Hi, I'm a supporter of my local non-league football team, Wingate & Finchley. I enjoy photography and specifically transport photography. I'm also a licensed HAM - Amateur Radio Enthusiast. I used to be a Pilot, but I've retired from that hobby.

Cee is in charge of this week’s Photographing Public Art Challenge and there is a nice selection of subjects in her post 🙂

This week I’m going inside for a visit to Bath Abbey. Lets start with a couple of oft overlooked items. Here is the carved detail on the end of a choir pew…

…It’s wood darkened by centuries of caresses by choristers fingers 🙂

Sometimes made of wood but more commonly of gilded metal, the Lectern…

…often resembles an Eagle – its spread wings carrying the word of God. I sometimes wonder if a Dove might be a more appropriate symbol?

There are many memorials mounted around the walls of the Abbey. Here is a detail of one dedicated to Sir Richard Bickerton…

…The design recalling his lifetime as a Naval Officer. One incident from his career that may be of interest – In October 1776 he took command of the 74-gun third rate ship Terrible; while aboard that vessel he captured the American privateer Rising States on 15 April 1777 while cruising off Ushant.

There are many stained-glass windows around the Abbey. This one, installed in 1949, recalls the crowning of Eadgar – 1st King of all England – in the Saxon monastery on the site of the Abbey…

…Although he became King in 959, the coronation did not take place until 973. It was planned by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury and advisor to the King. The format has become the basis of our current coronation ceremonies.

Hope you enjoyed my selection 🙂

Time to catch up with Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge. Not an easy one for me in London – lots of buildings and lots of people suspicious of anyone loitering near kiddies playgrounds 😦

I see Farmland, so here’s some farmland in Buckinghamshire…

…Trees? Here’s a Tree with some strong early morning rays…

…I can do the colors, all in one photo! – here you go with Red, Blue and Green 🙂

Thanks again for the Challenge Cee – always enjoy taking part 🙂

This week the Public Art Challenge is hosted by Marsha – I should have been posting this yesterday but I’m playing catch-up. Still, hopefully I’ll be back on my Monday schedule for next week 🙂

Lets start with a piece of mystery art – I found this posted on a bridge close to home…

…Made of 25 individual sheets of A4 paper forming a mosaic of an image of people shouting, or screaming maybe? Who it’s by or the why behind it, I have no idea but it makes a change from the usual grafitti 🙂

A more official art piece in the form of the Middlesex County crest which once adorned the brickwork in the centre of the bridge before the North Circular Road was widened…

…Now it is mounted at one end of the concrete wall and the one from the other side of the road is fitted to the opposite end of the wall (The path on the other side disappeared as part of the road widening). It should be natural bronze but grafitti lends it some colour.

I showed one of Sean Henry’s works a couple of weeks back and promised I would show another one. Simply titled Seated Man, 2011…

…Human interaction gives some scale to the figure.

Here’s another seated man…

…A sculpture of ‘Spike’ Milligan – Actor, Comedian and Author (and probably a lot more besides!). Crafted by local sculptor John Somerville and installed in the gardens of Stephens House by The Finchley Society. The work is titled ‘A Conversation with Spike’ – you are encouraged to “Take a seat for a quiet chat with our local comic genius.”