On display

On display

I came across this unusual and attractive way of displaying woollen scarves outside a shop on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. It’s certainly an interesting alternative to the tartan cliche.

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Taken on The Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

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Sundial #3

Sundial #3

So, in a break from my normal routine, here is a second ‘alternative treatment’ of Saturday’s image. Actually it’s a different approach to the same subject.

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Given the open design of the  sundial, I thought I’d try to shoot through it and focus on the shrubs in the background. This might have been more effective if there was more colour available. As it is, I prefer Saturday’s version, with the emphasis on the sundial.

Taken at Holland Park, London.

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Beautiful, elegant, tranquil

Beautiful, elegant, tranquil

… that’s how I’d describe the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. We ‘discovered’ it during our recent visit to London. I’m sure we will return (often!). This week’s photos will all be from here.

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We had two spells in the Kyoto Garden (with coffee in between). Even on the second session, when it was much busier, there was a sense of calmness. The garden seems to instil something in those who experience it. I highly recommend a visit.

Taken at the Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Riesenrad – from the outside #1

Riesenrad – from the outside #1

Looking up at the Riesenrad from Prater park gives an indication of its scale. If you’re interested, you can find technical details here.

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I like the simplicity of the colours and design from this angle. I particularly like the soft forms of the trees and clouds as a contrast to the linear engineering elements.

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Riesenrad structure

Riesenrad structure

I was fascinated by the structure of the Riesenrad. The supports and cables formed intriguing patterns – offering opportunities for the photographer!

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The tower to the right of the image is the Donauturm. It also offers wonderful, panoramic views of Vienna. But if I had to choose between them, I’d definitely opt for the Riesenrad.

 

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Riesenrad carriages

Riesenrad carriages

The Riesenrad is not a thrill-seeker’s fairground ride. It moves sedately to allow you to enjoy the views. The whole experience has a feeling of elegance – very fitting for such an elegant city.

The carriages reminded me of old-fashioned train carriages. And I loved the colour, especially against the blue sky.

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