They don’t make them like this anymore. Usually now you just get a boring red metal canister on a pole on the corner of the road. I like taking photos of the prettier post boxes. In my filing cabinet I’ve got a pic of a real old fancy one outside Worcester Cathedral I did in 1998. In fact, I’ve got a whole bunch of nice pix I made in the late 1990s, all on slides. I’ll actually get round to having them digitized one day, then I’ll post them online so everyone can see them (yeah right, how many times have I said that in the past 13 years)!
I’m afraid I messed with this pic a little before I posted it here. Nothing major: it needed levelling n stuff. But I also used the Brightness-Contrast control to make it a bit more colourful. Please don’t his me in the face.
Possibly interesting fact that you might not know: that E II R script on the front means “Elizabeth II Regina”, or in English: Queen Elizabeth II. So we know it was made after 1952 (which was when Queen Liz was crowned).
More damn useful info: the Royal Mail (the company that gets the mail out of the boxes, sorts out where it’s gotta go then sticks it through your day the next day) separated from Parcelforce (the parcel delivery division) in 1990.
So there ya go: a pretty photo of a post box and some useful education on UK postal services. So now you won’t punish me for gimping up them bricks n stuff??
I thought you might like to have a peek (eeek!) of a spider I met while tidying up my patio after the ravages of winter. It was a bloody monster, and I was somewhat relieved when I discovered it was camera-shy and crept off soon after.
The camera I used was a Fujifilm S5700 bridge camera which boasts 7 megapixels! I bought it in 2007, and it’s still giving me much enjoyment. It’s my close-up camera, as its “super macro” mode lets it focus on objects that are very nearly touching the lens! I don’t think I got quite that close to Itsy-Bitsy (I’m not arachnophobic but they do make me a little queasy… plus I didn’t recognise this particular species, for all I knew it might have been a poisonous one-bite-and-yer-brown-bread kind of beast). Luckily I survived the encounter, and here is a (reduced in size) copy of its mugshot.
Not being an arachnophile, I have no idea at all what this species is called. If anyone reading this knows, please share your knowledge via Comments. Inquiring Minds Need To Know! 🙂