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Battersea Power Station and Grosvenor Bridge
Made by Dave Gorman
While taking this series of shots of Battersea Power Station in the early hours a police car pulled up on Grosvenor Road and two officers, one female, one male got out. They told me that they were stopping me under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and asked what I was doing. Taking photos, said I. What of? asked she Battersea Power Station, I said. Would you like to see some. Yes, if you don't mind, she said. I showed her a picture. Can I see some more? I showed her 6 or 7. They're very good, she said. Have you go any ID? Yeah, I said, handing her my driver's licence... what do you need that for? If we stop anyone under the Prevention of Terrorism Act we have to fill in some paperwork. Do you have any possessions? I pointed at my bike with a bag on the panier. Just that, I said. Okay... well, even looking through your camera constitues a search so we have to fill in the form. She started filling in Form 5090: Stops and Searches. It's a beautiful building, said her colleague. The thing is, we're in Central London and we have to be really careful these days. I like your shots though... very nice. What do you do with them? Nothing really, I said. I'll probably put a couple of them on a website. Right. What website is that then? Flickr Oh flickr! said the WPC, stopping her form-filling for a moment. I've got photos on there. Photos of my wedding from 7 weeks ago. Really? I asked. It's good isn't it? Oh... and congratulations on 7 weeks ago. Thanks, she said with a smile. So... have you ever been arrested? Err.... no She picked up her walkie talkie and contacted someone else, asking them to run a check on my name. There was no awkward break in the conversation though as her colleague picked up the slack. So, is digital the same as a film camera at night? he asked. How do you mean? Y'know, exposure time and all that... with the poor light, he explained. Yeah, I guess so, I said. That's why I like night time photography. But I've never been any good with film. The walkie-talkie crackled into life to tell them there was no match with my details. Do you mind if I write down that website? asked PC Chap. It's flickr.com said PC Lady. There are thousands of people posting photos there. I explained. How do I find yours? he asked. flickr.com, slash photos, slash dgbalancesrocks, I said. Don't ask. Here's your copy of the form, she said, handing it to me. Nice chatting to you. You can carry on if you like. Thanks, I said. Have a good evening. Thanks, said he. Thanks, said she. And they drove off into the night. It was all surprisingly jolly. A novel good cop/good cop routine. I've got the form here. Stop Code: B = To check personal details/documents. Search Code: J = Terrorism 44(2) Outcome Code: 1 = No further action Search started 12.55am. Search ended 12.57. Grounds for Search or Reason for Stop: Male seen taking photos of powerstation. Vicinity of bridges, within government security zone. Stopped under terrorism act. They were both lovely and chatty. It was a surprisingly friendly and untroubled exchange. If either of them have popped along to see if the photos have been posted: Hello!
Made by shutterBRI
London, UK . . . . London is the most populous city in the European Union with a population of 7.5 million and a metropolitan area population of between 12 and 14 million. Its population is very cosmopolitan, drawing from a wide range of peoples, cultures and religions, speaking over 300 different languages. London is an international transport hub, with five international airports and a large port. It serves as the largest aviation hub in the world, and its main airport, Heathrow, carries more international passengers than any other airport in the world. Greater London covers an area of 609 square miles (1,579 km²), making it one of the world's largest cities by area. Its primary geographical feature is the Thames, a navigable river which crosses the city from the southwest to the east. The Thames Valley is a floodplain surrounded by gently rolling hills such as Parliament Hill and Primrose Hill. These hills presented no significant obstacle to the growth of London from its origins as a port on the north side of the river, and therefore London is roughly circular. The Thames was once a much broader, shallower river with extensive marshlands. It has been extensively embanked, and many of its London tributaries now flow underground. The Thames is a tidal river, and London is vulnerable to flooding. The threat has increased over time due to a slow but continuous rise in high water level by the slow 'tilting' of Britain (up in the north and down in the south) caused by post-glacial rebound. In 1974, a decade of work began on the construction of the Thames Barrier across the Thames at Woolwich to deal with this threat, but a more substantial barrier further downstream may be necessary in the near future. (from wikipedia)
Chelsea Bridge London
Made by vulture labs
Chelsea Bridge is a bridge over the River Thames in west London, connecting Chelsea on the north bank to Battersea on the south bank. There have been two Chelsea Bridges, on the site of what was an ancient ford. The first Chelsea Bridge was proposed in the 1840s as part of a major development of marshlands on the south bank of the Thames into the new Battersea Park. It was a suspension bridge intended to provide convenient access from the densely populated north bank to the new park. Although built and operated by the government, tolls were charged initially in an effort to recoup the cost of the bridge. Work on the nearby Chelsea Embankment delayed construction and so the bridge, initially called Victoria Bridge, did not open until 1857. Although well received architecturally, as a toll-bridge it was unpopular with the public, and Parliament felt obliged to make it toll-free on Sundays. The bridge was less of a commercial success than had been anticipated, partly because of competition from the newly built Albert Bridge nearby. It was acquired by the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1877, and the tolls were abolished in 1879. The bridge was narrow and structurally unsound, leading the authorities to rename it Chelsea Bridge to avoid the Royal Family's association with a potential collapse. In 1926, with the bridge unable to handle increased volumes of users, caused by population growth in the surrounding area and the introduction of the automobile, it was proposed that the old bridge be rebuilt or replaced. Between 1934 and 1937 it was demolished and replaced by the current structure, which opened in 1937.
