Someone sent me an email recently and asked about the photographs that you see in the blog header now that I’ve fiddled with the template I use. They’re all photographs I’ve taken myself during the last two or three years (with perhaps one exception – my wife may have taken the photograph of Xlendi Bay in Gozo). Here are all 12 of the current blog headers, which are selected at random when you visit here.
Revelation, Chatsworth House - May 2008
Revelation is quite hypnotic when you see it in action. Water fills the central sphere which causes the leaves to close over it, hiding it from view. Then, when the sphere is full, the water is let out, causing the leaves to fall away and the sphere is revealed. And so on. It keeps me entertained for hours …
Xlendi Bay, Gozo - August 2006
I’m not sure whether it was me or Jane that took this ‘photo, but it was probably Jane. Taken from a restaurant overlooking Xlendi Bay in Gozo at sunset.
My Alfa Mito (Huffty) - September 2009
Well, she had to be included.
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin - October 2006
I’ve never seen a real horse be able to hold anything like that.
Paphos, Cyprus - August 2010
Paphos at sunset – again, taken from a restaurant. It’s a bit blurry – I’ll have to do better next summer when we go back again!
Moonlight by Igor Mitoraj, Poznan, Poland - October 2006
This sculpture is in the Stary Browar shopping centre in Poznan. I’ve also seen examples of his work exhibited in the gardens at Chatsworth House and in Venice. If you stand behind the sculpture in the right place, you can just about see the “hollow face” illusion.
Wind turbine, Nazare, Portugal - August 2009
One of the wind turbines visible from our holiday villa in Nazare. Again, I find these strangely hypnotic to look at.
Aphrodite's rock, Cyprus - August 2010
Taken early one morning (around 8am) as we were driving along the coast road to get to the Kourion amphitheatre.
Mirror against mirror, Chatsworth House - October 2009
Taken at the “beyond limits” art exhibition in the grounds of Chatsworth House during October 2009. The artist is Guy Zagursky.
The Koan at Warwick University - September 2010
The White Koan outside the Arts Centre at Warwick University – now restored to working order and its rightful place.
Derby Station - April 2009
Taken by accident in April 2009 when I was playing with a new camera. I posted the complete image on this blog shortly after I’d taken it. This is now a piece of history – the customer service counter on the left hand side of the (complete) photograph is now gone, replaced by a nasty little metal desk in the middle of temperamental ticket barriers in front of these stairs. And the nice, colourful 1970’s tiles that you can see by the side of the staircase are currently being replaced by battleship grey ones. The sense of the station entrance is now one of cramped frustration because of these changes. Definitely not an improvement.
London Eye - August 2006
Taken on a long weekend to London – I’m pretty sure the main reason for being there was to see “A Comedy of Errors” at the Globe Theatre.
It makes a change from posting about OU courses, I guess!