Fallen at the Hands of Time on Flickr.
The remains of Fort Charles, built during the Reign of Henry VIII to defend the Kingsbridge Estuary. During the English Civil War, it was the last stronghold of the Royalists to surrender to Oliver Cromwells troops on May 7th, 1646. Afterwards, the castle was ‘slighted’ or ruined on the orders of Parliament as it was “too dangerous” to allow to remain.
Fluffy on Flickr.
As much as I love the city, after a while it can become very suffocating. Which is why after my stay in London last summer I decided to stretch my legs over the English Lake District. The natural wonder of one’s surroundings atop the fells is an incredible sense of calm. The steady wind climbing over the peak, sheep along the slope taming the grass, the roar of an RAF Hawk’s turbofan jet engine as it flies around the mountain. A very interesting locale for the Royal Air Force to practice low flying maneuvers.
The Fields are Swaying on Flickr.
There is an appeasing sensation to watching fields sway in the wind, watching what cannot be seen but only felt rolling across the land. This was from two years ago when a good friend and I took a holiday in England. We spent most of it London but took a few days out to the country. Life seemed so slow in that little village on the coast.
The Proper Way to Fish on Flickr.
A photo from last summer when I was traveling about the UK after I had finished my studies in London. One of our field trips included going to Dover, but it was sort of a let down really. The bus dropped us off at the beach for about 10 minutes and then we all hopped back on, only briefly getting a glimpse of the white cliffs as we drove off. So, I decided to make a proper visit on my own afterwards; and I did.
One of the things I always like to do when I arrive in a town with some sort of breakwater or pier extending out into a body of water is go out to the end of it and see what I find. Dover is nice in that is has three, but only two are accessible. I started out with the smaller one in the center, where I took this photo. There were many people out fishing on both piers but the first one had an interesting variety of people. There were some kids out by themselves, families, groups of friends, and then people like this man. Despite the blistering wind and the cold, he was just slumped up in his chair relaxing.
The pier to the west was exposed to the open ocean so the conditions were much rougher. The wind was stronger, the cold more bitter, and despite being so high, waves still managed to crash up over it. It seemed like there were actually more people on this one, but they appeared to be the hardened veterans of the anglers.
On Patrol on Flickr.
Just testing how a wide photo looks on this theme’s layout.
A photo like this is all about timing, patience, and a little luck. Mid step, arm extended fully frontward, almost perfectly in between the two blue doors. This was a lovely day at the Tower of London. Having been there before I was able to explore around the grounds a bit more than I had in the past and see some of the exhibits I had skipped previously. Funny note: these guys do not deviate from their course. On their return patrol, had I not stepped back at the last instant (nearly tripping over the low railing around the lawn) they probably would have run right into me.