An interlude in Dumfries & Galloway which has nearly 100 miles of south facing shore line and is usually as quiet as this scene. There is talk of identifying the region as a national park which would certainly give a boost to tourism and bring increased prosperity to an area that mainly relies on farming, fishing and forestry.
This view was taken south of Gatehouse of Fleet on Fleet Bay.
Not only can museums be highly photogenic places, but here the staff were at ease with having their pictures taken which allowed me to add to my collection of environmental portraits without the sometimes tricky need to negotiate. In most other situations you would have to explain why you wanted to take a picture.
Another of my Ironbidge Gorge museum pictures taken at the Victorian town. This barmaid wasn’t just for decoration though, as the pub was a working establishment serving a wide range of real ale.
A scene of quiet reflection taken on the jetty at Dun Leoghaire when we were visiting family in Dublin.
Our Japanese friend Kumi enjoyed her visit to the Mill on the Fleet. Our grandchildren loved her company, especially when she joined them in dressing in the period costumes in one of the galleries.
Agra in Uttar Pradesh is rightly famous for the magnificent Taj Mahal but I found the streets of the city just as fascinating. The contrasts couldn’t be more extreme of course but then the history of cultures is founded on the striving of the masses that enable the achievements of the culture. In every back street you come across the artisans practicing their craft and at every level you see a common appreciation of beauty and refinement. Out of chaos comes order. Even the masses aspire to higher ideals…..
Strange contradictions here. There is beauty even in chaos.
This is another charming period scene taken inside the house of a doctor that is a recreation of a nineteenth century property at the Victorian town of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum next to the river Severn in Shropshire, England.
I love the way that local people who work here manage to get into the character of the times through their dress and manner.
Girl on a Train
Two Girls on a Train
Taking the train is a great way of getting about in India. It’s very cheap; you see the countryside pass by, and you get to meet lots of interesting people.
On this trip we were on our way from Kochi to Kannur in Kerala on the Ernad Express.