Battersea Power Station
Made by vulture labs
The proposal to site a large power station on the south bank of the River Thames at Battersea in 1927 caused a storm of protest that raged for years. Questions were raised in Parliament about pollution which might harm the paintings in the nearby Tate Gallery and the parks and noble buildings of London. Now Battersea Power Station is one of the best loved landmarks after serving London with electricity for 50 years. In the UK during the 1920s electricity was supplied by numerous private companies who built small power stations for individual industries with some of the surplus power generated going to the public supply. There was a bewildering variety of incompatible systems, high cost and jealous competition between the numerous companies. This chaotic situation caused Parliament to decree that electricity generation should be a single unified system under public ownership.It was to be another 30 years before the electricity supply was nationalised. In the interim the formation of the London Power Company was a response by private owners to delay the imposition of public ownership. Set up in 1925 it took up Parliaments recommendation that electricity generation should be in fewer, larger power stations. This led directly to the building of the first super station, to produce 400,000 kilowatts, in Battersea. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was commissioned to design the building. His other buildings include Liverpool Cathedral, Bankside Power Station, Waterloo Bridge and the classic red telephone box.
Ducking out for a while ...
Made by pearceval
Back to work tomorrow after a week off and VERY busy for the foreseeable future so as stated a week ago my uploads will be much less frequent for the next couple of months (maybe longer) .. I'll try to post every so often and not disappear as I did last year, and will also add some though some of these might come and go, or get added to this stream at a later date. Large View It was a bit upsetting to see the other day, but another family of ducks, a mother and 4 ducklings had been cornered by a swan which kept attacking the mother. As the mallard moved away from the duckings to distract the swan away from them a crow swooped in and grabbed one of them. The distraught mum flew back to them straight away and managed to get them them down onto the water. As they swam away the attacking swan followed them with it's mate and two cygnets (all twice the size of the duck) and I heard the commotion repeated further down the lake, with the crows still hovering around. It went silent after a while, so I'm guessing none of the ducks survived. I know it's nature, though I could understand the crow's behaviour more than the swan. While I love swans they can be remarkably aggressive for no 'apparent' reason. These pics were taken a little later on another pond, where another duck and swan family were swimming around quite peaceably near each other.
Made by edscoble
Test shot with the new Polaroid SX-70 I've got from eBay, rather a clever little Polaroid, it's surprisingly small too, I rather like how easy it is to focus and how it look through the viewfinder, much better than looking through my Lubitel 166B viewfinder (quick note - i didn't like having the border on the Polaroid so I decided to just crop to the picture itself, nice and clean). I managed to modified the 600 films into the SX-70, removing the ND filter on the sensor and set the camera to the darkest setting on the sensor, picture still came out slightly overexposed but not so much. Who need Photoshop? Edited - I've notice due to Polaroid announced that they won't be doing instant film anymore, this lead to an increase number of people searching Polaroid on Flickr, and since this polaroid came first out of the list of search, I take this chance to show you the Save Polaroid site; This site will document the aftermath of this announcement and will serve as a home-base for the effort to convince another company to begin producing the cherished technology that Polaroid has so carelessly abandoned, this is not about saving Polaroid, the company, rather the remarkable invention of Edwin Land, the instant film that made Polaroid a household name.
silent night in London
Made by mike d' leo + dulce madrilena
handheld ;-))) silent night in London Albert Bridge is a Grade II* listed road bridge over the River Thames in West London, connecting Chelsea on the north bank to Battersea on the south bank. Designed and built by Rowland Mason Ordish in 1873 as an Ordish–Lefeuvre Principle modified cable-stayed bridge, it proved to be structurally unsound, and so between 1884 and 1887 Sir Joseph Bazalgette incorporated some of the design elements of a suspension bridge. The Greater London Council carried out further strengthening work in 1973 by adding two concrete piers, which transformed the central span into a simple beam bridge. As a result of these modifications the bridge today is an unusual hybrid of three different design styles. Built as a toll bridge, it was commercially unsuccessful; six years after its opening it was taken into public ownership and the tolls were lifted. The tollbooths remained in place however, and are the only surviving examples of bridge tollbooths in London. Nicknamed The Trembling Lady because of its tendency to vibrate when large numbers of people walked over it, signs at the entrances warn troops from the nearby Chelsea Barracks to break step while crossing the bridge.
