Kensington Gardens

In the spring I headed back to Kensington to visit the palace and gardens. I used to work five minutes walk from here and never made it over so with a bit of time off work it seemed like a good place to explore.

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens is impressive, particularly in the sunlight. Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

And the Royal Albert Hall, one of London’s finest venues. Manchester Christmas market 2014

London Kensington Palace

Manchester revisited – Christmas markets 2014

This week we had to make a trip to Manchester for work. Having lived there it feels a little strange just visiting, but its interesting seeing how the city changes in between visits.. We had a little time to spare before we had to catch a train so took the opportunity to have a wander around the Christmas markets.

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

Manchester Christmas market 2014

 

Monochrome Japan

It’s interesting how we default to representing Japan in colour; Japanese culture emphasises balance and simplicity – surely the ideal form of representing it is in black and white! Take, for example, the Shinkansen train station in Kyoto.

_DSC0811The view from the park in Osaka Castle. I must have spent a good 5 minutes trying to get the reflection just right.

_DSC0827Exiting the park in Osaka Castle, after some really nice pancakes!

_DSC0880One of my favourite photos of the holiday: light and shade in Hiroshima.

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On the Paddington Trail

If you are in London between now and Christmas you may notice that dotted around the city there are various statues of the fictional bear from Peru, Paddington. This little bear, and the adventures he went on in the Michael Bond books was an important part of my childhood so I couldn’t resist seeking out a couple while I was in the area.

Paddington Bear Trai London

Paddington Bear Trail London

Paddington Bear Trail London

There are 50 in total – and you can download a map of their locations from the Visit London website here,

Nara, in Monochrome

Nara, just outside Kyoto; we’ve been here before, wandering with the deer. That was all through this lady’s viewfinder:

_MG_0284It’s a wonderful, magical place. Better known for the Tōdai-ji, it inspires visitors to take in the expanses and vistas, and to enjoy the large scale. But don’t miss the details!

_MG_0280Well worth the visit.

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Remembrance at the Tower of London

I had a meeting in London on Remembrance Day this week. Since I was in London I decided to make a quick detour before my meeting started so I could see the installation at the Tower of London – Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. On Tuesday the last poppy of the art installation was planted – 888,246 ceramic poppies which each represent a British fatality in the First World War. I had my fuijifilm x10 with me so managed to get a few panoramas shots which show the scale of the installation.

Tower of London Remembrance Poppies

Tower of London Remembrance Poppies

Tower of London Remembrance Poppies

Tower of London Remembrance Poppies

Tower of London Remembrance Poppies

Tower of London Remembrance Poppies

Tower of London Remembrance Poppies

Tower of London Remembrance Poppies

Tower of London Remembrance Poppies A solemn reminder of the scale of the first world war, and the impact on human life.

Summer Meadow

Autumn is now upon us and I’m still sorting through the photographs from summer. Today I came across a shot from a stroll around one of the local reservoirs – Pitsford in Northamptonshire. It’s great for a Sunday morning walk.

Summer meadow

Hello Kitty Wedding?

Spotted in the train station in Tokyo was this Hello Kitty Wedding advertising…

Helo Kitty Tokyo Japan

A Wizard in Osaka

Life is hard for former child stars. The media, the fans, the studios – it’s all pressure. Take Harry Potter, for example; his life has definitely gone downhill since the end of the films. Last time I saw him, he was working as an usher in Dotombori.

_DSC0888Shot on the Sony RX100. How a point and shoot camera can achieve this quality, I’ll never understand.

Roppongi in Bloom

While in Tokyo we made a couple of visits to the Roppongi Hills area.

Roppongi Tokyo Japan

A bit of a different view of the Roppongi Hills spider. Roppongi Tokyo Japan

Roppongi Tokyo JapanA solitary lunch hour.

Roppongi Tokyo Japan

Roppongi Tokyo Japan