shewhomust: (dandelion)
Driving in to Sunderland last night to dine with cousins who were in town for the match, we passed road signs about road closures for the building of the "New Wear Crossing". There's to be a new Wear crossing? Yes, apparently so - and [ profile] durham_rambler, whose grip on the local news is better than mine, knew somrthing of it. Then, as we were discussing this, we looked across to our right, and there indeed was something new, a tall spike pointing up into the night sky, the single pylon which will support the bridge. I was embarrassed that I had been so unaware of something whose construction was so far advanced.

I felt a little better this morning when [ profile] durham_rambler told me that the pylon had been in position since just three o' clock that afternoon. And look - Flickr has photos!
shewhomust: (bibendum)
There is a petition at urging Canada to plant a hedge along its southern border:
It's not complaining, it's not offensive, but it still marks off your territory in a "live and let live" Canadian sort of way. We also point out that, if done right, it could be nice for the local wildlife - giving them somewhere to live, shelter, snack or perch. And, it might help offset carbon emissions even though we realise that your neighbour no longer believes in such things.

Yew hedge

I tend not to sign joke petitions, but I enjoyed reading this one. Especially since the petitioner paid me the compliment of illustrating it with one of my photos.
shewhomust: (bibendum)
Yet again Flickr has a new look, a new way of selecting what I see when I log in, and how it is presented. I wish they'd leave well alone, and only fix things that are broken. But this version (on my screen, at any rate) opens on two columns of pictures, and I admit that it can produce some pretty juxtapositions:

Flickr screengrab

With apologies to [ profile] abrinsky and [ profile] lamentables who did all the work!
shewhomust: (galleon)
...and thought of [ profile] sovay:

vos noms d'ombre couverts...
shewhomust: (bibendum)
As we all know, Flickr has its funny little ways. There doesn't seem to be anything to be done about this: you ignore it you find a workaround, or you go elsewhere. I'm not enthusiastic about its new trick of adding tags to my pictures, but mostly I pretend not to notice.

I have just uploaded the last batch of photos from Skye (so there may be another holiday post quite soon) and this was one of them:


I tagged it with the location 'hebrides, skye' and then on second thoughts went back to add 'sheep', because I might want to find all my pictures of sheep, sometime. Flickr had got in ahead of me, and added the tag 'sheep'. Also 'outdoor' 'animal' and 'carnivore'.

Do they know something I don't?
shewhomust: (bibendum)

The UBC Library Digitization Centre has a Flickr account: not just silly vintage postcards, but Spanish chant manuscripts ("Creator: Catholic Church") and maps of Japan...
shewhomust: (puffin)
There is a substantial post on the simmer - not necessarily interesting, you know, but substantial - and it's creating a bit of a bottleneck. Sorry about that.

Meanwhile, have a cute baby photo.

Good, eh? Have another!
shewhomust: (mamoulian)
I loved this photo by ceramics artist Paul Scott:

#flowers #sprigmoulds in the #spode #archive

To judge from the tags, it shows sprig moulds in the Spode archive. But what are sprig moulds? Ah, here's a video in which a potter shows how he molds sprigs to decorate Wedgewood Jasperware - I'd embed it, but LJ seems not to want to do that this evening... - the sprigs being the white decorations on the coloured body of the vase or dish or whatever it's going to be (whose colour comes from minerals added to the clay. The little sprigs are lined up on a slab of clay which is "cheese hard" - much firmer but still with some residual moisture. So that's another technical term...
shewhomust: (bibendum)
Mostly, when I photograph reflections - and I do, it's a recurring motif - I aim for a nice clear double image, as above so below. This Flickr blog post illustrates the potential of the opposite approach.
shewhomust: (bibendum)
Flickr's AuroraWatch UK group has an amazing collection of photos of Thursday night's display: the colours in the sky are dazzling, and the photographers have worked in some beautiful (and not always easily accessible) settings. I love this shot of Sycamore Gap, less dramatic than this one of Brimham Rocks; here's Dunstanburgh and nearer to home it was also visible in Whitley Bay.

We saw nothing, although we were out at night, driving home from the Sage. Perhaps we were looking the wrong way, heading south, not north or out to sea. Or perhaps the light-burn from the motorway hid anything there might have been to see. Or, well, who knows?

We had been listening to Scottish fiddler Duncan Chisholm playing music from his Strathglass trilogy, the three-CD suite of music inspired by the three glens that make up the Clan Chisholm lands. The music was lovely, rich and mellow fiddle, supported by Matheu Watson' guitar and Jarlath Henderson's uilleann pipes and whistle (my, those uilleann pipes are a strange beast, he cradled them in his lap throughout the performance, gleaming like a steampunk octopus, even when he was playing the whistle with the other hand). I enjoyed it immensely, but I didn't feel pulled into it emotionally - I seem to be immune to the lure of the highlands.
shewhomust: (mamoulian)
  1. The mornings are getting lighter, at last. We notice it most the days we go out early to the pool. Last Monday the sky was dappled pink; on Thursday it was veiled in grey, but cleared to sunshine while we swam. The river is high, and flowing fast, but still within its banks. What will tomorrrow bring? We shall see.

  2. But there is still winter ice to be had, if you know where to look. Such as this Flickr set of the Ice Caves of Apostle Islands.

  3. This weekend's Saturday poem in the Guardian is And by Alison Brackenbury:
    Sex is like Criccieth. You thought it would be
    a tumble of houses into a pure sea
    and so it must have been, in eighteen-ten.