Made by Arpita Basu
The Gyrfalcons (Falco Rusticolus) are the largest true falcon in the world with an average wingspan of 4 - 4 1/2 feet. They have a variety of plumage colours ranging from white to almost black. The Gyrfalcon breeds in arctic and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere. They prey mostly on large birds, pursuing them in breathtakingly fast and powerful flight. Gyrfalcons have been highly regarded by falconers throughout falconry’s history. In the middle ages, due to the rarity and the difficulties involved in obtaining them, these beautiful falcons were generally reserved for kings and nobles. Gyrfalcons are very expensive to buy even today and are a prized possession, and thus owners and breeders may keep them secret to avoid theft. Wild Gyrfalcons are not much exposed to disease, and have a weak immune systems. As a result, their chances of survival in the wild is not very promising. However, several generations of captive breeding helped in forming a stronger immune system and thus better resistance to disease.
2007-12-23-067_1 London Hammersmith Bridge Fog
Made by Martin-James
***25-Nov-2009 2000+ Views, thanks everybody!*** A view of the Hammersmith Suspension Bridge from the Southern (or Surrey) bank. The Fog was thick enough that you couldn't see the other bank of the river, so the bridge looked as though it was heading for an unknown destination. There are some trees on the Surrey Bank, and I liked the juxtaposition of the Tree and the southern pier of the bridge. Hammersmith Bridge was brought to its present state by Bazelgette, who later designed the London Sewerage system, one of the great Victorian engineering achievements. Really foggy days in London are rare, maybe there is only one a year nowadays. People do seem to like the mysterious aspect of familiar sights seen in fog. Other photos of Hammersmith Bridge are in my 'Hammersmith Bridge 'set. For other photos of mine tagged Hammersmith Bridge see For other photos of mine tagged 'Hammersmith' see www.flickr.com/photos/martin-james/tags/hammersmith/
Battersea Powerstation London
Made by odin's_raven
Managed to enter the main building but we were quickly picked up my security. For those wanting a little info on the building I stole the below from wikipedia Battersea Power Station is a now unused coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, near Battersea in London. The station comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built first in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed. The station's celebrity owes to numerous cultural appearances, which include a shot in The Beatles' 1965 movie Help! and being used in the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals.
In Honor of the Olympics - The Chinese Moon Gate Garden, Chelsea Flower Show, 2007
Made by UGArdener
This is one from the growing archives - I'm putting this up on a few new groups today as a tribute to the Chinese People and their collective spirit and history and the contributions that they have made in all areas. THROUGH THE MOONGATE was designed by Lesley Bremness and sponsored jointly by Bank of China and Royal Bank of Scotland. It was said to be the first Chinese Garden ever installed for the Chelsea Flower Show. One goal was to build bridges of understanding between China and the world through Chinese horticultural heritage. According to the booklet the Moongate itself separates a quiet courtyard from a household area, and the path unfolds like a scroll through a series of settings, each offering a new experience and revealing ingenious ways developed by the Chinese to manipulate space and create privacy, and there is always a seat at the perfect viewpoint. The booklet has an extensive plant list that I will try to add later.
Lewis Tomalin (founder of Jaeger) and family at 20 Cambalt Road, Putney, c. 1895
Made by whatsthatpicture
The more I look at this image the more I love it. Dated from the children's estimated ages as c. 1895, it strikes me as being quite unusually relaxed for the era, and of exceptional quality. There is no indication of studio, but on the reverse a hand written caption states: at 20 Cambalt Road, Putney H F Tomalin, Mrs Tomalin [Klara], Mr Tomalin [Lewis], Marie Tomalin & Maggie Tomalin. This is part of a large archive of Tomalin family images I acquired and am slowly starting to sort. Images date from c. 1860s to 1970s. Many are named, particularly the early ones. I am also starting a family tree on ancestry.co.uk to try to document them and research the family (Lewis Tomalin, pictured here, started the company Jaeger in 1884). See trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/20784266/ (I think you need to be a member to see this)
Portrait Of An Unknown Passenger
Made by an untrained eye
December 26th, 2007 - London, England Having picked up my son from his traditional Boxing Day lunch at Bloom's in Golders Green, I found myself sitting in a Northern Line train opposite the man in this picture. While I discussed with my son, who was sitting to my right, our plans to go out and take photographs in Central London during our few days together, I managed discreetly to get my camera out of my pocket, switch it on, and get a couple of shots of his wonderful hands. It was only later, when I showed the two shots to my son and pointed out that his reflection was visible in the window above the man's left shoulder in one of them that he realised that I had been taking shots as we talked. And there ended the first lesson : how to take candid but respectful shots without drawing attention to oneself... Please click to view large on black - it's worth it !!
