Archive for June, 2010

Former Almshouses (Great North Road :: A1)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Former Gascoigne Almshouses

When travelling along the old Great North Road (A1) it is always worthwhile checking to see how the light is cast over the former Almshouses. I don’t suppose for one moment that the original inhabitants ever considered how the place looked in the face of the direction of the sunlight; but they must have been very pleased that the old place afforded them shelter in a less hospitable world than the one we live in today! Well the shot above benefits from the opportunity to catch the building almost carless, as well as the light creating sufficient detail across the main elevation without too many long shadows. The yellow car adds to the picture as it is a 1960-70′s Triumph Spitfire, with a bold black stripe over the centre of the car; very sporty!

Summer Solstice

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Summer Solstice 2010

Yesterday saw the start of summer time and to celebrate the event nature produced a dramatic sunset over the northern sky at Parlington, here is one picture from a collection I captured as the sun set! For those interested the image below is a satellite view of Parlington showing the sun rise and set along with the moon rise and set. Sunset was 21:40 @313.9° which is the orange line, sunrise is the yellow line at 04:33 @46.1°, the moon rose at 16:36 @119.5° and set at 01:07 @246.0° Moon’s disc was 70% illuminated. This info thanks to Steven Trainor of The Photographers Ephemeris [TPE].

Wetherby Craft Fair (Part Two)

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Hole where the Hall Was!

The above picture is something and nothing, but I see the image as a representation of the old Hall disappearing into the ether, which is represented by the clouds in the sky! Which seems to have sucked the Hall from the landscape, of course this view was obscured for centuries, my photograph is taken from the location of the old kitchen, looking across where the central section stood after the 1730′s! The picture is sized A3+ [330mm x 483mm].

Beech Tree Roots

Tree Roots

Forest Floor is Locked Down

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Forest Floor Lock

During a walk through the woods here in Parlington, I came across this extraordinary scene, there on the floor of the forest was a lock and clasp in the tangle of dead leaves. It is as if there is a doorway to the lower extremities of the planet, a kind of door to Hell itself, do not pass Purgatory, continue straight down to Hell! Well I wasn’t going to lift it now was I, Instead I took a photograph of the hidden entrance.

Wetherby Craft Fair (Part One)

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Lotherton Lane Sunrise

I took some of my pictures to Wetherby Craft Fair yesterday, these range in size from postcard to A3+ [330mm x 483mm] and are views of local scenes and some other prominent features that have caught my eye whilst out and about. There was good deal of interest but the throughput of visitors was not as I had hoped, it was a lovely day, for a change, and most people were interested in outdoor activities, and no doubt awaiting the evening England v USA match.

An Interesting Take on Climate Change

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The Cock Beck in Full Flow under Aberford Bridge

Cock Beck in Aberford Overflowing

The debate over man induced climate change continues with the new [ConDem] government making PC noises about costs associated with combatting AGW [Anthropogenic Global Warming]. To me the idea that they can do anything or that it is expedient given the evidence is a huge fabrication, but it keeps on rearing its “Hydra”, using a different head for each imagined fear: Sea Level Rises; Increased precipitation; glacier melt; artic ice sheet reduction; etc., etc.,

MGB GT 1976 Black, Yet More Downsizing

Monday, June 7th, 2010

MGB GT 1976

The old MG has to go, I have spent a fortune on the thing since 1986 when I bought it, I had a complete body rebuild done in 1989, at a cost of over £5,000, and after using it for years as a play car, I started to use it daily after returning from the Far East in 1993.

MGB at Parlington

MGB GT at Parlington

BBC – A History of the World

Monday, June 7th, 2010

BBC The World in a Hundred Objects

For those interested in all things historical, I’ve added a short article about the Brewster Stereo Photo Viewer to the new BBC “A History of the World” web site which acompanies the rather good Radio Four series, “A History of the World in a 100 Objects”.

The site and in particular my article about the viewer is here: Brewster 3D Viewer

The article on my on the main Parlington History site is here:
Artefacts Section

The idea is a naked attempt to push more visitors to the History site, as people keep telling me that the profile of the site is too low!