Sunset in SE1

So I’ve taken to these sunset strolls along the River Thames when I have the time. And I try to make the time. A friend said recently ‘I’ve seen sunsets before.’ My immediate thought was, yes, I’ve seen a few sunsets in my time, but somehow seeing another one is always worth it.

When I walked up to London Bridge to take some shots there were some guys there probably having had some post-work evening drinks. One guy (seeming surprised) said to his colleagues. ‘Hey, that was well worth the walk from the pub…’

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Close encounters of the Third Kind
Close encounters of the Third Kind

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“I confess I do not believe in time. I like to fold my magic carpet, after use, in such a way as to superimpose one part of the pattern upon another. Let visitors trip. And the highest enjoyment of timelessness-in a landscape selected at random – is when I stand among rare butterflies and their food plants. This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love. A sense of oneness with sun and stone. A thrill of gratitude to whom it may concern-to the contrapuntal genius of human fate or to tender ghosts humoring a lucky mortal.”

Vladimir Nabokov – Speak, Memory

And a reminder that, as someone who has spent 0ver 10 years reading Russian literature, it is about time I read some Nabokov!

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Buddleia
Buddleia

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Er... not the faint-hearted.
Er… not the faint-hearted.

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Just hangin'
Just hangin’

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I’m attempting to improve my photography of sunsets. I know it may seem trite, but I honestly think that life is too short not to enjoy them, when and if you can, and since I live near the river, there’s plenty of opportunities… Also, yesterday wasn’t one of my best days, just a lot of things getting me down, so this is just a reminder to me that the world is a beautiful place, and I’ve much to be grateful for.

For some reason I managed to upload these in reverse, so if you want to see them in order, scroll down and work your way up!

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I often work weekends so this is a few photos of a stroll in the park after work, my walk home, and views from the window of my flat. A beautiful fine day which we haven’t seen many of this year… I was rather tired after my walk so didn’t manage to go on a sunset walk, but as you can see, it would have been worth the effort! Next time…

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