This week I have been revisiting old negatives from the past and this picture was taken in 1997 when I visited Gujarat as part of a backpacking solo tour of India.
In this scene we are in the locoshed yard at Wankaner Junction near Rajkot. The metre gauge railways in India were about to transition from steam to diesel. The locos were in a very run down condition and it probably was a struggle to keep them in working order.
This image was scanned from a colour print negative.
This photo really appeals to me!
It speaks to me like a summer salad with crunchy celery, cucumber and grapes. Green grapes, of course, with a dash of salad dressing.
Full summer can be over cooked as the fresh greens of spring time darken and become heavy and overblown, but the greens here are fruity and still have a crunch!
The only thing that lets it down is the lack of colour in the sky, but you can’t have everything! The photo was taken at Ellisland Farm, Auldgirth, once the home of Robert Burns, and it lies about 6.5 miles northwest of Dumfries, Scotland.
Logan Botanical Gardens.
The light was very difficult under the trees but these scarlet ferns seen against the green was too good to miss.
Talk to me!
An evening walk through the park in Ernakulam, Kerala
If you have visited here before you will know that I like steam trains and there are plenty to choose from in the UK. This one is in the Yorkshire Dales near Skipton.
Over the past few days I have been going through my old black and white negatives and scanning a few of the better ones and some of these are of puffing billies. They will appear in forthcoming posts. Sorry!
Can’t have too much of a good thing!
Distances in India are long and plenty of breaks are taken when driving. Here Ian, Shyju and Zai wait for their refreshments…
The afternoon Club visit to Crawick Multiverse last month was preceded by a morning visit to Blackstone Clydesdales. This was the first time that I had attempted to make some horse portraits. It was very satisfying!
The light was neutral and overcast, and was just perfect.
Out of the forest of palm trees, high rise building are springing up like an infestation. Why do they have to erect buildings that are so out of scale with people, let alone with the virgin forest?
A group of Stewartry Camera Club members made a visit to Crawick Multiverse last month and here you can see some of my colleagues racing off into the distance while I paused to capture these two fine mosaic panels at the entrance.
Despite their enthusiasm to get the first landscape shot on the way up the hill, it was yours truly who reached the top first, though there was some heavy breathing at altitude!
A roadside drinks stall in Kerala.