Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Avebury - The Stones

A last bit of photos from Avebury (for now, as I'm sure to go back), the main feature - Stones! Again, some are from a visit in January with my sons and the rest are from the day I spent wandering around last summer.

The Sentinel - Avebury, England

Facing the Sun - Avebury, England

Scattered Among the Farms - Avebury, England

Standing Tall - Avebury, England

Circle the Village - Avebury, England

Signs of Travelers in the Skies - Avebury, England

Inside the Henge - Avebury, England

Open Spaces - Avebury, England

The Path - Avebury, England

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Avebury - No Stones

Some more photos from Avebury featuring subjects other than the stones that caught my attention. The photos of the Henge and tree roots are from a visit in January with my sons and the other three are from the day I spent wandering around last summer.

How Now Brown Cow? - Avebury, England

Green Fields of Grain - Avebury, England

Tree Roots and Moss - Avebury, England

Path Around the Henge - Avebury, England

Chalk Path on the Henge - Avebury, England

Silbury Hill - Near Avebury, England

Monday, February 17, 2014

Abstract at Avebury

Some photos from a day I spent wandering around Avebury last summer. The weather was vastly different from my previous visit.

Fence Post - Avebury, England

Leaves - Avebury, England

Stone and Lichens - Avebury, England

Sunday, February 16, 2014

On My Walk Today

I usually don't post this many photos at one time, but hey it was sunny out! and this is also a good example of the variety of subjects that catch my attention as I walk along.

Today I headed down the canal toward town. It has been a while since I've walked it because the first part is muddy and the weather has been uncooperative in general (or I haven't been here). I detoured off to St Sepulchre's Cemetery in hopes of catching some nice early spring flowers. After that, I wandered across the bridge the other way to Port Meadow, I'd never really checked it out before but a lot of people were heading that way in the sunshine. The Thames is on the other side of the meadow and is flooding along there too. (canal & railroad tracks on east, Thames on the west side). I chatted (in person:) with a couple other photographers along the way. After that, I finished the canal path to town and turned around and headed home.

This caught my attention because of the light and the way it hit the plant...all nice and green and it is still February!

Bridge 242 - Oxford Canal, Oxford

This caught my attention because of the again because of the light, on some stones while not others. The light will change as the year progresses, the angle of the sun changes and the leaves come out on the trees.

Edward & William Charles - St Sepulchre's Cemetery, Oxford

I went to the cemetery looking for these...I couldn't compose a good interesting photo with a lot of them around a headstone though...

Crocus! - St Sepulchre's Cemetery, Oxford

Trying to get the feel of the meadow and the water...

Meadow or Swamp? - Port Meadow, Oxford

Unlike the canal tow path, much of the path along the Thames River was well underwater.

Bench Along the Tow Path - Port Meadow, Oxford

This one definitely showed an interest in standing still for photos. I was at least the third person to come along and take some portraits, probably the only one that went for the eye though.

Horses - Port Meadow, Oxford

Old boats. Sort of a cliche. Technically this was on the Castle Mill Stream, where only a few meters separate the canal from the mill stream. The boat has a big crack in along the side, but a new rope.

Boat - Oxford Canal, Oxford

Crocuses near one of the permanently moored canal boats near the canal terminus.

Croci! - Oxford Canal, Oxford

Christchurch Meadow Lake

The flooding continues with some areas basically underwater since the week of Christmas. The paths in Christchurch Meadow heading down toward the Thames are closed off as both the River Cherwell and the Thames are flooded and join together near there. I overheard one guide say "and the cows have turned into ducks". Magdalen sports fields have been under water since a couple days after Christmas at least. The rugby team will be out of practice, but the water polo team should be in top form!

Cows Turned into Geese - Christchurch Meadow Lake, Oxford

Rugby Team Takes Up Water Polo - Magdalen Sports Fields, Oxford

Turned Upside Down - Magdalen College, Oxford

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

But Ohio May Have Been Just As Cold

as Greenland. I liked watching the icicles long as I was warm inside. I messed around trying to catch drops falling off, sunset in the background etc. Here are the two I ended up liking the best.

Out the Window - Icicles At My Parents' House

Abstract Sunset

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Greenland Isn't Very Green

Been otherwise occupied...I hope to get back to regular entries this week. Here are a couple shots of Greenland from about 35,000 feet. It was a good flight to have a window seat.

Out the Window, Over Greenland

Two Glaciers - Greenland