Hi all, have had a couple of days in London and thought I would post some images of the Big Smoke. It has been thirty two years since I was last there and from what I can remember it hasn't changed much. People rushing around like ants, most looking stressed out and miserable. My wife and I went to London to see my son who is working in Illinois USA. He was over for a conference at Imperial College, it was for Paleontologists and my son was presenting. He is a Paleo-Entomologist but also works on living stuff as well. The most enjoyable part of our visit was the trip to the National History Museum, especially as we went with my son who gave us the guided tour. I had always wanted to take him when he was a child but never managed to do it, so it was great that we eventually got to go together and it will be a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I think you will agree it is an impressive building.
There is also a Butterfly house at the NHM with several impressive species, and yes I did take some pics.
If you ever go to London or live there and have never took time out to visit the NHM, then do so. It is a cathedral to the natural world, it is inspirational and if we as a species are to grow then it is important that we learn and protect the multitude of creatures that we SHARE this wonderful planet with.
The Museum is FREE to visit and the Darwin centre is interactive which allows you to upload topics you are interested in onto a card, which you can then access on your own computer when you get home.
I have always been interested in Natural History and do a lot of insect photography and Birds.
I will do a post on this type of photography and equipment of use at a later date.
I did not have time to visit all the usual landmarks, but managed Covent Garden and Westminster. I tried to take images that were a bit different from the normal landscape stuff, I looked for alternative angles and concepts as well as capturing a few interesting characters.
I hope you find them thought provoking and feel free to comment on any.