Well done those who spotted the answer to yesterday's puzzle. It is indeed the strange, perhaps unique for all I know, lock paddle gear at the lock where the Duke’s Cut meets the Oxford canal. We were very glad to be there. Our first narrow canal lock for a couple of years, and so good to be back in the cosy scenery of the canals after the long and sometimes featureless reaches of the Thames.
Now, it has been suggested that readers should vote on my best photo of the year. I can’t really give myself an award but it would be nice to get some idea of what people like, so here below are a few of my favourites from this year. If you can be bothered, add your vote for the favourite via the comments at the foot of the post and make my day.
Apart from the first, they all look a lot better if you click on them to see them larger.
1. For some reason I can’t fathom I haver lost the original of this one, so I’m stuck with the size and low res format copied from an earlier blog post. Never mind, it is dramatic I suppose. Kath took the picture as I leapt between the lock gates at Atherstone.
2. Having said above that big reaches of the Thames aren’t my favourite, I immediately contradict myself with the shot looking back towards Canary Wharf and the Dome from downstream
3. A liquid sunset at Napton in April
4. An idyllic overnight mooring on the Coventry Canal
5. I took 20 shots to get this moment. NB Leo battles the waves near tower bridge. I was standing on the front of Indigo Dream and got a bit splashed myself!
6. Braunston Church in the evening.
You may have noticed that I have been doing quite a few wide screen crops recently. Blame my new computer monitor which has a wide screen format. It has seduced me into these. Do they give a problem on a normal screen if you click them up large?
It’s the people’s choice-over to you. You could instead nominate any picture from the Herbie Blog this year. The ones above are just ones I am pleased with.