Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge – Hands, Feet and Paws


OK…I have blogged this image before……. But with this weeks nominated topic of “Hands, Feet and Paws”  I just had to post it again!

The link to Cees Blog is here:- https://ceenphotography.com/2019/05/16/cbw-hands-feet-or-paws/


17th May

(C) David Oakes 2019


Saturday Excursion….. Tallinn


Tallinn, Estonia on the shores of the Gulf of Finland

Many of you will know that on Wednesday’s I feature a Favourite Place.  Places that I have visited on many an occasion and am drawn back to like a magnet.

There are though locations that I have only visited once, sometimes briefly, and upon leaving have said…” we must go back “.  Tallinn is one such location where there was just so much to see and explore… that one day was certainly not enough.  I hope we will get back to Tallinn….  in the meantime here is a brief picture tour.

Just a flavour of the busy narrow streets, architecture, mosques and churches with their towers and spires….everywhere a riot of colour.

4th May

(C) David Oakes 2019

Cee’s Black & White Challenge – from the side

On the Travels gg bw

A Travellers Tale…. Waiting for the Train

Just a suggestion for this weeks Black & White Challenge from Cee’s who has nominated the subject as ‘From the Side’.

See what others have submitted via this link:-



26th April

(C) David Oakes 2019

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge -Bridges


Connel Bridge, near Oban Scotland.  Opened in 1903 it was built to carry a single track Railway line.  The bridge spans the Falls of Lora at the narrowest point of Loch Etive, the bridge was necessary to avoid a much longer route, avoiding mountains and water.  The railway was lost (so called progress) and the bridge converted to carry road traffic.  When it was first built it was also the longest cantilever span other than the famous Forth Rail Bridge, incidentally built by the same engineers.

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

The Miners Bridge, Bradford Dale, Youlgreave, Derbyshire is a great deal older. Not sure when it was constructed but there has been a ford and narrow bridge across the River Bradford for countless years. Tranquil as it looks today, Bradford Dale and the immediate surrounds was once an important Lead, and other ore and minerals, mining area.  The Romans had links to the area in their quest for the much coveted lead ore.

Sometimes called a Clapper Bridge, I guess because of the sound of packhorses and ponies clattering across the stone flags.

Just another idea for Cees Fun Foto Challenge – Bridges.  The link to Cees page is here:-



24th April

(C) David Oakes 2019