Gnomes! Bath

Gomes, Holbourne Museum Bath 2016

As a picturesque city, popular with tourists, Bath has a number of small museums. The Holbourne Museum is probably the prettiest of all of them. A few years ago it had a major renovation and now boasts a very attractive cafe with views of Sydney Gardens and the canal. They regularly host medium sized exhibitions on mix of themes. Here as you can see – on gnomes – I should have gone in and had a look.

Runners, Bath

Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath 2016

The Kennet and Avon Canal runs between Bristol and Reading and while once it was used for commercial transport, is largely used for recreation these days.

There was a time when I used to walk along this towpath every day. It is popular with runners and cyclists as an alternative to the A4, which really isn’t very pretty at all. There is always something to see, in any season. Once I saw a kingfisher. On more occasions than I would like, I have been drenched.

Because it is a canal, you can see that it is higher than many of the landmarks you can see in the distance.

Please be Patient, Bath

Notice, Bath 2016

Details make me think. They sometimes make me smile.

I think this is the “Mk2” version of the notice. I think the bits on the board itself were the first version – perhaps it wasn’t waterproof or wasn’t in primary colours. Note the capitals at the top and bottom in blue.

I don’t think mine would be as creative.

A Beautiful Visitor

Harlequin Ladybird, Bath 2010

Some years there are lots of ladybirds and others there are very few. I believe the Summer of 2010 was very rich in ladybirds, particularly this sort – which I had never seen before.

A little research online, tells me that it is a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia Axyridis), which is apparently an invasive species.

At the time, I thought it looked rather neat and beautiful, perched on a wrought iron railing in one of the squares in Bath.

Close-up photography is much harder than most people credit, so I am rather pleased this worked out.

In the Morning, Batheaston

Batheaston, 2016

A well-known photographic adage is “the best camera, is the one you have with you”.

On this occasion, as I walked to Bath on a fairly chilly Autumn morning, I only had my iphone with me – so it is what I used to take this picture.

When I look at photos, I’m looking for signs of the photographer, tapping at the keys, turning the drama to 10. If you’ve ever seen Ansel Adam’s “Moonlight over Hernandez” (I think it is spelt like that), you can hear him clanking away in the background, bringing in the sky and shadows. But it is a lovely image. I think his best selling one – so perhaps that’s ok.

This is pretty much how it looked.

Royal Crescent, Bath 2016

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Self-Portrait, Royal Crescent, Bath 2016

I think most photographers want to watch rather than be seen. In this case, I was interested in the shadow from the tree, rather than the hunched form at the bottom of the picture. In this case, it was a brilliant day, dry and clear, so rather than use colour, I chose to use black and white film.

I enjoy walking in the park in front of the Crescent, at most times of day, there are crowds of visitors, walking off cramp from being on a coach. On this occasion, it looks like they haven’t arrived yet (long shadow – so quite early).