Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located 2 miles west of Amesbury and 8 miles north of Salisbury in the County of Wiltshire.  Archeologists believe construction took place 3000BC to 2000BC.



A World Heritage site, Stonehenge consist of a ring of stone, many of which are 13ft high, 6ft 11in wide and weighing between 20 tons and 30 tons each.  The stones are located within an area of substantial neolithic and Bronze Age monuments including several hundred burial mounds.

It is now believed that the bluestones used to construct the henge came from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, which means that  that the bluestones traveled approximately 160 miles from the quarry to the site.

As a small boy I visited Stonehenge on many occasions and was allowed to play around the stones.  Now unfortunately this is not possible to do this as managers of the site, English Heritage, keep visitors well away from the stones.  They also charge around £19.00 per adult to visit the site.

A Close Up of Salisbury Cathedral

One of the great joys of living in the City of Salisbury is of course Salisbury Cathedral.   Its Tower and Spire at 404ft in height dominates the city skyline and can be seen from several miles in the surrounding countryside.

The major part of the construction of the Cathedral is a type of limestone, which has a reflective quality that slightly changes colour in different light conditions.  This can be seen in the following images.

Please click on the address below to see my images and some interesting statistics concerning this iconic Cathedral.  I hope you enjoy.

A Close Up of Salisbury Cathedral


Christmas in Cincinnati

Despite temperatures of  -15c I still managed to make some images over the Christmas and New Year, whilst enjoying a family Christmas in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sourcing a turkey proved difficult for Christmas lunch as only four weeks before Thanksgiving had required some 46 million turkeys.  In researching this statistic I also found that over the Thanksgiving holiday something like 48.7 million Americans travelled 50 miles or more to be with their families, that is a minimum distance of 2,435,ooo,000 miles and producing a huge amount of carbon dioxide.

Here are two images made in Cincinnati: –


Cincinnati Skyline

This was taken on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River at a viewing station at Devou Park, Covington just before sunset.


Sunset at Cincinnati

This fine sunset was taken from the 22nd floor balcony of an apartment block overlooking Eden Park and the Ohio River.

I shall be posting more images of Cincinnati on my web site, which can be fond at .


As many of you will know,  we have recently moved to the Medieval City of Salisbury.  This City has many photo-opportunities not least of all the fabulous Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, construction of which commenced in the year 1220 and opened 100 years later in 1320.


A Winter Portrait of Salisbury Cathedral

This is a  view of the north elevation of Salisbury Cathedral.  Evidence of restoration work can be seen to the eastern end of the Cathedral.

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A late afternoon image with the final rays of the sun lighting up the 123m high Cathedral Spire.


The Great West Door and Cathedral Spire in Evening Sunlight

Dusk is falling and the rays of the sun will soon disappear.  The beautiful west elevation was believed to have been influenced by the earlier Wells Cathedral in Somerset.

The Ancient Ceremony of Swan Upping

For the last nine centuries, during the third week in July, the ancient ceremony of Swan Upping has taken place on the River Thames.


The Flotilla approaches Marlow

Queen Elizabeth II as Sovereign is the official Seigneur of the Swans, which means she is the owner of all unmarked swans on Britain’s open waters.  However this right is now only exercised on the River Thames.


The Queen’s Swan Marker David Barber MVO approaches Marlow

There are now only three other owners of swans in the United Kingdom apart from the Sovereign, the Ilchester Family who own the swan colony at Abbotsbury, Dorset and two City Livery Companies, the Worshipful Company of Vintners and the Worshipful Company of Dyers.

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Cllr.Suzanne Brown, former Mayor of Marlow, catches a lift in a Dyers skiff

The Vintners and the Dyers provide crews of Swan Uppers to join the crew representing the Queen under the command of the Queen’s Swan Marker –  David Barber MVO, who has held the appointment since 1993.


The Queens Swan Marker enjoying a well earned pint at the Two Brewers

This year the ceremony commenced at 9am on Monday 18th July at Sunbury Lock and ended at around 5pm  on 20th July at Abingdon Bridge, a distance on the river of around 80 miles. Traditional skiffs are used  each containing a helmsman and a number of oarsman.


The Flotilla in Hurley Lock

The crews are distinguishable by their uniforms. The Queen’s Swan Uppers ware red shirts with the royal crest embroidered on the front, The Vintners where navy blue shirts and the Dyers where white shirts. All have white trousers and white sailing shoes.


The Skiff Crews work together to Corral the Swans

These days the Swan Uppers only check families of swans with cygnets.  These are rounded up  and corralled by the boat crews and once captured taken on shore to be health checked and ringed.  Once this is done they are released back on the river.


Captured Swans are taken on to the River Bank for a  Medical Check and Ringing

On Tuesday evening at around 5.30pm the flotilla moored for the night at Marlow Bridge where the crews enjoyed a well earned glass of ale at the Two Brewers, the pub where Jerome K. Jerome wrote part of his famous book “Three Men in a Boat”.  This evening is always very popular with the people of Marlow and attended by the Mayor of Marlow and Town Councillors.


Family of Swans released back into the River

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Sunday 31st July 2016.

Having woken early this morning I decided to get up and head to the river in the hope of finding a spectacular sunrise.

These are two of my captures made between 5.15am and 6.15am.


Dawn over Marlow Bridge

This is a quiet and peaceful time on the River Bank with only the river birds for company, OH!! and the very loud snoring coming from one of the boats moored for the night.


Sunrise seen from the Compleat Angler

Yes – that’s how you spell it.