  4. Clearing my desk, and indeed my entire study, is a long-term project: sorting, shelving, filing and occasionally discarding. Occasionally I discern progress. This week, I have closed the top drawer (the one that was pulled out so that things could be stacked on it as if it were an extension of the desktop); admittedly, the stack of paper on the desktop is higher and more precarious than it was, but still, I have closed the drawer. And found the 2013 puffin calendar that I bought in Anstruther - I wondered where that had gone...

  5. In the process, Gregor Lamb's Orkney Wordbook came to the top of a pile. Opening it at random I found:
    skrivver a skrivver and klanker a pancake coated with rhubarb jam (Sanday) [ON skrifli, fragment; see KLANKER]...
    klanker, klankertony, klunkertony, a big jellyfish (medusa), a scone and rhubarb jam (the jelly fish looks like rhubarb jam!), [Eng sea nettle; ON klungr bramble, ON þrn a prickle; the jelly fish, nettle and bramble sting or prick]

    On the same page, there's a rhyme to recite if you meet a long-legged hill spider or kirsty-kringlick.
shewhomust: (dandelion)

I do not love the new Flickr layout: the big pictures are shouty, and slow to load, and squeeze the features I am looking for into tiny corners where I can't see them.

But it continues to bring me good things from my contacts. My morning was brightened by this glimpse of the Faroes from Jan Egil Kristansen.

He explains:
I saw about 10 ravens by the roadside. When more than two ravens congregate, it's a sure sign there's a dead lamb there.

The ravens are beautiful birds, but took to the air before I could stop the car, much less get a picture.

So I take a look at what they were eating. Blood red ... strawberries? A few bananas, too. This Vegan thing is going too far.
shewhomust: (Default)
404 - Not Found by GirlieMac
404 - Not Found, a photo by GirlieMac on Flickr.

Thanks to [ profile] cellio for linking to this wonderful set!

shewhomust: (Default)
A great set of photos from Da Wadderman, on Flickr (the unexpurgated version, with the gannets). Viewing as a slideshow recommended!
shewhomust: (bibendum)
August 19th is World Photography Day, it says here; date chosen because on August 19th 1839 the French government, having had time to consider the daguerrotype, announced that it was "Free to the World" - no, I don't know what that means, either. I could stop and research it, but I'm going to post and run, because I have a couple of photo related things I've been meaning to post, and today must be the right time.

First, Google's new image search feature - hours of fun for all the family! When I click the 'images' option, Google now offers me the choice of dragging an image into the search box. They offer me van Gogh's Starry Night which, if dropped in the search box, produces lots more images of, yes, van Gogh's Starry Night. I'd been trying to identify a flower I had photographed growing wild by Tunstall Reservoir (this one, in fact) so I thought I'd try dropping that in the search box:

Pretty, but not exactly helpful. (I suspect I'm using the feature for what I would like it to be, rather than what it is. Oh, well...)

Second, via this gallery of wonderful photos on Flickr, a blog of pictures from the Caucasus (not sure how active it is, but there's plenty to see there already).
shewhomust: (bibendum)
Since things never come singly...

I wrote yesterday in the company blog ([ profile] cornwell_feed) about receiving a request via Flickr from the BBC: may we use your photo of High Force on our BiteSize GCSE web site, where it will be seen by large numbers of school kids who are revising for their geography exam? Of course, we can't afford to pay for this...

Today I received another request, this time to use my photo of the smiddy at Ford in Hoofcare and Lameness, "a quarterly journal presenting new information to help veterinarians and farriers treat and prevent common lamenesses".

I love the sheer diversity of the internet; this sounds like both an entirely worthwhile thing to do and so specialist an interest that I would never have expected to encounter it (except, as [ profile] durham_rambler points out, as a guest publication in the 'headlines' round of Have I Got News For You). In further illustration of that point, have an extract from the editor's blog: Turkey shoes: something to talk about on Thanksgiving when conversation lags.
shewhomust: (bibendum)
The Library of Congress has a Flickr account (and their profile notes begin: "Yes. We really are THE Library of Congress.").

And they are not alone: they seem to be spearheading a new category of Flickr accounts called the Commons. A variety of libraries and museums - the Smithsonian, the Bibliothèque de Toulouse - are following them in uploading their holdings of photographs on which there are no known copyright restrictions. It's a way of showing their pictures to an audience which might not visit their web sites, but it also invites the world to tag and comment on the collection. Some of the comments are as inane as you might expect, some give genuine information. Some of the pictures are more interesting than others (the Library of Congress has an awaful lot of baseball players), but some are wonderful.

This is how I found this out: this morning's post has just arrived, and it included a postcard showing a detail of the facade of Hereford Library. Monkeys! Victorian sculpture of monkeys! Naturally, I had to find a copy for Gail (all of your monkeys are belong to Gail) and when Google Images couldn't help me, I turned to Flickr. A search on "hereford library" produced exactly what I was looking for as the sixth item in the list, among images of the building as a whole and pictures of the chained books in the cathedral library. Toweards the bottom of the first page, sandwiched between the cathedral's stained galss and its chained library was:

Library of Congress photo: Cattle in corral waiting to be weighed... this photo of "Cattle in corral waiting to be weighed before being trailed to railroad, Beaverhead County, Montana". The nearest I can come to explaining this is that one of the tags implies they are Hereford cattle - oh, I see, and it's the Library of Congress - mystery solved, then!

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