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


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


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