The Hastings fishermen use a variety of tracked vehicles to launch and land their boats. This particular one is a Track Marshall 90, built by a British firm whose history is a bit complex and poorly written. Needless to say this British owned vehicle manufacturers no longer exist. Their tractors keep going though, even in the corrosive and tough environment of a working beach.
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Bayham Abbey, near Lamberhurst, Kent was founded by Robert Thornham in about 1200 and ‘suppressed’ by Henry VIII in 1538. The ruins were romantically landscaped by the prolific 18th century landscape gardener Humphry ReptonÂ whose other work include the Brighton Royal Pavilion, Longleat House and Woburn Abbey.
You can still get a feel for how impressive the building would have been, despite its condition now. Set in a quiet valley within manicured grounds, it is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon.Â It was midday and bright sunshine when I visited so I decided to process these photographs in black and white, using a demo version Silver FX Pro 2.
The tree in the distance is growing over the wall, and the roots are enmeshed in the stonework as can be seen in this photo.
Walking through the woods the other day I thought that these densely packed silver birches might make an interesting picture. It was overcast so there was not a great deal of colour to bring out in the composition. So I converted the picture to black and white and ramped up the contrast to add some depth. I’m not sure if it works as a composition, what do you think?
This was taken at Mallydams Wood, the RSPCA Wildlife Centre.
The killer left a clue.Â I wonder if I disturbed a wild cat before it could eat the mouse* or whether it was a domestic cat from the nearby caravan park killing for fun. Whatever it was, it paused on the step long enough to melt the frost. Did it wait there to catch the mouse or stand there triumphant after it made the kill?
*I think it’s a cats paw prints and a mouse – let me know if I think wrong!