Wot? No pictures?

As I type this Flickr is still undergoing its site maintenance involving the moving of everyone’s accounts, pictures etc. (billions of photos and videos, and over 100 million accounts!) across to a new hosting platform. I think it was scheduled to take 12 hours, but like many IT projects, is taking a little while longer than originally planned. As such I can’t get at my photos to add them in the normal way so, instead, here’s one I’ve uploaded directly.

Note: This isn’t meant to be a metaphor for Flickr’s account migration project. 🙂FIM - Planet Circus

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f.3.5-5.6 AF & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 20 February 2019


A lovely day at the seaside

“Bracing”, that’s the word we use to describe those seaside walks in bitterly cold wind.

This day however was far from bracing – it was taken back in February during an unseasonably warm period.  Good old climate change, eh? At least we’ll get some nice warm days at the seaside in the middle of the winter before the sea swamps the place altogether so we can never visit it again.

FIM - A lovely day at the seaside

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f.3.5-5.6 AF & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 20 February 2019

Freemason’s lodge

I noticed this building when in Wakefield recently. The symbol in the decorative pediment identifies it as a freemason’s lodge and it has attractive features as a building. A tilt-shift lens would be very useful for shots such as these but, alas, I don’t have one (nor can I justify the expense either), so the picture is stuck with the converging verticals.

I’m presuming that a staircase runs from the left to the right of the upper floor to account for the different sized windows,

FILM - Freemason's lodge

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Arista Edu 200.

Taken on 30 March 2019


Today’s photo was taken on the same walk last week where I photographed the cows in yesterday’s blog post. This shot of the farm was taken before I got to the cows though.

I’ve passed this farm a number of times, but never stopped to see if it offered any photo opportunities. Turns out it does – I took about five photographs during this session, and there are doubtless a few more to be had – even just standing on the road that passes it.

I’m not sure if the farm is still occupied. It’s surrounded by fields that are clearly still being worked, but the farm building themselves had a decidedly quiet air about them. Maybe I just passed at a quiet time though.

FILM - Farm

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Arista Edu 200.

Taken on 31 March 2019


I went for a walk last Sunday, with no plan in mind other than to follow a public footpath on a map. This is something I like to do and aim to do more this year – I basically look for a public footpath on an Ordnance Survey map and then follow it. Hopefully I’ll find a few nice photos on the way and, if I don’t, it’s still exercise.

The path I followed last Sunday went around a small grass airstrip that I had no idea was even there before spotting it on the map. The map seemed to indicate that there was passage across the strip, but the reality was that it was bordered by electric fencing, the reason for this precaution probably being the subjects of today’s photograph.

I’m slightly wary of cows after reading of a number of injuries and even deaths caused by these normally peaceful creatures (although, in most cases the victim had a dog with them at the time, which is likely the reason the cows became hostile). I also became trapped in a field as darkness fell by a sizeable herd not too long ago when they wandered to graze right next to the only point of exit while I was taking a photograph elsewhere in the meadow.

Whatever my fears though, unfounded or not, this group were content to munch on the grass as I passed them by at a safe distance.

FILM - Cows

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Arista Edu 200.

Taken on 31 March 2019