Month: April 2015

Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

  This is the view today from the footpath that runs in front of the Scottish National Gallery. It’s a viewpoint I see regularly because it’s one of the most direct routes from Princes Street in the middle of Edinburgh to where I live – about 20 minutes walk from the city centre. Today the person who cuts the grass had excelled him/her-self. Just look at those stripes. And just a few weeks ago the whole area was devoid of grass – ready for the turf to be laid.  

Cheesegrater Bolts

  What weighs 60kg (130 lbs) and pops? Answer: a bolt from the support stanchions at the recently-completed 47-storey Leadenhall Building on Leadenhall Street in the heart of the financial district in London. The bolts are five inches in diameter and three have broken apart. After the first two broke, British Land which owns the building had the remaining bolts tethered in place with plastic ties. That prevented the third bolt from falling to the ground. The reason the bolts are failing is because of what is called hydrogen embrittlement – growing cracks in the metal caused by the presence of hydrogen in the manufacturing process. The building is colloquially known as the Cheesegrater because of the way it slopes – narrowing towards the top. The building was built this way to conform with planning requirements to maintain views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and other classical buildings. The building is directly across the road from another iconic building – the Lloyds Building   And here is a view of the side of the Lloyds Building (the building …

Peacock In Full Display

First thing to say: Click the images to see larger versions. This is Kew Gardens in London where we spent the day a couple of weeks ago. My wife Tamara spotted the peacock and we walked towards it convinced it would skedaddle as soon as we got close. But it had other things on its mind as a female came walking by. And walking ‘by’ is the operative word because she didn’t pay the slightest attention to him as he went into full display. My wife found it very funny. Being a man, I felt for the poor male… I had my Fuji X100s with me. It has a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens, so I couldn’t zoom for a close shot. But I got down and lay out on the grass to get the best shots I could. One of the things we noticed was the incredible green area behind the peacock’s head – right in the centre. An incredibly powerful green. Just beautiful. It wasn’t until I started processing the images that I found myself …