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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

St Katherine's

The spire of St Katherine's from South Common.

After a few days of cold, milder weather is expected for New Year's Eve.

Sunday, December 28, 2014


First snow of 2014!

Fell on Boxing Day evening, turned slushy yesterday and froze overnight creating some treacherous ice on roads and pavements.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas

Thanks for viewing my photos during 2014.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lincoln Christmas Market

The big wheel and other fairground attractions made their annual appearance over the weekend.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Spire of St Hugh's

A misty vista looking over Lincoln with the trees at the top of South Common in the distance.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Waterside shopping centre across the River Witham from Wilko.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Lincoln University accommodation buildings. The tall structure is part of the footbridge over the railway.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Usher Gallery

The Usher Gallery (right) is part of The Collection Museum and Gallery in Lincoln.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Lincoln Hotel

The remains of the Roman East Gate are just behind the wall on the left.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Midworth St, Mansfield

Just SE of the town centre, the viaduct rises well above the older industrial buildings.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cottam Power Station

It's just over the border from Lincolnshire - taken from South Common.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pottergate, Lincoln

Pottergate leads to the Cathedral at the top of the hill (out of shot to the left).

A lot of roads around here have "gate" in the name - it derives from the old Danish "gata" for street.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Permissive Path

Permissive path between two winter fields, leading to the Viking Way.

Bracebridge Heath.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Swanage, Dorset

Swanage main beach with Ballard Point behind. (Taken near yesterday's photo) (on a different day)

That concludes our tour of coastal Dorset. For more photos, check out my instagram:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Boscombe, Dorset

Boscombe is just East of Bournemouth, but feels more like a suburb as the whole area is built up.

The Isle of Wight can be seen in the distance - the white cliffs.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Another view of Corfe Castle - ruined in 1645 during the English Civil War.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Looking back towards Lulworth Cove while walking the SW Coast Path to Durdle Door, a couple of miles away.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fleet Lagoon and Chesil Beach, Dorset

Taken near the Chesil Beach visitor centre. On the left hand side is Chesil Beach.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Swanage, Dorset

The southern end of Swanage Bay. In the background is Swanage Pier with PS Waverley awaiting departure.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Corfe Castle by Swanage Railway

A good way to get from Swanage to see Corfe Castle is by steam train using the heritage Swanage Railway service.

The line (closed in 1972 as part of national restructuring) now operates to give passengers an experience of train travel in the 1950s.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Man O'War Cove

Taken from the very popular section of the SW Coast Path between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door (pictured previously).

On the other side of the headland is Durdle Door, the top of the opening is just visible over the ridge. On the horizon is the Isle of Portland, also shown in recent posts.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Isle of Portland from Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach is a shingle beach 18 miles long, 15 metres high and 200 metres wide and for the most part quite straight.

Between the straight beach and the varying coastline behind is the Fleet Lagoon of brackish water, wonderful habitat for wading birds.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Chesil Beach from the Isle of Portland, Dorset

From bottom to top of picture:
* The village of Fortuneswell
* National Sailing Academy - amongst the warehouses
* Portland Beach Rd (A354) - the only road on and off the island
* Wyke Regis area of Weymouth
* And along the left: Chesil Beach

Friday, October 10, 2014

Weymouth, Dorset

The channel nearby is the River Wey on the final part of its journey to the sea and behind that is Weymouth's main beach and esplanade.

The tall ship is the Pelican of London, which was originally an Arctic trawler, built in France and launched in 1948.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

View From Durlston Head

Peveril Point, Ballard Point and Old Harry Rocks from the deck at Seventhwave Cafe.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PS Waverley Departs From Swanage

Paddle Steamer Waverley (built 1946) is the last sea-going passenger paddle steamer in the world. She is normally based in Western Scotland but was sailing regularly from Swanage Pier during the summer.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks is a small peninsula at the mouth of Poole Harbour in Dorset.

It's famous for this beach, high land values and is home to various footballing personalities including Harry Redknapp.

In the distance is Old Harry Rocks, just north of Swanage.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle was built by William The Conqueror in the 11th century and demolished to its present appearance in 1645, during the English Civil War.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Portland Bill Lighthouse

The Isle of Portland is reachable by road from Weymouth. Portland Bill is at the southern end of the island.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weymouth, Dorset

Waterfront buildings face onto the River Wey just before it reaches the sea.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks marks the start of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, just north of Swanage.

Peveril Point and part of Swanage can be seen in the distance.

Don't forget to check for additional photos of the area (via web browser or Instagram app).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Swanage, Dorset

Swanage is located on the Isle of Purbeck (which is actually a peninsula) in Dorset. It is situated at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage listed section of the southern english coastline.

