ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

OLD AND NEW (21/03/12).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It’s been a dry but dull couple of days. Not as dull as the image above but not really conducive to photography.

I am leaving Ravenglass tomorrow so there follows a quick round up of bits of the place.

P3202071_2_3_4_5_tonemapped_edited-1    One span of the railway viaduct.

P3212111_2_3_4_5_tonemapped_edited-1   The seafront.

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P3202031_2_3_4_5_tonemapped_edited-1 This is The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Known colloquially as L’all Ratty. Originally built to three foot gauge for mineral hauling. The track was re-laid to fifteen inches and is now used for passenger carrying. This locomotive is the River Irt and was built in 1894.

P3212096_097_098_099_100_tonemapped_edited-1 Northern Rock built here in Ravenglass in1976. She has two sisters which were built and sold to a theme park in Japan.

These images are HDR with the steam reintroduced as a single exposure as are the people.

Today is the first day of spring so lets hope for some warm sunny weather in the north and continuous gentle rain in the south. It will do little good as the idiots in charge of planning keep building and concreting over the countryside.  Were there any ponds left there would be more intelligent life lying under stones at the bottom of them. The rain just runs off into drains thence to rivers and out to the sea, fat lot of good it does there.

The good news today is that the Badger cull in Wales has been rejected in favour of a vaccination programme.

All the best and have fun.

44 comments:

  1. Interesting little trains.
    Now keeping natural habitat is one of my passions. Even here the natural habitat is badly fragmented.

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  2. Like the train, it is beautifully well maintained!

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    1. DeeBee, They have four in service plus a couple of diesels. It's a grand train trip.

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  3. I thought you in the UK would have more sense. I'd hate to think that events in the old movie "Soylent Green" will happen because of all the concrete lovers. :(

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    1. Norma, life is not that depressing....YET!

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  4. Wonderful images Adrian...
    I have stayed in the lovely little village of Boot at the other end of the line..

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    1. Andrew, it's a Job wants doing properly, Next time I'm here I'll go out without the dogs.

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  5. An edificating post with pretty pics to boot.

    Problem is Adrian that you have to put all these people who keep multiplying like, well, people, somewhere. We can't all wander round the countryside on four wheels. Mind you as someone who occupies two homes in two hemispheres I suppose I should keep my mouth closed (or my keyboard untouched).

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    1. Graham, I agree but we could make better use of the rain and infrastructure we have. That takes imagination and brains.

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  6. Rather like that second shot Adrian.

    Good news from Wales, re the non cull. I hope the English mob decide the same thing.
    If people stopped breeding like mad, we wouldn't need to keep concreting over the countryside. Perhaps a human cull?

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    1. Keith, ta. Human cull....brilliant. Lets start in Westminster.

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  7. Great images, that second one is beautifully framed by the bridge.

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    1. Gillian, I stood in the water, there's a ford here at low water.

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  8. I hope all the Shropshire badgers will emigrate pronto.

    I wish we had a bit more rain here, the river is very low already and the garden is fairly dry. And this is in the very depths of the countryside, no concrete anywhere.

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    1. Friko, be careful what you wish for. I can envisage the country being inundated this summer.

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  9. Great shots!
    I especially like the second.
    Have a great day.
    Mette

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  10. Mette, thank you. You have a good day too.

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  11. Lovely little steam engine, and all of them photos.

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  12. I wonder how much of Virgin's rolling stock will still be working in a hundred years time. Lovely to see the engines, built at a time when working efficiency and a certain amount of beauty both counted equally.

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  13. I enjoyed this blog Adrian. The engines look great - Dave

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  14. I'm very pleased to have discovered your blog and look forward to tootling around the countryside with you through your postings. By the way, I don't consider 62 as being "old age." I have my reasons.

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  15. Hi Adrian,

    Greetings from Montreal, Canada. It must be fascinating and wonderful to travel like that. I wish you many more great adventures. Thanks so much for sharing, your photos are just gorgeous and sharp!

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  16. Lovely pictures, and I do enjoy your HDR processing, which I haven't really got the patience to master. Agree with you re: the badger cull in Wales, but not sure you can complain about the concreting-over of the countryside, when you are contributing to it by racing around it in your camper van, and thus contributing to road traffic clogging existing roads, and thence the need for new road-building. You should be using public transport like I do! (Sounding a bit holier-than-thou there, perhaps, but there you go!)

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    1. Jeremy, thanks. I do about four thousand miles per year. Were I to sit in solitary splendour on a bus then my carbon footprint would be far higher. I am really holy. All the best.

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  17. I love the train shots, have to say it does look like the theme park train I went in as a kid :) I like the first shot. Good to see you back Adrian!

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  18. Sounds complicated but looks great. Not that I'm the best judge at the moment (some eye trouble).

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  19. Love your trains. Wish I could fit on them:)

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  20. I enormously like the story book quality of the top photo. It keeps drawing me back up the page. Agree about the daftness of letting rain run off then complaining we don't have enough water. Don't know what the answer will be about badgers and TB (suspect, in my ignorance,the answer will be with the way cattle are looked after). But eradicating badgers from the UK (the logic of culling) would be . . . can't think of word which expresses the grossness of wanting rid of a species like this.

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  21. Hey Adrian, haven't heard from you for a while, is everything OK? I miss your blogs.

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  22. Hellooooo....

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  23. Hi Adrian, yes it's me Linda...lol....I have a new blog now! I have missed your wonderful journey of stories and images....I love your processing techniques...excellent hdr ..lovely crisp colors on the train! I hope you have been well...greetings from United States! Linda :))

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  24. What superb photos ... it's ages since I was in that corner of the UK. I don't recall that kind of sunshine, though! I'm grateful to Ruby for pointing me in this direction (though she may not know it!).

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  25. We miss you, Adrian. I hope all is well with you.

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  26. Tap, tap, tap. I hope all is okay, with you, Adrian.

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  27. Adrian,where are you,miss your photos and your wit,Hope you are well,
    Best wishes,Carolyn.

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  28. Rich, vibrant and bold except the first.

    Hope you're up and at it... and keeping well.

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  29. Wonderful blog with great pictures! I joined your blog and look forward to seeing more :)

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  30. Great article, great pictures.

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  31. I've wanted to visit Ravenglass and Eskdale railway for years. I don't know why those miniature locos appeal so much. Thanks for the photos!

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  32. Have been returning to this post every now and then, wondering about your sudden disappearance? Hope you are okay.

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