December 31st, 2017


Yellow crane


We don't often see big cranes locally, though they're all over the place in the centres of big cities, especially London. So much so that coth has an ongoing photographic theme of cranes and posts many crane shot on Facebook.

However, there has been a reorganisation of the local schools and that involved some building work, hence the big yellow crane.

Yellow crane

P.S. This is another off-topic shot as the theme was supposed to be "wasted".
Never give up

But I need to learn from first principles!

If you want to know how to use a new piece of software, I recommend finding a Youtube video created by either a woman or an Indian chap. I've generally found that they'll explain everything very clearly from first principles. Why am I mentioning this? Well, I'm trying to learn how to edit videos (for my 2018 project!) and the official Shotcut help videos (which have a male American narrator) assume that you know all about video editing, but just need to know how to use this particular software. This would be fine if I'd spent years editing video with professional software and had just downloaded Shotcut for home use as it's open source and free, but as I'm a total newbie regarding video, this is not helpful.

The need to know how to edit video relates to my project for 2018, more about this tomorrow. :)

Yin and Yang

51/52 for the group 2017 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: Y is for Yin and Yang

The weather has been mostly yin recently (characterised as female and sustaining and associated with earth, dark, and cold). But we have occasional moments of yang when the sun breaks through the cloud (light, bright and masculine). This is a combination of two photos of the same view taken on successive days at approximately the same time of day.

Changeable weather


52/52 for the group 2017 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: Z is for Zany

After missing a few weeks of photos that fit the theme, I've managed to finish the year with two on-topic shots! Here is our zany toy duck. I can't remember where it came from, we certainly didn't buy it and it might have been another gift from the year G had some some students with a rather silly sense of humour.