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27 Sep 2020 11:07AM   Views : 426 Unique : 316


I’d been having one of those empty mind moments, aware that I need to write a blog, but without a subject as I set out to go round the block before breakfast. And it came to me on the way round, as it so often does. I paused to send myself an email, because my memory is rubbish for bright ideas.

Wherever you live, if you go out at all – and most people seem to, if only to potter round the block – there will be subjects to photograph. I’m lucky – I live in a very mixed area, with a canal less than 400 yards away, and open-ish country within a mile or two, as well as the M6 (non-British readers: it’s one of the busiest motorways in Europe, feeding traffic into Birmingham (Britain’s second largest city) and linking the South-East and South-West to both the West Midlands and the North-West of the country.


When the M6 gets blocked, a lot of the traffic diverts past my front door… This will make my basic, anytime, get out for a few minutes’ walk round the block chokingly atmospheric next time it happens.
Anyway, on the way round, I found a metal post (my main gallery post today) that I’ve been wondering about a good deal since I found it three months ago. (No matter that it’s a hundred yards from where I’ve lived for 35 years, I just didn’t see it before, OK?)

A series of signposts and tablets is possible. And – having photographed the cover over my water stoptap for you a week or two back. Glad I did: after they replaced the stoptap, they put a new cover over it, with a generic ‘Water’ label, instead of the proud ‘S.S.W.C.’ the old one had (for the South Staffordshire Water Company, which still exists, in fact).

Or – moving on round – how about a series of tree and bush stumps? Or the currently popular one round here, the home improvements changes – loads of piles of bricks, skips, bags of sand, gravel, and who knows what else…


A short walk along the canal would give me an assortment of lock gates and canal ‘furniture’ – a flight of locks down towards Birmingham begins quite close by, though there’s a bigger and better flight a few miles away, either by road or by canal-side towpath.

Even if you are stuck indoors, self-isolating, how about the varied shadows on the wall through the day, or light fittings, or electrical switches?

Myself, I’m going to edit a few more images for my ‘Differently Beautiful’ project – which may, quite shortly, have to go on hold again for the duration of Lockdown II – The Revenge on Cummings.


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chase Plus
18 2.6k 684 England
27 Sep 2020 11:22AM
I have taken to sorting out my cupboards, you never know what goodies lurk at the back. Stuff that has been there for years and forgotten about, given an extra outing in front of the camera.
Sometimes ordinary things are right in front of your eyes and are so very easy to miss.
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dudler Plus
20 2.2k 2064 England
27 Sep 2020 11:32AM
Janet, you have reminded me of something I should put on the lawn for a Silly Sunday picture today. While the sun's out...
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altitude50 19 24.1k United Kingdom
28 Sep 2020 5:21PM
The water stopcock cover reminded me. I walked out of one of my local camera shops with a brand new Tamron lens on my Sony a7 and the first thing I photographed with it was this, on the floor, about 5 metres from the shop doorway. I wonder how many people have noticed it? I seem to be attracted to shape rather than anything else!

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20 2.2k 2064 England
29 Sep 2020 7:38PM
they tried hard, didn't they?

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