Do you see …

… what I see.  This is a collection of mostly autumnal images taken near home over the last week. My happy place is out and about in Northumberland and then sat in front of my two 19 inch screens dabbling with Photoshop and On1.  The screen on my left produces the brightest and cleanest image whilst the one on my right is slightly fuzzier with a yellow tinge. In other words, what I see and what you see will depend on the devices we use for viewing.  I could calibrate the screens but unless everyone does the same, what would be the point.

All of this is academic except that last night I viewed the fourth image on a Lenovo tablet and it looked like an explosion in a paint factory.  I have a tendency to over-saturate and my Fuji X100s is set up to emulate Fujichrome Velvia which, as it says on Wiki, “many see its high color saturation as unrealistic”. Hence the original question – do you see what I see – we will never know (the motorcycle was taken with a smartphone, there being nowhere convenient to carry a camera on this particular set of wheels):

Rowan berries ... Today is a dull day ... Call of the Wild ... Early morning rain ... Autumn, a time for ... Pots and Paws ...


Weekly Photo Challenge – Between.  Between the dark trees, another tree, different from the rest.

If you go down ...

This image was taken on the same walk as The Long Drop, near Stonehaugh when I discovered something else. Looking south from our home, across the Tyne Valley, there is a long straight gap in the forest near Slaley.  I had always imagined this was to provide access for Forestry Commission vehicles – the real reason is rather more obvious. Clever of the trees to allow the power lines to wander in between – perhaps they dream of wires.

I dream of wires


The Long Drop

Until I moved to the northeast of England I had never heard of the word ‘netty’.  It was when we moved into a converted byre I discovered that our immediate neighbour had two at the bottom of his garden.  These are substantial stone-built structures that could withstand a direct nuclear attack. However, they pale into insignificance compared with the architectural wonder that is the The Long Drop. According to the history page at Roses Bower Farm, this is the highest perched ‘netty’ in England. Remarkably, it was used until the mid 1950’s when Bob Murdie installed the farm’s first flush loo. Before that time, the short walk down the hill to the Long Drop must have been a pleasant alternative to the ‘thunderbox’ located in the farm yard!  Not something to negotiate in a drunken stupor:

The Long Drop

This is such rarity that of all the derelict structures at Roses Bower, the netty is the only one to have been renovated. These buildings were reputedly the home of Rosamund Dodd. Legend has it that Rosamund fell in love with a Charlton chieftain and the two of them built the original dwelling as a discreet lovers nest, probably during the early 1500’s. A bower is a secluded place and hence Rosamund’s bower became Rose’s Bower, which in the 1900’s simply became Roses Bower. There are still significant remains including one resident who suffered The Long Wait:

Low Roses Bower Low Roses Bower Low Roses Bower Low Roses Bower

(click on the images to enlarge)