Friday, 15 October 2010

Leicester Marathon 2010


Leicester Marathon 2010
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

The route of the Leicester Marathon passes within a couple of hundred yards of our front door and so my camera and I went to have a look. I misjudged my timing - the fast runners had already gone by the time I made an appearance. Still I was able to get some photographs of the runners as they passed through Thurmaston and Watermead Country Park. I have been surprised at the large number of views the photographs have received on Flickr. All of them had received over a hundred views each with three or four days. If I had known that they would be this popular, I would have got up earlier and taken more and better photographs. I have started a Leicester Marathon Group on Flickr as I was surprised that there was not one already. I will be looking for opportunities to try this type of photography again - preferably before the next Leicester Marathon.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Concord, Massachusetts


Concord, Massachusetts
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

We visited Lexington and Concord after hiring a car in Auburn. These towns are the places where the American Revolutionary War - or War of Independence broke out on April 19th 1775. The British troops set out from Boston with the intention of finding and capturing the weapons which they correctly thought were being stored at a farm near Concord. They encountered their first resistance at Lexington where the first shot of the war was fired - but no one has been able to find out who fired it. The British troops overcame the minutemen at Lexington and marched on to Concord where they met much stiffer opposition - especially at the Old North Bridge. Here they were forced to beat a disorderly retreat to Boston. They were harassed all the way back and suffered heavy losses. The war was on.

The Old North Bridge pictured above in a reconstruction from the 1950s. There have actually been several bridges on the site since 1775 - and for a while there was no bridge at all.

There are several historic sites, commemorative statues and monuments in Lexington and Concord and in between. I photographed this statue at Lexington and edited it in Showfoto. I like the effect - although I hit on it by accident.

Lexington, Massachusetts

There are also sights to be seen that are not related to the Revolutionary War. Both Concord and Lexington are attractive towns. I was surprised to find a copy of the Michaelangelo's Pieta on the green at Concord.

Concord, Massachusetts


Unfortunately, the fall was not very advanced during our stay. I was hoping that the leaves in this photograph would not be green!

Concord, Massachusetts

Friday, 1 October 2010

Woodstock Valley, Connecticut


Woodstock Valley, Connecticut
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

About three hours ago, we returned home from our journey to the United States. It was my first visit to the country. We stayed at Woodstock Valley in Connecticut at the home of a very kind and hospitable friend. This photograph was taken about fifteen minutes walk from her home. It is the Glenn Kovaciny Memorial Beach.

I did upload a few of the photographs that I took in the States to Flickr while I was there but I took many others. I will upload a selection to Flickr over the coming days. We visited Concord, Lexington, Hartford, Sturbridge, Mystic Port, Vermont, New York, Newport and Boston amongst many other places. The weather in the first week that we were there was remarkably hot - well over 25C most days. In the second week, it was cooler with rain and heavy cloud which meant that I did not take as many photographs as I would have liked.

One problem that I had with taking photographs of buildings was trying to cope with the fact that in most towns the electrical power and telegraph cables are suspended between poles above ground rather than being buried. Many potentially good viewpoints of buildings are spoiled by this. I was determined to exclude them as much as I could which resulted in some buildings being photographed from odd angles - alternatively I tried to concentrate on details.