My Home Town …

It has been a while since I have been able to update the site.  Barb and I were in England for two weeks at the beginning of the month, and since then I have been going through the photographs I took to make an online album for the family.  Now that is done, I want to show you some of the shots I made while on the trip.

The shot in this post was taken in my birthplace, Abingdon, England.  The town is very old and takes its name from the abbey that used to be there until the dissolution under Henry VIII.  The old abbey and its immediate grounds are now a park.  In the middle of the 19th century, a wealthy wine merchant, E.J. Trendell, created what is known as Trendell’s Folly, using stone from St. Helen’s church. Romantic “follies” were common in that time, where wealthy individuals found expression for their souls and their money by creating idealized garden scenes and architecture.  Some were very extreme. 

I took this photo on our second morning in England.  I had gotten up early to photograph St. Helen’s spire from the south side of the Thames River, and did not make it back into the Abbey Gardens until after the sun had risen fairly high in the sky.  Although I had made some photographs of the folly the previous evening, I had not seen this perspective.  I took this as an HDR in hopes of overcoming the encroaching sun in the upper right, but to no avail.  I took several HDR series, lowering the tripod and camera each time to try to get the sun behind the folly, but to no avail.  Despite that, though, I think this photograph works.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will show several other shots from the trip that I like.  I hope you enjoy this one.