It’s been a while since I last posted some pictures instead of writing a technical article. Fortunately, here are some pictures I took in Cambridge this weekend while visiting my brother, Edmund.
Being a Cambridge undergrad, he’s quite busy and wasn’t able to meet us right away. When we arrived in the town, we sat on the riverbank for a while and watched the various rowing teams come and go as they trained.
In between the boats, young swams swam back and forth. A couple came and ate grass near us on the riverbank. Eventually a dog came passed and tried to sniff one of the swans. The swan took exception, stood up tall and hissed like a tomcat. The dog took the hint and retreated, so I never got to take a picture of a swan attack 😦
Edmund was out on his bicycle, following the rowers on the riverbank while training to be a cox. We camped outside Girton’s boat house, knowing he would return at some point. When he did, I papped him from across the river with my telephoto lens.
After a bite to eat, Edmund gave us a tour of the colleges. The light was fading and I tried not to take the same pictures I’ve taken before, but I managed one or two nice photos. OK, one nice photo. I found this nice side street which was just lacking a cyclist. Fortunately you don’t have to wait long for a cyclist in Cambridge!
Edmund’s tour concluded with a visit to his alma mater, Girton College, which is a little bit out of town (nearer to Oxford than Cambridge, or so they say…). The college is a collection of Victorian red brick building which take some of their design cues from some of the much older buildings around Cambridge. It’s a wonderful place to be, with three grassed courts (which you are actually allowed to walk on!) and lots of quirky features. I’m sure I could spend a whole week photographing the inside and outside of these buildings.
The corridors of Girton College are filled with portraits, old and new, painted and photographed. I particularly enjoyed the informal black & white photographs of famous alumni of the college. Makes me want to try more portraits myself!