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Travel Tuesday

A fire in the firebox

This week Travel Tuesday is visiting a steam rally in Queen’s Park, Crewe in southern Cheshire, England.

This traction engine has recently had a fire started in the firebox as the smoke from the smokestack shows.

Weekly Prompts: Wheels
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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts: Wheels

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Wheels.

Having been digitising my slide archives for a few months I thought about some of the colourful wheels found on old steam traction engines and farm tractors from my years living in Cheshire, England.

 

Weekly Prompts: Wheels

Yellow wheels. A traction engine at a steam rally in Cheshire.

 

Weekly Prompts: Wheels

Red wheel detail. A steam traction engine wheel at a steam fair.

 

Weekly Prompts: Wheels

Orange wheels. A competitor in the Cheshire Ploughing Match in the 1980s.

 

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One Word Sunday

Restoration

I had several ideas for a post when reading the One Word Sunday prompt Restoration.

In the end I went with two very different restored pieces of machinery.

 

One Word Sunday: Restoration

This is Olivia, a De Havilland Canada Beaver floatplane. Built in 1956 and restored in 2007. Photographed at the Air and Auto Extravaganza, Wiarton Airport, Ontario in 2018.

 

One Word Sunday: Restoration

Giving the brass on the smoke stack of a restored traction engine a final polish. Taken at a Steam Rally in Crewe, Cheshire, the traction engine has a front mounted winch.

 

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Monthly Squares

October Squares: Pinstripe Lines

My contribution for day 18 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.

Pinstripes on the spokes on a wheel of a steam traction engine.

October Squares: Pinstripe Lines

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Weekly Prompts

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.

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Throwback Thursday

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.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail.

I thought about some of the photos of details and it occurred to me that two of the first ones I considered were taken about 40 years apart but with the same lens.

So here’s a selection of shots from my Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 silvernose I purchased in 1976. It’s called a silvernose because it has a polished aluminium ring on the front of the lens. This means that it’s one of the early OM system lenses and that it could be single coated rather than multi coated like modern lenses.

Backlit hoarfrost on a branch taken on a field trip with the Nantwich Natural History Society in the 1990s.

Backlit branch in winter

 

Ivy leaves on a tree trunk given a selective colour treatment. Taken on a walk a few years ago with the lens adapted to a DSLR.

A selective colour treatment of some

 

Candle, taken with the lens in the 1970s during a power outage.

Candle flame.

 

Hosta leaves taken with the lens adapted to a mirrorless camera a few weeks ago.

Details of some Hosta leaves.

 

Detail of traction engine wheel taken at a steam rally in the 1980s.

Wheel detail.