After cheekily pushing this blog away from home in my last post, I’m back in town in three of my favourite and possibly over-familar spots.
My challenge in today’s rush around as ever was to photograph them in new ways:
Dunorlan this morning:
The Rock House at Sunset:
The Rocks tonight:
I genuinely love how popular this blog about Tunbridge Wells has got recently, but when I took some time recently to look through all of my pictures from this year and choose my best, I’m afraid only a few local ones made the cut.
For the benefit of those who only know of what I take round here, below is the full set- if it stirs any interest, I have another blog which features many of them- The travels of the Colour Blind Photographer.
Maybe it is because we have so many beautiful old buildings, but I sometimes forget how new Tunbridge Wells actually is. We haven’t in fact got as long a history as the USA.
This really struck me on Heritage Weekend when we finished off our tour of local churches at Capel.
The Church of St Thomas a Becket here is old even by mediaeval standards, with parts being built not long after the conquest. I was delighted to find something so old inside the borough, if only just- like it’s neighbouring church in Tudely (of the Chagall windows) this building is actually nearer to Tonbridge than it is to the rest of us.
The Church itself has a simple elegance inside:
Somewhat more dramatic is a set of mediaeval wall paintings which were only discovered and restored in 1967:
Outside is a beautiful graveyard where it is believed that St Thomas A Beckett actually preached – hence the name:
A stark reminder of the age of the graveyard was this tombstone hidden in the roots of a tree:
We followed our visit with a walk through a nearby orchard:
And finally, some local woods:
…only when there is still some light.
My last post about the terror of a Tunbridge Wells photographer, lost in the wilds of Tonbridge caused quite a stir.
In the midst of all the conversation, I spent a happy half hour watching the Sun go down over Haysden Lake:
I blogged a couple of months ago about how comparatively unimportant I think cameras are in photography. At the same time, I do try at least to have a real camera with me whenever I go out.
Tonight I popped out to my local mini supermarket and saw the sunlight on Skinners’ looking like this:
I reached into my pocket for my camera, but of course had left it at home- both that and this next of the way back home are taken on my phone:
I’m quite pleased, but they won’t bear much zooming in!