Tuesday, 29 June 2010

More art ...

Classic f/4 photo with a red reflection in the mirror. The car is a Dodge Charger, made famous in the film "Vanishing Point".

Monday, 28 June 2010

Old Prince, Young Pretender

The old Mini had fuel injection by then, but it's still got the style.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Consul Console

The driver's department of a Fifties Ford Consul at the Two Counties Car Show at Newmarket today. Given the weight of the car and the drum brakes, the St Christopher medallion on the dashboard makes sense.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

A Riot of Colour

A moment from Music Day at school. Yes, Art at last!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Sadie dreams that England won

but the excitement was too much!

Friday, 18 June 2010


The Kittyhawk comes in to land at Old Warden last Sunday.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Pud Wigeons

Well, what else can you do with them except eat them? The plums are still green and rock-hard; this bird could hardly get them into its crop and dropped a dozen onto the ground.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Mind that hut!

Not really. The pilot was just banking into the crosswind.

Monday, 14 June 2010


Willowchiff above, Sedge below, at Wicken Fen on 13th June.

Sunday, 13 June 2010


A Four-Spotted Chaser at Wicken Fen today.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

As promised ...

The Avro Tutor, almost as beautiful as Sadie.

Friday, 11 June 2010

How could I resist?

OK, I'll put the next Avro Tutor pic on the blog tomorrow.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Griffon Power

The British were at D-Day too. This is the Griffon-powered Seafire. Look at how much rudder the pilot needs to use to counteract the slipstream from the propeller, and note that it's left rudder, not right rudder as in the Merlin-powered Spitfires. Something to remember before you open the throttle. Our pilot kept his head in the cockpit throughout his take-off run, but he probably couldn't see anything over that nose anyway.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Little Friends

As the bomber crews used to call their fighter escorts. After a few hours in the little Boeings and some time in Harvards, the jocks were let loose in Mustangs and never left their wingmen. On Sunday the weather was closing in so fast before the rain that I was upping the ISO between every pass, and even so this image was well under-exposed. 1/200th f/7.1 with 400mm lens.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Little Recruits

These Ryan PT-22s are based at Old Warden. They have a five cylinder engine with the heat from two fo the exhausts being directed inward for carb heating, so that have a distinctive engine note.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Colourful Visitor

More Americans. Like the Tomtit, this P51 Mustang has the right number of piston engines in the correct position to be admitted to Old Warden.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

D-Day Airshow

Two Piper Cubs in invasion stripes at an overcast Old Warden today.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Mystery Warbler

Most people think that this is a Willow Warbler, not a Sedge. There is a variant that occurs from Scandinavia eastwards that looks like this - less yellow and brown.

Friday, 4 June 2010

More Artistry

Just a touch of posterization here.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Faulty Maths

It has been pointed out to me that I have published only four pics of the Avro Tutor, not five. Allow me to remedy that.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Low Flyer

We spent a long time at Paxton Pits looking for artistic photos of gulls skimming the water.