leaves at Night #3



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Along the Oxford Canal, Part 3


A bunch of photos from the past few days. Fall is coming quickly.

Elderberry - Oxford Canal



Spider Web - Oxford Canal



Bridge 233 - Oxford Canal



Bridge 229 - Oxford Canal



Budda - Oxford Canal



Cattail Reflections - Oxford Canal



Red Leaf - Oxford Canal



Heron, Miss Scarlett and the Rooster - Oxford Canal



Bridge 243, Isis Lock and the Canal Terminus - Oxford Canal



Spider - Oxford Canal



Vine Leaves Turned Red - Oxford Canal

First Class


I walked a bit north from Oxford and Wolvercote today along the canal path. My gut feeling is that I have a different idea as to what "First Class" means...

First Class Diner - Oxford Canal

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ardley with Fewcott – St Mary's


I drive by this little church to and from work, depending on traffic. So I decided to stop in the afternoon on the way home to take some photos of the cemetery surrounding the church.

Jack Miller - St. Mary's, Ardley with Fewcott



Cemetery at St. Mary's, Ardley with Fewcott



Lichen Covered Gravestone - St. Mary's, Ardley with Fewcott

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Along the Oxford Canal, Part 2


A few photos from this weekend's wanderings along the canal. At some point I should go back and do some more photos from along the canal. I tend to walk along it at least a few times a week. Watching the three cygnets grow has been really neat, and today the first of their white feathers were really evident.

Cygnet, Oxford Canal



Cygnet Turning Into a Swan, Oxford Canal



Fall is on the Way, Oxford Canal



Guardian of the Upper Wolvercote Allotments, Oxford Canal