So that’s how they do it!

So that’s how they do it!

While walking along the Thames (near London Bridge) I spotted this activity on The Shard.

I guess cleaning the windows is a regular occurrence. Now you know how they do it. (By the way, there is no chance that I’d do that!)

Taken near London Bridge.

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Shining on The Shard

Shining on The Shard

Even though the sun was setting – and reflecting on the Shard – it was still very warm when this photo was taken. People were still enjoying a relaxing Thursday evening. Cities definitely feel different when the weather is pleasant.

Taken on Bankside, London

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City skyline #2

City skyline #2

I knew that I wanted to try this image in black and white – even as I was taking the shot. I felt that the architecture and the light would lend themselves to this process.

I chose to use a ‘vivid’ form of black and white to provide the contrast that I was looking for. I think it works.

Taken From Bankside, London.

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Garden to garden

Garden to garden

After visiting the Sky Garden (and having coffee at an incredibly pretentious place that we stumbled on), we visited the garden at St Dunstan-in-the-East. The garden was created on the site of the original church which was bombed in 1941 during the Blitz.

It’s a wonderful, calm spot a few metres walk from the heart of the City. A few more photos to follow.

I liked this view – from just outside St Dunstan’s garden. The juxtaposition of the steeple (which survived the bombing) and the ‘Sky Garden’ in the background appealed to me.

Taken at St Dunstan in the East, London

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Light, airy and popular

Light, airy and popular

The title of this entry is an apt description of the Sky Garden.

We saw it on a sunny day with clear blue skies, which certainly helped create a light atmosphere with strong shadows. I wonder what it’s like when it’s dark outside?

Maybe a good reason for another visit!

Taken at the Sky Garden, London

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Continuing the garden theme…

Continuing the garden theme…

… sort of!

During our recent visit to London we went to the Sky Garden. It’s a pleasant experience (and it’s free!), but the garden element didn’t excite me.

By contrast, the building is magnificent. It’s known as the ‘walkie-talkie’ because of it’s shape. The garden is at the top of the building, so it does provide some amazing views over London. It’s worth a visit.

Taken at the Sky Garden, London

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