Male Mandarin Duck
Made by Steeve Lane
The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-75 cm wingspan. The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and whiskers. The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange sails at the back. In the wild, Mandarin Ducks breed in densely wooded areas near shallow lakes, marshes or ponds. They nest in cavities in trees close to water. Shortly after the ducklings hatch, their mother flies to the ground and coaxes the ducklings to leap from the nest. The Asian populations are migratory, overwintering in lowland eastern China and southern Japan. This one was taken at the WWT London Wetland Centre.
Made by edscoble
My Hometown, South Wimbledon. Fact about the Underground; The London Underground was the first underground railway in the world, London also happen by chance, the perfect location for an underground railway because of the soil, it's clay that make tunneling easy and far less chance of a tunnel collapse, this is alone why London is one of the few city that can able to build a deep levels underground railway. because of that, it's the biggest Underground railway in the world, spreading over 260 miles of tracks. The reason why certain city like New York don't have a deep levels railway because New York is under rocks, hence why the subway is run under the street. (It's one of the best Underground shot I had ever taken quite by chance, especially as I was staggering back home drunkly from Clapham)
Made by BjornNieborg
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Tsvetana Pironkova, Wimbledon, 2010
Made by C. Dastodd
Follow me on: Facebook | Twitter Tsvetana Pironkova right after straight sets against Venus Williams in the Women's Quarter Finals at Wimbledon, June 29, 2010. She crushed Venus 6-2, 6-3. Upon completing the winning point Pironkova collapsed to the grass there at Court 1. She said that she had always wanted to lie on the court at Wimbledon since that would mean she had won. And she did! But I have to say I was very sad to see my Venus lose. Note: I decided to bump this up for you all tennis fans out there watching the Australian Open right now. I am also sad to say that Venus didn't make it so far this time! Press L - to view on black
Chelsea Bridge (Explored)
Made by simon.anderson
First of all I want to say a big thankyou for all your wonderful comments and well wishes for my daughter on my previous picture, it is very much appreciated. As said before we are getting back to some normality so now I am starting to get that photo feeling back where I want to just get out and take pictures. This is a picture of Chelsea Bridge on a wonderfully beautiful day as I was walking from Battersea park to london Victoria train station. I hope you enjoy my picture as much as I enjoyed taking it, hooray the axeman is back lol. Thankyou for helping my last picture get into explore which also gave me a much needed boost. Press 'L' on your keyboard to view on black and have a great photo taking weekend.
Made by Steeve Lane
The Smew (Mergellus albellus) breeds in the northern taiga of Europe and Asia. It needs trees for breeding. The Smew lives on fish-rich lakes and slow rivers. As a migrant it leaves its breeding areas and winters on sheltered coasts or inland lakes of the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, northern Germany and the Low Countries, with small number reaching Great Britain (for example, at Dungeness), mostly at regular sites. On lakes it prefers areas around the edges, often under small trees. They breed in May and lays 6-9 creme-colored eggs. It nests in tree holes, such as old woodpecker nests. It is a shy bird and flushes easily when disturbed. This male was taken at the WWT London Wetland Centre.
Day 33 - Lazy Busy Bee
Made by Imhara
This picture sums up pretty well what I've been doing all day since I came back here a week ago: take pictures for my 365, edit them on my laptop, use his Macbook Pro to put them on the iPhone, monopolize the iPhone on top of his computer to check out Flickr, my mails and upload my pics on Flickr... Oh, and read Garth Nix's Sabriel too. The only thing missing is the screen I watch too many series when he's at work but also with him once he's home. I know, I should go out to enjoy London while I'm still here... I feel terrible and guilty I don't, knowing that I'm leaving in two days, but alone it's really depressing. I'm a stupid Internet junkie.
Nearest places of interest:
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Aqua Hotel Brussels
Du Cane Court
Clapham Junction (area)
Royal Palace of Brussels