Tuesday Photo Challenge – Vista.

My contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Vista.

Originally I was planning on using a small selection of shots from some of the locations I have lived in over the years. However, the challenge is vista, not vistas so I decided to go with a single image.

I thought it was was going to be hard picking a single image but in the end there was an obvious choice.

Storm clouds and light beams, Loch Arkaig, Lochaber, Scotland. Taken in the autumn of 1985 this shot was later published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest in the U.K.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista

Night Hours.

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Night.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of my motorcycle endurance racing shots taken in the middle of the night. This set is from the 1982 Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in France. Most of the shots feature Team Bike, the team I was there to cover.

Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at around 1 o’clock in the morning.

Night Stint.

Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at around 11 o’clock at night.

Night racing

A Team Bike rider departing the pits after a night time pit stop at around 1 o’clock in the morning.

Night time pit stop.

A nighttime pit stop for Team Bike at around 3 o’clock in the morning.

Night pit stop.

Entering the start/finish straight at around midnight.

Motion at night.

Sharpening Wheel.

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Wheel.

A bit of an easy challenge for someone who spent the best part of a decade shooting a variety of motorsports in the 1970s and 1980s. So I decided to go in a completely different direction and go with a nature photo of a bird.

You may wonder what a photo of a Western Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula) has to do with the challenge. It’s what the bird is standing on, a grindstone also known as a grinding wheel or sharpening wheel.

This particular grinding wheel was used by my maternal grandfather who used it to sharpen his scythe and sickle. He was lenghtsman, employed by the local council to maintain a length of road. Part of the job was keeping grass and weeds down along the verge amongst other things.

When he retired the wheel fell out of use and became a garden ornament which explains the condition and colour of the wheel.

Jackdaw on a grinding wheel.

Connections.

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Connections.

The challenge had me stuck for ideas until I thought of this shot. It makes me think of some sort of interlocking puzzle where you connect the pieces. Imagine how hard a large jigsaw puzzle of this shot would be.

The photo is of Privet leaves rimmed with hoarfrost. Photographed in Cheshire, England.

Privet leaves rimmed with hoarfrost.

St Mary’s Church, Acton, Cheshire.

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Worship.

This is St Mary’s Church, Acton, Cheshire. Built in the 12th century the tower collapsed in a storm in March 1757 and was rebuilt after the storm but shortened by over 20 feet.

Built with local red sandstone I like the colour combination of the deep blue sky, weathered red sandstone and green grass.

St Mary's Church south side.