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The end of November

1 Dec
It’s not often people stop and gawp at the sky but yesterday’s flaming sunset was quite a spectacle and had folks looking up in amazement. I stood by the river and watched the old Sol Invictus disappear behind Lincolnshire’s pylons and, of course, I pointed my camera at it just like you’re not supposed to (eyesight is overrated).
Today’s first of the month theme for City Daily Photo is “Transitions“.

T is for pylon

22 Nov
Near Creyke Beck, Cottingham
A recent competition to design a new pylon has come up with a T-shaped thing that is so boring that it instantly appealed to all the judges from the Department of Energy & Climate Change, National Grid, and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Say what you like about these old giants that have been bestriding and despoiling the countryside for eighty years but they ain’t dull.

Girt big pylon

19 May

Beside the bridge on Park Street this pylon serves to carry a couple of antennas to keep us in touch with the world and all its goings on.

A house on Park Lane

8 Apr

That’s Park Lane, Cottingham and really there’s no problems with the neighbours since there aren’t any save for the pylons and power cables converging on Creyke Beck substation. The noisy skylarks might drive you to distraction though.

Window Scene

16 Nov
Smyth’s Toyshop, Clough Road
I don’t suppose anyone much younger than myself and certainly anyone who did not watch 1960’s British TV will ever have heard of Harry Worth. He had a series on the telly, what they call a sit-com, though it was more ‘sit’ than ‘com’ as I recall. No, the only reason I have dragged this out of the mire that is my distant past is that in taking this shot I was reminded of the opening of  Harry Worth’s program. Well OK just take a peek at the video and you might see what I’m rambling on about.

Weekend reflections are here

A means to an end

6 Apr
Many dislike long lines of pylons stretching across the countryside yet they still wish to have the benefits of cheap and reliable electricity. 
I have just learned that pylon is in fact a UK colloquial term for what others call a transmission tower; Australians use the term ironman and Canadians have hydro towers. They come in many shapes, sizes and colours but their function is simply to carry the cables from the power plant to your home. The strangest designs I have come across are here.
All photos by Margot K Juby


2 Aug

There are people who find beauty in pylons; who am I to argue? This was taken from a moving train just north of Cottingham .