This Midweek Madness Challenge from Cee got me thinking, what is Dark Green and what counts as Forest? Hopefully I’ve found some suitable answers in the photos I’m sharing.

Here’s an old shot from my archives of a pair of London Transport AEC Regal IV buses…

RF315 (MLL952) and RF280 (MLL817) at Leas Road Garage

…They make an interesting comparison with their slightly different shades. I believe that the lighter Green was introduced in 1960, but there were a number of variations within the fleet over the years in service. RF315 was actually a ‘Red’ central area bus for its working life while RF280 was always a country vehicle.

Here’s a different example of a green livery – Zubr beer cans…

Zubr

…A Polish Lager brewed originally in Bialystok.

When I’m playing Farming Simulator, I can always dress the part with my John Deere polo shirt…

John Deere

…I bought this from the dealer in Cromer, Hertfordshire, when we were helping my Mother-in-law check out tractors for her farm. That was 18 years ago – its worn well! πŸ˜€

Having spent Thursday and Friday chasing the Southern class 455’s in their last week of service, there is an inevitability about my choice of a final shot for this week’s challenge πŸ˜‰ Here is 455837 (with 455812) approaching Kenley…

455837 at Kenley

…and passing through a veritable ‘Forest’ of green πŸ˜€

Cee’s photo for this week’s Midweek Madness Challenge gives a number of colour options and the possibility of candid, floral and landscape photos too. So here is my selection.

Picking purple and green to start – a Transport for London class 345 unit has the green light to depart from West Ealing…

…While at Clapham Junction the dispatcher is seen from the back, talking to the driver of a Southern service going to Victoria – plenty of green paint…

Back to last summer and we have some Michaelmas Daisies for the purple…

…and two ladies chatting beside a lake for ‘back, candid, green and landscape…

Finally for candid, back, green and purple, we return to West Ealing last Monday and a view of a young lady admiring a freight train…

…Last Monday being Valentines Day, I wonder if it was Love at First Sight? πŸ˜€

Back in 2013 I wrote about the pain of changing my mobile phone. Back then I bought a Blackberry. It has served me well but time has now caught up with it. It has had a couple of cranky moments in the past year. The weekend before last I found it had totally flattened the battery while in my pocket and deleted all my contacts 😦 Sadly, that was the last straw – time for a change. Blackberry have just recently turned off their servers (not a part of my issue) and the rumoured Blackberry smart phone has never materialised. In those circumstances, I was going to be looking at a new manufacturer.

The good news is that my Son has been using smartphones for a number of years now and I could draw on his insight while choosing my replacement. He has used Motorola almost all the time and currently has the g10. He did have a brief flirtation with Nokia but that didn’t work out. As he seems very happy with Motorola, I decided that would probably be a good option for me and Epi. Alasdair and I spent some time comparing specifications and prices over the last days of the Christmas break before he went back to Uni and by the time he departed I’d narrowed down the shortlist to the Moto g9 or the g50. When the Blackberry bowled its last googly, I checked the prices again. As luck would have it, several outlets had the Moto g50 reduced, so I opted for that.

As you may imagine, Epi and I are now getting up to speed with our new phones. It’s been a blend of confusion and enlightenment as facilities gradually get tried out πŸ˜‰ Trying to answer the first incoming call was fun – I thought you just had to press the virtual button but no – you have to swipe up! I rang back and was pleased to find Noel at the other end – a lost contact reconnected πŸ™‚ One thing I did notice is that the phone warns you if a number that’s calling is suspected to be spam – big thumbs up for that πŸ™‚

Since I bought the Blackberry all those years ago, one thing that has improved beyond recognition is the phone camera. Last night I tried it out on the way home from the football match – photographing an oversize load convoy that we were passing…

..Not quite as good as I would expect with the Canon but not too shabby either. This morning I took a stroll in my local area to try out some less challenging shots on a gloomy winter’s day. Here’s a selection…

Just crops and resizes, nowt else done on all of the above. Colour rendition and clarity seem very good and I shall be happy to use the phone when I haven’t got one of my cameras with me πŸ™‚