Cambridge revisited

It’s been a while since I last posted some pictures instead of writing a technical article. Fortunately, here are some pictures I took in Cambridge this weekend while visiting my brother, Edmund.

Being a Cambridge undergrad, he’s quite busy and wasn’t able to meet us right away. When we arrived in the town, we sat on the riverbank for a while and watched the various rowing teams come and go as they trained.

Rowers
Rowers
Rowers
Rowers

In between the boats, young swams swam back and forth. A couple came and ate grass near us on the riverbank. Eventually a dog came passed and tried to sniff one of the swans. The swan took exception, stood up tall and hissed like a tomcat. The dog took the hint and retreated, so I never got to take a picture of a swan attack 🙁

Swans
Swans

Edmund was out on his bicycle, following the rowers on the riverbank while training to be a cox. We camped outside Girton’s boat house, knowing he would return at some point. When he did, I papped him from across the river with my telephoto lens.

Edmund arrives
Edmund arrives

After a bite to eat, Edmund gave us a tour of the colleges. The light was fading and I tried not to take the same pictures I’ve taken before, but I managed one or two nice photos. OK, one nice photo. I found this nice side street which was just lacking a cyclist. Fortunately you don’t have to wait long for a cyclist in Cambridge!

Cyclist
Cyclist

Edmund’s tour concluded with a visit to his alma mater, Girton College, which is a little bit out of town (nearer to Oxford than Cambridge, or so they say…). The college is a collection of Victorian red brick building which take some of their design cues from some of the much older buildings around Cambridge. It’s a wonderful place to be, with three grassed courts (which you are actually allowed to walk on!) and lots of quirky features. I’m sure I could spend a whole week photographing the inside and outside of these buildings.

Girton college hall
Girton college hall
Girton college tower
Girton college tower
Spiral staircase
Spiral staircase

The corridors of Girton College are filled with portraits, old and new, painted and photographed. I particularly enjoyed the informal black & white photographs of famous alumni of the college. Makes me want to try more portraits myself!

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