Seagull Silhouettes and a Sunset

Something about this shot (even though it’s a sunset, not a sunrise) – the light and the glow on the water, the silhouettes, the spiky details on top of Parliament and the movement of the birds – just feels like Sunday morning to me – lazy, free, relaxing.

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It was taken by a new contributor to the Flickr pool – Rodwey2004. Enjoy your Sunday, everyone – a day of peace before the madness of Monday begins! If you’re out and about at St. Paddy’s festivities in Green Park – Trafalgar Square today, add your photos to the Flickr pool. I’d love to see them.

A big welcome to Rodwey and thanks for sharing!

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Remember, Remember

City Lights at Night

Bonfire night was cold and rainy, but we bundled up and decided to wander along the Chelsea Embankment, over the nearest bridge, back over Wandsworth Bridge and home for some hot milo and a movie.

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We stopped along the Thames here and there to watch the colourful explosion of sea urchin fireworks lighting up the sky in the distance.

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It was quiet and dimly lit along the riverbank and the city lights shimmered in the dark water that lapped gently at the sand below us.

Thames Lights at Night

Peaceful, away from the crowds.

Wandsworth Bridge at Night

Anyone have any good bonfire night stories to share? Where did you go to watch the fireworks? Recommendations for next year?

Kensington Gardens Upside Down

Kensington Gardens

If you’re walking through the beautiful Kensington Gardens any time between now and March, make sure you stroll past Anish Kapoor’s “Turning The World Upside Down“. There are four different pieces, made of highly-reflective stainless steel, curved in different ways to distort the reflection of the gardens and sky in different ways.

Anish Kapoor's World Upsidedown

Vhils Scratches a Face for Spitalfields

There are certain artists whose work is always instantly recognizable and Portuguese artist Vhils is one of them.  I saw this one behind Brick Lane and Hanbury Street, near the back entrance to the Sunday Up Market (which, by the way, is brilliant if you haven’t been. More on that in a later entry…)

In an interview with Michael Slenske, Vhils explained his art of scratching into the surface: “It’s a process of trying to reflect upon our own layers. Its aim is not to come up with solutions but to conduct research, to confront systems, materials, processes, elements, to create friction and confront the individual with the process, with the system: an active critical process that stems from the same environment upon which it aims to reflect.”