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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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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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Dover Castle

This weeks adventures led Leanne and I to Dover Castle. A bitterly cold and grey day which made the lighting really flat, despite this we feel we got a few nice shots! We thought a castle would be cold being made out of stone…… but one small fire inside a room on each floor warmed the whole level,  giving the place a really nice aroma.







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Langdon Hills Nature Reserve

Another weekends wandering captured.

Langdon Hills
is a very local park and nature reserve to us, we walked through just a fraction of it as in total, it is over 400 acres.





Misty loved the extended walk.

My girlfriend and partner in crime.




Texture, texture. Email me if you want a full rez version of this texture. chillcleal@hotmail.co.uk

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Blakes Wood

Hello! It has been quite some time since I last made a post, I hope to get back into the swing of things. My camera has been underappreciated lately so Leanne and I found a promising place to visit, Danbury Commons and Blakes Wood.

We  had a bit of trouble finding it, sat navs seems to have trouble picking up where a lot of nature reserves/parks are for some reason, maybe it’s just mine! Once finally getting there however the weather and lighting was extremly generous, georgeous lighting coming through the clouds most of the day (even if it did rain slightly from time to time!).

I go walking in parks a lot, but within the first five minutes of being in Blakes Wood we had two water voles run across our path, I have never seen one in the flesh before. Mushrooms were the key subject of the day for me. They are so interesting to photograph, they come in so many different weird shapes and sizes and to me they look other worldy.


All of the photos above show mushrooms growing over this very curious tree. It was completely hollow on the inside, it’s roots made a small circular set of stairs, moss covered the base of it’s trunk and mushrooms grew all over it.


Autumn is a great time for photography in forests, all the leaves change colour and plants and trees start to break down and die off, ready for new growth in the spring.


What post would be complete without some ‘Texture, texture!’.

If you would like these in full rez for any reason send me an email, and I would be more than happy to send them to you, chillcleal@hotmail.co.uk.

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Defected – Ibiza ’12

Here is my latest freelance work for defected records –

And before that, Osunlade –

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