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Travel Memories 7: QE2

On deck, Zeebrugge.

I always wanted to do those two iconic modes of travel: Concorde, and QE2. Although I missed out on Concorde, I did manage a long weekend on Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2006, just two years before the liner was retired from Cunard service. A friend and I did the trip from Southampton to Zeebrugge and back (with optional excursion to Bruges), just for the experience. This photo, taken at Zeebrugge, always makes me smile: it’s just so typically British! There’s nothing but a working port to look at, it’s cold enough to need jackets and blankets, but these people were determined to get their deck chair time.

Travel Memories: a single photo from a trip — one that always makes me smile, or reflect, or want to go back.


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Me and my shadow

My shadow on the deck of Lord Nelson, 2013 (Indian Ocean)

This week’s Photo Challenge assignment is “focus on the shadow of your subject rather than the subject”. Here are two photos of my shadow back in my intrepid sailor days.

Shadows of me (at left) and other crew members on Tenacious, 2004 (leaving Jersey)

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Queenly perspectives

Queen Mary 2 seen from a ferry in Sydney. (Parallel lines seeming to meet.)

The ‘queens’ in these perspective shots are the Cunard liners Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth. I’m going with the geometric definition of Perspective: the way that objects appear smaller when they are farther away and the way parallel lines appear to meet each other at a point in the distance.

Queen Mary 2 in much nicer weather than above! (Parallel lines seeming to meet.)

Below, not only do the farther deck chairs look smaller than those nearest the camera, but various parallel elements (the deck caulking at left; the top and bottom rails at right) appear meet each other at a point in the distance.

More amazing meeting parallel lines, this time in corridors.

July is Squares Month, and the theme is Perspective.

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The ‘top’ sails

Looking at the main mast on tall ship Tenacious

I’ve put top in quote marks in the title because, as you can see, these three sails that are set are not actually at the top of anything. However, they do have ‘top’ in their name!

There are five sails on Tenacious’s main mast. Starting from the, ahem, top of the mast, we have the royal (furled); the topgallant (t’gallant, or even t’gan’sl if you want to say “topgallant sail”); the upper topsail; the lower topsail; the course (furled).

Becky is back with her squares, and for April the theme is “top“.