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Horniman Museum

Leanne and I visited the Horniman Museum.  The Museum has been open since Victorian times and contains ‘internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.’

Horniman Museum

Flying Gurnard (Dactylopterus volitans). They can’t fly however ‘they have been observed to “walk” along sandy sea floors while looking for crustaceans and other small invertebrates by using their pelvic fins.’

Horniman Museum
Yellow-Bellied Pangolin (Manis Tricuspis). ‘The tree pangolin can walk on all fours or on its hind legs using its prehensile tail for balance. It can climb up trees in the absence of branches. When walking on all fours, it walks on its front knuckles with its claws tucked underneath to protect them from wearing down.’ ‘When threatened, it rolls up into a ball, protecting itself with its thick skin and scales. Its scales cover its entire body except for the belly, snout, eyes, ears, and undersides of the limbs. When a mother with young is threatened, it rolls up around the young, which also roll into a ball. While in a ball, it can extend its scales and make a cutting action by using muscles to move the scales back and forth. It makes an aggressive huff noise when threatened, but that is the extent of its noise-making.’

Horniman Museum

Flying Fox (Pteropus Medius). ‘The large flying fox has a wingspan up to 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in)’. ‘Characteristically, all species of flying foxes only feed on nectar, blossom, pollen, and fruit, which explains their limited tropical distribution. They do not possess echolocation, a feature which helps the other suborder of bats, the microbats, locate and catch prey such as insects in mid-air’

Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). ‘The jellyfish is translucent, usually about 25–40 cm (10–16 in) in diameter, and can be recognized by its four horseshoe-shaped gonads, easily seen through the top of the bell. It feeds by collecting medusae, plankton, and mollusks with its tentacles, and bringing them into its body for digestion. It is capable of only limited motion, and drifts with the current, even when swimming.’

Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum

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Cambridge

Leanne and I spent Friday night and Saturday in Cambridge.

The first photo is from the Fitzwilliam Museum. Apparently the building itself looks really impressive but I couldn’t see this as it was covered in white sheeting and scaffolding.

Fitzwilliam Museum
The rest of the photos are from the King’s College Cathedral. I noticed the architects loved to design buildings with parts jutting out of the top of them.

King’s College Cathedral 1
King’s College Cathedral 2
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King’s College Cathedral 4
King’s College Cathedral 5
King’s College Cathedral 6

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Couple

I haven’t posted in forever. Since the last post I have started a business with my friend and it has been running for nearly two months now! I have been slacking on the photography front but a couple of things did catch my eye during that two month period. A lovely textured wall and a beautiful twilight sky.

Textured Wall
Sky

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(IV) Cornwall Adventure – Kynance Cove

Our first view of Kynance Cove. Stunning.
Leanne & I Edge
Leanne on the edge!
Leanne Edge
I think this photo does a nice job at showing the sheer scale of the rocks/cliffs/mini islands in the background.
Leanne Scale
The landscape is nothing like what we have in Upminster where I live, it looks alien. I think the photo below looks like it could have been taken on another planet.
Rocky
View 2
Yellow Rock
One of my favourite photos of the whole holiday. Beautiful landscape.
House with a viewThe rocks were really interesting. The sea was really rough and you didn’t have to look at it to tell. The rocks were all carved and sliced up, most of them jutting upwards in layers. They also had a red tinge to them which made them interesting as a texture.
Red Rocks & Water
Red Rock texture small
Rock & Water
Island Rock
View 3
Standing on the edge of these jutting rocks next to a sea that was in turmoil maybe wasn’t the best idea but I wanted to get interesting photos! Needless to say this shot shows the moment I got wet. My luck run out, I was on the edge taking photos for a while and the past two times I had kept my eye on the sea and managed to spot when a big wave was coming twice before (not so easy when you have to spot a bigger bump of water than the rest as I was a bit further out than the beach) and managed to hightail it out of there, quickly jumping across the jutting rocks as best I could. However this one got me and I had to walk around for the rest of the trip with wet feet/socks/boots, not very nice! Just as I took this photo I ducked down and held onto a rock just incase it was a really big wave (did not want to be dragged on and into that sea, pretty sure you wouldn’t stand a chance) but it wasn’t too bad, albeit cold and wet!
Got Wet
Foot Prints

Another beautiful place in Kynance Cove. The sea coming from both sides of this beach area that you couldn’t get to.
Double Sides Sea
Next we visited Lizard Point,  the most southerly place in England. It was by far the most disappointing place that we went to all holiday. The most southerly point consisted of an eye sore of a gift shop and then down by the sea and even bigger eye sore of a broken down and disused concrete jetty. Usually I like abandoned places and things but not this. It was disappointing that because it is the most southerly place they tried to capitalize on that or… once did, now it’s just sad.

We also found the most southerly lighthouse which might have been a little bit more interesting if it was open or you could get near it, the stone wall was easily jumpable but we had lost interest in the whole place by then, disappointed by it all. Two saving graces however, when we was walking up hill on the edge of the cliffs to see the lighthouse we saw an eagle on the cliffs not far from us which we saw took flight. The second being the one and only photo I shot at Lizard Point, part of the lighthouse buildings.
Two Horns

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(III) Cornwall Adventure – Gweek Seals

We visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in the small town of Gweek. Usually I don’t like zoos but this is a sanctuary where they keep seals that either can’t fend for themselves or are nursing injured seals back to health to release them at a later date. They are an amusing and curious bunch to watch!

