It’s mid-month and time to once again join in Clare’s Share Your Desktop Challenge. Another real world shot for me this month depicting a train passing through Hither Green in south-east London…

Hither Green forms a junction for lines connecting to the north and south Kent coasts as well as East Sussex. Trains taking the tracks leaving the right of the photo will be heading towards Dartford. It’s quite a busy freight line with a lot of aggregates traffic. The 4 tracks sweeping to the left take the passenger towards Orpington and Sevenoaks. The train in the photo, formed of two Bombardier Electrostar units with 375706 leading, is operating a Charing Cross to Hastings service. The photo was taken on November 18th last year when the leaves on the trees were only just turning gold. In the hazy distance you can see the tower blocks of Lewisham.

The photo was taken with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 using the 55-200mm lens at 200mm – a 300mm equivalent zoom that has accentuated the curve of the tracks. ISO1600, 1/850th and f8 complete the techie info.

Some football match close-up shots to start off Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week.

Hot tea is good on a cold night…

…But in the Summer, a cool beer might be preferred…

When the game’s over, there’s time for the kids πŸ™‚ …

Now for something controversial… Here’s the story to explain. Last Friday there was an aircraft doing aerial survey work over my house. Normally aircraft are now fitted with an ADS-B transponder that reports their identity, but this one wasn’t or it wasn’t functioning. So, although I could see it high above me (estimated 8000ft), I had no idea of its identity. I tried reading it with the telescope but found I couldn’t hold the ‘scope steady enough to resolve the registration. In the end, I reached for the Fujifim X-Pro2 and the 55-200mm lens…

…and that’s how I finally identified the aircraft – Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II, G-TDSA. You can see the survey camera below the fuselage, just aft of the wing. So, that’s not a ‘close-up’ in the traditional sense, but it is an example of getting close by using a powerful lens to take a photograph – with the crop factor on the X-Pro2, I was using a 306mm equivalent lens.

I’m going to slot this in quickly now because I have a busy 3 days ahead and otherwise I might not get to do the challenge. As you might expect, R is a common letter to start place names but I’m going to do my best to avoid that πŸ˜‰ Ooops – Here’s a shot taken in Rome..

…Taken in the Forum, this mural is to be found in the Temple of Romulus.

Nothing contentious about this shot – Railings…

…To be found outside ‘Buck House’ πŸ˜‰

River is a good one, so here’s the River Thames…

…coming upstream with Refuse containers, and having just passed Rotherhithe, is the tug ‘Recruit’.

Closer to home, this is Brent Reservoir – always home to a lot of wild fowl; mainly Swans in this view…

By this time, Cee is probably wondering where all the trains are πŸ˜‰ Sorry Cee, no Rails this time but I do have a coach for you…

…Always smartly turned out, Richmond’s of Royston πŸ™‚

Catch up with Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge here.