Thursday, 8 September 2016

Corvin Castle, Romania

I visited Romania in June 2016 with my fiancée and a couple of friends, hiring a car and exploring the country. Corvin Castle is located in Hunedoara, in the Transylvania region of Romania. The Gothic-style castle is built on rock above the Zlaști River. Construction was started by Iancu of Hunedoara in the 15th century on the site of a former keep. The two-storey Large Palace was added in the 17th century to provide extra living space, along with the White Tower and the Artillery Tower for military purposes. It is rumoured that Vlad III of Wallachia, also known as Vlad the Impaler, was imprisoned in the dungeon for some time during the 15th century, although this has never been proven.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor

The United States Air Force sent this F-22A Raptor of the 1st Fighter Wing to take part in the flying display at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in July 2016. The F-22A is a stealth air superiority fighter produced between 1996 and 2011. Its twin engines feature pitch-axis thrust vectoring nozzles for high manoeuvrability, and it is currently one of only a few aircraft that can supercruise, where supersonic flight is maintained without the use of afterburners. A high production cost, lack of relevant adversaries, and a ban on exports under American federal law to protect its stealth technology led to only 187 operational aircraft being built.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Tawny Owl

This Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) was taking part in a flying demonstration at the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover, Hampshire, on a visit in May 2016.

The Tawny Owl is widespread throughout England, Wales, and Scotland. They are nocturnal, and hunt small mammals and rodents. They are known for their "twit twoo" call, which is actually one owl answering the call of another.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

North American B-25 Mitchell

The Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight flew their B-25J at Wings & Wheels at Dunsfold Aerodrome in August 2015. The B-25 Mitchell is a medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. Nearly 10,000 were built from late 1939 through 1945. This particular aircraft was completed in September 1944. She is currently painted in the colours of the Netherlands East Indies Air Force B-25C "Sarinah Plesiran 'Neer.?" and was taking off for her display routine when this photo was taken.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Novatones

In May 2015 I was lucky enough to get a press pass for the Common People music festival in Southampton. Seen here is one of the guitarists of local band The Novatones during their set on the main stage.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

La Corbière Lighthouse, Jersey

La Corbière Lighthouse is located at the south-western point of Jersey. It was the first lighthouse in the British Isles to be built from reinforced concrete, and was first lit in 1874. Its light is visible for 18 miles in clear weather. It is seen here in November 2015.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Grey Heron

This shot of a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) was taken in Kelsey Park in Beckenham, South East London, in December 2015.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Jan van Eyckplein, Bruges, Belgium

The Jan van Eyckplein is a square at the end of the Spiegelrei canal in Bruges, Belgium. It is named after Northern Renaissance painter Jan van Eyck, and a statue of him was erected in the square in 1878. 

This area of Bruges was an important medieval trading district. The old Tolhuis (Customs House) was built in 1477 and stands on the north side of the square, on the right in this image. The Poortersloge (Merchants' Lodge) with its spire was built in the early 1400s, and was a meeting place for wealthy local citizens. Both the Tolhuis and Poortersloge were remodelled in the 1870s in a Gothic style.

This photo was taken on a trip to Belgium with SUPS in January 2015.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Humayun's Tomb, India

Humayun's Tomb is located in Delhi, India. It is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, who lived from 1508 to 1556.  It was commissioned by his first wife Bega Begum after his death. Construction began in 1565, and it was completed in 1572. It is constructed of red sandstone and white marble.

The finial on the dome of the tomb was knocked off during a heavy storm on the evening of 30th May 2014. It hadn't been replaced at the time that this shot was taken in September 2014.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during the birth of their 14th child. Construction began around 1632, and it was completed around 1653.

This photo was taken in September 2014, the day after I proposed to my girlfriend Sarah while overlooking the Taj Mahal from the other side of the river Yamuna.

Friday, 31 October 2014

The New Forest

This shot of a stream near Lyndhurst in the New Forest was taken on a trip with friends in October 2014.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Sunset On Brighton Beach

As the sun set over the beach on a trip to Brighton with SUPS in October 2013, I asked a friend to stand by the shoreline so that I could get this silhouette.