Click on the image above to visit the flickr page which contains a location map.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Belton House, East Elevation

Belton House was completed in 1688 and is an example of Carolean or Restoration architecture.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ellis Windmill, Lincoln

The Ellis Windmill is located in the middle of a residential street in uphill Lincoln near the ridge which is particularly good for catching westerly winds. It dates back to 1798 and was active until the 1940s.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seasonal Flora

I don't know what these are called, but there are a lot of them in the Arboretum at the moment.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Southrey Station (Disused)

Platform and sign still intact. The Water Rail Way path follows the route of the old railway line that ran between Lincoln and Boston. Today walkers, joggers and cyclists enjoy the path.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

View Over Lincoln

Looking over Lincoln from the ridge at Bracebridge Heath.

Taken on Saturday - it's been raining all day today (August Bank Holiday Monday).

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Near Southrey

A lot of fields are being returned to the ploughed state after harvesting.

From the Water Rail Way path near Southrey.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Southrey - Stixwould

Wooden sculpture on the Water Rail Way path between Southrey and Stixwould.

"for men may come and men may go".

From The Brook by Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of Lincolnshire's celebrated sons.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Galloping Horses, South Common

There were quite a few people on South Common yesterday afternoon waiting to see the #Avro3Sisters flypast. People were standing in small groups all over. The horses decided that this was the best time for a mad gallop from one end of the common to the other and back!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today's Lancaster and Vulcan Flypast

Two Avro Lancasters and an Avro Vulcan flew over Lincoln to mark the turf cutting ceremony for the new memorial to Bomber Command situated just above South Common.

The three aircraft have been dubbed the Avro Sisters, check out social media updates with the hashtag #Avro3Sisters.

These three aircraft are the only remaining airworthy examples. The Vulcan and one of the Lancasters are based in the UK and the other Lancaster is visiting from Canada for the summer. Look out for these aircaft at events and airshows around the country.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lincoln Arboretum

The maze is in the foreground and All Saints' Parish Church on Monks Rd provides the backdrop.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fool's Autumn

The trees are probably suffering from the hot and dry we had earlier in the summer. Today's maximum is only 17C so it feels a bit autumnal.

Cow Paddle Common, Lincoln.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hullo Clouds

This sort of countryside comes into its own when the skies get interesting.

From the top of South Common.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Today's Weather

Is this still the tail end of Hurricane Bertha?

Spring-like squalls and showers today.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Woodhall Spa

This track forms part of the Viking Way, which runs from the Humber Bridge to Oakham in Rutland. For a short circular stroll continue along here for a bit, turn right onto another track and then wander back along The Broadway taking in the attractive spa town buildings. It's not too far to the high st area with its cafes, delis and restaurants (plus a few shops).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The View From Risby, Lincolnshire Wolds

Starting at bottom left is the fence that runs alongside Risby Road. The road itself can be seen above the fence and towards the right. Catskin Lane is behind the high hedge (running from top left). Also at top left is a series of telegraph poles carrying cables across fields and over Catskin Lane (plus hedge).

The picture was created by processing a photo with a series of G'MIC filters in GIMP (free open source software).

Friday, August 8, 2014

River Witham, Lincoln

The building on the left is called Slipper Baths and has been occupied by various restaurants over the years but after the Japanese restaurant Kashi closed, it has been empty. The Building is now being converted into four retail units at street level with four apartments above.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bardney Countryside

This view was last seen in April when the fields were full of yellow rapeseed flowers. Looks like harvesting could start soon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Big Screen

Thanks to the Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG), we can enjoy the Commonwealth Games between shops.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

St John's Hospital Redevelopment

The old white water tower used to loom above - until last weekend when it was demolished.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Reflections

The River Witham flows past Lincoln University near the Brayford Pool.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Wildflowers

There are a lot of these around at the moment.

It's quite a challenge to identify wildflowers using the web. If you already know the name, there are plenty of sites that can then show photos and other details. But how to find the name?

A fairly generic google image search of "purple wildflower uk summer" didn't turn up much: a couple of similar plants and someone who was also trying to find the name.

One solution is to use Google's Advanced Image Search:

I left everything blank or at its default except "Site or domain" where I put

This resulted in a long long page of images just from the above website and after some scrolling, a positive id on the flower. It's a Rosebay Willowherb.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lincolnshire Wolds

The Viking Way passes Castle Farm near Tealby in the Lincolnshire Wolds. (It was quite hot there on Saturday).

