A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

Archive for the tag “contre-jour”

A visit to the Royal Free…

A power cut in Hampstead High Street this afternoon...

A power cut in Hampstead High Street this afternoon…

Founded in 1828 evidently...and when taking this a security guard advised me photography wasn't allowed in the Hospital ;)

Founded in 1828 evidently…and when taking this a security guard advised me photography wasn’t allowed in the Hospital đŸ˜‰

The front entrance to The Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3

The front entrance to The Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3

A great piece of modern sculpture outside the hospital, with Pond Street beyond...

A great piece of modern sculpture outside the hospital, with Pond Street beyond…

The Roebuck pub, in Pond Street, opposite the hospital...

The Roebuck pub, in Pond Street, opposite the hospital…

Rosslyn Hill, NW3, off which Pond Street lies...

Rosslyn Hill, NW3, off which Pond Street lies…

On the way back to Hampstead Tube station, this is the southern end of Hampstead High Street...

On the way back to Hampstead Tube station, this is the southern end of Hampstead High Street…

Flask Walk, off Hampstead High Street...

Flask Walk, off Hampstead High Street…

Inside The Flask pub, a welcome pint of Guinness ;)...

Inside The Flask pub, a welcome pint of Guinness ;)…

Ballards Lane, North Finchley, and the Pitman's here, is where, in one of its previous incarnations, I met my partner some ten years ago ;)...

Ballards Lane, North Finchley, and the Pitman’s here, is where, in one of its previous incarnations, I met my partner some ten years ago ;)…

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Mostly Gosport…

I'm not really into cars...but occasionally one catches my eye...like this one in North Finchley High Road last Saturday morning...

I’m not really into cars…but occasionally one catches my eye…like this one in North Finchley High Road last Saturday morning…


A figurine and keying...Southsea yesterday

A figurine and keying…Southsea yesterday


A friendly horse in Cartwright Drive, Titchfield, at lunchtime today...

A friendly horse in Cartwright Drive, Titchfield, at lunchtime today…


Looking towards Gosport High Street, contre-jour, early evening today...

Looking towards Gosport High Street, contre-jour, early evening today…


In a Gosport flowerbed, by the waterfront...

In a Gosport flowerbed, by the waterfront…


Gosport waterfront, with Portsmouth beyond...

Gosport waterfront, with Portsmouth beyond…


Another view, with the Gosport Ferry, 'Queen of Portsmouth' crossing the water...

Another view, with the Gosport Ferry, ‘Queen of Portsmouth’ crossing the water…


By Haslar Marina, Gosport, with a very relaxed fisherman ;)...

By Haslar Marina, Gosport, with a very relaxed fisherman ;)…


HMS Haslar, in Haslar Marina

HMS Haslar, in Haslar Marina


Touching tribute... on a waterfront bench near Haslar Marina

Touching tribute… on a waterfront bench near Haslar Marina


'The Gosport Queen'...after 6.30 pm, only one ferry is used for the crossing to Portsmouth, four trips an hour. During the day, it's two ferries, and eight trips an hour...

‘The Gosport Queen’…after 6.30 pm, only one ferry is used for the crossing to Portsmouth, four trips an hour. During the day, it’s two ferries, and eight trips an hour…


Daedalus...near Gosport waterfront...

Daedalus…near Gosport waterfront…

Southsea on a sunny Sunday afternoon…

Approaching Canoe Lake, near Southsea seafront...

Approaching Canoe Lake, near Southsea seafront…

[ISO 160, 5mm, f3.4, 1/500, AWB]

Canoe Lake, Southsea, from beneath the shade of a tree

Canoe Lake, Southsea, from beneath the shade of a tree

[ISO 160, 16mm, f4.5, 1/1000, AWB]

A swan, one of many on Canoe Lake...

A swan, one of many on Canoe Lake…

[ISO 160, 21mm, f4.5, 1/1000, AWB]

The Swan

This laboring of ours with all that remains undone,
as if still bound to it,
is like the lumbering gait of the swan.

And then our dying—releasing ourselves
from the very ground on which we stood—
is like the way he hesitantly lowers himself

into the water. It gently receives him,
and, gladly yielding, flows back beneath him,
as wave follows wave,
while he, now wholly serene and sure,
with regal composure,
allows himself to glide.

(translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows)

Rainer Maria Rilke

Strolling along the seafront...

Strolling along the seafront…

[ISO 160, 51mm, f8, 1/1250, AWB]

Rocks and waves...

Rocks and waves…

[ISO 160, 20mm, f4.5, 1/400, AWB]

Young man sea watching...

Young man sea watching…

[ISO 160, 24mm, f5.6, 1/1250, AWB]

Looking eastwards towards South Parade Pier...

Looking eastwards towards South Parade Pier…

[ISO 80, 14mm, f4.5, 1/800, AWB]

Looking westwards along the seafront...

Looking westwards along the seafront…

[ISO 100, 12mm, f8, 1/2000, AWB]

Looking weswards towards Portsmouth Harbour...

Looking weswards towards Portsmouth Harbour…

[ISO 125, 12mm, f4, 1/500, AWB]

A small boat in the distance...

A small boat in the distance…

[ISO 80, 51mm, f5.6, 1/640, AWB]

A flower and some feathers...

A flower and some feathers…

[ISO 160, 5mm, f3.4, 1/640, AWB]

A pathway through trees...

A pathway through trees…

[ISO 160, 6mm, f3.5, 1/640, AWB]

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