An eBook-afficionado has hidden behind a door for some quiet 5 minutes in her virtual library:
Is this the future? Sony has become a sponsor of this years' Hay Festival and is displaying its e-reader in a special corner. Seeing that e-readers give people access to a huge amount of totally free books whilst (arguably) providing a more agreeable reading experience than the computer this is an interesting move. Quite a few self-publishing sites have sprung up on the internet and widespread use of e-readers might weaken the role of publishers altogether.
A good collection of books can be found at TNchicks PhotoHunt.
Cow parsnip is ubiquitous at the moment. I like its looks - but it is irritating to the skin (and looks very similar to the much more poisonous hemlock). Here it teamed up with a cloud for a sight that pleased my eye:
A warm May bank holiday some years ago in Aldeburgh. I don't remember what these two were looking at, but for me the image embodies a particular type of English seaside holiday...and makes me yearn for fish and chips:
I have never posted anything for Scenic Sunday before, but tidying up my photos I've come across Limantour Beach as it looks on a nice spring evening (and got a bit melancholic). It's yet another sunset on yet another beach, but hey, I like the beach a lot:
Plastic, I don't really like the stuff much, but what would we do without it -
It's ubiquitous in my work. I don't know how we would conduct the experiment we currently run if there was no plastic - e.g. here is my colleague in his plastic waders, cutting the plastic tubing that delivers the solutions to be dripped into the plastic flumes in the river. Each day I come with my plastic bottles to collect water samples from the flumes to investigate the microbes. The DNA which I extract is of course stored in plastic tubes.
TNchicks PhotoHunt has a great collection of different plastic photos.
I feel a bit washed out and watered down by all the rain and river in the last couple of weeks - hence this week's water photo is nothing but a reflection of my work place. I think it lacks enthusiasm...or maybe that's just how I feel:
Generally, it's really quite pretty there:
Back to Watery Wednesdays, hosted by 2SweetnSaxy, for lovely water photos from all parts of the world.
A New York builder takes a break from his work at Ground Zero. I think his hard hat looks quite fetching on his neighbour, a banker type in bronze. Yes, the pidgeon seems to know that the banker is about to get his sandwich pack out -
This is not a desert, it's just Dartmoor in spring...
You're overlooking the moor from the ridge of Lee Moor Clay Pit which is at it's southern end. Dartmoor tends to depress me in an instant - and this probably shows in the picture. I know many people love this man-made landscape, but I prefer trees - I can't help it.
For some reason the orchard blossom seems almost over, even though May has just begun. My favourite trees in the college orchard are the quince trees. They are somewhat forgotten and tucked away in one corner which is overshadowed by an evil big Leylandia (that got planted for which reason?). They have beautiful big blossoms, and usually not very many of them. The one below was still closed a week and a half ago:
By now it is probably gone...but I hope some bumble bees came along in the meantime so that we have some quinces this autumn.
For gorgeous flower photos from everywhere visit Today's Flowers hosted by Luiz, Denise, Denise and Laerte.
A few years ago, before I became a scientist, I sometimes worked here:
This is the sky over Glyndebourne in May (and before the Opera season starts - hence all lawns are deserted). When I think of nice English spring weather then these genteel clouds spring to (my) mind first.
I started my working life as a film maker. Then I began to feel useless and became a scientist instead. I love my new job but I can't give up cameras completely. Now I have accumulated so many photos that they're quite squashed in their digital box - so please click on them for instant liberation. If you want to know what cameras I use you have to click to see the complete profile.