Monday, July 14, 2014

Brayford Pool, Lincoln

Looking from the University side, across the marina to the hotels on the other side: Double Tree by Hilton and Holiday Inn.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Water Tower (Lack of)

The old white water tower on the site of the former St John's Mental Hospital in Bracebridge Heath was demolished this morning.

Ricklus has posted a good quality flickr video showing the demolition here:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Italianate Tower

Part of the former St John's Mental Hospital in Bracebridge Heath, which is currently being renovated and converted into dwellings.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Waddington International Airshow

RAF Red Arrows display team.

The team had just returned from a flyover of the start of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

On Sunday they were seen at the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone as well as another appearance at Waddington.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Whisby Nature Park

The railway crossing is still closed so this is one of the lower lakes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Earlier today at Lincoln Arboretum.

According to the Wikipedia article on Color Vision, the human eye is most sensitive to shades of green.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Grey Saturday Afternoon

No wonder everyone was watching Wimbledon/World Cup/Glastonbury.

Looking SW from the Viking Way near Bracebridge Heath.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Willen, Milton Keynes

Lion statues at the entrance to the Peace Pagoda at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cutty Sark

One of the last tea clippers (and the fastest), built in 1869.

Greenwich, London.

Monday, June 23, 2014

River Great Ouse, Newport Pagnell

The bridge carries traffic in and out of Newport Pagnell along Northampton Road.

Newport Pagnell, Bucks.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

University of Greenwich, London

The Trinity College of Music can also be seen.

Today's featured software is Geosetter (from, PC software designed to geotag photos. A whole batch of photos can be geotagged at once using (eg) a gpx file from a mobile app such as My Tracks, a journey recorder from Google. Geosetter uses the timestamps in the photo EXIF data to match the positions in the gpx file (need to ensure the camera clock is set correctly). It also allows individual photos to be geotagged manually by placing a pin on a Google map, so it's easy to geotag photos prior to upload to flickr.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tickford Bridge, Newport Pagnell

The oldest iron bridge still in constant use, being part of the route from M1 J14 to the High St. It was built in 1810.

Newport Pagnell, Bucks.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Canary Wharf, London

The tall building is One Canada Square, London's second tallest building (after The Shard).

This image was processed with Snapseed on Android. The photo was taken on the usual digital camera and transferred to the PC as usual. I used dropbox to transfer to/from Android.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Canary Wharf, London

A Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train approaches Canary Wharf station from the South.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

View From The Hill In Greenwich Park, London

At the top of this hill is the Royal Observatory (not pictured) and from here Queens House and the National Maritime Museum can be seen below with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf beyond the River Thames in the background.

Nerd fact: the GPS meridian passes approx 100m east of the Greenwich Meridian.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

New Instagram account

Please follow my account on Instagram: @lincoln_eye. The Instagram photo stream will be entirely separate from this stream - generally no cross posting in either direction.

Peace Pagoda, Milton Keynes

Near Willen Lake.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

The white object is a sculpture entitled "Light Pyramid" and is a light beacon.

Near Central Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Spring Countryside

Taken a couple of weeks ago - probably the last of the yellow rapeseed flowers. Near Cherry Willingham.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Whisby Railway Crossing Closed

The top half of the nature park is currently inaccessible by footpath from the car park.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lincoln Cycle Grand Prix

Cyclists approaching the top of the steep ascent section on Wordsworth St.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lincoln Red

A scrap metal sculpture on the Water Rail Way path near Fiskerton.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Witham Dwellings

A residential development overlooks the River Witham near Lincoln city centre.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

River Witham, Lincoln

The River Witham flows Northwards into Lincoln. Landmarks include (left to right) the white dome of Crown Mill on Princess St and in uphill Lincoln: the Westgate Water Tower and Lincoln Castle.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lincoln Classic Car Rally

The nearer car is a 1960s Ford Capri, from the Lincoln Classic Car Rally a couple of weeks ago.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Just off the Viking Way at the top of the ridge, Bracebridge Heath.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Peterborough Cathedral

This is the Early English Gothic West Front of St Peter's Cathedral, a Norman building dating back to 1118.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jews House and Jews Court

Here are two examples of mid to late 12th century buildings.

On the left is Jews House, a rare example of an early English town house and next to it on the right is Jews Court, the oldest and probably only example of a medieval synagogue in the British Isles.

These can be found on The Strait at the bottom of Steep Hill, Lincoln.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chambers Farm Wood

Chambers Farm Wood is a nature reserve near Wragby and is run by the forestry commission.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Heavy traffic from Lincoln to the coast this morning. The weather there was mostly cloudy with a cold northerly wind blowing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Mini Day at the Brayford today.

(LMFAO = Lincs Mini Friends & Owners Club)