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Crystal Palace

I am going to keep words to a minimum and let the photos do the talking. If you want more information I shared this visit with my girlfriend Leanne who has more information and photos on her blog – here.

I urge you to look into the history of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, the man who built these sculptures. The very first of their kind.

Looks like an ant eater?
2 dinos
Dino Close
Giant Climbing
Two Crocs
Squat Dino
Sphinx 1
Sphinx 2

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London Walk About

Seemingly one of the first mostly sunny days of the year, also by far the windiest day too! Only a smatter of rain fell too, compared to the bucket loads we seem to get every other day, this put Tom and I in higher spirits! The first interesting thing we found was the London Hydraulic Power Company’. It’s former use was to install a hydraulic power network of high pressure cast iron water mains. It closed in 1977 and is now used as a restuarant and arts centre.

Fan Edit
Fan 2
Fan 4
Sand exsists on the Thames shore?
Sand & Stairs
After going down a platform that we technically shouldn’t have been on (when has that stopped us before!) we found a curious red crane attached to the side of the building that was labelled ‘A & B King Henry’s Wharves C & D’.
Red Crane 1
Red Crane 2
I was challenged by my girlfriend, Leanne, to take a photo of something green. So here is that photo!
Green Photo
This was a strange one. This was attached to the building offscreen to the left. From what I could work out, each level was the persons ‘terrace’ or ‘garden area’, very strange! I wouldn’t be a fan of the structure to actually use it (if that is what it’s used for) but it’s an interesting structure for a photo!
Spikey Gardens
The Blue Bridge. Tom has a lot more information in his post on this bridge – here. We were standing in the centre when it started beeping at us so we made a hasty retreat and started snapping away!
Blue Bridge

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Statues at St Pauls Cathedral

The day started out as Leanne and I going on a walk about to explore London with our cameras, but we actually just ended up finding weird and wonderful things such as strange food in china town, I think the weirdest thing I found was roasted coconut juice……… we stumbled upon Ripley’s believe it or not which had a scary animatronic band in the doorway and a real life guy juggling knives excitedly telling the watching audience ‘that’s it, come closer, closer!’….. The rainforest cafe where I asked Leanne what a huge round ball of a cuddly toy was, apparently it was a turtle, (this was agreed by the lady in shop that asked if we needed help)…..it so wasn’t a turtle!  A five (six?) warehouse/shop dedicated solely to M&M’s and merchandise, I had no idea they were so popular, and I don’t think anything warrants the kind of price tags on the stock.

Anyway at St Paul’s we found a statue that stole our attention and they are the only photos I took! We also got to go in, something Leanne was very excited about!

These statues sum up our day for me, interesting but bordering on the creepy/sinister!

Left Statue
rightcherubeditsmall

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflections

With christmas around the corner it was really fun to experiment with this weeks theme, with all the lights that are springing up you can get look at objects in different ways.

Lens Reflection

A close up. It almost looks like space nebula – link

Lens Reflection Close

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Thankful

I am thankful for my beautiful girlfriend, Leanne.

Leanne & I 1Leanne & I 2

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Martinhole Wood

This curious building is located in Martinhole Wood in Basildon. Upon doing some on the go research Leanne found out that it was called ‘Vange Well No.5’. In the early 1920’s a farmer named Edwin Cash built it as a get rich quick scheme. He even went so far as to label it the ‘magic’ well in the ‘vale of health’. He sold the water and labelled it as ‘Farmer Cash’s Famous Medicinal Vange Water’ due to it being highly sulphated and was considered to be good for ailments such as stomach troubles and nervous disorders.

The well was shut down around the mid 1920’s due to water contamination perhaps because of a tuberculosis sanatorium that opened in 1927 which was on higher ground to the well. Cash died in 1931 and the well was sold.

You can read more of the well’s history here.





Texture Texture! As ever if you would like to use these textures, email me and I will send them to you full rez – chillcleal@hotmail.co.uk


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Park Wanderings

My girlfriend Leanne has got a new camera (Canon 600d!) So we went out so she could test drive it. Although the light wasn’t great and we didn’t find anything that amazing on our wanderings we still managed to get some nice shots.






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Weekly Photo Challenge – Geometry

‘Geometry is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space.’ – Wiki

I think my photo suits this weeks theme very well. It is almost as if the butterfly is made up of different small shape arrangements and colour patterns. Natural geometry.

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Bonfire

Around a month ago Leanne and I acquired an allotment space, in which the weeds were taller than me the whole way over the plot! With a pair of loppers and secateurs (and many holes and thorns in us) we cleared the whole space!

With firework night on Monday we thought it would be a good way to have a bonfire and get rid of all the allotment waste. With the odds stacked against us….the pile of garden debris was practically swimming in a pool of water. Tom and I being ‘the men’, obviously had to provide heat for my lovely lady, Leanne (see her photos of the ‘bonfire’ here) as the temperature had dropped to zero degrees.

Armed with a pack of dry kindling and firelighters we set to work, no matter how hard we tried we couldn’t get it going properly (even beating our chests wildly didn’t work!?). After focusing all the heat under a wooden pallete, thinking if we can dry that out and get that to take we would be laughing, though (see the photo at the bottom) we made it white hot in one spot it still didn’t want to play nice and we had to admit defeat 😦



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Grant Museum of Zoology

After visiting the Cast Courts and having lunch at the pub Leanne, Shannon and I went and visited the Grant Museum of Zoology.

The collection was formed in 1828 and houses around 67,000 specimens including, skeletons, animals preserved in fluid, skins and mounted animals.




I was blown away with the skull below. It is an elephant skull. It looks totally alien to anything I have seen before.

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