Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon

Taken from the Town Bridge looking towards the town’s old buildings. In the foreground is the River Avon. Due to the lovely weather that day there is a great reflection of the sky and clouds on the water. Bradford on Avon is a town in Wiltshire, England. Many of the buildings you can see here date back to the 17th century, when they had a thriving woolen textile industry here.

Castle Comb Village

Castle Comb Village

The centre of Castle Comb is very picturesque. In the centre of this photograph you can see people enjoying a drink at the Castle Inn Hotel and to the right the 14th century Market Cross. Just off camera to the left is an old church which is also well worth seeing. Before my aunt and uncle told me to go here, I had only heard of the near by race track. This was taken only about five months ago, looking back on this photograph it seems like a different world.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Outside of London, Stonehenge is probably England’s most popular tourist attraction. That said there are certainly better stone circles in much nicer parts of the country. They might be a little smaller and not as old. Still this is my second photograph of Stonehenge that I wanted to share taken from a slightly different angle. It makes me wonder how it would look at dusk on a nice winters evening.

Come in we’re open

Come in we're open

Small gift shops (especially in the English countryside) can be very photogenic in the right conditions. I thought the owner was going to tell me off when I bent down to get a close up of the side on the door. In the end she just gave me a strange look (probably didn’t help that I didn’t go inside). This was seen just next to the Tithe Barn in Bradford-on-Avon. I felt that the combination of candle holders, distressed looking sign and old barn door made for a good textured photograph.

Scaffolding in the Sun

Scaffolding in the Sun

Sometimes we look forward to seeing a famous landmark or building in a new town (particularly when travelling) only to find that it is covered in construction workers, usually using ugly scaffolding to get access and at the same time masking what we came to see (or in my case photograph). This was the case with the image below of the River Avon at Bath with the Empire Hotel. In my opinion this would have been a lovely photograph if it wasn’t spoilt by the scaffolding. Taken at sunset the sun is highlighting the side of the hotel with the most scaffolding (typical right?). Rather than delete the photograph I decided to keep it and in addition zoom my lens into 200mm and focus on the highlighting scaffolding for the above pattern picture.