King’s Lynn is blessed with more than its fair share of waterways.
Land drains like this one, used to drain the water from the marsh land and make it habitable, are a common site, but their utilitarian nature has been smoothed over time.
Grass and wild flowers abound along the bank, and on sunny days like this one, with the water reflecting the blue sky, it seems really like a natural stream, rather than a man-made artifact.
Here it seems so much like a country village that it is difficult to imagine that the busy market area is only a few streets away, with all the bustle and noise of that center of commerce.
It is peaceful and restful, an idyllic escape into the countryside, right here in the center of town.
Leaving the town we find a sign to Pilot Street, and following this we come upon an old cobbled road, and an terrace of houses overlooking a tiny tree filled square.
The sun shining down adds to the tranquility of the scene, and one can imagine that time itself has stood still here for the last century.
This image was featured in the Fina Arts America group “Photography From Around The World” in May, 2014
There is a lot of very important architecture out there in the world, but also some that would never make it to any list of buildings that have to be saved. Sometimes, a building is just old.
On a street in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England is this house. Once, someone decided that this old cottage would look good with a fresh coat of paint. But that was a long time ago, and the bowed front shows signs that the paint has peeled, and is dirty, and along the side of the cottage weeds are growing on the wall.
And yet, this is a solid and interesting cottage, with classic lines and a long and happy history seeping out of its walls.
Maybe it would not win any awards, but it is a place that could be called home.
From the famous Edinburgh Castle one can look out over the city, modern and ancient. Towers and spires merge into the buildings and the lowland mist obscures the horizon.
A cityscape full of the business of everyday life – and yet from this distance there is also the resonance of the old and the ancient. We can stop and observe the City Below, not quite part of it, but feeling a connection to the deep history of the place and its people.
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An old area of town is slowly being brought back to life, but still there are derelict buildings waiting for the demolition crew.
This house speaks of happier times, with memories of happy people sitting on the porch, children playing in the street, and the upstairs shutters open to let in the evening breeze.
But those are just memories, old, almost forgotten.
The mail box remains open, waiting for mail that will never come again.