Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia Traction Engine

The new Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge is Sepia which runs throughout August.

The challenge got me thinking about the old, sepia toned photographs in family photo albums.

That got me thinking about some of my shots of various old manmade subjects. Photos of them when they were current would probably have been sepia toned.

A steam traction engine with a fire in the firebox. Taken at the Cheshire Steam Rally in the 1980s.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia.

Steam Traction Engine Detail.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

I had gone to the Cheshire Steam Rally early on Sunday morning. I was one of only a few people there early which meant good access to the machinery on display. I could isolate details and photograph the exhibitors polishing their machines and lighting the fire box.

This is part of the mechanism of one of the steam traction engines, the ornate paint and polished brass caught my eye.

Detail of a steam traction engine.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Display

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Display.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying to attract a female near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

Old commercial vehicle display, Queens Park, Crewe, Cheshire, England.

Old commercial vehicle display.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in the spring, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

Canada Day firework display, Wiarton, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Fireworks for Canada Day.

A final polish.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Toys.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of my photos from a steam fair in Cheshire, England in the 1980s. Taken early one morning, the exhibitors were either lighting the fireboxes of their machines or were giving them a final polish. There’s four people polishing various parts of this steam roller.

Big boys and their big toys.

Polishing a steam roller.

Raising steam.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s. I visited the Crewe Steam Fair early on Sunday morning before there was many people about. The exhibitors with machinery were busy firing up the boilers or giving the brass work a final polish.

This traction engine has just had the firebox lit judging by the smoke coming out of the smokestack.

Raising steam.