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I started the day delivering an emergency mouse, and ended up doing some impromptu computer repair. I'd brought my camera and so took an exceptionally indirect route home, heading out along Riverside. I've long been a fan of the spiky postbox:

The chimney of the industrial museum is visible from all sorts of places; Arbury Rd, which I often cycle down, points straight at it. Intentional or not? Here it is from closer up, anyway.

I looped up around Tescos, which had pasted a notice regarding an application to extend the hours in which the can sell alcohol on all sides of the building, though there can't be many people who go along the back of it. More visually intereting than that was their signage, which could have done with a better choice of paint:

Along similar lines the entrance to Stourbridge Common has degenerated to the point of resembling fridge poetry:

I headed across the comon towards the railway. There were several crows pottering around on the path, though as I approached they flew a fairly exact semicircle round to the path behind me. I decided to switch to a zoom lens on the way back and continued to the railway bridge. (I did later snap a passing train but I didn't have time to think about shutter speed and it was just a little too blurred.)

That shot's actually through the fence at the top of the bridge, and took quite a bit of fiddling before it looked vaguely natural. The sky suffered somewhat. Switching to just the fence and the sky produces a nice effect:

I'm not sure what the significance of the graffiti here is. A boat club logo? I like the criss-crossing structure, anyhow.

An essential camera accessory:

A bit after that I switched to a zoom lens (borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] terryfish) and turned round. I spent a while trying to shoot small birds (swallows?) swooping over the river, without much luck. The crows proved better subjects though - the shots of them on the path aren't very interesting but I got a few snaps of one in flight:

ISO 1600 may have been excessive, but given both the camera and the subject were moving pretty fast I didn't feel like risking anything slower.

I also spotted this fellow:

(The URL says “bee” but we think it's probably a hoverfly in fact.)

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Date: 2005-08-07 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] senji.livejournal.com
The spikey postbox is looking a little worse for wear around the edges there :-(.

I think the boat club wheel might be Catz.

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Date: 2005-08-07 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rillaith.livejournal.com
I think the boat club wheel might be Catz.

I was just about to say that; it is (St Caherine's)

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Date: 2005-08-07 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ex-lark-asc.livejournal.com
It's the college crest rather than just the boat club though, I think.

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Date: 2005-08-07 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rillaith.livejournal.com
That's true, but given the location, it's because of the boat club that it's there.

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Date: 2005-08-08 09:54 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ewx.livejournal.com
Disgraceful what the lower orders get up to, isn't it?

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Date: 2005-08-07 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lethargic-man.livejournal.com

Cool pictures; wish I could photograph that well!

I think the world needs more municipal fridge poetry.

The chainlink fence is nice and shiny; the photo reminds me of this postcard (credit: Jasper Manchipp), which my brother bought ten years ago and gave to me 'cos I liked it, but unfortunately have now put a crease in:

(It should be as bright as your photo; it's suffering from not being photographed under natural light as well as reflections and having my finger in the way (ooops).)

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Date: 2005-08-07 09:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ewx.livejournal.com

photograph that well

You should see the ones that got away. I filled a 1G flash card and then selected the ones worth putting up.

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Date: 2005-08-07 10:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ronebofh.livejournal.com
The Stourbridge Common sign is a Freemason steganographic message!!!11

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Date: 2005-08-07 10:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ewx.livejournal.com
Sssh! Don't tell everyone!

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Date: 2005-08-08 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sion-a.livejournal.com
Very impressed by the crows—what length lens were you using there?

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Date: 2005-08-08 10:55 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ewx.livejournal.com
File name    : photos/2005-08-07/crow1.JPG
File size    : 282203 bytes
File date    : 2005:08:07 16:57:32
Camera make  : Canon
Camera model : Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Date/Time    : 2005:08:07 14:31:21
Resolution   : 640 x 427
Flash used   : No
Focal length : 200.0mm  (35mm equivalent: 1751mm)
CCD width    : 4.11mm
Exposure time: 0.0003 s  (1/4000)
Aperture     : f/9.0
ISO equiv.   : 1600
Whitebalance : Auto
Exposure     : aperture priority (semi-auto)

The reduced CCD width field makes more sense for a crop!

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Date: 2005-08-08 04:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pm215
I started the day delivering an emergency mouse

For a second there I thought this was a post by one of the vets on my friends list :-)

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Date: 2005-08-08 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gareth-rees.livejournal.com
It's clearly a hoverfly: the body is smooth (bees are furry); and the antennae are short (in bees they are long, like those of ants). I think it may belong to the species Episyrphus balteatus, which is common in these parts.

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Date: 2005-08-09 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceb.livejournal.com
(bees are furry)
Of a teatime, my old research group would often ponder the question "if you shaved a bee, what colour would it be?"

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Date: 2005-08-09 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gareth-rees.livejournal.com
If you shaved a bee, what colour would it be?
If you shaved its back, the skin beneath is black.
If you shaved its head, I think you'd find it's red.

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