Monthly Archives: October 2006

Guinness

Guinness
Candlesnuff Fungus – Xylaria hypoxylon. Fungi is fun. These little needle type things were growing on the ground (although later we found some on a tree). The most interesting part for me was the tiny little water drop… like a nice bit of condensation running down a pint of Guinness… not that I like Guinness, gimme a cider anyday 🙂

Flyscreen

Flyscreen
Whilst I like flies, I like them outside the house and not all over the place. This is the fly screen that adorns our back door. I would like to say it was hand woven by a skilled artisan from some mystical foreign land, but I think we just got it from a DIY store.

Purple is a Fruit

Purple is a Fruit
The Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) is a small annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. Apparently in the United Kingdom it has declined from 264 sites to just 3 sites in the last 50 years. However, this information may well be incorrect on Wikipedia, unless my garden is one of the three sites in the UK, which seems unlikely.

Two

Two
The ‘apron’ that forms part of the sea wall defences at Sampire Hoe, Dover, Kent. Sampire Hoe is constructed from the earth dug out for the Channel Tunnel. During the construction of the Channel Tunnel, the area was known as the Shakespeare Cliff Lower Construction Platform. In 1994 a competition was organised by Eurotunnel and the Dover Express to find a new name for the newest part of England. Hundreds of entries were received, from which the judges chose Samphire Hoe.

Arches

Arches
These arches form part of the promenade and sea defences at Fokestone Harbour, Kent. These were bit of a lucky find as I don’t go to this location much and fortunately it was low tide.

9mm

9mm
Samphire Hoe (near Dover, Kent) is an interesting place to walk around when the weather is good. When the weather is bad I imagine it is like Hell on Earth. I sometimes feel I should probably try and identify the insects I shoot, but alas I don’t. So this is called 9mm, as it was about 9mm long. I managed to get pretty close although he/she was pretty nervous, and I love the mentally small DoF… Cute little chap/chapess tho 🙂

Circus

Circus
A little while ago the Chinese State Circus came to Folkestone, but rather than pay the entrance fee and potentially see some sort of Chinese clown (all clowns are bad), I thought it more prudent to wait until everyone had gone home and take a photo of the big top. The sky was cloudy that night but there was a breeze and the clouds were moving really quickly. I tried a 30 second exposure and this was the result.

Corridor

Corridor
This gruesome, vile, stinking corridor leads from the Leas Cliff Hall car park to the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone. As the Leas Cliff Hall is currently the only venue of note in this area for live music, occasionally one has to brave this corridor, but it should be done as quickly as possible, breathing as few times as your lungs allow.

Running

Running
Maidstone played host to an annual half-marathon (13 miles) this weekend. There was a good turn out and the weather held for most of the race and so the majority of the 900 runners avoided getting soaked until one mile from the end. They were probably pleased about the rain at that stage. Here are a couple of shots from near the start.

Tibbie

Tibbie
Personally I don’t have a pet, but I would like to be able to. Unfortunately I am allergic to Cats… However, this is my girlfriend’s mum’s cat Tibbie. I love this shot because the sun was just perfect on him. This sums up what it means to be a cat to me.