Samuri pylon herding cows in New Mills, Derbyshire. A comic allusion that can not pass without comment haha. Something about pylons has always intrigued me, possibly because I have a life long fascination with everything electrical but also there is a curious resonance with something primordial and universal in the environment. The universe of esoteric quantum energy, electricity and atmosphere, electricity weather and cosmic radiation. Pylons, or more specifically, the power lines they carry, do interact directly with this environment of esoteric energies. Solar storms, thunder storms and strange emanations from deep space all impinge on this expansive electrical network and impose measurable effects and changes on it.
Strong contrast and a convoluted composition of the chimneys at Stanlow refinery near Warrington. These are sometimes known as “flair stacks” and are really giant Bunsen burners that are used to burn off accumulated vapours of some sort? It is am impressive sight to see them in operation, particularly after dark, though these burn offs are quite rare.
Four Minute Warning
It’s still there! Had another day cycling around my old home turf of Hale and noticed that this once ominous relic of the cold war is still in place. This is the the siren that would have given the residents of Hale village the “four minute warning” so we could all scuttle into our makeshift (useless) home-made “Protect and Survive” shelters as megatons of nuclear firepower burst over the city and the nearby airport!
I vividly remember the chilling sound of this very siren being tested and creating a hellish drone beating with our local siren on the roof of the Unicorn (pub) hotel in Hale Barns; a mile up the road. The siren was originally hooked up to a nearby telephone pole and was activated by a special signal sent over the telephone network. This, at the time, secret civil defence system hidden in plain sight was known as HANDEL, the switching circuit in that box on the pole was constantly listening to the speaking clock until this special signal came along to activate the siren and warn us that the unthinkable was actually underway and the end of our technological civilisation and the lives of millions was suddenly a horrible reality — The sight of this thing dose bring back a lot of memories of my youthful anxiety about nuclear war.
- Aperture: ƒ/11
- Focal length: 50mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 1/125s
If you are interested in reading more about this intriguing subject or just want to indulge technical geekery with a dose of miserabalism then you may find some of the links below interesting: –
My own piece on the “Backbone” tower at Sutton Common: BT Tower, Sutton Common
A detailed explanation of the HANDEL warning network: British Nuclear Warning System
UK cold war plans & exercises: Struggle for Survival
This is a pictorial record of the development of the new car park in Prestbury Village, This development on New Road has been a cause of some contention in this picturesque village where even some hedgerows and garden walls are listed by English heritage. However, the new development appears to be an improvement for this small patch of land if only for the fact that it is being extensively landscaped and surrounded by an attractive laurel hedge. Today the builders are applying the finishing touches and planting out the borders with a variety of other attractive shrubs and also a few sub-tropical bromiliads. I’m pleased to see that there are no new lampposts going up.
A few heavily treated images of All Saints church in Siddington, Cheshire; seen whilst cycling down to Jodrell Bank. Some of these images have added texture layers. The building is grade 2 listed and was subjected to substantial restorations between 1853 / 1895. The surrounding area is some of the most pleasant lowland rural land in Cheshire characterised by gently rolling hills and winding lanes lined with high hedgerows – a little similar to Dorset. The parish of all saints also includes the magnificent Capesthorne Hall Tudor estate, one of Cheshire’s prime NT treasures.
- Aperture: ƒ/8
- Focal length: 13mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 1/125s
Double vision – an experiment in reversed duplicates, overlaid. This was a lone tree (not sure which species) in an immaculately mowed field near Siddington, Cheshire – I will post up the original image next as I think it has some nice qualities. Both images have been treated with a number of texture layers and HDR processing.
I like the surreal yet flat look this technique creates and it reminds me a little of the feel of René Magritte paintings – hence the title of the post.