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Steve Stamford | Peacock feather

Peacock feather

A single peacock feather against a blue sky with soft clouds. A relaxing image with the shimmering colours of peacock plumage.
Steve Stamford | Shilka ZSU-23-4

Shilka ZSU-23-4

The Shilka is a radar controlled anti aircraft gun system armed with four 23mm cannon capable of firing 4,000 rounds a minute to a range of 1.5 miles.
Steve Stamford | Three bottles

Three bottles

A still life of three very dusty bottles in an even dustier setting. This is a manipulated image - not a true photographic likeness.
Steve Stamford | Poppy wash

Poppy wash

Poppies seem to have the ability to spring up as if from nowhere then take over a whole field. This little group have reclaimed an area at the edge of a field. This image has several effects, textures and blends applied to it.
Steve Stamford | Frog posing

Frog posing

I am lucky enough to live in a place where nature is at home. Frogs are much undervalued as they are veracious predators of garden pests particularly fond of slugs. This is an 'in the wild' image. Frogs and toads are easy to distinguish - frogs have a more pointed nose and hop, toads have blunter noses and 'walk'.
Steve Stamford | Yellow bath duck

Yellow bath duck

Who doesn't love a bright yellow bath duck An image to make you smile.
Steve Stamford | Bath duck

Bath duck

Who doesn't love a bright yellow bath duck An image to make you smile.
Steve Stamford | A single swan feather

A single swan feather

Swan feather falling through a blue sky
Steve Stamford | Three jugs in a garden

Three jugs in a garden

A pleasingly simple composition of three earthenware jugs in a garden setting
Steve Stamford | Tree canopy

Tree canopy

Looking up into the tree canopy
Steve Stamford | Bamboo window

Bamboo window

Decorative window in a bamboo covered wall
Steve Stamford | Sax in the zone

Sax in the zone

A street musician clearly getting into the zone and enjoying the moment.
Steve Stamford | Overhead crane

Overhead crane

This is a rope drum and hook from an overhead crane that was used inside a victorian industrial machinery room. Used to lift machinery parts it is now slowly gathering dust and cobwebs.
Steve Stamford | Glasswing butterfly

Glasswing butterfly

The Glasswing butterfly (Greta oto) lacks the coloured scales that give other butterflies their distinctive patterns. This means that unlike the 'normal' butterflies the wings of the Glasswing are see-through and this strategy helps them evade predation as prey animals literally see straight through them.
Steve Stamford | Just watching

Just watching

Just watching is a composition of two original photographs of mine. The window is from a castle ruin, the creature is a garden ornament photographed at my local garden centre.
Steve Stamford | Triumph TR3

Triumph TR3

This beautiful example of British engineering was literally parked at the side of the road today. I have modified the number plate to one that is no longer in existence.
Steve Stamford | Common toad facing right

Common toad facing right

On a recent walk I found this rather handsome common toad, Buffo buffo on the path.
Steve Stamford | Toad stare

Toad stare

On a recent walk I found this rather handsome common toad, Buffo buffo on the path.
Steve Stamford | Buddha

Buddha

I found this rather lovely, serene buddha in a local garden.
Steve Stamford | Old piano

Old piano

Low down and angular shot of a street busker's piano keyboard and mechanism.
Steve Stamford | Beware the Kraken

Beware the Kraken

Came across this road sign whilst touring Scotland. Oddly enough I can not find it anywhere in the Highway Code.
Steve Stamford | Frank's Bridge

Frank's Bridge

In the rather lovely town of Kirkby Stephen Frank's Bridge crosses the river Eden, one of only a few in the UK that flow south to north. This crossing is on one of the UK's coast to coast walks.
Steve Stamford | Looking down the Tyne foot tunnel escalator

Looking down the Tyne foot tunnel escalator

The wooden escalators at the Tyne foot tunnel in the UK are the longest in the world, though are no longer in use. An inclined plane travellator is replacing one of each set at each end of the tunnel - the remaining ones will be kept as stairs for those fancying the challenge.
Steve Stamford | Tyne tunnel vision

Tyne tunnel vision

In 1951 a tunnel was opened under the Tyne in Northumberland with one bore dedicated to cyclists and the other to pedestrians. At 270 metres long and 12m below the river bed at their deepest point they remain very popular.
Steve Stamford | Tyne pedestrian and cyclist tunnel

Tyne pedestrian and cyclist tunnel

In 1951 a tunnel was opened under the Tyne in Northumberland with one bore dedicated to cyclists and the other to pedestrians. At 270 metres long and 12m below the river bed at their deepest point they remain very popular.
Steve Stamford | Looking up the Tyne foot tunnel escalator

Looking up the Tyne foot tunnel escalator

The wooden escalators at the Tyne foot tunnel in the UK are the longest in the world, though are no longer in use. If you look closely you can see each of the steps has an individual number. An inclined plane travellator is replacing one of each set at each end of the tunnel - the remaining ones will be kept as stairs for those fancying the challenge.
Steve Stamford | County of Northumberland

County of Northumberland

In the middle of the Tyne pedestrian tunnel there are two tiled names - One for Durham, the other Northumberland as you cross between the two on your 270m walk.
Steve Stamford | County of Durham

County of Durham

In the middle of the Tyne pedestrian tunnel there are two tiled names - One for Durham, the other Northumberland as you cross between the two on your 270m walk.