Seal 2
Seal 3
Seal Pose
Im not sure what this one was doing. It was standing upright with it’s nose sticking out. Maybe catching what little rays of sun there were.
Upward Seal
Sea Lion Nose
Sea Lion & Leanne
3 Penguins
Otters
Bridge & Water
We passed these chimney stacks on the way to our barn. We decided to go back and find them since they looked unusual in the middle of fields.
Chimney Stack
Chimney Stack 2
There were fields and fields of daffodils a two minute drive from where we were staying.

Daffs 2
Daffs 3
Leanne & I
Again taking inspiration from Leanne’s Eric photos, Totoro was out and about exploring.
Totoro Water
Totoro Forest
Double Swans
When we first spotted these from our window Leanne thought they were small sailing boats from a distance!
Swan Boat
Can you spot our temporary home at the Lower Pentire Barn from across the River Loe. This shot shows how remote the barn was.
Overview

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(II) Cornwall Adventure – Local Walk

A view of our temporary home at the Lower Pentire Barn from across the River Loe.

Lower Pentire Barn
Our colourful boots ready for adventuring!
Boots
Leanne kitted out for a great photo session.
Leanne Kitted Out
Off to the far right is where we were staying. We went for a long local walk to see what was around on. I am standing on the ‘Loe Bar’ which seperates the river Loe (which I am looking at) and the English Channel.

River Loe
This is the other side of the Loe Bar. There was this one smooth flat rock on the entire beach which Leanne took advantage of!
Leanne Beach
Sadly I got too close to the waves trying to get a good photo. A few frames on and the water fooled me with a double wave and went over and inside my boots, not the most comfortable thing to happen mid adventure on a cold day!
The English Channel Sea
I decided to bring my Totoro with me, taking inspiration from Leanne’s Eric adventures.
Totoro Cliff Edge
To the left is the river Loe, the middle the Loe Bar which seperates the Loe from the English Channel on the right. It is unusual to see two lots of water one on either side of land, at least I think it is! The Loe Bar’s terrain is a curious mix of grass and sand.
River Loe & English Channel
Continuing further around the river Loe.
Reeds in the River Loe
Tree roots normally grow below the ground, this tree must be rebelling in its teenage years!
Tree Roots
One of my favourite parts of the holiday was the fire we had. We had filled my car boot with wood so that we could use it every night and we ended up burning through all of it. We hardly turned the tv on, much more interesting to sit and watch the fire dance. Being a converted barn and an old style one at that with cold stone floors it felt amazing to have a roaring fire burning through the nights.
Fire 1
Fire 2
Fire 3
Fire 4

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(I) Cornwall Adventure – Eden Project

To break up the long six hour+ journey to our cottage in Cornwall, Leanne and I stopped off at the Eden Project. Click here to view her photos! We brought our tickets online and printed them off but when we got there the normal ques were huge, we looked for a pre-paid ticket section which we found to be closed and decided to just walk through the nearest doors, which in fact led behind the tills and we walked casually through without showing anyone our tickets……nice security…. kind of a shame it cost us nearly £40 when we walked in unquestioned but hey!

Eden Bubbles
The Eden bubble/dome structures were what drew me to the Eden Project.

Eden Bubble 2
Above the forest floor, 50m up (which is taller than the tower of London!) is the rainforest lookout platform.
Looking Up
I found the patterns that the biome structures made fascinating.
Looking Up 2
Looking Up 3
Looking Down
Looking Up 4

The first place we visited was the Rainforest Biome. Our lenses took a good 15 minutes to clear of condensation but after that it was pleasant to be in the warm. Around 20 minutes later however it become more uncomfortable as the thick hot air took it’s toll especially since we were dressed for winter!

Jungle & Waterfall
Waterfall
Next up the mediterranean biome. We expected it to be at least kind of hot but I didn’t feel any kind of heat at all in the place. It wasn’t cold, it was just slightly warm…. It was an odd place to say the least. Not so odd were the beautiful tulips!
Tulip
Tulips 2
Next up the odd……
Moon Head
Didn’t think a person with a moon for a head would be as scary as it is.
Moon Head 2
I wasn’t sure what this was but because of the moonhead person I am going to guess it represents the sun.
Sun Spike
I have no idea why there were rabbit heads on sticks….
Rabbit Heads
Going outside of the biomes didn’t end the weirdness either. This guy is called the ‘WEEE Man’ sculpture. He weighs 3.3 tonnes and was made to represent the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment te average British household throws away in a lifetime. The WEEE man is made up of this.
Junk Robot
The huge bee sculpture was really interesting. It looked a bit lost because of the season we are in and how bare the outside grounds were of flowers but still it was cool. The sculpture is there to remind visitors how important pollinators are to grow our food.
Bee Back
One of the only plants that was in bloom were the daffodils!
Dafodil
daffodil 2
On the way out I found this really really weird plant. I haven’t see anything like it. It had very small orange dots all over it too. Weirddddddd.

Weird Plant

The Eden Project was interesting but it disappointed me a little. Maybe it was the season we went in. There were hardly any flowers outside (kind of to be expected, though because you are missing half of what it’s about they could reduce ticket prices for off season?) Comparing it to the incredible Kew Gardens I would pick that over Eden Project every time. However I am still glad I went and experienced it, the biome structures alone were interesting enough to go and see. It made a good break for our six+ hour journey to our cottage in Cornwall.

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