23 July 2012
These pictures were taken on the same evening as those already seen in the Olympic Torch Relay post. When it is 30C in London the best place to be is by the Thames, usually because the temperature is always lower nearer to the waterside. Daughter Clare and I chose Putney to try out a GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) before venturing down by the river, good food and reasonably priced too. Getting onto Putney Bridge we were in time to catch the last bits of the sunset, the sun was now very low in the sky and helped the riverscape pictures by casting its light in a helpful way. Starting with looking east towards Putney railway bridge the highlight colours became stunning in the golden hues.
The guy in the boat seems very small against this background, he was very obliging in helping put some red in the picture. Time to cross to the other side of the road bridge and find the source of these colours.
The above river shots really did make for a pleasing (and cool) end to the day, but the guardian angel of photographers threw in one more opportunity as Eva flew in, but not in her best party dress it was thought.
What in the Dickens is this?
Oh it’s The Shard
Situated close to Tower Bridge this, the tallest building in London, dominates the view from all sides; only recently released from a scaffold casing the point of its being becomes evident. The modernising of central London is continuing at quite a pace, the diversity of styles and shapes being employed in the latest buildings to be erected creates much interest from visitors to the city, the click of cameras is testament to to this fact.Starting with the Thames Barrier, down river to the east of London, the large scale of the changes in the skyline can be quite breathtaking to appreciate. Situated close by is the O2 dome and the towering expanse of Canary Wharf; how the banks that use the buildings have the nerve to show their names so boldly, could be considered a tad audacious.
Though not a building another attraction holds a prominent place on the river at Greenwich, the newly rebuilt shipping icon known as the Cutty Sark.
To continue on a nautical theme, on returning towards Tower Bridge we were faced with a large number of river and canal barges heading down river to find the entrance to the Regents Canal; they were in the area to be close to the gathering celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
As we diembarked at Westminster Bridge another highrise was being developed up river just past the Milbank Tower. This is to be the St Georges Wharf Tower, which will be the tallest residential block in the country holding 223 apartments on fifty floors. One species adeqately suited to appreciate these high buildings was observed taking in the challenge of having to fly hard; but this is not the Willis Tower.