The Chestnuts Blog

To post photos and comments from the 52 week photographic challenge


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Week 8 – Theme 17 “Gate”

I have always been fascinated with the ingenious ways that farmers repair gates. When out walking we often come across gates bound together with coloured twine, or repaired with old pallets. This gate was a particularly fine example that seems to have a whole pine tree strapped to it. It also had the bonus that the shape of the tree perfectly framed Roseberry topping (the iconic peak in the North York Moors) in the background.

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Week 7 – Theme 21 “Industrial”

I had originally planned to do something less obvious for the industrial theme but the lighting and the clouds today over the industrial scenery of Teeside was far too tempting….so here are my two favourite shots across the salt marsh of Teesmouth with the industrial background of the oil refineries and chemical works. There were seals basking on the mudflats too but you’ll have to have very good eyesight to spot them!

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Week 5 – Theme 27 “Memories”

I had a computer incident a few weeks ago and lost all of my photos – all my own silly fault, but it has put me behind on my postings and I am now frantically trying to catch up…..

As I’m sure you all know last year was the centenary year of WW1. There were many events here to mark this and one was a huge installation of poppies at the tower of London. A smaller version of this display is now being exhibited at a museum local to us and we visited it today  The “weeping window” uses the same ceramic poppies but they have been installed as a curtain of flowers falling from on of the old pit head at the mining museum at Woodhorn. I thought this fit the memories theme wonderfully as the poppies symbolise remembrance for those lost in the war and the mining museum has its own special significance preserving the memory of the mining heritance in the North East.

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