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Yellow Pollen and Pillboxes

Well I went up to the fens t’other day for a beer festival at wicken. Great little do held at the village recreation ground, they had slung up a big tent, had a good selection of ales and ciders, a BBQ and a couple of bands . . .  and it didnt rain! Result!

I decided to have a little snout around the locale before every thing started to get too badly out of focus, the ale plays havoc with me auto and manual focus, perhaps it’s something that I should bring up with nikon. Perhaps their clever little boffins could come up with some sort of clever ale stabilisation system for their lens’s, I would be ever so grateful. Someone once said that I shouldn’t drink and take photographs at the same time, I told them that sadly it was the only way that I found them to be remotely photogenic, and not to let the door hit them in the arse as they left the building! Some people eh!

AnyHooo, I took a blunder around and about and up and down a few lanes and I spotted a pillbox that I thought maybe a candidate for my little “Killer Views” project. It looked to be, from where I was standing, on a slight rise. So quite probably the view from within would be pretty cool, I thought. So i decided to make an effort and get out to it. Now I’m not sure of the type of oilseed rape that they grow up there in the fens, but they seemed to have breed this nasty little yellow git with some sort of Triffid! Up me trouser legs, up me nose, wrapping around me legs, tripping, slipping and in general trying to commit alsorts of GBH to my person. Very unsporting! I eventually got there, covered in pollen, looking as if I had done 10 rounds with Crusty McCustard the world all in custard powder wrestling champeeen of the fens. That’ll be very yellow to all those not in the know.

Pillbox and Rape ©LeeThornberry 2012

Out of breath, sweating like the head of Essex Social Services after a phone call from the Home Secretary, I squaged meself in through the entrance and peered out through the firing points. . . . .  RESULT!

Killer View Wicken Church ©LeeThornberry 2012

Killer View Wicken Church. Mono ©LeeThornberry 2012

A great killer view of the village church beyond the fields of oilseed. I converted to mono in SEP2 and I think I have one for the collection.

I made my way back to the lane via a shorter less difficult route that I had completely failed to spot initially, even found a plank of wood thrown over the ditch that surrounded the field :-/ so could have saved meslf a fair amount of hassle on the journey out to the pillbox, if I had actually had my wits about me. Is the photographic eye nurtured at the expense of the common sense look where you are going eye? PAH!

So I wondered back to the ale in a slightly yellow fashion with a feeling of acomplishment. I could tuck in to the “Idle Dog”, “Woild Moild” and “Trembling Rabbit.” Stuff my face with burgers and hot dogs, pretend not to like the band, knowing that I had at least made an effort and achieved someting at least vaugely photographic during the day.

The 0430 wake up to get out and catch the sunrise over the fens was a different matter altogether! Ho Hum! 🙂

10 responses

  1. Love the 1st pic. Good job you don’t suffer from hay-fever though 😉

    15/05/2012 at 10:33 am

    • Yep indeed, twas very polleny. Cheers 🙂

      15/05/2012 at 1:59 pm

  2. oneowner

    As colorful as these are, I prefer the SEP2 version. Guess i’m just an old B&W fan from way back. Nice work. Don’t count on Nikon to help with the drinking problem, though.

    15/05/2012 at 1:49 pm

    • Yep indeed the mono is my favourite as well. And Ken its a focusing problem, not a drinking problem. I have no problem drinking, its very very easy 😀

      15/05/2012 at 2:00 pm

  3. Nice work as always! And another good comedic post that made me laugh!

    15/05/2012 at 2:14 pm

    • Thankyou 🙂 As they say ” If you don’t laugh you’ll only cry!” 🙂

      17/05/2012 at 8:15 am

  4. Excellent pictures – but, against all the odds, I prefer the coloured version of looking out at the church through the firing point! Don’t know what I’m coming to! Adrian

    19/05/2012 at 12:14 pm

    • What I noticed is the shadows are more prominent in the mono version and some detail has been lost from the church tower.

      21/05/2012 at 10:53 am

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  6. Reblogged this on Wicken Beer Festival.

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