Photo Challenge: Symmetry

A short walk from home there is the remains of a kitchen garden which has been in a state of redevelopment for as long as I can remember. We occasionally walk down there to see how things are progressing, or not, as the case may be.  It is a fascinating site with a rabbit warren of tunnels and old hothouses, so much so, that as a listed site, it is hard to imagine how it could ever be developed without compromising the underground structures. I think I would prefer that it stay in a state of arrested decay. The first symmetrical image brings to mind Philip Larkin’s High Windows, except there is little glass to comprehend the sun:

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:
The sun-comprehending glass,
And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows
Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless

Boarded up ...
This second image is from the same location, below ground level and not so symmetrical:

MJB 1976 ...
(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. suej · February 16, 2015

    This looks like my kind of place, Robin…..So much so, that I might have to make a trip up north!

    • northumbrianlight · February 16, 2015

      I was a bit coy about its location because I think we were trespassing 🙂 But what the heck – this is it:
      I do not forgive John Errington for opposing the building of a canal near the castle – that would have been so convenient 🙂

      • suej · February 16, 2015


  2. Malin H · February 16, 2015

    Not only one but two fantastic images! I love them both.

    • northumbrianlight · February 16, 2015

      Many thanks Malin, it has endless creative possibilities for as long as it remains.

  3. Heyjude · February 16, 2015

    Like Sue, this is my kind of place. I’d love to have a wander around with my camera. Love both images!

    • northumbrianlight · February 16, 2015

      Many thanks, much appreciated – I think I could organise bus tours if it were mine 🙂 (although that might kill the magic)

      • Heyjude · February 16, 2015

        Oh, no, let’s keep it to ourselves 🙂

  4. Rajiv · February 16, 2015

    Love the colours and texture

  5. LaVagabonde · February 16, 2015

    Love the texture of these shots. I’d mosey on down there, too, if I lived nearby.

    • northumbrianlight · February 16, 2015

      Thanks Julie, it is a special place – part of me is fascinated to see how it can be developed sympathetically and part of me wishes it could be just left alone.

  6. zark66 · February 16, 2015

    Wow!!!! Great!!!! 🙂

  7. milfordstreet · February 17, 2015

    Some definite rustic beauty there.

    • northumbrianlight · February 17, 2015

      Many thanks, I could spend quite some time down there (before I was chased away 🙂 )

  8. sustainabilitea · February 17, 2015

    I very much like these two photos!


  9. socialbridge · February 17, 2015

    Brilliant evocative images, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · February 17, 2015

      Many thanks Jean – it was once a very industrious place with steam for the hot houses being pumped around the grounds. I would love to have seen it in action – a little difficult to imagine now.

  10. MJF Images · February 18, 2015

    Cool looking!

  11. littledogslaughed · February 19, 2015

    Great photographs Robin-I am especially drawn to the top one with is wonderful textures and color-

    • northumbrianlight · February 19, 2015

      Many thanks Meg – it owes just a bit to OnOne’s presets 😉

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