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Large subjects - cumulus cloud

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large subjects

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week we are looking at large subjects. ‘Large’ is a relative term. To appreciate the scale of a subject, we have to look at size compared to something else. The large subjects I have chosen from either the built or natural landscape are all quite substantial … at least compared to a human.

Medieval manor house - black and white photo
Medieval manor house

This medieval manor house was three storeys high and even the remaining ruins are quite impressive. In this image, you can see the scale of the building compared to the oak tree immediately behind it.

Victorian railway bridge - black and white photo
Victorian railway bridge

This Victorian railway bridge has been built very tall to accomodate the contours of the ground here on the banks of the River Derwent, so that the railway could be constructed on a given level. You can see the scale of the bridge compared to my son who is walking underneath it.

The Broad Oak - black and white photo
The Broad Oak

The Broad Oak gives its name to the farm on which the tree stands and what a magnificent ancient oak tree it is too. The scale of the tree can be deduced from the other trees and bushes in its vicinity.

Whitburn windmill - black-white photo
Whitburn windmill

Whitburn windmill is a restored 18th century flour mill and now it towers above the new housing nearby.

Do take a look at the large subjects others have found for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week.

J Peggy Taylor

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Barns or abandoned buildings


Old Dutch-style barn
Old Dutch-style barn

This old barn stands by a narrow lane in a village nearby to ours.


Derelict house in a field
Derelict house in a field

We spotted this derelict Victorian house in the field adjacent to the rather grander ruin in the next image. It seemed quite poignant that all that was left of this house were the two gable ends with their chimneys and hearths.


Ruins of a medieval manor house
Ruins of a medieval manor house

The impressive ruins of this 13th Century manor house stand high above the river, further down our valley near Gateshead. The walls were certainly built to last – they are around a metre (3 feet) thick! While this may seem excessive, it was a sensible precaution during this house’s heyday, when our area was regularly afflicted with wars between the English and the Scots.

Do take a look at the barns and abandoned buildings other people have found for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week.

J Peggy Taylor