At the Drop Redoubt fortifications on Dover Western Heights
On Saturday, our research group had an outing to Haddenham Steam Rally, which turned out to be a wonderful gathering of a huge range of old equipment, most of it steam-powered, from tractors to cars to pipe organs to merry-go-rounds to fire-engine pumps. It was, of course, a wonderful photo opportunity.
Amongst the mighty machines, there were also many scale models, fully functional, and (to my eyes) just as beautiful.
Some of them, I felt, must be feeling under some… ahem… pressure… to perform, under the watchful gaze of their larger colleagues.
The amount of care that had gone into building and maintaining these was extraordinary.
It’s only natural that some of them were closely guarded.
As we walked around the fairground and numerous exhibits, some of these would come puffing by, large or small, at such a pleasingly low speed that one could talk to the drivers and passengers quite easily. And always, everywhere, was the relaxed, almost hypnotic sound of slow, rhythmic puffing.
When they all got together, it was a wonderful sight. I call this photo ‘Heated Discussion’:
Anyway, a surprisingly enjoyable day. I went along mostly because of the social nature of the trip, but I have a feeling it won’t be my last visit.
Three days after my previous one, a gloriously orangey moon, but now partly in shadow, so you get to see a few more contours.
I don’t really have the proper equipment for this; this is a crop from a photo taken with a 200mm zoom lens on my Fuji XT-2. But I’m still quite pleased with the result.
You can click on the image to see a slightly larger version, and go here for a map of where the lunar landings were.
I’ve never really looked this closely before, but it’s cool that I can at least identify the basic locations from my study window.
Buzz Aldrin’s footprint is about here:
There are many benefits to living close to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, but, as any Cambridge resident will tell you, its effect on the aesthetics of the region is not one of them. Usually the best way to improve its visual appearance is to go a long way away. And then face in the opposite direction.
Even Addenbrooke’s can have its moments, though. It’s about 4 miles from my house, as the crow flies, so this was taken with a long lens from my kitchen window.
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